Lu Anne Stephens

Director of Content; Director of Programming and Operations; Music Host

Lu Anne has held many positions at KMUW, including local Morning Edition host and reporter/editor. In addition to her current duties as Director of Content and Director of Programming and Operations, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio Hour”  and countless special productions. After studying Music Performance and Journalism at Pittsburg State University, Lu completed her degree at Wichita State University in 1995. She has won several awards for journalistic excellence since she has been at KMUW.

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Saturday, June 25th
Listen in on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of country-rock since the 1960's with a brief bit of fame in the 1980's. Their best-known tunes are probably Mr. Bojangles and "American Dream.”

Here’s Mr. Bojangles.

Saturday June, 11th
It’s another Best of the Best with the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill. Their performance at the Old Settlers Inn shows off their blend of styles into a fresh and original style.

Check out the Arkansas duo preform "These Two Arms"

Saturday June, 4th
This week New Settlers features one of the Old Settlers Inn’s first – and favorite performers.  Singer-songwriter Brooks Williams combines rock, blues and American roots music. We recorded him at The Old Settlers Inn.

Here's a live performance of Belfast Blues. Brooks is funny and tells a good story – but if you want to get right to the music, it starts around 3:45.

Saturday May, 28

Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful. It's Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  Greg is the founder of Red House Records, has received a plethora of folkie-and-indie type awards and his tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others.   Like most singer-songwriters, he’s best when performing live in a small setting – like the Old Settlers Inn.

This one is just fun…

It’s Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle and Peter, Paul and Mary and many others but there’s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works

I just love this tune

Saturday, May 7

Listen for The Wiyos at the Old Settlers Inn. The Wiyos are described as a modern band reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley and Spike Jones. They're also described as fabulously skilled and inspired kooks. Mostly they're described as fun – so much fun.  Enjoy vintage tunes, original songs and lots of audience engagement.

See them here!

  

Saturday, April 30

This week it's Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris – two singer/songwriters who split a bill but united the room at the Old Settlers Inn. Take a listen to these two spectacular vocalists and writers. 

Here's "Let the Wind Chase You" performed by Sally Barris:

Celeste Krenz performs "I Hold On" here:

Saturday, April 23

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. We recorded them early in their career - they now go by “Keith and Renee," perform with a backup band and have a distinctly country sound. Enjoy a look back at their early years – young, hip and fun.

Listen to a performance from several years ago here:

Saturday, April 16

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  The Sherpas are a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmel, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille.  Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s an example:

Saturday, April 9

On this week's New Settlers' Radio Hour listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves who is a great example of the Austin, TX style.  We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn. He is a wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.

Here’s one of my favorites from Cleaves. It's a studio version -- you all know I like live performances better -- but it’s gorgeous.  Enjoy!

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