Lu Anne Stephens

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 Program Director, 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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Music
5:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

On New Settlers' Radio Hour: Americana storyteller Slaid Cleaves

Credit slaidcleaves.com

Saturday, March 29 2014:

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. Wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.
 
Here’s one of my favorites.  It’s a studio version (you all know I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous.  Enjoy.
 
 

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Music
2:20 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta team up on this week's New Settlers

March 22

This week we look back to one of the first shows recorded for New Settlers. Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music.  Dan and Beppe have well-established solo careers but when they perform together, it’s wonderful. They’re favorites at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield but we recorded them in a much more intimate setting - St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

Here's a great clip of them performing an audience favorite:
 

Music
11:36 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Jigs, Reels And Irish Ballads

Saturday, March 15 2014

This week New Settlers celebrates St. Patrick's Day with jigs, reels and Irish ballads. Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area. We will sample from the best, including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ryan and her band, and Grace Griffith. 

Music
3:37 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Settlers Radio Hour: St. Patty's Jigs, Celtic Vocalists

Saturday, March 15:

This week, New Settlers celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with jigs, reels and Irish 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, Cathy Ryan and her band, and Grace Griffith.

Music
1:53 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Peter Mulvey - Live Indie Folk Rock Recordings

Saturday, Feb. 22 2014

Listen to a performance by Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Peter Mulvey is best known for his dark songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his touring and albums. You may have heard him on public radio before – he's been interviewed before on various shows and his music shows up as well.  As usual, live is best.  Don't miss it – he's so, so good.

Here's an example:

Music
6:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Art of New Standard Tuning on New Settlers

Saturday, Feb. 15: Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. The three guitarists met in a Guitar Craft course focusing on the New Standard Tuning, which they still use today. If you’re wondering what the New Standard Tuning is and why it matters, just listen to them play. Amazing.

Some examples:

Bohemian Rhapsody. Whoa.

Music
1:36 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Celebrate Valentine's Day Early With New Settlers

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.

Some examples:

Here is Cheryl Wheeler. I love so many of her tunes but this early love song is a favorite.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Wakeelah Martinez

Wakeelah standing next to a her painting of African Mother Queens.
Hugo Phan

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Hear Wakeelah talk about her life, her travels and her path back to Wichita:


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Music
3:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Paul Thorn Featured On This Week's New Settlers

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says “southern.” Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

Music
1:05 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Chuck Pyle Featured On This Week's New Settlers

We get to hear one of the Best of the Best (and definitely one of my favorites). It’s a concert and/or performer who was a particular audience favorite. This show features Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Chuck blends his dry humor and performance skills with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.

This is my favorite of all of Chuck's wonderful tunes:

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