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Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival this weekend. Tune-in for interview about the event Wednesday morn; in-studio performance with ‘Brother’ on Friday afternoon.

Rob Rawls will be interviewing John Cater (chair) and Jessica Polatty (co-chair) of the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Wednesday morning at 10:06, following BBC. Tune-in for an overview of this weekend’s events – featuring traditional athletic competitions, Celtic music, dancing and children’s activities.

On Friday afternoon at approx 1:15 (we’re depending on flights arriving on time), we’ll be joined by the Australian celtic rock band “BROTHER” for some live music and conversation. We’re psyched to have bagpipes and a digeridoo in the studio. You may have seen BROTHER on NBC’s  ‘ER’, maybe heard their music on the classic ‘Baraka’ soundtrack or UPN’s  ‘ Twilight Zone.’  The band has shared stages with Joe Walsh, John  Entwhistle, Linkin Park, and Alicia Keys and are the only independent band to have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original.  The band’s powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging the audience from the first song to the last.

Angus, founding member of BROTHER, arrived in Los Angeles from Australia with his brothers a decade ago as little more than fresh-faced farm boys.  In LA, they found themselves busking at Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios to survive.  Since those days, BROTHER evolved its trademark sound while touring extensively in the United States and in Canada, Japan, France, Egypt and Australia.

They did it all free from standard industry trends and pigeon-holes.  BROTHER has self-released 12 albums, sold more CDs in the USA than any other independent Australian act and has regularly been cited as a role model within the independent scene.

BROTHER live today is a powerhouse celtic tribal trio.  Tune-in!


Telluride Blues & Brews this weekend

We’ve been talking about it for months now – and finally, the 18th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place this weekend, featuring headliners Willie Nelson, The Flaming Lips, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Additional performances include The Robert Cray Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, moe, Marcia Ball, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and many more.

“This year is one of the most eclectic and exciting line-ups in the history of the festival,” said Steve Gumble, President and founder of the Festival.

Along with an amazing weekend of music, Telluride Blues & Brews proudly presents the Grand Tasting on Saturday. One of the premier beer tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting features more than 150 beers from over 50 microbreweries, including those from the Telluride Blues & Brews official beer sponsor, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.


Hope to see you this weekend at the Four Corners Folk Festival

This weekend’s sixteenth annual Four Corners Folk Festival features Los Lobos, Keb Mo, Natalie MacMaster, Jimmy LaFave, Jackie Greene,  The Infamous Stringdusters, The Black Lillies, Joy Kills Sorrow– and the list goes on.  This end of summer tradition is one of the region’s best run festival events.  For all the details folkwest.com.

Stop by the KSUT booth and say hello!

The Black Lillies in-studio with us on Friday morning at 11:00

We love The Black Lillies and we’re so happy to have them back in the area for the Four Corners Folk Festival at 12:15 on Saturday. As a bonus, they’ll be joining us live in-studio Friday morning around 11:00. Their session with us last year was one of KSUT’s best of 2010. Tune-in!

At the risk of being redundant: we’ll also be featuring their new CD “100 Miles of Wreckage” Friday at noon.

Tune-in for a phone interview with Chatham County Line’s Dave Wilson Wednesday morning at 11

Chatham County Line is on the roster for this weekend’s Four Corners Folk Festival. The band’s lead guitar player, vocalist and songwriter Dave Wilson will join KSUT’s Rob Rawls by phone Wednesday morning at 11.  They perform on the festival’s main stage on Saturday at 3 pm.

Ten years in, the four gentlemen that form Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on. Sold out shows in the US and overseas, appearances on national Radio & TV, four solid selling records, and four really dirty suits. “We want to be the band that puts on the most professional show in the business of what we do” reflects singer/guitarist/writer Dave Wilson. “I get tired of going to a show and the band stands around on stage doing nothing for 40% of the gig, if you’re there for us, we are gonna prove we are there for you.”

It is that sincerity of showmanship and professionalism that has led to countless miles on the road for CCL. “We’ve wore out two vans by now and I’ve actually worn out a few ties as well, you ever hear of someone wearing out a tie?” asks John Teer, mandolin, fiddle and high tenor singer for the band. It is this sweat equity that has fans driving hundreds of miles to catch Chatham County Line at work on the road. “We’ve had fans travel from another country to catch a show,” reflects banjoist Chandler Holt, continuing, “That’s when you know you’re doing something right.”

Releasing IV to critical acclaim in 2008, CCL was invited to be on “Later…with Jools Holland” on BBC 2 in the UK alongside such acts as The Raconteurs, Nick Cave, and Bon Iver. “Now that was a party,” muses Standup Bassist Greg Readling, adding “When you’ve got those guys coming up and introducing themselves to you, all the miles just melt away.”

The band released Wildwood in the summer of 2010 and continues to burn up stages from the southeast to the northwest and overseas from Bristol, UK to Amsterdam…and of course, their home away from home, Norway.

Natalie MacMaster performs at the Four Corners Folk Festival this weekend – she’ll join Jen Simon by phone Tuesday morning at 11

Electrifying performer and Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster will play at the Four Corners Folk Festival this weekend. She’ll also be checking in by phone with KSUT’s Jen Simon on Tuesday morning at 11. She performs Friday night on the main stage in Pagosa at 7.  A perfect reason to start your festival weekend out early!

Well-known to international audiences as one of Canada’s major talents, Natalie has been an ambassador for traditional East Coast music, and is credited with lifting the style to its contemporary prominence. While acclaimed for taking Celtic music to new heights, each album Natalie releases displays a creativity and range that constantly expands the boundaries of the genre.

Tune-in for a chat with Keb Mo this morning

Well Keb called a bit earlier than expected. Hope you caught his interview with Jim! 

Tune in for Jim’s conversation with Keb Mo this morning between 10:30 and 11:30. His new CD ‘The Reflection’ is our feature today at noon and will be available for your pledge of $72. Plus, Keb is the Sunday night headliner at this year’s Four Corners Folk Festival.  Great opportunity to see him perform close to home!