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!

Bela Fleck Live Session

Apr 29, 2014
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are many who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.

Sarah Jarosz Live Session

Apr 23, 2014
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Rolling Stone has compared Sarah Jarosz to Gillian Welch; Mojo labeled her a “newgrass prodigy” for her skills on banjo, guitar and mandolin; and the normally reserved New York Times hailed her as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents,” with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess. 

With over 2 million views on Youtube, a 2013 European Blues award, and named Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way - touring the world and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. 

Wild Child Live Session

Apr 4, 2014
Dominic Barth

Wild Child’s founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins first met in 2009 while touring with a Danish act called The Migrant. Both call Texas home: Wilson, a classically-trained violinist who wrote her first songs under the wing of legendary country music outlaw Ray Wiley Hubbard, hails from the fabled bluegrass circles of Wimberly; and Beggins, a ukulele player from Houston, was finishing up at The University of Texas while on the that tour.

Shook Twins Live Session

Apr 4, 2014
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.

Robert Ellis Live Session

Mar 28, 2014

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.

Paula Cole Live Session

Mar 28, 2014

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.

Miner Live Session

Mar 21, 2014
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.

Ben Taylor Live Session

Mar 7, 2014

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.

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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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.

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."

Paco de Lucia (1947-2014)

Feb 26, 2014

The renowned flamenco guitarist died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack while in Mexico.

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.

Jesca Hoop Live Session

Feb 14, 2014
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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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.

Recordings & Recorders

Feb 1, 2014

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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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. 

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.

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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