JPR Live Session: The Bones of JR Jones
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson, Danielle Kelly
6d ago
Jonathan Linaberry was made to take piano lessons as a kid. From there, he taught himself guitar and banjo. With influences like RL Burnside, Son House, Tom Waits and the Carter family, it's no wonder his own music is a rootsy mix of blues, Americana and rock with a bit of indie rock and folk for good measure. His latest release is Slow Lightning, the deluxe edition just came out with a cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic My Home Town, a song JR fell in love with as a kid. In his fourth JPR Live Session he plays songs on his banjo and 1938 Kalamazoo guitar, and talks with Danielle Kelly abo ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Nellie McKay
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
1w ago
In addition to her award winning role in a Broadway production of Three Penny Opera, several albums of original work (the latest - the 2023 release Hey Guys, Watch This), a tribute to Doris Day and an album of '60s rock covers, My Weekly Reader, Nellie McKay has written and performed musical biographies of figures like Joan Rivers, Barbara Graham and Billy Tipton. The New York Times called the latter, "one of the best concerts of 2014." She is a gifted pianist with a gorgeous voice who takes on big subjects with a sly wit. Her songs pull the listener in only to jolt them awake w ..read more
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JPR Live Session: The Brothers Reed
JPR Live Sessions
by JPR Music
2w ago
Brothers Phil and Aaron Reed didn't begin playing music together until, as young adults, they moved to Southern Oregon from the Midwest. They now have five albums and are among the most sought after performers (as a band and solo) in the region. Joined by Brianna Murphy on fiddle and TJ Eilers on upright bass, they are getting ready to hit the studio for an album due out later this year. Hear them play three brand new tunes and talk about music, family, running and, beer - they have collaborated with Weekend Beer Company in Grants Pass for a new Brothers Reed-inspired session IPA. JPR Live Ses ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Amy Ray
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
1M ago
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers became friends and music collaborators in high school. As the Indigo Girls, they've been making music for well over 30 years. They are the subject of a documentary It's Only Life After All, that will be in theaters late this year. Their classic, Closer to Fine was just used in the hit movie Barbie. The latest Amy Ray solo album (her 10th) If It All Goes South came out in 2022. It was produced by long-time Indigo Girls (and Tedeschi Trucks Band) producer Brian Spieser and includes contributions from Alison Brown, Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and I'm W ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Arran Fagan
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
3M ago
Arran Fagan grew up in Medford and began performing original music as a teen. Now in Portland he balances his life as a high school zoology teacher with a career in music. He includes fellow Portland teacher/folk musican/JPR Live Session alumnus, Jeffrey Martin among his friends and mentors. His latest release is last year's There Is More Light. His background includes working in abroad teaching English as a second language and managing a college radio station. Arran Fagan is performing at Elder Apothecary in Ashland on December 9. For more information check out his website. Opening the show i ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Viv & Riley
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
3M ago
With a background in old-time music, Vivian Leva grew up in the Southeast. Riley Calcagno is from Seattle but grew up interested in roots and Americana. The duo met at music camp in the Pacific Northwest. NPR's Slingshot named the duo one of 2022's artists to watch. Americana Highway said of their new release Imaginary People, "There’s a warm camaraderie between the two that shines through & is evident in their material." The Bluegrass Situation said, "Their new album, is a masterful blend that weaves together their shared reverence for traditional Appalachian music alongside indie-folk, p ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Maria Schafer
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
4M ago
Maria Schafer went to college with the intention of getting into nursing. She also continued to study music. When the time came for a career choice, she chose music. She toured as the "girl singer" with the Glen Miller Orchestra singing arrangements originally written for Ella Fitzgerald. She's now putting her own spin on traditional tunes and writing and composing originals along with guitarist Shane Savala. Hear her talk about her background and play some tunes with her band in this JPR Live Session. Find more information about Maria Schafer here. Follow her on Instagram @mariaschafermusic J ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Wild Honey
JPR Live Sessions
by Danielle Kelly, Dave Jackson
4M ago
Originally from the far corners of the US, Wild Honey Trio members Cyrise, Peia and Megan were drawn together in Ashland by way of their love of folk music spanning the globe. The (mostly) Ashland based group visited the JPR Steve Nelson performance studio ahead of a few regional performances to share stories of their background and the tale of how they met. The trio explains their love of storytelling in many languages and through the lens of various cultures and traditions. They wax poetic on the power of sharing this special heritage with fellow musicians and audiences alike, and hear gorge ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Hanneke Cassel Trio
JPR Live Sessions
by Dave Jackson
4M ago
Born in Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke Cassel now lives in Boston. She studied at Berklee School of Music. In addition to her recording catalog, she teaches fiddle in various music camps including one run by her husband, cellist Mike Block who among other things tours with Silk Road Ensemble. As a producer, she produced Hop High - an early release by Crooked Still featuring Aoife O'Donovan. Flanked by guitarist Keith Murphy, who also just released a new album Bright as Amber and cellist/fiddler Tristan Clarridge who just took first place at the 2023 Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville ..read more
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JPR Live Session: Glitterfox
JPR Live Sessions
by Danielle Kelly, Dave Jackson
5M ago
(Danielle Kelly / JPR) Glitterfox founding members - Solange Igoa and Andrea Walker met at a party at Andrea's house in Long Beach, California. Right away they knew they should make music together. They lived together in a van for a couple of years as "feral musicians" traveling, playing gigs and busking. Eleven years later, they're married, living in Portland, and playing with a full band - with the mustachioed Eric Stalker on bass and Blaine "Rocket Fuel" Heinonen on drums - managed and mentored by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. They play indie-folk with rock and Americana sensibilities and ..read more
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