High Plains Morning

Weekdays from 9 am to noon CT

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 a few live in-studio performances, interviews with community partners, and news from NPR + regional weather at the top of every hour, and you have a great way to move through your morning!

If you'd like to submit music for consideration, please mail a CD and one-sheet to: Jenny Inzerillo, Music Director, High Plains Public Radio, 104 SW 6th Ave., Suite B4, Amarillo, TX, 79101. (Please allow one month for processing, and then feel free to check the status of your submission by emailing music@hppr.org.)

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Today's Growing on the High Plains digs DEEP into the hearty meat of the winter squash.

While many are taken aback by their thick skin, heft, and cloistered cluster of slermy seeds, these gourds are sweet, succulent siblings that enrich every seasonal table. So don't be afraid to chop hard and enjoy these winter treasures. 

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

The War & Treaty - Live in Concert!

Saturday, October 28 

Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP NOW online, or call 806.367.9088 so we can add you to the list!

As the days get shorter, you might notice our High Plains foliage taking a long, slow bath in the glow of the October sunset.

That's right: our awesome Autumn is upon us, so today's edition of Growing on the High Plains will take an inventory of what makes a cornucopia of garden color. Will the recent, regular rainfall reign in the reds? Can potatoes predict a wet winter? And what will the wooly worms have to say about it? Whatever shade the shrubbery may fade, we must all revel in the "big reveal" or the coming color show.   

·        High Plains Public Radio sponsors live music concerts across the High Plains. Most shows are scheduled for venues in the Amarillo, TX area or at HPPR’s studio in Garden City, KS—but we are always looking for hosts in towns across our listening region. We primarily book shows for Friday or Saturday nights, as those nights draw a bigger crowd.

Tonight in Amarillo, don't miss The RandyBoys, live at Fireslice Pizzaria (34th & Coulter) as they KICK OFF their 2017 HPPR Music Ambassador Tour of our listening region. For full details, locations, and dates, visit their website! But just so it's easy, there's a visual rundown below.

THINGS TO KNOW: 

-No RSVPs are necessary. Seating is first-come-first-seated. 

The Gary L. Nall Lecture Series in Western Studies presents Brian DeLay: “The Texas Gun Frontier & the Travails of Mexican History.” 

Don't miss my interview with co-founder and drummer for Kansas, Phil Ehart. We talk about touring, keeping a the music fresh after 40+ years, and he attempts to answer a question I've had for years: "What the heck IS 'prog rock?'" [Spoiler alert: He's not quite sure.]

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

Renfree Isaacs - Live in Concert!

Saturday, October 21st

The Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP ONLINE NOW! or call 806.367.9088.

***This show is sponsored by Evocation Coffee & Chamber Music Amarillo.****

High Plains Public Radio is thrilled to announce the The RandyBoys—Music Ambassador Tour 2017. They'll be bringing HPPR's Living Room Concerts to 18 communities across the High Plains, including the Texas & Oklahoma Panhandles, Western Kansas, and Eastern Colorado. From October 17 thru Nov 9th, Randy and Randy will be cruising across our listening area. Click here to find out if they're coming to YOUR town! 

On September 22nd, High Plains Public Radio headed over to Albuquerque, NM for one of the most inspirational music festivals in the US: ¡Globalquerque! This world music collective brings together global artists in a way no other festival does, with inspirational, soul-lifting performances. It takes place each year at the National Hispanic Cultural Center—an incredible space for a truly unique festival. Performances take place across three stages: the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theater, & dance outside on the Plaza Mayor. You can learn more about the Global Fiesta free Saturday daytime programming and the Global Village of Crafts, Culture and Cuisine.

Today's edition of Growing on the High Plains asks you to hearken to our High Plains history as we ponder the lot of early pioneers, especially what harvest time meant to them. 

Autumn is here, so let's celebrate with hot coffee, cookies, and LIVE FOLK MUSIC from Chicago singer-songwriter HEATHER STYKA! 

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HEATHER STYKA - Live in Amarillo

Saturday, Oct. 14

Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley, Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP today! This will be a GREAT SHOW!

 

  

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: do you know what to do?

As FIRE PREVENTION WEEK kicks off, be sure that you have an escape plan for residential fires – including knowing TWO WAYS OUT.

Here are some tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

While our lush, summertime greens fall into Fall, the High Plains often fades to wheaty yellows and golden browns. However, there are ways to keep rich, warm colors popping in your garden as the season's crisp chill creeps across the flatlands. 

On today's Growing on the High Plains, we'll reveal a showy shrub often called the "burning bush." It's easy to maintain in our region and serves a splash of color, from flamboyant fuchsia and ravishing red.  

