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.
Krista Detor at the Old Settlers Inn. Krista is a singer-songwriter who has performed at venues around the world – including several times at the Old Settlers Inn. Her music is often dark, moody, almost sultry at times. Krista hs released her 4th album which deviates from the singer-songwriter standard: it consists of a series of five three-song suites and is inspired by the works of thinkers, writers and artists. Definitely stepping away from the norm.
Listen to a performance by award-winning fusion trio Groovelily at the Old Settlers Inn. Groovelily’s sound also comes from their blended vocals and instrumentation – a six-string electric violin, keyboards and percussion. They're funny and eclectic and so very talented.
Listen for some of the best celtic groups that have performed in the area over the last several years as we celebrate with jigs, reels and Irish ballads. We’ll sample from some of the best – including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ryan and her band and Grace Griffith.
Hear guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel before a live audience. We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre. The Australian-born showman first played in this area at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield several years ago. He started as an unknown, but by the second day his shows were crowded with new fans and hundreds more standing outside the fence, hoping to catch a glimpse. Now he's a sought-after performer anywhere in the world.
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, he's been featured on public radio nationwide.
Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. The three guitarists met in a Guitar Craft course focusing on the New Standard Tuning, which they still use today. If you’re wondering what the New Standard Tuning is and why it matters, here’s a brief description – the guitar is tuned in fifths rather than fourths which makes the overall range wider. The guitar can create lower and higher sounds. Like most alternate tunings, it opens the door to new music, arrangements, new sounds. The California Guitar Trio plays original works, arrangements of rock, classical and jazz.
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.
We get to hear one of the Best of the Best – a concert and/or performer who was a particular audience favorite. This show features Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Chuck blends his dry humor and performance skills with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.