New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

Lu Anne Stephens brings you recordings of the best acoustic performers in local venues.

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:

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent 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.

Here’s an example:

And if you’d like to know a bit more about them – this is a nice link:

Saturday, September 24

We'll hear Aoife Clancy at the Old Settlers Inn. Aoife sings beautiful traditional Celtic tunes with a great band.

Saturday, September 17

One of the first, one of the best. Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music. Dan and Beppe are longtime stars at the Walnut Valley Festival – going on this weekend! We recorded them in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

This one is so good. Even better live…you'll see!

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