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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'Childhood Home' is a collaboration between 3 time Grammy winner Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who placed her music career aspirations on hold years ago in order to raise her 3 children. Recorded in Ben's studio in Los Angeles, this record record is a history of a family written in song by a mother and a son. 10 tracks, 6 written by Ben and 4 by Ellen, we will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR proudly presents a first for us... a songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter Dana Cooper!

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10am to 1pm in our Amarillo facility, located on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center at 104 SW 6th Ave.

Two singer-songwriters with successful  solo careers meet and decide to go on tour together.  That was a couple of years ago, and now Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have produced their first cd together, 'For Keeps'.  It's a collection made up of some of each of their songs and some that were written together. Recorded in Austin, Texas,  the new cd features a slew of great musicians/friends.  This cd will be released on May 13.  Enjoy a preview all this week on High Plains Morning.

22 Days is John McCutcheon's 36th album in his 40+ year career as a singer-songwriter, author and producer.  This new collection of powerful, insightful songs highlight John's crystal-clear voice and inspired playing. He maintains a very busy touring schedule, including a headlining spot at Garden City's Tumbleweed Festival this summer. We will listen to 22 Days this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon, cst.  

The next installment of HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series will take place on Friday, May 9!

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

Sean Watkins was 11 years old when he and his 9 year old sister Sara and Chris Thile, also 9, formed Nickel Creek in 1989.  Since that time, they have released 3 CDs and toured non-stop until taking an "indefinite break" in 2007, to focus on solo projects.  Now they are back with a brand new release, produced by Eric Valentine.  We will listen to 'A Dotted Line' this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.  

David Wilcox's new record is somewhat of a departure from the largely acoustic Reverie from 2011- the instrumentation is more diverse and the arrangements are more complex.  11 new songs in a format that we don't often get to hear David in.  We will listen to each track from 'Blaze' this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

HPPR welcomes The Hard Road Trio to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Friday, April 11.

This show will be in our studios at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center.

We will open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.   We will have the usual- great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller.  To make a reservation for this show, you can call us at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

HPPR presents our own Mike Fuller in a Living Room Concert in Garden City on Saturday, April 5.

This show will be at Community Congregational Church, located at 710 N. 3rd St.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

This is Suzanne’s first record of new material in seven years.  It was recorded on the road, in studios in Chicago, London, Prague, Los Angeles and New York.  The overall theme of the album is the intersection between the spirit world and the material world.  We will listen to ‘Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’ this week on High Plains Morning.

Master guitarist Beppe Gambetta will be back in Amarillo on Saturday, March 22 to play a Living Room Concert for HPPR.

Beppe was here last year with Peter Ostroushko ...that performance is still being talked about!

This show will be at The Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 7:30.

‘The Nocturne Diaries’ is Eliza Gilkyson’s  20th release since she began recording in 1969. Hollywood born and raised, she has called Austin, Texas home for most of the last 30 years with stints in Santa Fe and Los Angeles as well.  The new record has been described as “…a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of day…a stubborn ray of hope…” It will be released on March 18.

We will listen to ‘The Nocturne Diaries’ in its entirety this week on High Plains Morning

Susan Gibson is a CMA award-winning songwriter based in Wimberley, Texas. Over the last 10 years Susan has logged hundreds of thousands of miles, hundreds of gigs and 4 CDs.

To celebrate her 10 year mark, she has just released her new live CD 'The Second Hand', recorded live at The Bugle Boy in LaGrange, Texas.

In some ways, Iain Matthews has perfected the art of obscurity.  An original member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, he has been recording and performing for over 45 years, without ever becoming a household name.

HPPR proudly welcomes Susan Gibson for a Living Room Concert on Friday, March 7 at The Fibonacci!

This show will also be a CD release party for her new record 'The Second Hand'!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. This will be Susan's third visit to HPPR, don't miss it!

Brooklyn-based Project Trio will be performing with the Amarillo Symphony this Friday and Saturday night at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

They stopped by HPPR studios on Thursday for a quick interview and performance. You can hear the interview and 2 performances above- the first piece is the trio's arrangement of Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus, and the second is one of their own compositions entitled Raga Raja.

