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, 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:

Saturday, July 30

It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Zoe plays everything from traditional folk tunes, ballads, world beat and also vaudeville.  Zoe even sings a song about pie!  Does it get any better?

Here are a couple of videos…

Saturday, July 23

Blues, roots-rock with a hard-to-fine element that says “southern.”  Paul's style is gritty as it is graceful. And he is incredibly funny! Paul Thorn is a consummate storyteller as you will hear in his Old Setters Inn performance. If you can't wait...

Here are a couple of tunes:

Saturday, July 9

We get to hear one of the Best of the Best – a concert that was a particular audience favorite. It’s Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Chuck is a consummate storyteller and contemporary folk artist.  At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering.  Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.

Here are a couple of my favorites:  

Saturday, July 2

Zoo Tunes is a compilation of performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series.  This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more.  Great shows, great crowds – check it out! 

Saturday, June 25

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 11

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 4

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…

Saturday, May 21

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