Live music

So it seems not EVERY folk show has been cancelled! Thanks so some serious dedication to the arts, the fine folks at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast (100 Brentwood Rd., Amarillo) have secured a regional folksinger, Longriver, to take the trek up from Austin and play a show in the Panhandle this Sunday night at 7pm.

Today, High Plains Public Radio presents a special edition of Sinfonia to celebrate the regional talent tucked in among the flatland prairies of our region. To accompany this showcase, we thought we’d check in with the artists being featured on today’s program, including representatives from  Chamber Music AmarilloAmarillo Master ChoraleHarrington String Quartet, and the Amarillo Symphony 

Kansas Is STILL A Band: Kansas, Live in Amarillo

Mar 11, 2020

The rock band Kansas started in Topeka in 1970, with early concert posters famously proclaiming “Kansas is a Band!” Saturday night at the Amarillo Civic Center, the group powered through its artsy, progressive-rock-themed back catalog, as well as a few more recent numbers, to the delight of concert-goers.

Music for the Thinkin' Man: Corb Lund, Live in Amarillo

Mar 10, 2020

On assignment from High Plains Public Radio's Music Director, Jenny Inzerillo, I was asked to stand in as a reporter for the Corb Lund show at Hoot’s Pub in Amarillo on Friday night. Since my date couldn’t make it, I brought along a philosopher. (It’s a strategy for seeing Corb Lund that I would highly recommend.)

Recently, on High Plains Morning, things took a tragic turn. But like…in a good way. I was delighted to speak with a country-folk singer, storyteller, and man of the land whose music is always in rotation: Corb Lund. He’s playing a show TONIGHT at Hoot’s Pub in Amarillo, and he took some time out to chat with me and share some insight with HPPR listeners about his new album, Agricultural Tragic.

Even though we're in a basement, today a northerly wind blew in as Sofia Talvik took the mic during High Plains Morning. The celebrated, Swedish-born, folk-Americana singer-songwriter—wow, that's a lot of hyphens—landed at HPPR Studios in Amarillo on her way to Pampa, TX for her show tonight at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center

Thanks so much to Emily Burns (vocals, guitar) and Aaron Markovitz (vocals, mandolin, guitar), also known as the folk duo Escaping Pavement, for stopping by High Plains Morning today. They played a house concert at Aoudad Ranch in Amarillo on Sunday, and we were thrilled they had some time to play a few tunes for the good people of the High Plains. Here’s the full interview and in-studio set:

While I’m a little miffed that he didn’t bring me any beer, David Palmer of Chamber Music Amarillo stopped by High Plains Morning today. This Saturday night, March 7th, CMA presents “German Giants,” the fifth concert of the current season, featuring sonatas by Bach and Brahms.

There really aren't words to describe the exhiliration one feels upon walking up to the Luck Reunion entrance gate every year. You know you're about to see some of the greatest artists performing live acrosss four different stages, in a space enchanted with the community, love, and family spirit of Willie Nelson and his dedication to promoting art, poetry, and kindness. Sure, that was a run-on sentence, and yeah, it all sounds very lofty, but trust me: it's that touchy-feely.

One of High Plains Morning's favorite artists to spin (across EVERY genre) is en route to the Texas Panhandle! North Carolina's hard-to-define supergroup (and Tarheel bluegrass pride and joy), Steep Canyon Rangers, hit the stage on Saturday night at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Sometimes our connections from long ago echo back at us, like distant yawps circling a hoodoo in a canyon...Oh, sorry! I got a bit too poetic there for a moment. Maybe it's because the brilliant singer-songwriter Dana Sipos rolled back through Amarillo on her trip to Vancouver—and thankfully, she also brought her guitar.  Hear the full interview and in-studio set on the link below, and find out more about her music here.

High Plains Morning was thrilled to welcome back Chamber Music Amarillo this morning. David Palmer, Michael Palmer, and Guli Manfredi stopped by to remind you that this Saturday, January 11th is their annual Concerto Extraordinaire!, the annual celebration of classical mastery in the Texas Panhandle. As always, it’s one night only & tickets go fast – so don’t miss it!

Today was a good one, folks. Thanks so much to Jackson Grimm and Nathan Evans Fox for stopping by High Plains Morning today and serenading the HPPR region with their dear and dusty tunes, even if they were hardly caffeinated enough for live public radio.

HPPR's 2020 Living Room Concert Series commences with a double dose of fresh folk/Americana! Two dynamic duos are hitting Amarillo on Friday, February 7th, performing live at Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley St.). 

Music lovers of the Texas Panhandle, you won't want to miss this fabulous folk concert tomorrow night. Thanks to Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast,  those of us in the Amarillo-area have a chance to see Americana singer-songwriter Stoll Vaughan, live in concert. It's a donation show, so come out for a soulful serenade in a winter wonderland.

