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High Plains Public Radio is thrilled to announce TWO NEW MUSIC SHOWS highlighting the best in folk, roots, acoustic, Americana and more—and they're BOTH hosted by regional DJs, born and raised on the High Plains! Don't forget to tune in THIS SATURDAY and catch HPPR's exclusive new programs, Songbirds and What the Folk?

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A recently implemented program at West Texas A&M University’s School of Music has been gaining a good deal of attention.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, WT’s partnership with Belmont University in Nashville gives students in the Panhandle a pathway toward careers in the music industry. Darrell Bledsoe, coordinator of music business at WT, said the program is exploding in popularity, adding: “It’s amazing.”

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Legendary country and western singer-songwriter Mel Tillis died this week; Tillis was a longtime friend and supporter of the High Plains region.

Tillis was famous for his mellifluous singing voice and his stutter when he spoke. Tillis’s self-effacing nature was in evidence when he purchased a country radio station in Amarillo and used the call letters KMML, a winking reference to his own speech impediment.

Next to Kin / amarillo.com

The town square in Canyon, Texas, will be hopping on Thursday nights throughout June.

As Amarillo.com reports, the concerts will begin tomorrow night, June 8th, at 7:30 PM. Performing this week will be local Canyon favorites Next to Kin, led by the brother-sister duo of Danielle and Jeff Gerber.

Also set to entertain the crowds this summer, Amarillo alt-country faves Eddie and the Eat, as well as Jack Haney and the Geezers Gone Wild and, completing the series on June 29th, the Velvet Funk Band.

Creatures of habit

Jan 7, 2017

The other day, I watched our Jack Russell fidget impatiently by the bedroom door, waiting for someone to let him into the hallway. Directly behind him was an alternate path that led through the bath to the living area on the other side of the house. Because he’s in a new home, he never considered exiting via this route. After I released him from his self-imposed trap, I began thinking about how I, too, am a creature of habit locked into boundaries established only my mind.

Caldwell Banker/Denver Post

Late rock-and-roll legend Joe Cocker’s Colorado ranch will go to auction on September first, reports The Denver Post.

The Lumineers / cpr.org

Colorado indie stalwarts the Lumineers have had a breakout few years, vaulting themselves into the upper echelons of mile-high pop-folk. Their hits “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” remain permanent radio fixtures four years after their release. Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner recently spoke with frontman Wesley Schultz and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites: Here are some highlights from that interview:

On if they get sick of hearing "Ho Hey":

Jensen Sutta / Boulder Daily Camera

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame inducted six new artists on Saturday, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. The ceremony, and an accompanying concert, occurred on the University of Colorado campus.  The event was held in an auditorium named for one of the inductees, Glenn Miller.

Leading up to his December 28th show in Amarillo, High Plains Morning host Jenny Inzerillo speaks with country songwriter and artist Robert Earl Keen about his latest album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. For more than 30 years, Keen has been defined by his singular style as a songwriter and performer – celebrated by fans for his slice-of-life narratives and complex characters. His latest album digs up the roots of country by resurrecting popular bluegrass standards, breathing new life into every classic track. 

Interview with G. Love

Nov 20, 2015
G. Love

Love Saves the Day is the brand new album from G. Love and Special Sauce, released on October 30. A harmonious mix of rock, blues, and hip-hop, the album includes guest appearances by artists such as Lucinda Williams, Ozomatli, Citizen Cope, among others.

G. Love chats with Ryan Gottlieb about the new release, his roots in Philadelphia, and much more!

Interview with Will Turpin of Collective Soul

Nov 17, 2015
Collective Soul

See What You Started By Continuing is the brand new album from rock band Collective Soul, released on October 2.

Bassist Will Turpin joined Ryan Gottlieb in conversation about the new album, songwriting, and even un-released songs from the band!

Interview with Dave Schools of Widespread Panic

Nov 13, 2015
Widespread Panic / Browncat

Dave Schools - bassist and founding member of Widespread Panic - talked with Ryan Gottlieb about their new album Street Dogs, released on September 25th.

The rock, blues, and jazz band have been together and touring for nearly 30 years. Dave chats about recording the new album, playing with other talented musicians, and much more! 

Interview with Devon Allman

Nov 3, 2015
devonallmanband.com

Devon Allman - creating the next generation of Allman music - is performing at John Barleycorn's in Wichita, KS this Thursday, November 5th; the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO this Friday, November 6th; and The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS this Saturday, November 7th.

Ryan Gottlieb talked with Devon about these upcoming shows, his latest album "Ragged & Dirty," how he got started in music, and much more!

Kansas

Kansas will be performing at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, KS on Saturday, October 3. New lead singer and keyboardist Ronnie Platt spoke with HPPR's Ryan Gottlieb in advance of the show.

Josh Davis / rollingstone.com

Sometimes you’ve got to leave home… to see home.  That’s how Rolling Stone says it was for Ryan Culwell. 

Rolling Stone’s Andrew Leahey writes:

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin will be performing in Garden City at HPPR Studios this Thursday, in Liberal at Seward County Community College on Friday and in Amarillo at The Fibonacci on Saturday.

You can hear an interview they did earlier in the week with Mike Fuller here. Information about each of their performaces is available at stephaniebettman.com.

I love lists-- all kinds of lists. 

Best of lists, worst of lists, stuff you have to see/hear/do before-you-die lists.  I also love making lists, but that’s really hard for me to trim down my list to a manageable size.  Here’s my attempt at a 2013 list of some of the best things (in my opinion) you’ve heard this year on High Plains Morning.  This list is by no means complete, and it is in no particular order.


The Force: Music

Nov 30, 2013
grandmashousecac.com

It’s interesting how certain tunes and lyrics transport our minds from the present to another time and place. I can’t listen to “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” without finding myself traveling backward through time to age fifteen when I rode shotgun up and down the main drag of a small Southwest Kansas town. With our windows rolled down, summer breezes riffled our hair until a comb could hardly pass through it. Oncoming drivers blared horns to greet one another as part of the nightly ritual. These discordant sounds disrupted KOMA tunes that set the rhythm of our popping bubble gum.

The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'

Aug 8, 2013
Courtesy of the artist

It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns — the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter — fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.