New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

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

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 country-rock since the '60s with a brief bit of fame in the '80s when they shortened their name to "The Dirt Band." Their best known tune probably is Mr. Bojangles, although some may argue that "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "American Dream" are equally worthy of notice. Like most acoustic "bluegrassy" bands, they have great musicianship, tight harmonies and are a lot of fun to watch. You'll see. This Saturday evening at 7:00.

A compilation of 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!

A sample of Roomful of Blues:

Christmas Special
This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that we’ve gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom
Kimmel and others will sing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.

Here’s a tune that’s become a classic already – “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon.

Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful - it's the amazing Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.

A good example of Greg working the crowd:

And here's one of my favorites.  It's produced, not live, but still pretty good!

This week on New Settlers, Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. 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. Buddy's soft, gentle vocals pack a surprising punch as they deliver wry, insightful lyrics. Upbeat ballads, haunting melodies, commentary. So, so good.

Two singer/songwriters shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn - Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris. Celeste Krenz was born and raised in North Dakota; Sally Barris is now based in Nashville and works as a performer and a songwriter whose tunes have been covered by some of country music's top performers. Both women add a touch of "Americana" to their blend of folk and acoustic songs but their styles are quite different. They sounded great together!

This week it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. The group has rebranded to “Keith and Renee” and they’ve been around for about a decade. We recorded them Linesight Gallery in Wichita - fairly early in their career. They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.

Here's an example of them performing live. A bit low-tech but a great example none-the-less.

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three established singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmell, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves (based in Austin, TX), recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Slaid performs both as a solo acoustic act and with other musicians.  He first gained notice in 1992 when he won the Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" competition. He hit the Americana charts in 2000 with his album and song "Broke Down."

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.

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