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Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

Location:

Missoula, MT

Description:

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

Language:

English

Contact:

4062434931


Episodes

The New Big Sky Singers Step Into The 'Musician's Spotlight'

7/7/2020
Host John Floridis interviews Rob Quist, Don Collins and Don MacDonald of the New Big Sky Singers . At the time of this interview, the group was planning a CD release and reunion concert for their new recording, 50 Years Ago Today , right when the COVID-19 pandemic brought live music performances to a halt.

Duration:00:58:28

Jonatha Brooke Adjusts Her Concerts To COVID Realities

6/9/2020
Master classes in songwriting and online “Kitchen COVID” concerts: when the going gets tough, folk-pop maven and playwright Jonatha Brooke gets improvisational. The enforced touring hiatus brought on by COVID-19 is hardly her first career obstacle: as part of the harmony-rich duo The Story (with college buddy Jennifer Kimball), Brooke garnered rave reviews and major label contracts - only to be dropped a few years later in a 1990s recording industry purge. Brooke shrugged, created Bad Dog...

Duration:00:58:26

Laila Biali's Virtual Stage Is Her Living Room - For Now

5/28/2020
Whether she’s playing piano and singing jazzy pop songs onstage, or hosting “Saturday Night Jazz” for the Canadian CBC Music network, exuberance is the hallmark of pianist-songwriter-singer-arranger Laila Biali . The Vancouver, BC native has collaborated with Sting, Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and has headlined festivals and venues across five continents. In May 2020, with the tour supporting her new album “ Out of Dust ” on hold, she’s collaborating with fellow musicians via...

Duration:00:58:25

Fruition, With Their Concerts Sidelined, Turn To Streaming Live Songs

5/19/2020
Merriam Webster's defines the noun “fruition” as “pleasurable use or possession: enjoyment.” With the cancellation of the band's 2020's live stage concerts, how does Fruition member Jay Cobb Anderson define it? The same as always: creating songs that sing for themselves. "We are pretty adamant and a bit obssessed about making the song shine in its own way, realizing the song, taking out our egos or expectations of what the song is and letting it be itself."

Duration:00:58:25

Seamus Egan Weeps Not For The Memories; He's Having Too Much Fun

5/12/2020
Host John Floridis catches up with Seamus Egan : teen prodigy, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, bandleader and co-founder of the beloved Irish-American band, Solas. If you've watched the film "The Brothers McMullen" or listened to Sarah McLachlan’s “ Weep Not for the Memories ,” you've heard Egan's compositions.

Duration:00:58:28

Bear's Den, Nick Spear In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

4/14/2020
Bear's Den , the British band fronted by Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones, first toured the US in a campervan, a trip featured in the 2014 documentary, “Austin to Boston.” Davie and Jones talk with host John Floridis about their 2019 album, "So That You Might Hear Me," and the change in tone it represents. Next, Flathead Valley singer-songwriter and actor Nick Spear explains how projects like the series of music videos shot in Montana ghost towns help him keep “the story” front and center,...

Duration:00:58:32

Rahim AlHaj Coaxes Musical Beauty Out of Adversity

3/31/2020
The vocation of instrumentalist, composer and NEA National Heritage Fellow Rahim AlHaj has brought him joy and exile, praise and torture -- always accompanied by a soundtrack provided by the 5,000-year-old Arabic oud .

Duration:00:58:31

Matt Wilson Keeps Jazz Listeners Guessing - And Thirsty For More

3/24/2020
Matt Wilson personifies the spontaneous energy of jazz. He's a drummer's drummer who seems to be everywhere at once, teaching, playing, recording, and bringing jazz to new audiences with the motto: "The answer is YES ... if it's legal."

Duration:00:58:38

Tanya Gabrielian Plays It Classical, But Not Safe

3/17/2020
Eighteen-year-old Tanya Gabrielian's true dedication to music revealed itself one eventful day during kung fu practice. A Harvard biomedical engineering student on a gap year at London's Royal Academy of Music, she kicked, slipped, and fell forward. But instead of shielding her head with her hands, the pianist-violist pulled her hands back in order to protect the tools of her music.

Duration:00:58:23

Colin Hay In The Musician's Spotlight

3/9/2020
Listen now on Musician's Spotlight: Singer songwriter Colin Hay from Men at Work talks with host John Floridis ahead of Hay's March 2020 show in Missoula, MT.

