New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

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

Saturday, June 28:

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.

Saturday, June 21:

Tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour, listen for a compilation of past performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series.  This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more.  Great shows, great crowds – check it out!

Web extra: A Roomful of Blues performs at Belgium's Duvel Blues in 2012.

Jack Bawden

Saturday June 14:

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."

Michael Wilson, jeffblack.com

Saturday, June 7:

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.

Saturday, May 31:

It's another Best of the Best this week on New Settler's Radio Hour with the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. 

Saturday, May 24:

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. 

buddymondlock.com

Saturday, May 17:

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.

Saturday, April 19:

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!

slaidcleaves.com

Saturday, March 29 2014:

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.
 
 

March 22

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:
 

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