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.
Tonight, New Settlers features Groovelily – an award-winning trio that is, in their words, hard to describe. They fuse acoustic, pop, classical, jazz, great vocal blends, and some hotshot solos. They're good. Very good. We recorded them at the Old Settlers' Inn.
Web Special: Here is a video collage of what you can expect.
Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singers and songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, the New Settlers' Radio Hour 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 Wichita area venues.
It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers' Inn. Zoe is an English folk musician from Brighton who now lives in Massachusetts. She plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads, world beat, and vaudeville. Plus she sings a song about pie – does it get any better?
Listen for a recording of R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Kelley was born and raised in Kansas and continues to live in Lawrence, though she spends a lot of her time touring the U.S. and the world. Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style can be traced to her beloved early piano teacher (the subject of "Queen of the 88s").
This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that we’ve gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Kimmel and others will sing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.
Web extra: Here's a tune that's become a classic already - "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon.
Listen for music from the 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 60s with a brief bit of fame in the 80s. Their best-known tunes are probably "Mr. Bojangles" and "American Dream." Amazing musicianship, tight harmonies and so much fun!
It's another Best of the Best tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour. We'll hear from the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill and their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Fresh, funky, fun!
Web extra: Here's Still on the Hill performing "Otis and Ocie."