High Plains Morning

¡Globalquerque! 2018 will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez). Enjoy musical performances in the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theatre and dance outside on the Plaza Mayor.

High Plains Public Radio returned to South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 for three days of nonstop live music, panels, networking, and FUN. We enjoyed meeting and hearing so many new artists, and everything learned went right back into our regional music programming on shows like High Plains Morning, Songbirds, Open Range, What the Folk?, Punk & Disorderly, Friday Night Blues, and Western Swing & Other ThingsClick here to see some videos of the performers we enjoyed.

High Plains, we are THRILLED to welcome brilliant folk singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid to HPPR's Living Room Concert Series as she's touring across the globe with her fifth album, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous.

Sarah McQuaid - Live in Amarillo!

Friday, September 28th 
Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley)
Doors @ 7p ~ Show @ 7:30p
Suggested Donation: $15 
***Make life easy & please bring cash!***

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a VERY full house. Tomorrow (September 1st) in Amarillo, the Yellow City Sounds Music Festival will rock Memorial Park on the main campus of Amarillo College from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m., so we welcomed some of the primary players into the HPPR Studio to tell us all about it.

A big thank you to BJ Barham from American Aquarium for stopping by HPPR Studios in Amarillo for a chat about the new album, their current tour, and all the changes that have led to both. 

Thanks so much to Laurie Howard, Development Director at the Hope & Healing Place, for stopping by HPPR to talk about the "Wings of Hope: Butterfly Release & Remember." 

We’re thrilled that folk duo Ben & Emily Roberts, also known as Carolina Story, stopped in the HPPR Studios in Amarillo for a quick hello and a few songs. Their new album, Lay Your Head Down, features 12 original songs they’ve been stewing on for a long, long time. We’re so grateful the universe continued showering them with cosmic signs to keep at it, because this record has it all. They’re playing TONIGHT at the Six Car Pub and Brewery, 6pm.

High Plains Morning wants to thank Jacob Johnson, classical guitarist and lutenist based in the Dallas area, for stopping by the HPPR Studios in Amarillo for a quick chat and performance.

Don't miss the folk-rock duo, Heart Society, LIVE IN CONCERT at HPPR Studios in Garden City! They’re sure to light up the stage, so don’t miss this exciting show!

Heart Society — LIVE IN GARDEN CITY

Friday, August 17th
HPPR Studios - Garden City (210 N. 7th)
Show @ 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $15 
***Make life easy & please bring cash!***

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a full house in the studio thanks to TWO SHOWS happening this Friday in Amarillo. (Scroll down for details!)

Thanks so much to  Rex Flottman, the Media Director of the Walnut Valley Association, for chatting with High Plains Morning about the forthcoming 47th Annual Walnut Valley Festival taking place September 12 – 16 in Winfield, KS. Music lovers and artists are planning their annual pilgrimage, and Y’ALL ARE INVITED!

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!! 

Don't miss this HPPR Living Room Concert from traveling Southwest singer-songwriters, BITTERSWEET HIGHWAY. This is their first show for our audience, so let's show them some love!

High Plains Morning was honored to speak with Denise Cross (Treasurer/Financial Advisor & Volunteer) and Stefanie Rodarte-Suto (Volunteer & Presenter) at ONE-Amarillo, an area nonprofit committed to stop human trafficking in the greater Amarillo area by educating, empowering, and engaging with those at risk, survivors, and compassionate volunteers in our community that are willing to help.

Thank you to Bruce Moseley, Executive Director of the Turn Center (and semi-finalist for best beard in Amarillo), for stopping by High Plains Morning to share some information about their organization’s upcoming sporting events with Kids Inc. (or, Kids Inclusion). Together, they’ll provide adaptive sports opportunities for all children in the Amarillo area. “We are excited that children with disabilities and without disabilities will get to play sports together!,” Moseley says.

For someone with five horses, two dogs, three cats, a donkey, a rabbit, and a husband, Chera Hammons sure gets a lot of work done. She stopped by High Plains Morning, with Dr. Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project, to promote an upcoming reading with an impromptu literary throw down (ahem, a reading).

