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Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin will be performing in Garden City at HPPR Studios this Thursday, in Liberal at Seward County Community College on Friday and in Amarillo at The Fibonacci on Saturday.

You can hear an interview they did earlier in the week with Mike Fuller here. Information about each of their performaces is available at stephaniebettman.com.

Tonight beginning at 7pm CT, HPPR brings you special election coverage. Join us for national analysis from NPR News plus updates on regional and statewide elections from HPPR.

Listen for coverage of regional and statewide races in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma from HPPR's Deb Oyler, Dale Bolton, Cindee Talley, and Adam Vos.

Midterm election coverage from NPR and HPPR begins tonight at 7pm CT, on High Plains Public Radio.

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.

Thank you!

Oct 31, 2014

Thanks to the generous support of HPPR's many listener-members, we were able to raise over $77,000 to ensure that public radio keeps going strong across the High Plains. 

During our Fall Membership Campaign we heard from over 100 new members, 236 renewing members, and 189 members who contributed with an additional gift of support. 

HPPR relies on individuals and private support for over 80% of its budget, and simply could not provide public radio service without the generosity of its members from all corners of the High Plains. 

Tony Bennett -- Autographed Album

Oct 17, 2014

From now until the end of High Plains Morning (10 a.m. CDT), we'll be entering names into a drawing for a chance to add an autographed copy of Tony Bennett's album, With Love, to your personal collection. 

Pledge / Enter the drawing here. 

There's no pledge necessary to enter the drawing, however, pledging your support now is a great way to ensure that your favorite HPPR programs can keep going strong. 

 

Amarillo Symphony Package

Oct 16, 2014

 You enjoy listening to classical music and the Amarillo Symphony on HPPR. Now's your opportunity to hear the Amarillo Symphony live and enjoy a night in Amarillo, courtesy of the Sleep Inn and Suites in Amarillo!

Click here to pledge / enter the drawing. 

       From now until 1 p.m. (CDT), we'll be entering names into a drawing to win two tickets to an Amarillo Symphony performance of your choice, an overnight stay at the Sleep in Suites in Amarillo, as well as a gift certificate for dinner at Leal's Mexican Restaurant. 

HPPR welcomes Jon Brooks back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, October 25!

Laura Buckman & Bob Daemmrich/The Texas Tribune

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.

How does HPPR keep you in touch with the world?

Sep 30, 2014

We've asked members to let us know how HPPR keeps them in touch with the world at home in their community and why they support. The response has been overwhelming.  
Check out what these HPPR member-listeners have to say, then use the comments section below to tell us what HPPR means to you!

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. 

HPPR welcomes Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham to Garden City for a Living Room Concert on Thursday, September 25.

This show will take place at The Education Center at Lee Richardson Zoo. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. There is a suggested donation at the door.

Tia and Tommy have played Living Room Concerts for us in the past, in both our Garden City and Amarillo studios and they have also been featured at the Tumbleweed Festival.

Anyone who has seen them previously knows what a show this will be. Don’t miss it! 

Pete Souza

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.

HPPR welcomes Amarillo's own Dana Hubbard to the Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 20!  The Fibonacci, which is the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo, is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.   The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. Those of you who have seen Dana previously, either in our Songwriter in the Round series or his performance at HPPR last year, know that this is a show not be missed!

  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.

Adam Vos / HPPR

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.

"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.

John Graham

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, hear the Symphony No. 7 of Ludwig van Beethoven and listen to a chat with Amarillo Symphony musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos as he draws the connection between Beethoven and Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

The performance of Beethoven's 7th is from the symphony's "Innovators" concert in September of 2013, the opening to the symphony's previous concert season.

Also hear a selection from the Symphony No. 5 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a performance from November of 2012.

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!

A brand new season of performances from the Amarillo Symphony premieres on HPPR this Sunday.

The season begins Sunday, July 6 at noon with a performance of Velocity Festivals by Paul Dooley, a work commissioned for the opening to the symphony's 2013-14 concert season. Hear commentary from the Amarillo Symphony's 17th musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos, who began his debut season with the symphony with this performance. Also hear the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvořák.

This Independence Day, tune in to HPPR for a diversion from the standard weekday public radio fare. Enjoy comedy, farce, and good music with Capitol Steps' Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July edition and Front Porch Fourth of July with HPPR's own Cindee Talley and Stephen Johnson.

HPPR welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.

We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

Thank you

Jun 30, 2014

Thanks to the support of many HPPR member-listeners, we were able to raise nearly $25,000 during our Summer Membership Campaign. 

Membership support is key to bringing public radio to the communities of the High Plains and makes up the largest percentage of HPPR's annual operating budget. 

Help Close the Gap -- $10,740 remains ...

Jun 25, 2014

We're down to the wire , having met $25,260 of HPPR's June goal of $36,000.

With only one day left in the month to close the gap, please take a moment to pledge your support here now

Your gift will help HPPR keep its on-air fundraising to a minimum, and ensure that all your favorite programs are there for you each time you tune in.

As a community licensed public radio station, HPPR  doesn't have any larger institution, such as a university to fall back on for support. 

'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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