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‘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.

Year-End Giving to HPPR

Dec 25, 2013

Whether it’s your first contribution, a membership renewal or an additional gift, your support now will help meet our December goal of raising $50,000 in private support from individuals in order to end this year without a deficit.  You can contribute quickly and securely now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above.  Or mail your contribution to: HPPR, 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846.

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.

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions.  Click here to see the full rundown of the programs, including links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.  To download a printable calendar of all the programs, click here.  We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas and hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

Quentin Hope

HPPR tries to go the extra mile for you, all year long.  By operating a network of 21 stations HPPR is able to serve you in your community and in your travels across the High Plains region.  There are real costs to power and maintain this network, expenses that are far higher per capita than an urban public radio station reaching millions of people with a single transmitter. 

We hope you’ll take a moment before the end of year to go the extra mile in supporting HPPR and the costs of its service to you and your community.  Just click on the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above. 

There are currently about 43 individuals who make annual contributions of $1,000 a year or more to HPPR – some as high as $10,000 in some years.  These are individuals who give an “extra share” above and beyond supporting their own listening.  They’re also supporting the educational, cultural and civic service HPPR provides in their community and across the wider High Plains region.

Donations of securities

Dec 17, 2013

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or other securities may be an advantageous way of making a major contribution to HPPR.  You can avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for their full fair market value.  If making a donation, please make the transfer in the name of Kanza Society Inc., HPPR's legal incorporation, and Federal ID #48-0859735.

Amid all the debate over shrinking government, cutting funding and reducing deficits, support for HPPR is one area where there’s been action and real consequences.  HPPR’s funding from the State of Kansas has been cut by 78% from its peak level.  And support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has declined 27% since 2010.  That’s left a large budget gap that you can help cover with your end-of-year private contribution.  Contribute now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above or respond by mail to a letter you may have received from HPPR by December 31st to claim the tax deduction this year.

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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