Mike Fuller

Music Director and High Plains Morning Host

Mike is the host of High Plains Morning, heard Monday-Friday from 9 am to noon CT.  He is also responsible for our Living Room Concerts series, which produces 15-20 shows per year, using several venues in Garden City and Amarillo.  Mike has been an HPPR staff member since September, 2010.

Mike is also a performing songwriter, playing approximately 100 dates a year in Amarillo and the surrounding area. He is currently working on his 3rd CD.

Location: Amarillo, TX studios

Phone:(806) 367-9088 (Amarillo studios) or (800)-678-7444

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Taos, New Mexico based Don Conoscenti stopped by our Amarillo studios while on the road to talk a little bit out his upcoming project.  Don is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign- you can contribute to his project by visiting doncon.com.  While he was in our studio he played us a couple of tunes that will be on the new record.  He is scheduled for a Living Room Concert in Amarillo in February of 2015.  You can listen to the interview here.

You might call it family counseling or therapy; you might call it brave and brutally honest, at times; you also might call it a brilliant idea.  Teddy Thompson managed to gather both of his parents Richard and Linda Thompson, his younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, Teddy and Kami’s nephew Zak Hobbs and Jack Thompson, Richard’s son from his second marriage.  The result is ‘Family’, featuring songs from each member , and we will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning. 

   HPPR’s Songwriter in the Round series continues on Friday, November 21!  This event will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, at the home of Chamber Music Amarillo.  We’ll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We’ll have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

The Performers:

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‘Plainspoken’ is John Mellencamp’s 1st release since 2010, and according to reviews, a very personal and moving record that stands along his best.  Arranged using mostly acoustic instruments, the songs continue the themes explored on his previous releases  ‘No Better Than This’ and ‘Life, Death, Love & Freedom’.  We will listen to ‘Plainspoken’ this week on High Plains Morning.

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are embarking on a tour of the high plains, including stops in Western Kansas and Texas.  The tour starts in Liberal on November 5 at the Baker Arts Center, then on to Garden City for an HPPR Living Room Concert on the 6th.  They go back to Liberal for a gig at Seward Community College on the 7th, and finally Amarillo on the 8th, for a show at the Fibonacci.  Stephanie and Luke have previously performed in Amarillo at the Garage Mahal.  For more information on these shows, visit their website stephaniebettman.com.

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin will be performing in Garden City at HPPR Studios this Thursday, in Liberal at Seward County Community College on Friday and in Amarillo at The Fibonacci on Saturday. You can hear an interview they did earlier in the week with Mike Fuller here.  Information about each of their performaces is available at stephaniebettman.com.

When Yusuf returned to the world of pop music after 27 years, expectations were ridiculously high.  Critics and fans agree that his new music continues to meet those expectations.  Yusuf’s new release ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ is his third release since his return in 2006.  This record differs from his previous releases in that it focuses on his R & B and Blues roots, while still being instantly recognizable.  We will listen to ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ track by track this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR welcomes Jon Brooks back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, October 25!

Canadian singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen celebrated his 80th birthday last week by releasing his 13th studio record.  It’s called ‘Popular Problems’ and it features 9 new songs from one of the most revered songwriters of our generation.   It was produced by Leonard and Patrick Leonard, whose credits include Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon and Cohen’s 2012 release ‘Old Ideas’.  We will listen to ‘Popular Problems’ all this week on High Plains Morning. 

HPPR welcomes Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham to Garden City for a Living Room Concert on Thursday, September 25.  This show will take place at The Education Center at Lee Richardson Zoo.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. There is a suggested donation at the door.  Tia and Tommy have played Living Room Concerts for us in the past, in both our Garden City and Amarillo studios and they have also been featured at the Tumbleweed Festival.  Anyone who has seen them previously knows what a show this will be. Don’t miss it! 

HPPR welcomes Amarillo's own Dana Hubbard to the Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 20!  The Fibonacci, which is the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo, is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.   The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. Those of you who have seen Dana previously, either in our Songwriter in the Round series or his performance at HPPR last year, know that this is a show not be missed!

  Singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has a brand new CD called 'Milltowns' due to be released on September 9.  It is a tribute to his mentor, the late Bill Morrissey.  All of the track except one were written by Bill.  Erelli compares the process of creating 'Milltowns' to painting- "...you put something on the canvas, step back for perspective, then add another layer..."  We will listen to each track this week on High Plains Morning.

