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Don’t miss an in-studio performance with the Turtle Island Quartet and Mike Marshall Wednesday at 12:15

We’re pretty thrilled to welcome the Turtle Island Quartet to the KSUT studios Wednesday (5/9) at 12:15 PM. They  perform at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Wednesday evening. The “Turtles” will be joined by Mike Marshall, one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists.

Its name derived from Native American Folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet has been cited as a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings, and called the quintessential American string quartet of the 21st century. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy for Best Classical Crossover, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles. The repertoire consists of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals.

Mike Marshall has been a part of the new acoustic music scene since the early 1980s. He has performed and recorded with many musicians in a variety of styles, including bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music. In addition to several instruments within the mandolin family, Marshall also plays the guitar and violin.


Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks join us live Tuesday at 1:30
May 7, 2012, 6:36 pm
Filed under: Arts & Culture, KSUT programming, music

Pacific Northwest indie-folk duo Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks are touring in support of the release of their debut full-length CD, Take The Air. We’re looking forward to having them on KSUT, Tuesday (5/8) at 1:30 for some live music and conversation.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown weekend is upon us

We love this old video clip of The Outta Hand String Band in front of Animas Trading from the 2005 Meltdown. Just a reminder of the fun to be had around town this weekend.

Get a complete lineup and schedule of events at durangomeltdown.com.

Patty Larkin, Eric Bibb and Guy Davis join us live in-studio on Thursday

Three great musicians will join us for three separate in-studio performances on Thursday afternoon.

We’ll kick things off with Patty Larkin shortly after 1:00 PM. Patty celebrated 25 years in the recording industry in 2010 with her CD “25” featuring love songs reworked and newly recorded with a host of musician friends. She’s performing Thursday and Friday night at the Millwood Junction in Mancos. A singer-songwriter and amazing guitarist, Patty remains a core artist of the KSUT Music Blend and we look forward to a great session.

Eric Bibb will join us shortly after 2:00 PM for some traditional live blues. Bibb was last here in 2010 on his “Booker’s Guitar” tour, paying homage to the Delta Blues of Booker White. This time, he’ll be performing at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College along with fellow bluesman Guy Davis on their “Blues Pilgrims” tour.

Guy Davis will be joining us as well at approximately 2:30 for his first in-studio performance on KSUT. Blues guitarist, banjo player and actor, Davis is about to release “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues”, an audio play that combines Davis’ original songs with those of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and others. We look forward to some blues and storytelling to top off our afternoon of live guests.

This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
January 26, 2012, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Arts & Culture, KSUT programming, music, NPR programming

Houston’s Icehouse Music has released “This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark” in celebration of Clark’s 70th birthday.

The tribute includes 30 tracks by 33 Americana artists who are friends and colleagues of Clark or who have been influenced by his remarkable compositions.

“Let’s give her a good go and make ol’ Guy proud of us…” said Rodney Crowell kicking off the collection on the first day as he readied to record “That Old Time Feeling.” The double CD set was recorded live in studio with a core house band that included multi-instrumentalist Shawn Camp, guitarist Verlon Thompson, & pianist Jen Gunderman.  The tribute was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas with a rotating cast of other musicians including multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines, bass players Glenn Fukunaga, Mike Bub and Glenn Worf, and drummers Kenny Malone and Larry Atamanuik.

Folks mostly laughed throughout the sessions. Swapped stories. Enjoyed company. Picked and grinned like those dusky evenings over at Guy and Susanna’s near Old Hickory Lake in the 1970s. Fittingly, Crowell issued our collective mission statement the very first day.

The collection was produced by grammy-winner Tamara Saviano —who is also working with Clark on his definitive biography—and frequent Clark co-writer Shawn Camp.

Clark was born in Monahans, Texas on November 6, 1941.

KSUT will feature disc 1 on Friday at noon.

