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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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

Aired 10-18-2013

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

Aired on 10-4-2013

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

Aired on 10-09-2013

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

Aired on 8-20-2013

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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