Tune in for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. 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. Nice, nice!
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.
Here’s one of my favorites. It’s a studio version (you all know I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous. Enjoy.
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.
Here's a great clip of them performing an audience favorite:
This week New Settlers celebrates St. Patrick's Day with jigs, reels and Irish ballads. Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area. We will sample from the best, including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ryan and her band, and Grace Griffith.
Listen to a performance by Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Peter Mulvey is best known for his dark songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his touring and albums. You may have heard him on public radio before – he's been interviewed before on various shows and his music shows up as well. As usual, live is best. Don't miss it – he's so, so good.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. The three guitarists met in a Guitar Craft course focusing on the New Standard Tuning, which they still use today. If you’re wondering what the New Standard Tuning is and why it matters, just listen to them play. Amazing.
Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers 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 venues in and around Wichita.
Here is Cheryl Wheeler. I love so many of her tunes but this early love song is a favorite.
Singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says “southern.” Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.
We get to hear one of the Best of the Best (and definitely one of my favorites). It’s a concert and/or performer who was a particular audience favorite. This show features Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Chuck blends his dry humor and performance skills with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.
This is my favorite of all of Chuck's wonderful tunes:
This week we feature 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").