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, February 11

Everyone loves a love song, right?  But no one more than singer-songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers' celebrates Valentine’s Day with Anne Hills, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, Brooks Williams, Tom Prasada-Rao and others, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn and other venues in and around Wichita.

Here’s Cheryl Wheeler:

And Brooks Williams:

Saturday, February 4

Acoustic, eclectic and fun. The Waybacks might be called “newgrass,” but that hardly begins to describe them. You’ll have to listen! Recorded at The Old Settlers Inn.

Okay. This one sounds a little bluegrass…

And here’s something a little different…

Saturday, January 28

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 to ballads to world beat to vaudeville.  And she sings a song about pie – does it get any better?

Saturday, January 21

We'll hear Paul Thorn at the Old Settlers Inn. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-fine element that says “southern.”  Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

Saturday, January 7

It's Zoo Tunes tonight on New Settles' Radio Hour, with 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!

Saturday, December 10

We'll hear another best of the best, 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.

Saturday, December 3

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 he is in concert with some nice blues and – of course – a story to go with it.

And here's one of my favorites. Studio, rather than live, but lovely all the same.

Saturday, November 26

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.

Saturday, November 19

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

Buddy is probably best known for his upbeat songs, some covered by Peter, Paul and Mary, some by Art Garfunkel. But this more contemplative song is my favorite:

Saturday, November 12

Wild, eclectic and multitalented… Vance Gilbert is a quintessential singer-songwriter and storyteller. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn.  

 

Here are a couple of examples:

Lots of funny chatter - and a sweet ballad…

…and just a sweet ballad

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