HPPR is thrilled to present the hometown release of 7th full-length album from Texas singer-songwriter, Susan Gibson. Catch her LIVE in concert in celebration of her new CD, The Hard Stuff. Don't miss your hometown, High Plains hero, SUSAN GIBSON. Please RSVP here….and please bring friends! We'll have a blast.

Here's the full interview from High Plains Morning!

Folks in the TX Panhandle, don’t miss Ronny Cox, LIVE in concert, at Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo) this Thursday night from 7p to 9p. The set will feature Ronny’s music, with help from his bandmates, Rad Lorkovic & Tom “Panda” Ryan. Relax for some fabulous folk from these traveling troubadours. It’s a $15 suggested donation, so come on out – and bring friends!

Hey, Garden City! This just in : catch Kansas folksinger Sky Smeed LIVE in concert on THURSDAY, Nov. 14th at Garden City Community College’s Beth Tedrow Student Center Portico at 7:30 PM. It’s free and open to the public, so come on by. (Donations are accepted, though!)

HPPR is thrilled to present the hometown release of 7th full-length album from Texas singer-songwriter, Susan Gibson. Catch her LIVE in concert in celebration of her new CD, The Hard Stuff. Don't miss your hometown, High Plains hero, SUSAN GIBSON. Please RSVP here….and please bring friends! We'll have a blast.

SUSAN GIBSON – Album Release Party!

SATURDAY, November 16th

Live in Amarillo @ The Rockin' OT

(3100 SW 6th Ave.)

Thanks so much to Guli Manfredi of WTAMU and Isannah Gonzales of Chamber Music Amarillo for stopping by High Plains Morning today to chat about the 3rd classical concert for CMA’s 22nd season: The Heroic Journey of Life!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came out to Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast for Curtis McMurtry & Diana Burgess, live at HPPR's Living Room Concert Series. Seriously, folks. YOU ARE HIGH PLAINS HEROES for braving the snow to support these wonderful artists. (Texas, tried and true!) If you missed it, here's their on-air set from High Plains Morning, which they stopped in for just before hitting the road to New Mexico.

Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit  STEEP CANYON RANGERS are playing the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30pm—and HPPR has two PRESALE TICKETS to give away on Wednesday morning during High Plains Morning. Tune in for information about how to win.

"We are stardust. We are golden. We are million-year-old carbon...." and hey, maaaaaaan, we're GIVING AWAY two 50th Anniversary collections during our Fall Membership Campaaaaaaaign! (Pledge now! It's groovy.)

THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, come to the church of FOLK MUSIC with your friends at HPPR as we present The Brother Brothers, LIVE IN CONCERT! This show will benefit HPPR's live music programming during out October Membership Campaign. 

Missed the show? Hear their LIVE, IN-STUDIO performance on High Plains Morning, recorded after their show! 


The Brother Brothers—LIVE IN AMARILLO

Unrelenting mid-September heat didn't stop crowds from enjoying the 20th Annual AMERICANAFEST® 2019 held city-wide in Nashville last week. Acts from around the globe descended on storied venues and new spaces alike, all of which hosted artists in celebration of Americana and folk music. 

Today, Portland based soul/Americana artist Karyn Ann stopped by High Plains Morning with her friend, accompanist and producer, Mark Bowden. (A few months ago, friend of the station, Beth Wood, sent Karyn our way—and we’re so glad she did.) She’s playing in Amarillo at Starlight Canyon Bed and Breakfast (100 Brentwood Rd.) this Wednesday night, Sept. 25th; doors open at 6:30p, and the music begins at 7:00p.

We were happy to get a visit from Lucy Tan and David Palmer this week, stopping by to remind folks that Chamber Music Amarillo's new season starts TONIGHT with a fabulous program "Celebrating Women in the Arts." The first classical concert of their 22nd season, The Heroic Journey of Life shines a spotlight on female composers—and it's one night only: TONIGHT, Friday September 13th @ 7:30pm at the Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo).

Thanks so much to Buddy Squyres for stopping by High Plains Morning today to remind us all that it's officially Fogelberg Season! The 10th Annual Friends of Fogelberg benefit concert will be on Friday, September 6th at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Folks, we have a fantastic ol' timey jazz-folk duo for you. Their sound evokes a bygone era, so if you love tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, as well as gypsy jazz and swing music, you'll dig the Paper Moon Shiners. They'll bust out some mouth trumpet, kazoo, enchanting vocals, and a lot of fancy pickin'. Mark your calendars, and we'll see you there!

Folks, if you're in the TX Panhandle, don't miss The Tone Deaf Cowboys – TOMORROW NIGHT, Saturday, June 29th  from 8 to 11pm at the Palo Duro Creek Ranch...right before the entrance to the Canyon at 11301 TX-217.

This show is sponsored by Palo Duro Jeep Tours at Palo Duro Creek Ranch (11301 TX-217, Canyon)—just before you get to the canyon. If you have questions, call (806) 866-2100. You can also get info online.