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High Plains Morning

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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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Today on High Plains Morning, we were thrilled to host SHEL, a Fort Collins, CO AND Nashville-based troupe of four sisters who have been writing and performing together since they were kids.

Currently on tour with their 2nd LP, Just Crazy Enough, SHEL wanted to high-five the High Plains -- so they stopped in to play us a few tunes!

As promised, here's the link to their delightful new video, "You Could Be My Baby."

"The fairies break their dances and leave the printed lawn." —A.E. Housman

This week on Growing on the High Plains, I have an offbeat tale about odd circles that seem to crop up supernaturally on the grass. Rest assured: there's a logical reason for the peculiar presence of these "fairy rings," especially given this summer's peculiarities.  Whether they're marked by darkness or puffs of white, learn more about this serpentine fungus among us.  

They pray. They prey.

But pray/prey tell: why is it that gardeners have been seeing more of these elegant insects this year? Whatever the reason, they're a welcome sight -- not only for their alien-esque arabesques, but also because they feast on pests like something out of a horror film.

Hear more about mantids on this week's edition of Growing on the High Plains.

And it's a good one! (Don't forget your popcorn.) 

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series

Presents High Plains folk music icon,

RANDY PALMER

HPPR Studios (210 N. 7th St.)

Garden City, KS

Doors @ 6:30p | Show @ 7p

Suggested Donation: $15

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

By Skip Mancini

It's back to school for kids across the High Plains, so I'd like to submit this audio essay about my summer travels.

As we revel in the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, what better time to check out what Ken Burns's documentary calls "America's Best Idea?" Today's episode of Growing on the High Plains highlights our extraordinary trip to  Yellowstone National Park. 

Gardeners, when was the last time you had a young one at your side while you played in the dirt? Consider turning your next venture outdoors into a little life lesson for a child unfamiliar with our methods. When you plant a seed in the mind of a child, you never know what will grow.

Today we'll consider the many important lessons that can be learned from a visit to the garden. By encouraging a child's natural curiosity about plants, dirt, and how things grow, you teach them valuable knowledge about their world -- and where exactly they fit within it.

Crystal Yates - Live in Amarillo 

Friday, Sept. 9th @ The Chalice Abbey

(2717 Stanley St. ~ Off Georgia & Wolflin) 

$15 Sugg. Donation

Art reception @ 6p  |  Music @ 8:30p

RSVP online or by calling 806.367.9088!

"Powerful." "Magical." "Inspiring." 

Children seem to experience a singular wonder when you put them in a garden -- something beyond the splendor of the grass, the blush of a plump pear, and the inviting smells and creatures. They also tend to tune in to what that garden says about its curator.

Today we'll take a walk through my garden, but please enter with a child's honest curiosity. As you survey the bean vines flanked with flowers, perhaps you'll see an unlikely shelter. I know I did. 

Don't let chaos reign in your flower garden!

 Join me as we embark on PART TWO of our segment discussing those beautiful-and-beastly blooms: perennials. On today's show, you'll learn to parse out the "spreaders" from the "clumpers." 

Plus, just a few tips on digging up the mother plant, handling the root ball, and singling out which species might be invasive.   

  

I just received this incredible thank-you card from Sarai, my new buddy at the Canyon Public Library. She came in to drop off her registration for our Chase the Sunset event in the Palo Duro Canyon, and I got her to record a station ID for High Plains Morning. Thank you, Sarai! You'll never understand how VERY happy this makes a morning DJ!

  

Gardeners have a saying about perennials: "The first year they sleep; the second year they creep; and the third year they leap."

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we'll unearth a few common myths about these boisterous blooms, which are quite misunderstood by beginning gardeners. If you go into the ground with a deeper understanding of what to expect from perennials, you'll sooner reap the sweet smell of success.

Band of Lovers is back! 

When music writer Kate Bee wrote about their debut album, “It’s a golden road trip,” her words also reflect the band’s lifestyle. Born on the road in the fall of 2013, Band of Lovers has been living and touring full-time in their self-converted 1997 Dodge van.

Some days it's so hot you have to shake your fists at the sky and ask, "Are you Sirius?" And the dog star would blink down at you and answer, "I sure am."

In this week's edition of Growing on the High Plains, Skip takes us through the origins of the phrase "Dog Days of Summer," which has more to do with  ancients musing about the night sky than it does panting pups on the prairie. 

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. 

****UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS FULL!

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

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On Saturday, August 13th, High Plains Public Radio & the Amarillo Art Institute invite kids of the High Plains to CHASE THE SUNSET with a celebration of art, music, and nature to bid the summer a final farewell.

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.

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