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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. 

Giving an extra share … making a real difference.

Dec 17, 2013

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.

Help fill the gap left by funding cuts

Dec 16, 2013

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 25% since 2010. 

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.  

Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta’s 5th CD for Gadfly Records is both a love letter and a road map to the music of America. The record is a mixture of original material and Beppe’s own arrangements of some American classics. We will listen to each track of this beautiful collection this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Asheville, North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers stepped outside of their comfort zone on their new release ‘Tell the Ones I Love’.  They recorded in an unfamiliar studio (Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, NY) with a new producer (Larry Campbell).  The results are a stunning follow-up to their Grammy-winning ‘Nobody Knows You’.  We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

The Deadly Gentlemen are a Boston-based quintet, and they have just released their third record ‘Roll Me, Tumble Me.’ They have quite a resume- songwriter Greg Liszt is a former member of Crooked Still,  fiddler Mike Barnett is a former member of David Grisman’s band, and bassist Sam Grisman is David’s son. We will listen to the entire new record this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Tuesday, 12/31/13 3:30 pm

The web stream appears to be working properly. If you are still having problems connecting, please call the station at 800-678-7444 or write to me at dbolton@hppr.org. I will need to know when you tried to connect, your method of connection (Tune-In, NPR App, direct from HPPR web site, etc.) and any error messages you received. Thanks for your patience during this transition and thanks for listening. 

Tuesday 12/31/13 10:00 am

mike fuller

Last Saturday’s performance by hONEyhoUSe in Amarillo set a new attendance record for HPPR’s Living Room Concert series.  185 people came to see the show and they were treated to several new songs from the new record currently in production for a 2014 release.

Anoushka Shankar began studying the sitar under her father Ravi Shankar at the age of nine and made her performance debut at thirteen.  She has just released her new CD ‘Traces of You’.  The new record features three tracks with her half-sister Norah Jones; this is their first collaboration. With elements of Pop, Jazz and World music, the new record is a beautiful listening experience. We will hear each track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

HPPR Honors our Veterans

Nov 10, 2013
Larry Large

Tune in Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered as HPPR presents four special interviews profiling the stories of four men who served our country.

Leonard Hitz speaks with veterans from our area. Listen as these four men share their stories each hour during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin’s new record ‘Still Green’ is her 13th release since she started recording over 25 years ago. The songs reveal her search for respite, relief and solace after the loss of both of her parents and a sister’s serious illness. Written on Cape Cod and recorded in Boston, it is a beautiful addition to her catalog. We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Concord, North Carolina’s favorite sons The Avett Brothers have released their second record of 2013- Magpie & The Dandelion. The tracks were recorded with Rick Rubin during the same sessions that produced The Carpenter, their previous release. The brothers have said they wanted to convey a feeling of “youthful wonder” with this record. We will listen to every track as our CD of the week this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

HPPR is thrilled to welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 16! This show will be in a new venue for us- the events room at Sunset Art Center, located at 3701 Plains Blvd.

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