Friends of Fogelberg V was, in my opinion, the best show of the series yet.  In the interest of transparency, I have performed in all 5 shows.  The band sounded great, the individual performers were all at their best, the string section sounded amazing.  Best of all,   we raised a significant amount of money for Prostate Cancer awareness.  During the intermission, we auctioned 3 pairs of tickets to see Paul McCartney in Lubbock next month, bringing in another $8,000 for the cause, in addition to ticket sales and donations.

Here's a short interview with Lindsay London, the rally coordinator for the Amarillo event taking place on Saturday, September 6 in Medi-Park.

Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper have been playing together since 2008, under several different band names before finally settling on Puss n’ Boots. Their first record together ‘No Fools No Fun’ is a collection of original songs and covers, some recorded live in a Brooklyn club.  We will listen to ‘No Fools No Fun’ all this week on High Plains Morning.

Exactly one year after JJ Cale passed away, Eric Clapton has released a tribute to his friend-16 tracks all written by Cale and recorded by Clapton and friends including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler and more.  Eric has recorded several of Cale’s tunes over the years including Cocaine and After Midnight, and has cited him as a huge influence on his own style.  We will listen to The Breeze-An Appreciation Of JJ Cale all this week on High Plains Morning.

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Fanatical: adjective.  Filled with excessive and  single minded zeal...enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.  

This week on High Plains Morning, instead of our usual CD of the week, we will feature the music of Cat Stevens and Yusuf, as he is now known.  From his early recordings in the mid 60's to his massive hits in the 70's, and music from the current phase of his career after his return from retirement in 2004. Cat Stevens and Yusuf-all this week on High Plains Morning. 

HPPR and Process Art House welcome Amarillo native Rodney Branigan to The Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, August 2!

This is Rodney's first appearance at an HPPR event!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller, who has taken over baking duties from Molly.

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Monday’s performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Globe-News Center was significant for a number of reasons.  

It's been almost 17 years since Toad The Wet Sprocket released their last record 'Coil', and it feels like they never left.  The new record 'New Constellation' is familiar enough to be instantly recognizable yet different enough to realize that the band has matured gracefully.  We will listen to this new music from the Santa Barbara based quartet this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

This is another first for HPPR's Living Room Concert series- we have sold out this performance on July 18.  We are taking stand by reservations, and will accommodate  as many people as possible.  We thank you for the great response and for your continued support of HPPR and live music!

HPPR welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.

We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

'Mutineers' is David Gray's 10th release in his 21 year career.  This one is a slight departure from some of his previous work, in that the arrangements rely less on acoustic instruments.  The songs are classic David Gray-insightful, passionate, stunning.  We will listen to 'Mutineers' this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR welcomes singer-songwriters Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay to our Garden City studios for a Living Room Concert on Tuesday, June 10.

We are located at 210 N. 7th St. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

This is Brennen and Noel's first show for HPPR and their first appearance in Garden City since performing at the Tumbleweed Festival a couple of years ago.

HPPR proudly welcomes Butch Hancock to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, June 21.

This show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and snacks.

To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail at music@hppr.org. Don't miss this very special evening!

Recorded live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta last January, this all-star tribute  to Gregg Allman features The Allman Brothers Band, Keb Mo, Jackson Browne, Susan Tedeschi, John Hiatt and many others, some performing with Gregg.  The package includes 2 CDs and a DVD.  We will listen to 'All My Friends' this week on High Plains Morning.  

HPPR is proud to present Amarillo-based singer-songwriter Randy Palmer in a Living Room Concert and CD release on Saturday, June 7!

The show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 7:30. Randy will be joined by a cast of musician friends who appear on his new CD 'Waterline'.

Winnsboro, Texas-based Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne have completed their brand new CD "Second Nature," due to be released on July 4.

It was recorded in Dripping Springs, Texas with producer Lloyd Maines and a cast of Austin area musicians.

Red Molly's brand new release continues their tradition of Bluegrass, Americana and a little something unexpected.  Featuring several original songs penned by the band and a couple of interpretations of other writers tunes, they have finally recorded Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a song they have played in concert for years(and the inspiration for their name.)  We will listen to the 'The Red Album' this week on High Plains Morning.  Look for Red Molly this August at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City.

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