New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

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

Saturday, July 26:

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.

Saturday, July 19:

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.

Saturday, July 12:

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.

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,

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.

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.