High Plains Morning

Weekdays from 9 am to noon CT

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Asheville, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers stepped outside of their comfort zone on their new release ‘Tell the Ones I Love’.  They recorded in an unfamiliar studio (Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, NY) with a new producer (Larry Campbell).  The results are a stunning follow-up to their Grammy-winning ‘Nobody Knows You’.  We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

The Deadly Gentlemen are a Boston-based quintet, and they have just released their third record ‘Roll Me, Tumble Me.’ They have quite a resume- songwriter Greg Liszt is a former member of Crooked Still,  fiddler Mike Barnett is a former member of David Grisman’s band, and bassist Sam Grisman is David’s son. We will listen to the entire new record this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Anoushka Shankar began studying the sitar under her father Ravi Shankar at the age of nine and made her performance debut at thirteen.  She has just released her new CD ‘Traces of You’.  The new record features three tracks with her half-sister Norah Jones; this is their first collaboration. With elements of Pop, Jazz and World music, the new record is a beautiful listening experience. We will hear each track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin’s new record ‘Still Green’ is her 13th release since she started recording over 25 years ago. The songs reveal her search for respite, relief and solace after the loss of both of her parents and a sister’s serious illness. Written on Cape Cod and recorded in Boston, it is a beautiful addition to her catalog. We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Concord, North Carolina’s favorite sons The Avett Brothers have released their second record of 2013- Magpie & The Dandelion. The tracks were recorded with Rick Rubin during the same sessions that produced The Carpenter, their previous release. The brothers have said they wanted to convey a feeling of “youthful wonder” with this record. We will listen to every track as our CD of the week this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

HPPR is thrilled to welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 16! This show will be in a new venue for us- the events room at Sunset Art Center, located at 3701 Plains Blvd.

For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Amos Lee has taken a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city(Nashville) with a new producer(Jay Joyce), and, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him.The twelve songs that resulted—the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell—bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the impact of the scenes, characters, and stories we have come to expect from his songs. We will listen track by track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

On his last two studio albums, Jack Johnson pushed into darker territory and delved deeper into electric guitar work than ever before in his music career.

HPPR welcomes Sara Grey to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 2.  We are located at 104 SW 6th Ave,  on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We're in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center. We'll open the doors 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 from Molly Fuller. To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

Friday October 4 is the next installment of HPPR's Songwriter In The Round series. This show will be at The Fibonacci, which is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo. The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. Our previous shows have been very well attended, and we strongly suggest making reservations for this one. You can do that by calling us at 806-367-9088 or by sending an e-mail to music@hppr.org. We'll have the usual great coffee from Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. Don't miss this one!

Jimmy Webb has been called one of the greatest songwriters of our generation;  I, for one, agree completely with that statement.  He has created some of the most memorable melodies of the last 50 years.  Jimmy's new CD is called Still Within The Sound Of My Voice;  it is a collection of some of his best  known songs recorded as duets with some friends, including Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Justin Currie, Keith Urban and more.  We will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday, from 9am to noon.

Missy Raines has won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year Award 7 times during her career.  On her new record New Frontier,  Missy and her band The New Hip stretch out a bit.  With a batch of songs from Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind and Missy herself, she's created a beautiful new work.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to noon cst.

Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Sep 12, 2013
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Chicago-based singer-songwriter Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. But now she's turned to her farm roots for inspiration.

Werner, who's currently touring in the Midwest, describes her new CD, Hayseed, as "egg meets art," celebrating agriculture through music.

Over The Rhine is an Ohio-based band consisting of husband-and-wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist.  Their brand new release Meet Me at The Edge of The World is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed release The Long Surrender. The band has again teamed up with Grammy -winning producer Joe Henry to record timeless and vivid songs with striking harmony vocals.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon cst. Tune in!

HPPR proudly welcomes Jerry Barlow back to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 14!

Steve Andrew

For the past 3 weeks, I have had guests come in on Friday morning to talk about the upcoming Friends Of Fogelberg show on Thursday, September 5 at the Globe-News Center in Amarillo.  This Friday, my guests will be Jackie Anderson, Bob Flesher and Woody Key, collectively known as AFK!  We'll talk a little about the show, which is the 4th in the series, and it's purpose, which is to raise awareness about prostate cancer.  They will play a couple of songs live in the studio.  Tune in!

Linda Ronstadt was not only the voice of California in the 70’s; she had a huge impact on an entire generation of singers and songwriters and became a cultural icon in the process. Whether you were a die-hard fan, a casual listener, or an avid hater, you couldn’t ignore her influence or deny her talent.  She had an uncanny knack for knowing a great song when she heard one, regardless of the genre.

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