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.
New Settlers' Radio Hour features Groovelily – an award-winning trio fusing acoustic, pop, classical and jazz – recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Groovelily’s sound also comes from their blended vocals and instrumentation – a six-string electric violin, keyboards and percussion.
It's guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel at his best - before a live audience. We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum theater. The Australian-born showman first played in this area at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield several years ago. In two days, he went from "unknown" to the most popular performer at the festival. Lots of fun, lots of talent.
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. You may have heard him on public radio before – he's been interviewed before on various program and his music shows up as well. As usual, live is best. Don't miss it – he's so, so good.
Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio's performance at Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre, tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour.
The trio was formed in Los Angeles in 1991. The group has released 14 albums over their 23-year career, with their most recent album Masterworks released in 2011. Bert Lams of Affligem Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Chiba Japan, and Paul Richards of Utah comprise the trio.
Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who will write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers' Radio Hour celebrates love 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.
In another Best of the Best series, we'll feature music from Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Zoe is brilliant and talented but is also mischievous with a wealth of stories to share. She plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads to world beat to vaudeville. Her instruments include the tin whistle, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, accordion, trumpet and sometimes spoons. Her band is made up of some of the best musicians working today.
Listen for a performance by singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn of Moundridge, Kansas. 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 – a concert that was a particular audience favorite. It’s Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller and contemporary folk artist. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.
Coming up tonight on New Settlers, it's R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn of Mounridge, Kansas. Listen for blues, ballads and Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style all in front of a sold-out crowd. It's a great show.