New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

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

Saturday, June 4

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's a live performance of Belfast Blues. Brooks is funny and tells a good story – but if you want to get right to the music, it starts around 3:45.

Saturday, May 28

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.

This one is just fun…

Saturday, May 21

It’s Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle and Peter, Paul and Mary and many others but there’s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works

I just love this tune

Saturday, May 7

Listen for The Wiyos at the Old Settlers Inn. The Wiyos are described as a modern band reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley and Spike Jones. They're also described as fabulously skilled and inspired kooks. Mostly they're described as fun – so much fun.  Enjoy vintage tunes, original songs and lots of audience engagement.

See them here!

  

Saturday, April 30

This week it's Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris – two singer/songwriters who split a bill but united the room at the Old Settlers Inn. Take a listen to these two spectacular vocalists and writers. 

Here's "Let the Wind Chase You" performed by Sally Barris:

Celeste Krenz performs "I Hold On" here:

Saturday, April 23

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. We recorded them early in their career - they now go by “Keith and Renee," perform with a backup band and have a distinctly country sound. Enjoy a look back at their early years – young, hip and fun.

Listen to a performance from several years ago here:

Saturday, April 16

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  The Sherpas are a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmel, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille.  Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s an example:

Saturday, April 9

On this week's New Settlers' Radio Hour 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. He is a wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.

Here’s one of my favorites from Cleaves. It's a studio version -- you all know I like live performances better -- but it’s gorgeous.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 2

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. We recorded them in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

Here's one of my favorites:

Saturday, March 26

This week New Settlers' Radio Hour features Groovelily – an award-winning trio that defies categorization. The band blends acoustic, pop, classical and jazz. They're energetic and fun with tight harmonies and amazing musicianship. We recorded them at the Old Settlers Inn. 

Groovelily knows they're hard to define and created this video montage – check it out!

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