Thanks so much to Amy Berry, Tour Leader for the African Children’s Choir, for speaking with High Plains Morning about the upcoming show in Amarillo. This group has been at it since 1984, aiding kids in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. Their purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa, with a focus on education for all. The kids have performed for presidents, heads of state, and Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee; they’ve also played with Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, and more.

As someone who is ALSO “Too Old to Die Young,” I want to personally thank Dege Legg, a.k.a. Brother Dege, for taking some time to chat with High Plains Morning before his show in Amarillo.

You might recognize his music from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and he’s also been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He was fresh off his nine-week European tour, so we’re grateful he carved out some time to share his insights with our listeners.

Press Release/Wes Reeves

A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.

The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope, who was tragically killed in a car accident five years ago. The group is hoping to secure land near the new multi-purpose event venue now under construction on Buchanan Street.

To quote The Boss, "You can't start a fire without a spark." So High Plains Public Radio wants to thank model humans Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston for burning their end-of-tour flame on the Texas Panhandle.

Thanks to Kegan Hollis and Matthew Williams from Mariposa Eco-Village for stopping by High Plains Morning to talk about Fourth Fest. If you're looking for some art and music in the Panhandle, stop by the event from 6pm-2am at Mariposa Eco-Village (1501 N. Soncy).

High Plains Morning was honored to host Tejay Adams, the founder of the Amarillo-based nonprofit Stand Against Suicide. He's hosting a rally this Sunday, June 24th, at 34th & Georgia in Amarillo from 2:00 to 4:01pm, to bring visibility to the public health crisis of suicide in our region. You can  RSVP here.

Longtime listeners already know how High Plains Morning loves lookin' out for our own, so when we heard Oklahoma's own Turnpike Troubadours were slidin' through the Panhandle, we got one of them on the horn.

Phillpsburg, New Jersey native Pentley Holmes stopped by High Plains Morning at HPPR Studios—Amarillo to play a live, in-studio set before his Amarillo debut, May 15th at 7pm at FireSongs at Fire Slice Pizzaria.

A huge thank you to Amarillo College's Suzuki Guitar Ensemble for cramming into the HPPR Studio in Amarillo for an impressive show of skill and talent. 

Instructor Homero Campos's Beginning Guitar Ensemble includes: David Schneider (9); Lucy Schneider (9); Will Albracht (8); Bennett Amos (8); Jonathan Smith (8); and Andrew Davis (9). 

Today on High Plains Morning, we heard from Sonja Gross, Public Information Officer for the Amarillo District of the Texas Department of Transportation. She came on the show to remind us about the very real dangers of distracted driving.

That's any activity that takes your attention away from driving, such as texting and talking on a mobile phone to eating and drinking, putting on makeup, shaving, reading, programming a navigation system, watching a video and even adjusting the radio. 

EXCITING NEWS! This Tuesday night in Amarillo, HPPR's listening area has Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, with folk icon Richard Thompson, LIVE IN CONCERT! And right now on High Plains Morning, you can get TWO FREE TICKETS!

Get in on Skip Mancini's Spring Garden Basket. Pledge your support TODAY from 9a-12p CT, during High Plains Morning, for your chance to win. PLUS, your dollars will be doubled thanks to Mary Emeny of Amarillo, TX! 

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Lynn Phipps has finally made it back to her hometown of Canyon, Texas—and she brought her partner, Joe DeLeon. Thankfully, they've also brought along their guitars, banjo, harmonicas, and vocal harmonies (though they seem to have forgotten their guitar picks). 

Thank you, the world. I can die now.

COLLECTORS! MUSIC LOVERS! VINYL HOARDERS! AGING HIPSTERS! LISTEN UP! Across the US, vinyl enthusiasts celebrate RECORD STORE DAY on April 21st. This year, join High Plains Public Radio for our first-ever POP-UP VINYL SWAP at HPPR Studios—Amarillo (104 SW 6th Ave, Basement).

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