High Plains Morning

Weekdays from 9 am to noon CT
Hosted by
Mike Fuller

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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Concert Review
4:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

hONEyhoUSe delivers great performance on July 18

honeyhouse @ the fibonacci on 7/18/14
Credit kristy fuller

Fanatical: adjective.  Filled with excessive and  single minded zeal...enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.  

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Featured Artist
8:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

The music of Cat Stevens this week on High Plains Morning

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. 

Concert Review
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show delivers in Amarillo

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Monday’s performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Globe-News Center was significant for a number of reasons.  

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CD of the week
5:32 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'New Constellation' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

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.

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Inside HPPR
5:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

hONEyhoUSe show in Amarillo on July 18 is sold out!

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!

CD of the week
4:59 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Music from David Gray on High Plains Morning

'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.

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Living Room Concert
5:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay return to Garden City for show at HPPR

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.

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CD of the week
5:48 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Gregg Allman Tribute is this weeks featured CD on High Plains Morning

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.  

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Living Room Concert
6:11 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Amarillo's Randy Palmer in Living Room Concert on June 7

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'.

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CD of the week
4:57 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Adler & Hearne's 'Second Nature' this week on High Plains Morning

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.

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CD of the week
5:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ben & Ellen Harper's 'Childhood Home' this week on High Plains Morning

'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.

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CD of the week
4:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt's 'For Keeps' 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.

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Living Room Concert
6:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series continues on Friday, May 9

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.

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CD of the week
7:22 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Nickel Creek's 'A Dotted Line' this week on High Plains Morning

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.  

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CD of the Week
11:45 am
Sun March 23, 2014

New music from Suzanne Vega this week on High Plains Morning

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.

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CD of the Week
8:54 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Eliza Gilkyson's 'The Nocturne Diaries' 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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CD of the Week
5:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Susan Gibson's 'The Second Hand' is CD of the 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.

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CD of the Week
4:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Iain Matthews' 'The Art of Obscurity' this week on High Plains Morning

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.

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CD of the Week
10:28 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Rosanne Cash's 'The River & The Thread' is CD of the week on High Plains Morning

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.

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CD of the Week
7:32 am
Mon February 10, 2014

John Gorka's 'Bright Side Of Down' is CD of the 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!

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CD of the week
3:11 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Mary Chapin Carpenter's 'Songs From The Movie' this week on High Plains Morning

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.

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CD of the Week
9:19 am
Sun January 26, 2014

New music from 'Hurray For The Riff Raff' 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.

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CD of the week
4:52 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Greencards' 'Sweetheart Of The Sun' 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.

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High Plains Morning
12:46 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Guitarist Maxwell Hughes makes a stop in Amarillo on Southwest tour

Maxwell Hughes is an award-winning guitarist based in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  He is currently on a tour of the southwest headed for California.

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Inside HPPR
12:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

High Plains Morning Top 10 for 2013

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.


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CD of the week
9:00 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

New Music from Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott on High Plainds Morning

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.

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CD of the week
11:33 am
Sun December 29, 2013

New Counting Crows on High Plains Morning this week

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.

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CD of the Week
9:54 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

'Foreverly' is CD of the 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.

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CD of the week
6:24 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Blue Rodeo's 'In Our Nature' 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.  

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CD of the Week
12:22 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Beppe Gambetta's 'American Album' this week on High Plains Morning

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.

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