HPPR To Broadcast From Tumbleweed Festival

Aug 24, 2018

TUNED IN: Notes from Bob Davis, executive director of High Plains Public Radio

Country music artist Jerrod Niemann, a native of Liberal, Kan., performs Friday night at Garden City’s Tumbleweed Festival.

This weekend, Garden City hosts the annual Tumbleweed Festival — a three-day celebration of live music and community on the High Plains. There will be something for everyone, as this year will feature country, rock, bluegrass, Americana, folk, pop, rock, and a brass band!

Friday night’s lineup focuses on regional acts, including Garden City’s own Kaylee Keller and another Garden City favorite Twin Country.

High Plains Public Radio will be broadcasting LIVE from the festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to meet Marshal Allen Bailey & Cowgirl Janey, the hosts of Western Swing & Other Things; Valarie Smith, the host of Songbirds; and Stephen Johnson, the host of Open Range. And as a bonus, Jenny Inzerillo, host of High Plains Morning, will be at the festival, interviewing performers.

If you’re there, stop by the booth and say hello. (We might even get you on the air!) You can learn more about the festival at www.tumbleweedfestival.com


Did you know High Plains Public Radio offers listeners a perfect soundtrack for Saturdays?

It’s true. It’s true.

Starting at 9 a.m. Central with Mountain Stage, a nationally-acclaimed, live-music program, and continuing into the early hours of Sunday morning with Punk and Disorderly, hosted by staffer Bryan Bihorel, HPPR spans many musical genres to stay dialed into your weekend. In between, you’ll go full cowpoke with Western Swing & Other Things with Marshal Allen Bailey and Cowgirl Janey; enjoy Valarie Smith’s exploration of rare folk gems on Songbirds; get lost in the anything-goes playlist of Stephen Johnson’s Open Range; and delight in the themed sets from Amarillo’s own Mike Fuller on What the Folk?; and much more.

Here’s the full lineup:

9:00 AM

Mountain Stage

11:00 AM

Western Swing & Other Things

1:00 PM


2:00 PM

Open Range

4:00 PM

All Things Considered

5:00 PM

Live from Here with Chris Thile

7:00 PM

What the Folk?

9:00 PM

Ozark Highlands Radio

10:00 PM

Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

11:00 PM

Art Of The Song


Punk and Disorderly



HPPR bids a fond farewell to our longtime program, Folk Sampler, but we're thrilled to introduce our new addition: Ozark Highlands Radio, with Dave Smith. It will air Saturday evenings at 9:00 p.m. CT and features live music, jam sessions and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Ark. If you'd like to hear more about it, check out High Plains Morning's interview with Dave.


The third season of “Last Chance U,” an award-winning Netflix documentary about community college football, takes place in Kansas. The Independence Community College football team is featured, as well as two schools in the High Plains region: Garden City Community College and Dodge City Community College. The central figure of the series is Josh Brown, Independence’s head football coach. And there’s one more local tie-in to the High Plains! Brown finished his college football career at Fort Hays State University. Be warned that the program’s language is NSFW (actually, extremely NSFW). You can check out the trailer here: 


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