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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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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Recordings
3:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Best Albums Of 2013

JPR music hosts take a stab identifying standout recordings of 2013.

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Before Tony Furtado became a highly-regarded slide guitarist/banjo player, he studied art and music at Cal State Hayward. It was during that time that he went on a whim to Kansas and entered the Grand National Banjo Championship - and won.

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Live Session Archive
8:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Live Session

Dominic Barth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a Detroit-based based pop band created by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott.


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Live Session Archive
6:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Garland Jeffreys has earned a loyal international audience for his intelligent and passionate songs, informed by a variety of musical styles from rock and R&B to reggae and dance music, and dealing with topics both personal and political, often at the same time. While not especially prolific -- he has released a mere six studio albums since 1981 -- Jeffreys' work reveals a rock & roller's soul and a poetic sensibility that have earned him the respect of musical peers such as Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, and John Cale.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

Elephant Revival is a band that’s gaining national recognition for their innovative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. They’re a young group who’ve developed their own genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” 

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Live Session Archive
6:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Paper Kites Live Session

The Paper Kites
Peter Kleinhenz

With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 7 million combined YouTube views. 

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Recordings
10:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Beautiful Melancholy

Nick Drake

I have been listening to music for as long as I can remember. My father was an accordion player of Italian folk songs and American country music since before I was born, and through the early years of my life there was always music and sing-alongs around the kitchen table with friends and family.

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Live Session Archive
9:55 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Rufus Wainwright Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has made a musical mark with seven albums of original music, an opera and soundtracks for movies such as Across the Universe, Shrek, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Moulin Rouge. The Canadian-American also earned a Grammy nomination for his sold-out Judy Garland tribute performances at Carnegie Hall. From pop to classical to opera, Wainwright is fulfilling his mission “to make albums with variety and a sense of perspective on all that music can be.”

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Live Session Archive
3:53 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Misner & Smith Live Session

With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. The album features lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lake Street Dive Live Session CANCELLED

Credit Jarrod McCabe

Our scheduled live session with Lake Street Dive has been canceled due to lead singer Rachael Price being under the weather and needing to conserve her voice for upcoming concerts in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.   We hope to reschedule in the future.

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JPR Birthday
6:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Retro Lounge Celebrates 20 years

This hand-drawn poster for The Retro Lounge has hung in the production studio for years.

On Saturday night at 9pm, The Retro Lounge with Lars & The Nurse celebrates twenty years of JPR broadcasts!  

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JPR Music
9:05 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Northwest Artist With Ashland Roots Creates Unique Folk Art

An exmaple of Dejah Leger's linocuts.

Over the last few years, JPR has had an opportunity to play dozens of fantastic folk and roots music albums from the Shoreline, Washington-based music promotion company Hearth Music. Artists like Josh Halverson, Red Tail Ring, Laura Cortese, Dustbowl Revival, and Pharis & Jason Romero have been heard throughout the region on Open Air and on The Folk Show on Sunday Evenings.

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Live Session Archive
10:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Singer/songwriter Erin Ivey Live Session

John Chung

Austin singer/songwriter Erin Ivey has been called "the darling" of the Austin, Texas music scene.  Over the last decade, she carved out a sizable niche in an extremely crowded music town armed with a tender crystalline voice and award-winning songcraft.

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Live Session Archive
8:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Michael Franti Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Michael Franti is the founder and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum social justice issues.

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JPR Music
12:11 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert

Shovels and Rope plays a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 3:10 pm

Shovels & Rope's presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo's mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering.

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Live Session Archive
3:51 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Truth & Salvage Co. Live Session

Truth & Salvage Co. are a six-piece roots rock/Americana band from Los Angeles, California and currently headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The band formed in late 2005 when members from Scrappy Hamilton and Old Pike, two simultaneously performing Los Angeles acts, merged and began performing under their current moniker.

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Live Session Archive
3:41 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Little Comets Live Session

Little Comets
Peter Kleinhenz

Comprised of singer/guitarist/brothers Robert Coles and Michael Coles, with bassist/vocalist Matthew Hall, Little Comets are an English indie rock trio from Jarrow and Washington, Tyne and Wear - near Newcastle, England. They are described as playing 'kitchen sink indie' music.

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Music Review
2:08 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Sounds Of Summer

The late J.J. Cale.

I write this column as the oppressive heat of July and the smoke from local fires is hanging over the state of Jefferson, challenging my brain to summon up some of the music I've enjoyed recently. The first one that comes to mind is a wonderful documentary entitled You Want a Banjo. It‘s an enlightening history of the instrument, narrated by Steve Martin, and features many of the most influential banjo players.

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