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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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

Susan Gibson is a CMA award-winning songwriter based in Wimberley, Texas. Over the last 10 years Susan has logged hundreds of thousands of miles, hundreds of gigs and 4 CDs.

To celebrate her 10 year mark, she has just released her new live CD 'The Second Hand', recorded live at The Bugle Boy in LaGrange, Texas.

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.

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