Rosanne Cash’s latest release ‘The River & The Thread’ is all about her connection to her roots in the American South.  In fact, one review on Amazon.com called it “…a lyrical love letter to the South…” 14 new songs- 12 original tunes, one from Jesse Winchester and one from Townes Van Zandt, all co-produced with Rosanne’s husband John Leventhal.  We will listen to this beautiful new work this week on High Plains Morning.

'Bright Side Of Down' is John Gorka's 1st record in 4 years, and it was well worth the wait.  First coming to prominence in the "new folk" boom of the early 80's, (he won the Kerrville New Folk award in 1984) Gorka is well-known for his beautifully crafted, insightful, wry and honest songs.  We have the opportunity to preview this record all week on High Plains Morning before it's official release on March 4.  Tune in!

Mary Chapin Carpenter's new release is a re-invention of 10 of her classic songs, newly recorded with a 63 piece orchestra and a 15 member choir.  

In talking about the process, Carpenter says “Singing with an orchestra is very different from singing with a band. I had to learn to ride the enormous wave of sound an orchestra produces but not over sing at the same time. Finding a quiet voice while still conveying strength was the way in.”

We will listen to 'Songs From The Movie' this week on High Plains Morning.

Amarillo's Sadie's Rangers are coming back to HPPR's Living Room Concert series on Friday, February 21!  This show will be at the Fibonacci, the home of Chamber Music Amarillo, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  The last time that the Rangers played for HPPR,  we had a full house, so we suggest making a reservation!  Call us at 806-367-9088 or send and e-mail to music@hppr.org.  Don't miss it!

Hurray For The Riff Raff is the branchild of Alynda Lee Segarra, a Bronx-born singer songwriter who left home to criss-cross the country before finding the  place where she belongs  in New Orleans.  'Small Town Heroes' is her 7th release in 7 years; a beautiful genre-crossing collection of songs dedicated to “the people, musicians and ghosts of New Orleans.”  We will listen to 'Small Town Heroes' track by track this week on High Plains Morning.

The Greencards are comprised of an Englishman and 2 Australian singer-songwriters who all met after moving to Austin, Texas.  After a brief move to Nashville, they have returned to Austin and have released Sweetheart Of The Sun.  The record is also a bit of a return to their earlier records in terms of style- a great blend of contemporary bluegrass and folk with an almost ethereal feel.  We will listen to this new music this week on High Plians Morning.

Maxwell Hughes is an award-winning guitarist based in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  He is currently on a tour of the southwest headed for California.

I love lists-- all kinds of lists. 

Best of lists, worst of lists, stuff you have to see/hear/do before-you-die lists.  I also love making lists, but that’s really hard for me to trim down my list to a manageable size.  Here’s my attempt at a 2013 list of some of the best things (in my opinion) you’ve heard this year on High Plains Morning.  This list is by no means complete, and it is in no particular order.


I’ve been reading reviews, blogs and various posts about Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott’s new record(their 2nd together), and they all seem to say roughly the same thing: “Why did you wait 13 years to put this out?!”  It was worth waiting for; the follow up to their Real Time release in 2000, this collection is split down the middle with 5 tunes by Tim, 5 by Darrell and 3 covers, including John Prine’s Paradise, featuring John singing harmony.  We will listen to Memories and Moments this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR welcomes Putnam Smith back to Amarillo on Friday, January 24 for a Living Room Concert.  This show will be in our studios located at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We will open the doors at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

Experiencing Counting Crows live is an ever-changing, ever-evolving delight- no 2 shows are the same.  Their new release is a collection of tracks from their 2012 tour of North America.  A good mix of old tunes, newer songs and some covers as well.  We will listen to ‘Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow’ this week on High Plains Morning.

It’s an unlikely combination, but a really cool idea. Combine the leader of the most successful punk band of the last 20 years, a superstar jazz artist and a classic album from the 50’s and you get ‘Foreverly’. Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day and Norah Jones have re-interpreted/re-created the 1958 Everly Brothers record ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us’, a collection of traditional tunes. We will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning.

Blue Rodeo was formed in 1984 in Toronto by songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor as a vehicle for their own brand of Americana music, well before the term Americana was widely used. 29 years and 11 Juno Awards later, the band has released their 13th record, ‘In Our Nature’. We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.  

Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta’s 5th CD for Gadfly Records is both a love letter and a road map to the music of America. The record is a mixture of original material and Beppe’s own arrangements of some American classics. We will listen to each track of this beautiful collection this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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