Lu Anne Stephens

Director of Content Strategy

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 Strategy, 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, 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

Saturday, October 29

This week on New Settlers' we'll hear Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. They're two talented singer/songwriters who shared the concert and the spotlight. 

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:

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