Listen for music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of bluegrass-country-rock since the 60s with a brief bit of fame in the 80s when they shortened their name to "The Dirt Band."
This week, New Settlers features a live performance by singer/songwriter Jeff Black. Black performed in 2011 on the Wichita State University campus for the Ulrich Museum of Art's outdoor summer concert titled "Art For Your Ears."
Jeff is self-described as a "burly, bare-knuckled, blue-collar son of the Missouri plains with dark Irish blood." Jeff has several albums to date, has written movie soundtracks and has penned tunes covered by such artists as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings and Black Hawk.
This week on New Settlers we hear the wild, eclectic and multi-talented Vance Gilbert from his show at the Old Settlers Inn. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also funny. Really.
It’s Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy is a true poet – spinning lyrics and melodies that are multi-layered and – simply – wonderful. 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.
Web preview: Here's Mondlock in 2013 performing at Greenfield Guitars in Montreal, Canada.
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.