Disc: 1
1. That Old Time Feeling (Rodney Crowell)
2. Anyhow I Love You (Lyle Lovett)
3. All He Wants Is You (Shawn Colvin)
4. Homeless (Shawn Camp)
5. Broken Hearted People (Ron Sexsmith)
6. Better Days (Rosanne Cash)
7. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train (Willie Nelson)
8. Baby Took A Limo To Memphis (Rosie Flores)
9. Magdalene (Kevin Welch)
10. Instant Coffee Blues (Suzy Bogguss)
Disc: 2
1. Dublin Blues (Joe Ely)
2. Magnolia Wind (Emmylou Harris & John Prine)
3. The Last Gunfighter Ballad (Steve Earle)
4. All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad (Verlon Thompson)
5. The Dark (Terri Hendrix)
6. LA Freeway (Radney Foster)
7. The Cape (Patty Griffin)
8. Hemingway s Whiskey (Kris Kristofferson)
9. Texas Cookin (Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O Brien)
10. Stuff That Works (Jack Ingram)

Tune-in on New Year’s Eve for Capitol Steps, APHC from Hawaii, NPR’s Toast of the Nation and more
December 29, 2011, 7:57 pm
Filed under: Arts & Culture, KSUT programming, music, NPR programming

Join us on New Year’s Eve for an end-of-year Saturday Blend with Jim Belcher from noon-3 pm. Then, help us ring in 2012 with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony “Politics Takes a Holiday 2011!” at 3 PM.

Jake Shimabukuro will be featured on APHC

Garrison Keillor follows at 4:00 with A Prairie Home Companion live from Oahu, Hawaii. With special guests, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, slack key guitarist Danny Carvalho, and legendary Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner; multi-instrumentalist Ledward Kaapana. Also, vocalist Heather Masse, slack key Kahuna Jeff Peterson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes.

American Routes New Year’s Special from 7-9 PM features Kermit Ruffins with an all-star Crescent City band featuring vocalist Thais Clark. Lafayette, Louisiana’s Pine Leaf Boys bring rock and roll to their own version of traditional Cajun music. Step into a holiday soiree of reels, jigs and waltzes by French fiddlers in Westbrook, Maine, and more with host Nick Spitzer.

NPR Music, WGBH and WBGO once again present Toast of the Nation, a broadcast of live jazz from venues across the U.S. The broadcast checks in with live music from Boston to Los Angeles, and celebrates midnight in four U.S. time zones. Many of the live performances will be recorded and archived at NPR Music, via npr.org/toastofthenation. WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton anchors the broadcast, with additional voices along the way. KSUT will carry the broadcast from 9-12 midnight beginning with Wynton Marsalis in New York City.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe New Year!


Best of the Blend – KSUT’s top 50 album picks of 2011
December 29, 2011, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Arts & Culture, KSUT programming, music, NPR programming

The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead

Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire

Adele 21

The Civil WarsBarton Hollow

Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon RangersRare Bird Alert

WilcoThe Whole Love

Paul SimonSo Beautiful Or So What

The Head & The HeartThe Head & The Heart

Amos LeeMission Bell

Gillian WelchThe Harrow And The Harvest

The JayhawksMockingbird Time

Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

Lucinda WilliamsBlessed

Sarah Jarosz, Follow Me Down

Iron and WineKiss Each Other Clean

Tedeschi Trucks BandRevelator

Indigo GirlsBeauty Queen Sister

The Green CardsThe Brick Album

OllabelleNeon Bluebird


Alison Kraus & Union StationPaper Airplane

k d lang Sing It Loud

The Black Lillies100 Miles of Wreckage

Ry CooderPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

David BrombergUse Me

Emmylou HarrisHard Bargain

Hot TunaSteady As She Goes

John HiattDirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns

Robbie RobertsonHow To Become Clairvoyant

Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Wanda JacksonThe Party Ain’t Over

Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver

Tom WaitsBad as Me

Abigail WashburnCity of Refuge

Gregg AllmanLow Country Blues

Marcia BallRoadside Attraction

Guy ClarkSongs and Stories

Cash Box KingsHoller and Stomp

Imelda MayMayhem

Bruce CockburnSmall Source of Comfort

Robert Earl KeenReady For Confetti

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris ThileThe Goat Rodeo Sessions

The GourdsOld Mad Joy

Various ArtistsHank – The Lost Notebooks

Etta JamesThe Dreamer

Gary Clark JrBright Lights

Nick LoweThe Old Magic

Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong

Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis