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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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:

 Lori McKenna- Numbered Doors

Lori’s latest release continues her streak of stunning portraits of everyday life.  She is one of the most highly regarded songwriters working today.  Standout tracks:  Good Marriage and 3 Kids No Husband.

  

Jackson Browne-Standing in the Breach

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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 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.

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.

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!

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.  

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.

‘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

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