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."
This week on New Settlers, we revisit the wild, eclectic and multi-talented Vance Gilbert from his show at the Old Settlers Inn. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also funny. Really.
Tune in for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn of Moundridge, KS. Celeste Krenz represents a blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and Americana. Sally Barris works as a performer and a songwriter – and many of her songs have been covered by country artists, including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. The two women shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn and provided backup vocals for each others' tunes.
On this episode of New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear a recorded performance from Irish singer Aoife Clancy. She started her career at the age of 14, playing with her father’s band in local pubs. Later, she was a member of the Celtic group Cherish the Ladies and has been on her own for more than a decade. An amazing voice, a great concert!
Tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear from Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureux (who now go by “Keith and Renee”.) The duo was recorded at Linesight Gallery in Wichita. They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.
Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three established singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmell, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.
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… this Saturday night at 7:00.
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.