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.
Web Special: Here is Brooks Williams playing his version of the Dave Alvin classic, "King of California."
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.
Web Special: Here’s one of my Slaid Cleaves favorites "Breakfast in Hell." It’s a studio version (you all know I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous.
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").