JPR Music

JPR Music is a place that celebrates music discovery.  It's a place that collects what we think is exciting on the contemporary music  scene, in the State of Jefferson and beyond.  JPR Music features exclusive Live Sessions, reviews by JPR music hosts, NPR Tiny Desk concerts and First Listens of new releases.  Visit often ... and re-discover music!

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Live Session Archive
12:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Shook Twins Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, the Shook Twins are an indie folk-pop band now hailing from Portland. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden egg.

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Live Session Archive
4:38 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Robert Ellis Live Session

Before signing with New West Records in early 2011, country songwriter Robert Ellis made a name for himself in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the country, folk, and bluegrass records he’d heard while growing up in southern Texas, Ellis began playing shows around the city, eventually landing a Wednesday night residency at a local venue called Fitzgerald’s.

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Live Session Archive
2:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Paula Cole Live Session

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s poetic, touching, and intelligent writing makes her stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few.

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Live Session Archive
5:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Miner Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Miner is a Los Angeles/Silver Lake-based, folk-rock family band formed around husband/wife duo Justin & Kate Miner, along with brother Jeremy Miner.

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Live Session Archive
1:16 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ben Taylor Live Session

As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer.

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Live Session Archive
7:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Martin Sexton Live Session

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s. Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit.

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Live Session Archive
1:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Noah Gundersen Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad's Tascam reel-to-reel at age 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby) and with their band The Courage.

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JPR Music
11:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mapping Differences In America's Musical Tastes, State By State

A map of the U.S. lists the musical acts that set states apart from each other. It's not a matter of an artist's popularity, says Paul Lamere, who made the map, but of a state's distinct preferences.
Paul Lamere, Director of Developer Platform at The Echo Nest

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 10:24 am

Are you streaming music right now? If you're in America's Pacific region, there's a much better chance you're nodding along with Cat Power rather than grooving to Fantasia, which you'd be more likely to be doing if you were across the country in the South Atlantic. Those observations come from a map titled "Regionalisms in U.S. Listening Preferences."

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8:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia (1947-2014)

The renowned flamenco guitarist died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack while in Mexico.
World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach. The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born.
Live Session Archive
2:35 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

David Lindley Live Session

David Lindley, once called a "maxi-instrumentalist" by Rolling Stone,  performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, Lindley long championed the concept of world music.

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Live Session Archive
9:42 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Jesca Hoop Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Jesca Hoop grew up in Sonoma County in Northern California. One of five children in a strict Mormon household, she was born into a family of singers, who "from the age of walking were singing before we were talking." 

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Live Session Archive
3:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Eight Dollar Mountain Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Eight Dollar Mountain is Darren Campbell (guitar), Stuart Green (banjo), Phil Johnson (mandolin), Peter Koelsch (bass), and Mark Lackey (dobro). The band serves up high-energy, traditionally-inspired bluegrass music that reflects the roots of mountain music, blues, and old time country.

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Recordings
2:09 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Recordings & Recorders

2013 proved to be a difficult year for me because several of my friends passed away, in England and here in the state of Jefferson. Among those I lost in this area are two men who made significant contributions to music: Jim Rich, who led the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra (JBO), and JPR’s own Brad Ranger.

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Live Session Archive
10:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Devil Makes Three Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Comprised of frontman/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino, the drummerless acoustic trio is not your normal alt.country band. 

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JPR Music
7:01 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

Pete Seeger was an environmentalist, an activist and the most prominent folk musician of his generation.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:21 am

A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. His grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, said he died of natural causes.

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JPR Music
4:29 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How The Organization Behind The Grammys Spends The Other 364 Days

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow, host LL Cool J and Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment Jack Sussman pose at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, a few days before the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Kevin Winter WireImage

This Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony is the annual big-ticket item for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. More than 28 million people around the world tuned in to watch the concert show last year. And this year's telecast is once again being touted as the most complicated — and expensive — production on TV.

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Britt/South Stage Cellars
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

2014 Rising Stars Competition Continues

The third annual Rising Stars competition will continue live competition rounds at South Stage Cellars tasting room in Jacksonville each Saturday in February.

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More Bruce
6:16 am
Thu January 16, 2014

A Long Road To 'High Hopes': An Interview With Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen performing in November at Madison Square Garden.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 1:48 pm

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9:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis Generating Oscar Buzz

We've been in love with the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers movie for a couple of months now, but unfortunately it looks like we may all have to wait awhile before we can actually see the film around these parts. It's a frustrating scenario to read so much about a film we can't even evaluate for ourselves.
LOS ANGELES - In the new film by Joel and Ethan Coen, a struggling folk singer, Llewyn Davis, plays a song for a music promoter. After listening intently, the promoter issues his review: "I don't see a lot of money here."
Rosanne Cash's New Album
11:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 7:34 am

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

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