High Plains Morning

Weekdays from 9 am to noon CT

High Plains Morning is a long-standing tradition at HPPR.  A daily mix of singer-songwriters, folk, jazz, americana, world, reggae, bluegrass, rock and just about anything else that you can think of. Add news from NPR and regional weather reports at the top of each hour, and you have a great way to move your day along. 

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Let's talk about native plants, and what they can add to YOUR High Plains garden. Not only do these natural neighbors have what it takes to survive in our unpredictable climates, they also make a seamless habitat for indigenous birds and bugs -- many of whom are crucial to the health of our landscape. 

NOTE: THIS IS AN EVENT IN PROGRESS! Please check in for FURTHER UPDATES, including new sponsors and activities! We are adding new partners EVERY DAY!

***If you would like to volunteer, donate, or help out with this event in any way, contact Jenny immediately at jinzerillo@hppr.org. We're going to have a blast!

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Rebecca Loebe
Live in Amarillo on Saturday, July 30th
The Chalice Abbey
(2717 Stanley – Off Georgia by Wolflin Square)
Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p
Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP online or by calling 806.367.9088. 

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ABOUT REBECCA LOEBE: 

   

HPPR is proud to announce our Summer/Fall lineup for the Living Room Concert Series, with shows in Amarillo, TX & Garden City, KS. 

The Vogts Sisters

Saturday, July 2
LIVE  in Garden City, KS

HPPR Studios ~ 210 N. 7th Street
Doors @ 6:30 pm | Show @ 7:00 pm

Please RSVP online, or call us at 806.367.9088!
Suggested Donation: $15
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Jack Williams |  LIVE IN AMARILLO

Saturday, June 4th

@ The Fibonacci ~ (Chamber Music Amarillo)

3306 SW 6th Ave. ~ 7:00 p.m.

$15 Suggested Donation

JACK WILLIAMS returns to Amarillo! 

As 200,000 miles click over, Nikki Talley just smiles.

After 3 ½ years of hard touring, with approximately 200 shows annually, Nikki keeps traveling on, bringing her gorgeous voice and thoughtful songs across the nation.

  If you asked Joe, the sole singer-songwriter of Williams Lost, his music combines “country cheese” and “bubble-gum pop,” with a hint of melancholy.  To the local listener, however, his sound evokes a straight-up, High Plains singer-songwriter aesthetic.
 

 When I say “Cheech,” most people think “…and Chong.” Right?  But Cheech Marin – the actor, director, counter-culture humorist, and musician, who began his career as the lovable stoner cruising around East LA with his blissed-out buddy Tommy Chong – is more than just a Hollywood comedy icon. Those in the art world have known it for a while, but Cheech has been amassing one of the world’s foremost private collections of Chicano art for almost 40 years. Thanks to efforts by the Amarillo Museum of Art, now our region is able to experience this unprecedented collection firsthand.

Leading up to his December 28th show in Amarillo, High Plains Morning host Jenny Inzerillo speaks with country songwriter and artist Robert Earl Keen about his latest album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. For more than 30 years, Keen has been defined by his singular style as a songwriter and performer – celebrated by fans for his slice-of-life narratives and complex characters. His latest album digs up the roots of country by resurrecting popular bluegrass standards, breathing new life into every classic track. 

Interview with Lucy Kaplansky on HPPR

Aug 21, 2015

Lucy Kaplansky will be performing at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City this weekend, with sets on both Saturday and Sunday.  You can see a full schedule at tumbleweedfestival.com.  Here's an interview that Lucy did with Mike Fuller earlier this week.

Darrell Scott’s new record ‘Ten’ is a collection of songs written by his friend the late Ben Bullington, a Montana physician who wrote songs for fun in his spare time.  Ben and Darrell met by chance in Yellowstone National Park a few years ago and became friends.  When Ben passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013, he had heard only the beginnings of this record.  It’s a beautiful tribute to a talented songwriter gone too soon.  We will listen to ‘Ten’  this week on High Plains Morning.  

Sean and Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek, Sebastian Steinberg from Soul Coughing, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Don Heffington and Greg Liesz from everywhere and Fiona Apple-that is the cast of Watkins Family Hour.  Recorded in 3 days, this all-covers record displays the immense talent collected here in this croup of people that originally came together over the last couple of years at a monthly jam session at Largo in Los Angeles.  Tune in this week to High Plains Morning to hear every track from Watkins Family Hour.  

‘Something More Than Free’ is Jason Isbell’s hugely anticipated follow up to 2013’s ‘Southeastern’.  The new record reflects some of the many life changes Isbell has experienced in the last 3 years- marriage, sobriety and impending parenthood.  The songs and arrangements are more mature and muted than some of his previous incendiary performances.  We will listen to ‘Something More Than Free’ this week on High Plains Morning.  

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem have just released their 5th record together- ‘Violets Are Blue’.  The New England- based quartet are now in the 15th year together; 2 members were also previously together in Salamander Crossing.  The new record is full of their signature mix of folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  We will listen to ‘Violets Are Blue’ this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR welcomes Claudia Nygaard to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Friday, July 17!  This show will be in our studios, located at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk in the heart of downtown Amarillo.  We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Asset Center.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We will have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies as well.  To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

CD Of The Week: James Taylor's 'Before This World'

Jun 29, 2015

James Taylor’s ‘Before This World’ is his 17th studio record, and his first #1 record on the Billboard charts.  These new songs were written over the last 2 years in a self –imposed seclusion in a friend’s apartment in Rhode Island.  James has said that he didn’t feel he could write a new song unless he had an isolated, distraction-free environment in which to write.  Recorded at his home studio, ‘Before This World’ was worth the 13 year wait since ‘October Road’ in 2002.   Tune in to High Plains Morning this week to hear 'Before This World' in it's entirety. 

Take a great singer-songwriter-Amos Lee- add the renowned Colorado Symphony and put them together in one of the most spectacular live venues in the country-Red Rocks Amphitheater.  The result is this week’s featured CD.  Recorded on August 1, 2014, ‘Live at Red Rocks’ is a mix of tunes from all 5 of Amos’ previous records.  We will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning. 

A Special Father's Day show at The Fibonacci

Jun 22, 2015
kristy fuller

99 people spent part of their Father’s Day at The Fibonacci, and were rewarded with an amazing afternoon of great music.  The Red River Songwriters group consists of our own Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, Kelly Mickwee, Brandy Zdan and Josh Grider, and we were able to catch them on their way home from their annual songwriting camp in New Mexico.  6 top notch songwriters, 6 powerful voices, 6 guitars and 1 banjo, and a guest song from Zach Wilkerson.  What a great way to end your weekend.  If you would like to be on our e-mail list to find out about future shows, send an e-mail to

Indigo Girls’ new release ‘One Lost Day’ is their 14th studio record since they began recording in 1987.  As I read through the reviews of this record, I began to see a common thread; they all mention that the songwriting remains as strong as ever, but the instrumentation has continued to grow and expand.  I have to agree- this release sounds familiar and new at the same time.  We will listen to this new batch of songs from Indigo Girls this week on High Plains Morning.

Eilen Jewell’s new release ‘Sundown Over Ghost Town’ is the sound of change.  Becoming a mother and returning to her home town of Boise, Idaho have instilled a sense of growth and maturity to these songs.  We will listen to 'Sundown Over Ghost Town' this week on High Plains Morning.  

The new release from Dar Williams-‘Emerald’- is her 11th release and her first record since 1995’s ‘The Honesty Room’ that has not been released by Razor & Tie Records.  ‘Emerald’ features several special guests including Richard Thompson, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche.  We will listen to ‘Emerald’ this week on High Plains Morning.

  HPPR is so pleased to present Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines in a Living Room Concert  on Friday, June 5! This show will be at The Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, the home of Chamber Music Amarillo.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $15.00 for this show.  To make a reservation, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.  Don't miss this one!

About Terri Hendrix(from terri's website terrihendrix.com)

We all know the songs that JD has written or co-written by heart:  ‘The Best of My Love’, ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘The Heart of the Matter’, ‘I’ll Take Care of You and so many more.  His new release is called ‘Tenderness’, his first CD of new songs since 2008’s ‘If the World Was You’.  Produced by Larry Klein, it’s a great addition to his catalog.  We will listen to ‘Tenderness’ this week on High Plains Morning.

CD of the week: Mandolin Orange's Such Jubilee

May 11, 2015

North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange have just released their 5th record- it’s called Such Jubilee and it was written on the road over the last year.  Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin say that this record is not actually about being on the road; it’s more about the things that you know are waiting for you at home when you finally get back there.  We will be listening to Such Jubilee this week on High Plains Morning.

Songwriters in the Round This Friday May 15!

May 11, 2015

HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series continues on Friday, May 15!  This show will be at The Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation for this show, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.  We will have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters, cookies from Kristy Fuller and a great evening of original music.  Don't miss it!

About the Artists

Rick Branigan

  We here at HPPR love having guests in our studios.  This morning Maxwell Hughes and Edison stopped by to talk about their show tonight in Amarillo, and to play a couple of tunes for us. They are slowly working their way back home to Colorado after SXSW; you can catch them tonight-4/1 at the 806 Coffeehouse at 2812 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo.  There is no cover charge and the show starts at 9pm.  Listen to the entire interview below.

Kristy Fuller

Chalice Abbey in Amarillo was THE place place to be last Saturday night! It was the first time HPPR has utilized this beautiful venue-many thanks to Paul Carruth for allowing us to use it! The current art exhibit features the work of Jim Livingston, who donated a great print that we gave away to an audience member.

New Music from Colin Hay on High Plains Morning

Feb 23, 2015

It’s been 4 years since Colin Hay’s last release, and his new one ‘Next Year People’ was definitely worth the wait.

Hay’s particular blend of wit, cynicism and melancholy are intact on every track. The title track paints a stark but hopeful picture of depression-era farmers.

Tune in to hear every track of Colin’s ‘Next Year People’ this week on High Plans Morning.

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