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!

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.

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.

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert

Sep 24, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Sounds Of Summer

Sep 1, 2013

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.

The Matt Hill Band formed just a couple of months before they decided to enter the 2013 South State Cellars/Britt Festivals Rising Stars Competition - a talent showcase designed as a fundraiser for La Clinica. The Grants Pass band ended up winning the contest, which included a half-hour live session on JPR.​

Feasting On Blues

Aug 29, 2013

  The diversity of "Blues" music continues to reveal itself in 2013, as new releases within the genre highlight a variety of styles and approaches.

Edward Herda Live Session

Aug 28, 2013

Edward Herda was once a stand-up comedian, and a performer and writer in an international commedia dell’arte troupe. Following a painful breakup, he decided to change direction in life, and spent time transforming himself into a poignant singer/songwriter. He stopped by JPR to play tunes from his debut album The Wondrous Folly Of Vaughn Frogg.

Qamuuqin Maxwell

This live session archive from August 12, 2013 features artists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.

Having been a fan of José Gonzalez’s solo work and then his work with Zero 7, I was intrigued and then delighted when I discovered his “new” project in 2010 – his band, Junip, and their first full length recording, Fields. Well aware of his popularity as a solo artist, as well as his apparent interest in collaboration, I assumed it was just one of his many side projects, not one that would necessarily take root. 

Jeff Bridges Live Session

Jul 24, 2013

Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor Jeff Bridges visits with JPR's Eric Teel and talks about the balance between acting and music, the creation of the famous "Bad Blake" character from the 2009 movie Crazy Heart, and about getting to make music with his daughter Jessie.

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Kenny Loggins' new band Blue Sky Riders (Loggins, Georgia Middleman, and Gary Burr) dropped by JPR to talk about their new album Finally Home, and about how the idea to start a new band came to Loggins after working with Burr back in 2009.

Peter Kleinhenz

Austin singer/songwriter and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez (with guitarist Luke Jacobs) visits with JPR's Eric Teel ahead of their performance at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. She'll explain the process of switching from classical music to roots music, and her musical partnership with Chip Taylor.

This live session archive from June 21st, 2013 features artist Rachel Yamagata and guest.

Carson Blume

World renowned dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas visited JPR's Redding studios prior to performing at The Cascade Theatre and talked about his incredibly prolific recording career, his role in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? musical sensation, and his years with Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Qamuuqin Maxwell

This live session archive from May 31st, 2013 features artist Tarmac Adams.

This live session archive from May 27th, 2013 features artist Laura Cortese.

California-based The Lonely Wild dropped by JPR to talk about their interest in the music of Ennio Morricone, and the tragic event that marked their recent recording session. 

Qamuuqin Maxwell

This archived live session from May 15th, 2013 features Stephen Kellogg.

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