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HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign Underway

Apr 6, 2014

Our Spring Membership Campaign is underway.  

Dollar for Dollar New Member Match

Apr 2, 2014

Dr. Luther & Ardis Fry of Garden City, KS have issued a dollar for dollar new member match to HPPR listeners.

If you've yet to become a member, help HPPR take full advantage of this challenge, and have your gift doubled by making a pledge here.

New members are key to HPPR's long term stability and growth. They help us to make up for members lost to attrition through relocation and they give us the added strength to take HPPR's service to you and your community to the next level. 

5 minutes to close the gap -- $3,500 remaining

Apr 2, 2014

Thanks to the generous support of HPPR member-listeners we’ve reached $96,500 of our $100,000 monetary goal and 1,893 of our 2,000 active member goal for our April Membership Campaign.

With only a few hours remaining before the month comes to an end, you can still help HPPR close the gap on its Spring Membership Campaign by clicking the red support button at the top right of the screen.

David Wilcox's new record is somewhat of a departure from the largely acoustic Reverie from 2011- the instrumentation is more diverse and the arrangements are more complex.  11 new songs in a format that we don't often get to hear David in.  We will listen to each track from 'Blaze' this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

HPPR welcomes The Hard Road Trio to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Friday, April 11.

This show will be in our studios at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center.

We will open the doors 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 cookies from Molly Fuller.  To make a reservation for this show, you can call us at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

HPPR presents our own Mike Fuller in a Living Room Concert in Garden City on Saturday, April 5.

This show will be at Community Congregational Church, located at 710 N. 3rd St.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

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.

Master guitarist Beppe Gambetta will be back in Amarillo on Saturday, March 22 to play a Living Room Concert for HPPR.

Beppe was here last year with Peter Ostroushko ...that performance is still being talked about!

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.

‘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

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.

Roland Godefroy

Told by her daughter, vocalist Lisa Simone Kelly, Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story is a touching, intimate look at life, work and genius of jazz composer, pianist,  vocalist and civil rights activist Nina Simone.

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.

HPPR proudly welcomes Susan Gibson for a Living Room Concert on Friday, March 7 at The Fibonacci!

This show will also be a CD release party for her new record 'The Second Hand'!

The Fibonacci is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. This will be Susan's third visit to HPPR, don't miss it!

The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of Black music, of civil rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century.

Today, a lot of people don't know what the term "Black radio" means. But starting in the 1950s, Black radio used to be one of the most important institutions in the Black community, not only in Philadelphia, but in cities across the U.S.

World Economic Forum

Mandela: An Audio History is the award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

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.

'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!

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.

Amarillo's Sadie's Rangers are coming back to HPPR's Living Room Concert series on Friday, February 21!  This show will be at the Fibonacci, the home of Chamber Music Amarillo, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.  The last time that the Rangers played for HPPR,  we had a full house, so we suggest making a reservation!  Call us at 806-367-9088 or send and e-mail to music@hppr.org.  Don't miss it!

Pete Souza

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

The special will include the President's full address followed by the Republican response, and analysis from NPR’s Washington reporting team.

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.

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.

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.


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.

HPPR welcomes Putnam Smith back to Amarillo on Friday, January 24 for a Living Room Concert.  This show will be in our studios located at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We will open the doors at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

Thanks to generous support from our many member-listeners, HPPR was able to meet its year-end contribution drive goal of $50,000. Because of this community support, HPPR will begin 2014 with confidence and be better prepared for the year ahead.

Private support like that which was raised last month, helps HPPR to lessen the gap left from steadily increasing cuts in funding from the state of Kansas and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Date your check today to make your tax deductible contribution to HPPR for 2013 and mail it to 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846.  Or contribute now on-line by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above.  Call 800-678-7444 with any questions or needed assistance.  However you give, it will help meet HPPR’s goal of raising $50,000 in December in order to cover sharp cuts in government support and end this year without a deficit.  Thank you for your action and support.

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains special programming to welcome-in and celebrate the New Year.  Begin New Year’s eve with Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday at 9 am and A Paul Winter Solstice 2013 at 10 am CT followed in the evening by Toast of the Nation at 9 pm CT featuring Wynton Marsalis playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City.  

On New Year’s Day morning it’s a classical celebration on New Year's Day Live from Vienna at 10 am CT featuring the Vienna Philharmonic and its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.  Click here for full New Year’s program details.

There’s still time to help meet HPPR’s goal of raising $50,000 in December in order to cover sharp cuts in government support and end this year without a deficit.  Contribute now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above. Or mail your check dated by the 31st to: HPPR, 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846. We’d also be happy to discuss a contribution by phone during business hours at 800-678-7444 or answer an email sent to Deb Oyler, Executive Director, at director@hppr.org or Ben Brandow, Member Services Manager, at bbrandow@hppr.org.  Thank you for your consideration and support.

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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