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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.

89.5 KTOT off the air

Jul 6, 2015

89.5 KTOT, providing HPPR service to the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles is currently off the air.  The engineers are on-site now, and hoping to have service restored by this afternoon.  If you have questions, please email Chuck Springer, HPPR's chief engineer, at engineer@hppr.org.

James Taylor’s ‘Before This World’ is his 17th studio record, and his first #1 record on the Billboard charts.  These new songs were written over the last 2 years in a self –imposed seclusion in a friend’s apartment in Rhode Island.  James has said that he didn’t feel he could write a new song unless he had an isolated, distraction-free environment in which to write.  Recorded at his home studio, ‘Before This World’ was worth the 13 year wait since ‘October Road’ in 2002.   Tune in to High Plains Morning this week to hear 'Before This World' in it's entirety. 

Take a great singer-songwriter-Amos Lee- add the renowned Colorado Symphony and put them together in one of the most spectacular live venues in the country-Red Rocks Amphitheater.  The result is this week’s featured CD.  Recorded on August 1, 2014, ‘Live at Red Rocks’ is a mix of tunes from all 5 of Amos’ previous records.  We will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning. 

Indigo Girls’ new release ‘One Lost Day’ is their 14th studio record since they began recording in 1987.  As I read through the reviews of this record, I began to see a common thread; they all mention that the songwriting remains as strong as ever, but the instrumentation has continued to grow and expand.  I have to agree- this release sounds familiar and new at the same time.  We will listen to this new batch of songs from Indigo Girls this week on High Plains Morning.

Eilen Jewell’s new release ‘Sundown Over Ghost Town’ is the sound of change.  Becoming a mother and returning to her home town of Boise, Idaho have instilled a sense of growth and maturity to these songs.  We will listen to 'Sundown Over Ghost Town' this week on High Plains Morning.  

HPPR is proud to introduce you to Letters by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt. Letters is a Reader’s Theatre script chronicling correspondence between the battlefront and home. Letters from wars ranging from the US Civil War up to the Iraq War are interwoven in this visceral and theatrical piece. A real gem.

For many wars, letters home were the only form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones.  Letters is thought-provoking and character-driven. It's not hard to see Marie, Jim, Caleb, Sarah, Harriet and Robert reaching out with pen and paper.

Join us for this special live broadcast of the HPPR Radio Theater tonight at 7:00 pm central time.

 Letters is a co-production of the Garden City Recreation Commission and High Plains Public Radio.

The new release from Dar Williams-‘Emerald’- is her 11th release and her first record since 1995’s ‘The Honesty Room’ that has not been released by Razor & Tie Records.  ‘Emerald’ features several special guests including Richard Thompson, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche.  We will listen to ‘Emerald’ this week on High Plains Morning.

We all know the songs that JD has written or co-written by heart:  ‘The Best of My Love’, ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘The Heart of the Matter’, ‘I’ll Take Care of You and so many more.  His new release is called ‘Tenderness’, his first CD of new songs since 2008’s ‘If the World Was You’.  Produced by Larry Klein, it’s a great addition to his catalog.  We will listen to ‘Tenderness’ this week on High Plains Morning.

North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange have just released their 5th record- it’s called Such Jubilee and it was written on the road over the last year.  Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin say that this record is not actually about being on the road; it’s more about the things that you know are waiting for you at home when you finally get back there.  We will be listening to Such Jubilee this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR Broadcast Operations Coordinator

High Plains Public Radio is seeking a full-time Broadcast Operations Coordinator. Major duties include set up and operation of automation, satellite and traffic systems; program production; website posting; program scripting. Knowledge of broadcast automation and traffic systems and software preferred. HPPR will provide training on specific systems and software if candidate has needed aptitude or equivalent experience. Occasional after hours and weekends. HPPR is an EEO and offers competitive wages and benefits. Send resume to Deb Oyler, 210 N 7th St, Garden City, KS 67846 or e-mail director@hppr.org.

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A dedication event: KCSE Lamar

Mar 11, 2015

Join HPPR for a reception and concert dedicating an upgrade to our station serving southeastern Colorado, Thursday, March 12, 5:30pm MDT, at the Cultural Events Center, 104 West Parmenter, in Lamar.

It’s been 4 years since Colin Hay’s last release, and his new one ‘Next Year People’ was definitely worth the wait.

Hay’s particular blend of wit, cynicism and melancholy are intact on every track. The title track paints a stark but hopeful picture of depression-era farmers.

Tune in to hear every track of Colin’s ‘Next Year People’ this week on High Plans Morning.

HPPR welcomes Don Conoscenti back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm, at The Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley Street (across from Hastings on Georgia) in Amarillo.

To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. This is Don's 2nd appearance for HPPR; don't miss it!

Simply put, this is not your dad's Bob Dylan.   'Shadows In The Night' is Bob's 36th release, and none of the tunes were composed by him. It's a collection of tunes from the Great American Songbook, featuring classics like Autumn Leaves and That Lucky Old Sun.

We will listen to all 10 tracks this week on High Plains Morning.

Diana Krall chose, once again, to do the unexpected with her latest release.  ‘Wallflower’ is a collection of some of the most iconic pop tunes from the 60’s and 70’s- Eagles, Elton John, Beatles, Crowded House and more.  Given the choice of material, the choice of David Foster as producer and arranger is an inspired one. We will take a trip down memory lane with ‘Wallflower’ this week on High Plains Morning.  

HPPR welcomes singer/songwriter Randy Palmer to our Garden City facility for a Living Room Concert on Friday, January 30!  We are located at 210 N 7th St. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 620-275-7444.  Don't miss it!

About Randy

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ is the 7th release from Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists.

Initial reviews are calling the band a more seasoned and mature collective than in the past. Having built their reputation on Colin Meloy’s penchant for storytelling, the new record focuses on more personal themes - love, loss and change.

We will listen to each track from this beautiful record this week on High Plains Morning.

State of the Union: Tuesday at 8pm

Jan 19, 2015
Pete Souza

Tune to HPPR to hear NPR's coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. Coverage begins at 8pm CT.

The special will include the President's full address followed by the Republican response from Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. Hear analysis from NPR’s Washington reporting team.

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Thursday evening, Kansas governor Sam Brownback delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the state's legislature in Topeka.

Listen to live coverage of the speech followed by a response from the Kansas Democratic Party. Coverage begins at 6:30pm CT on the Kansas stations of HPPR.

HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series continues this Friday night January 16!  This show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We will have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and fresh cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send an email to music@hppr.org. Don't miss it!  

Every now and then things just seem to fall in to place. Yesterday I came into work to prepare for today’s show, and I was concerned because I didn’t know what the featured CD for the week would be. I opened the mail and there it was in my hand.

Lyal Strickland’s new record is called ‘Balanced On Barbed Wire’ and it is a beautiful work; instantly captivating and engaging.

We will listen to ‘Balanced On Barbed Wire’ this week on High Plains Morning. 

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