Duration:00:07:02

The Lil Smokies Create Punchy, Soulful Bluegrass

2/25/2020
Watching The Lil Smokies set up their acoustic instruments before a show, you'd expect some gentle front-porch picking to follow. In fact, a Smokies extravaganza carries the punch of arena rock filtered through bluegrass. The five-member group from Missoula captured their live-wire onstage act in the recording studio with the recent album Tornillo , melding soulful songwriting and well-honed bluegrass chops into a uniquely sweet, cohesive sound.

Duration:00:58:29

Mike Dawes Previews The International Guitar Night Tour

2/12/2020
Acoustic guitar virtuoso Mike Dawes visits with Musician’s Spotlight host John Floridis by phone and discusses his involvement with the International Guitar Night tour featuring Dawes and three other guitar master from Hawaii, Jim Kimo West, from Finland, Olli Soikkeli and from Turkey, Cenk Erdoğan. Listen now on Musician's Spotlight .

Duration:00:06:36

The Hot Club Of Cowtown: Where 'Country Meets Jazz And Chases The Blues Away'

1/21/2020
“ The Hot Club of Cowtown ’s stylistic genesis–as well as title–stems from the realization that the great heritage of strings (guitars and violins) originates mutually with the Manouche gypsies of France and the no-less virtuosic hillbilly pickers and fiddlers of Oklahoma and Texas….Together for over 21 years and fourteen albums, the threesome of high-heeled violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin showed from the beginning that jazz and country music could exist...

Duration:00:58:27

Amit Peled Is A Classical Cellist With A Flair For (Jewish) Soul Music

1/14/2020
Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and teacher Amit Peled first test-drove the cello at age 10. "I grew up in a rural kibbutz in Israel, and when I was in 4th grade, we were asked what instrument we would like to play. I picked the cello, because of a girl I wanted to get to know." At that time, Peled, who stands 6'5", was more interested in basketball than music. But by age 17, the two passions had swapped places, and his musical engine was firing on all cylinders.

Duration:00:58:27

Winter Holiday Songs In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

12/24/2019
Host John Floridis is spinning tunes for the winter solstice and holiday season, featuring songs by artists who have appeared on Musician’s Spotlight during its 25-year tenure: Ben Harper, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Bonnie Raitt, the Indigo Girls, the Cowboy Junkies and Derek Trucks and others.

Duration:00:58:21

Pat Metheny: Swinging For The Fences, Playing The Good Notes

12/17/2019
Jazz guitar master Pat Metheny has won twenty Grammy awards in ten different categories, playing and improvising a style that is modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. in 2013, John Floridis welcomed Metheny to Musician’s Spotlight , taking a close look at the art behind Metheny's “bright, accessible modern jazz.”

Duration:00:57:27

Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

12/10/2019
This week, Musician’s Spotlight features an audience with some of the Crescent City’s funkiest musical kings. In 2010, John Floridis spoke with drummer Stanton Moore and sax and harmonica player Ben Ellman of Galactic , the jam band that’s been “holding uptown down with that funky sound” since 1994. In 2011, vocalist and baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band told John how the legendary group - which began in 1977 as the house band for the Dirty Dozen Social Aid and...

Duration:00:58:32

Bruce Cockburn: Fifty Years Of Spreading Light Through Music

12/3/2019
The audience at a Bruce Cockburn concert gets boisterous over “If I Had A Rocket Launcher” and reflective with the opening chords of “One Day I Walk” and “Wondering Where the Lions Are.” More than five decades into his career, Cockburn’s guitar craftsmanship and gravelly-to-smooth voice convey wide-eyed wonder, full-on fury and everything in between, delivering the mixture of opinion, observation and quietly stinging humor that characterizes his songs.

Duration:00:58:39

Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

11/26/2019
This week's Musician’s Spotlight features two Austin, TX, Grammy-winning singer-songwriters who choose not to stay at arena's length from their fans: from 2016, Patty Griffin , and from 2013, Shawn Colvin .

Duration:00:58:29

Marc Cohn, James McMurtry In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

11/19/2019
From the Musician’s Spotlight archives: a pair of programs featuring Marc Cohn and James McMurtry, each of which won a Montana Broadcasters Association’s E.B. Craney Award for best non-commercial radio program.

Duration:00:58:34