New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

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

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. Listen for Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music.

Listen for 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.  She's been writing music for film, TV and stage. She was an artist-in-residence in India.  With all that, she still manages to tour a bit.  As usual, the audience brings out the best in a singer-songwriter.

New Settlers features Groovelily, an award-winning trio fusing acoustic, pop, classical and jazz, recorded 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 guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel before a live audience at Wichita’s Orpheum Theater. 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.  Tune in to see what all the excitement is about!

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 and we’ll sample from some of 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, he's been featured on public radio nationwide.

What's On: March 2

Feb 27, 2013

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. 

Listen for music from Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Zoe is an English folk musician from Brighton who now lives in Massachusetts. She plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads to world beat to vaudeville. And she sings a song about pie – does it get any better? Her instruments include the tin whistle, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, accordion, human trumpet and sometimes spoons. Her band is made up of some of the best musicians working today.

All the concerts featured on New Settlers have been great performances but some stand out as being amazing experiences for the performer and audience alike. We have another "Best of the Best" this week.

Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” from his concert at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is great performer and a wonderful blend of folksy and intellectual, dry humor and poetry, songs that make you laugh, songs that make you think, songs that make you cry.

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