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, October 15

We'll hear Nickel Creek at The Orpheum. They're best described as "progressive bluegrass" but that really doesn't go far enough for this trio of amazing musicians. Chris Thile and Sara and Sean Watkins have performed together since the youngest was 8. Now in their 30s, they've branched out into other projects but reunited in 2014-2015 to tour and record a Grammy-winning album. Chris Thile takes over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion this Saturday!

Here are a couple performances from 2014:

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

Here’s an example:

And if you’d like to know a bit more about them – this is a nice link:

Saturday, September 24

We'll hear Aoife Clancy at the Old Settlers Inn. Aoife sings beautiful traditional Celtic tunes with a great band.

Saturday, September 17

One of the first, one of the best. Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music. Dan and Beppe are longtime stars at the Walnut Valley Festival – going on this weekend! We recorded them in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

This one is so good. Even better live…you'll see!

Saturday, September 10

New Settlers' features Groovelily, an award-winning trio fusing acoustic, pop, classical and jazz, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  

Groovelily created their own sampler to (try to) explain their sound – here it is:

Saturday, September 3

This week we'll hear from Jennifer Kimball and Lucy Kaplansky, who shared a concert at the Old Settler’s Inn. 

Saturday, August 27

This week New Settlers' celebrates all things Irish with jigs, reels and ballads. Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area and we’ll sample from some of the best – including Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan and her band and Grace Griffith.  Grab a pint and join the party.

Here's an old video from The House Band:


Saturday, August 20

This week it's Peter Mulvey performing at the Old Settlers Inn with dark, sultry songwriting with amazing percussive guitar. So very good.  

Here are some examples: 

Saturday, August 13

It's guitarist and singer/songwriter and ultimate showman Tommy Emmanuel - at his best - before a live audience.  We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum theater.

Watch the fun!  

Saturday, August 6

Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio’s performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. Virtuosity – that pretty much sums it up!

They may be best known for their version of this tune: 

And here's an example of just how diverse their performances can be: