High Plains Morning

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High Plains Morning is a long-standing tradition at HPPR.  Hosted by Mike Fuller, it is 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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  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.

HPPR welcomes singer-songwriter Eric Taylor to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, April 11.  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 will have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

About Eric Taylor

The Pine Hill Project is the latest collaboration of Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, who were previously members of a band called Cry Cry Cry, along with Dar Williams.

'Tomorrow You're Going' is  an album of interpretations of songs from Gilliam Welch, Dave Carter, U2 , Nick Lowe, Greg Brown and others.

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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.

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.

HPPR welcomes Don Conoscenti back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm, at The Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley Street (across from Hastings on Georgia) in Amarillo.

To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. This is Don's 2nd appearance for HPPR; don't miss it!

Simply put, this is not your dad's Bob Dylan.   'Shadows In The Night' is Bob's 36th release, and none of the tunes were composed by him. It's a collection of tunes from the Great American Songbook, featuring classics like Autumn Leaves and That Lucky Old Sun.

We will listen to all 10 tracks this week on High Plains Morning.

Diana Krall chose, once again, to do the unexpected with her latest release.  ‘Wallflower’ is a collection of some of the most iconic pop tunes from the 60’s and 70’s- Eagles, Elton John, Beatles, Crowded House and more.  Given the choice of material, the choice of David Foster as producer and arranger is an inspired one. We will take a trip down memory lane with ‘Wallflower’ this week on High Plains Morning.  

HPPR welcomes singer/songwriter Randy Palmer to our Garden City facility for a Living Room Concert on Friday, January 30!  We are located at 210 N 7th St. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 620-275-7444.  Don't miss it!

About Randy

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ is the 7th release from Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists.

Initial reviews are calling the band a more seasoned and mature collective than in the past. Having built their reputation on Colin Meloy’s penchant for storytelling, the new record focuses on more personal themes - love, loss and change.

We will listen to each track from this beautiful record this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series continues this Friday night January 16!  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 will have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and fresh cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an email to music@hppr.org. Don't miss it!  

Every now and then things just seem to fall in to place. Yesterday I came into work to prepare for today’s show, and I was concerned because I didn’t know what the featured CD for the week would be. I opened the mail and there it was in my hand.

Lyal Strickland’s new record is called ‘Balanced On Barbed Wire’ and it is a beautiful work; instantly captivating and engaging.

We will listen to ‘Balanced On Barbed Wire’ this week on High Plains Morning. 

It's that season again- the season of Christmas decorations, Menorahs and year end Best-of lists. Fan that I am of lists, I can't help but offer my choices for the best of 2014.  Here they are, in no particular order:

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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.

‘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 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.

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! 

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

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The loss of Dan Fogelberg touched the lives of many musicians.  It spurred Joe Ed Coffman to take action.  Less than a year after Fogelberg's death, Coffman had organized the first Friends of Fogelberg concert with all the proceeds going to the fight against prostate cancer.  That was 2008.  Coffman thought it would be a one-time shot, but with five concerts behind him, and over $150,000 raised, the effort continues.

The idea is expanding to Lubbock this September, with a performance by Lubbock based musicians on September 18.

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 Buddy Squyres is Mike's guest this morning on High Plains Morning.  They're talking about the upcoming Friends of Fogelberg concert.

This year's show is a tribute to the Beatles and prostate cancer survivors.

Squyres is a survivor.  He encourages all men over the age of 50 to be screened.  

All proceeds from the concert stay in the Panhandle to fund the fight against prostate cancer.

A free screening is planned for this Saturday, at the Westgate Mall from 10 am to 2 pm.

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. 

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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.

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