Finally, we have reached our final installment of Growing on the High Plains where I check in with Steve and Janet Weidner at their fabulous Pumpkin Paradise in Sublette, KS. All that hard work has paid off, and we're thrilled to share so many beautiful photos with you. (As you'll see, the Weidners truly take "growing on the High Plains" to the next level!)

FINALLY, our FIRST installment of FOLK'TOBER SATURDAY NIGHTS

HPPR's Living Room Concert Series presents TWO Amarillo troubadours, together in concert: James Lee Baker & Ray Wilson

Live in Amarillo ~ Sat., Oct. 7th

Chamber Music Amarillo

The Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave.)

Doors @ 7p | Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation $15

RSVP ONLINE, or call 806.367.9088 to reserve your seat!

Move over chrysanthemums! There's a hearty new flower in town, and just in time for Autumn.

Today's edition of Growing on the High Plains, we'll get some history on a lovely Fall flower that I'm surprised doesn't get more attention in regional gardens. Meet the aster, whose stellar blooms bring a divine cavalcade of color throughout cooler seasons.  

Don't miss Rob Gerhardt's traveling photography exhibit, "Muslim American / American Muslim," on display now at Mercer Art Gallery  (801 N. Campus Dr.) at Garden City Community College. He will be hosting a talk this Thursday, Sept. 21st at 7:30 pm CST at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium (801 N. Campus Dr.). 

The City of Stratton, Colorado is looking to engage the community through the arts on November 3rd with a new FIRST FRIDAY ART EXHIBITION!

Thanks to art teacher Bri Hill Kastner, City Council member Lynn Gottmann, and Town Clerk Cindy McCaffrey​, this small town might get a big BOOST on the creativity front.

Film lovers across the High Plains, you might want to mark your calendars for the Austin Film Festival (Oct. 26-Nov. 2). They have announced their "Opening Night & Centerpiece Films" for the 2017 season, which are already being touted as Oscar contenders:

Opening Night: Lady Bird from Writer/Director Greta Gerwig—Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, & Tracy Letts.

Don't miss Oklahoma singer-songwriter HAVEN ALEXANDRA,with special guest, jazz/blues master MARK MONTGOMERY from Kansas City.

Saturday, September 30

HPPR Studios (210 N. 7th St.) 

Doors at 7p | Show at 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

 

RSVP online now, or call us at 806.367.9088!

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Sometimes, if you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself. This has certainly been true for some of my more challenging garden endeavors, including Fall gardens. These pose many a hardship for those in our region. In fact, finding adequate seed options might be the biggest yet.

If you have not yet attended an HPPR Living Room Concert, you are missing some serious fun. Our station proudly hosts singer-songwriters, folk artists, and Americana masters from across the country as they travel through the High Plains. We also love supporting regional favorites, growing our station's community of live music lovers, as well as fans of public radio

On today's Growing on the High Plains, we'll have a special report from Pumpkin Paradise -- part two of our three-part series. And this time, we'll hear from field correspondent, Bryan Bihorel.

Trudge through the mud with us, as Steve and Janet Weidner reveal the pumpkins' progress across their 12-acre pumpkin patch in Sublette, KS. We'll learn a about squash bees, cucumber beetles, and reproduction -- pumpkin style.

HPPR thanks FolkWest for their hard work making the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, CO an enchanting, surreal weekend with a phenomenal lineup.

Here are a few flashes of the fest! 

There's a peace in letting nature have its way. I've learned this well after so many years tending gardens in our challenging climate.

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we'll take a late-summer's amble to the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, Kansas -- a singular escape to prairie landscapes past. Come with me as we explore a sanctuary for native trees, shrubs, plants, wildflowers, and grasses -- not to mention education, recreation, birds, fish, and a few literary surprises. 

I woke up feeling good, but now I’m feeling even better. This morning, Sophia Landis & Jason Surratt of the folk duo Honeywise stopped by HPPR-Amarillo for a live, in-studio set on High Plains Morning. They’re playing tonight at Leftwoods in Amarillo at 10pm.

HPPR’s Living Room Concert Series presents:

Jerry Barlow, Live in Concert

Saturday, September 23rd

Fibonacci Space (3306 SW 6th Ave., Amarillo)

Doors @ 7p |  Show @ 7:30p

Suggested Donation: $15

RSVP ONLINE or call 806.367.9088!

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On today's Growing on the High Plains, we'll examine a non-native plant of biblical proportions. 

Polygonatum, also known as "Solomon's seal," offers much more than meets the eye. It can grow up to four feet in height, bearing beautifully-blanched, bobbing bells that morph into blue-black berries in the autumn. 

Furthermore, its underground root stalks, or rhizomes, are a known herbal remedy. Plus, this darling of the shaded flower bed is known to conceal a religious relic deep in the dirt.  

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