Inside HPPR

Winnsboro, Texas-based Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne have completed their brand new CD "Second Nature," due to be released on July 4.

It was recorded in Dripping Springs, Texas with producer Lloyd Maines and a cast of Austin area musicians.

Red Molly's brand new release continues their tradition of Bluegrass, Americana and a little something unexpected.  Featuring several original songs penned by the band and a couple of interpretations of other writers tunes, they have finally recorded Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a song they have played in concert for years(and the inspiration for their name.)  We will listen to the 'The Red Album' this week on High Plains Morning.  Look for Red Molly this August at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City.

'Childhood Home' is a collaboration between 3 time Grammy winner Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who placed her music career aspirations on hold years ago in order to raise her 3 children. Recorded in Ben's studio in Los Angeles, this record record is a history of a family written in song by a mother and a son. 10 tracks, 6 written by Ben and 4 by Ellen, we will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning.

HPPR proudly presents a first for us... a songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter Dana Cooper!

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10am to 1pm in our Amarillo facility, located on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center at 104 SW 6th Ave.

Two singer-songwriters with successful  solo careers meet and decide to go on tour together.  That was a couple of years ago, and now Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have produced their first cd together, 'For Keeps'.  It's a collection made up of some of each of their songs and some that were written together. Recorded in Austin, Texas,  the new cd features a slew of great musicians/friends.  This cd will be released on May 13.  Enjoy a preview all this week on High Plains Morning.

Thank you for your support!

Apr 30, 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped to make HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign a success. With the support of HPPR member-listeners, we were able to raise $96,425 and grow to 1,896 active contributors. 

Throughout the membership campaign we heard from nearly 100 new members, over 300 renewing members, and 214 members giving additional gifts of support. 

22 Days is John McCutcheon's 36th album in his 40+ year career as a singer-songwriter, author and producer.  This new collection of powerful, insightful songs highlight John's crystal-clear voice and inspired playing. He maintains a very busy touring schedule, including a headlining spot at Garden City's Tumbleweed Festival this summer. We will listen to 22 Days this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon, cst.  

Expanding public radio in SE Colorado

Apr 25, 2014

HPPR has had a presence in SE Colorado dating back to the mid 1980s and now we plan to expand and strengthen that service to the region.

Our objectives and benefits for this project are expansion and enhancement. This project has four primary objectives:

The next installment of HPPR's Songwriters in the Round series will take place on Friday, May 9!

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. We'll  have the usual great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters.

Sean Watkins was 11 years old when he and his 9 year old sister Sara and Chris Thile, also 9, formed Nickel Creek in 1989.  Since that time, they have released 3 CDs and toured non-stop until taking an "indefinite break" in 2007, to focus on solo projects.  Now they are back with a brand new release, produced by Eric Valentine.  We will listen to 'A Dotted Line' this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.  

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

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 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  Don't miss it!

State of the Union tonight 8pm

Jan 28, 2014
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.