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My Top 14 Records of 2014

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It's that season again- the season of Christmas decorations, Menorahs and year end Best-of lists. Fan that I am of lists, I can't help but offer my choices for the best of 2014.  Here they are, in no particular order:

 Lori McKenna- Numbered Doors

Lori’s latest release continues her streak of stunning portraits of everyday life.  She is one of the most highly regarded songwriters working today.  Standout tracks:  Good Marriage and 3 Kids No Husband.

  

Jackson Browne-Standing in the Breach

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You might call it family counseling or therapy; you might call it brave and brutally honest, at times; you also might call it a brilliant idea.  Teddy Thompson managed to gather both of his parents Richard and Linda Thompson, his younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, Teddy and Kami’s nephew Zak Hobbs and Jack Thompson, Richard’s son from his second marriage.  The result is ‘Family’, featuring songs from each member , and we will listen to it this week on High Plains Morning. 

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Join Debra and Lynn on Silver Rails as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week (GAW).  This year's theme is FOOD: The geography of food through traditions, regional specialties, history, farming, film, food systems and movements.  We'll have songs that weave food and geography together along with a geo-food quiz for prizes: National Geographic maps and more...

   HPPR’s Songwriter in the Round series continues on Friday, November 21!  This event will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, at the home of Chamber Music Amarillo.  We’ll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  We’ll have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller.  To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

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‘Plainspoken’ is John Mellencamp’s 1st release since 2010, and according to reviews, a very personal and moving record that stands along his best.  Arranged using mostly acoustic instruments, the songs continue the themes explored on his previous releases  ‘No Better Than This’ and ‘Life, Death, Love & Freedom’.  We will listen to ‘Plainspoken’ this week on High Plains Morning.

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When Yusuf returned to the world of pop music after 27 years, expectations were ridiculously high.  Critics and fans agree that his new music continues to meet those expectations.  Yusuf’s new release ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ is his third release since his return in 2006.  This record differs from his previous releases in that it focuses on his R & B and Blues roots, while still being instantly recognizable.  We will listen to ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ track by track this week on High Plains Morning.

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Tuesday evening at 8pm, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis will face off in the second debate in this year's governor's race, and you can hear the debate live on HPPR's Texas stations.

This one-hour debate be hosted by KERA-TV in Dallas and will be broadcast on radio and television across Texas, including these Texas HPPR stations: 105.7 KJJP Amarillo, 91.5 KTXP Bushland, 89.5 KTOT Spearman/Perryton, 89.3 KTDH Dalhart, and online at hppr.org.

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Canadian singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen celebrated his 80th birthday last week by releasing his 13th studio record.  It’s called ‘Popular Problems’ and it features 9 new songs from one of the most revered songwriters of our generation.   It was produced by Leonard and Patrick Leonard, whose credits include Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon and Cohen’s 2012 release ‘Old Ideas’.  We will listen to ‘Popular Problems’ all this week on High Plains Morning. 

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Listen to HPPR tonight at 8pm CT as President Obama addresses the nation from the White House. He will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS.

  Singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has a brand new CD called 'Milltowns' due to be released on September 9.  It is a tribute to his mentor, the late Bill Morrissey.  All of the track except one were written by Bill.  Erelli compares the process of creating 'Milltowns' to painting- "...you put something on the canvas, step back for perspective, then add another layer..."  We will listen to each track this week on High Plains Morning.

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Stop by and say hi to us at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City this weekend as Western Swing and Other Things and Silver Rails broadcast live from the festival grounds, Saturday, August 23 from 10am to 3pm.

Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper have been playing together since 2008, under several different band names before finally settling on Puss n’ Boots. Their first record together ‘No Fools No Fun’ is a collection of original songs and covers, some recorded live in a Brooklyn club.  We will listen to ‘No Fools No Fun’ all this week on High Plains Morning.

Allen Bailey

Marshal Allen Bailey was inducted into the Wild West Walk of Fame in Dodge City.  The event took place on August 3, 2014 during Dodge City Days. 

Exactly one year after JJ Cale passed away, Eric Clapton has released a tribute to his friend-16 tracks all written by Cale and recorded by Clapton and friends including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler and more.  Eric has recorded several of Cale’s tunes over the years including Cocaine and After Midnight, and has cited him as a huge influence on his own style.  We will listen to The Breeze-An Appreciation Of JJ Cale all this week on High Plains Morning.

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"Open Range" this week features two great Ry Cooder-produced cuts: Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan" and "I'll Be Rested" from the great Mavis Staples. Also, new music from Johnnie Lang and London Grammar. As an added bonus, local poet Ms. G. Dunbar will be reading from her work.

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. 

HPPR and Process Art House welcome Amarillo native Rodney Branigan to The Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, August 2!

This is Rodney's first appearance at an HPPR event!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Kristy Fuller, who has taken over baking duties from Molly.

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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