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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.

For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Amos Lee has taken a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city(Nashville) with a new producer(Jay Joyce), and, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him.The twelve songs that resulted—the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell—bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the impact of the scenes, characters, and stories we have come to expect from his songs. We will listen track by track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration celebrates the Britten centennial with a holiday program created in the renowned WGBH Fraser Performance Studio featuring the NEC Chamber Chorus, the New England Conservatory’s elite choral ensemble led by Erica Washburn, along with the NEC Brass Ensemble and the Back Bay Ringers. In addition to the Hymn to the Virgin, the centerpiece of the program will be Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which will also feature other Britten holiday works and standard carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

On his last two studio albums, Jack Johnson pushed into darker territory and delved deeper into electric guitar work than ever before in his music career.

HPPR welcomes Sara Grey to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 2.  We are located at 104 SW 6th Ave,  on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We're in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center. We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We will have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

Quentin Hope

HPPR’s fall membership drive is underway!  Click the red SUPPORT HPPR button above to join the community of supporters who make public radio listening possible across the High Plains and beyond.

The theme of this year’s drive is “Turn a Page”.  When you make a pledge of support for HPPR you will also put a new book into the hands of an underserved child on the High Plains. For every new membership contribution two new books will be donated and for every membership renewal or additional contribution one book will be given. Funding for these book donations is being provided by our special sponsors for this community service effort: Keller Leopold InsuranceWheatland Electric, Wheatland Broadband and Caring Senior Service. Your entire contribution will still go directly to HPPR to bring you the news, music and entertainment that you count on every day.

Friday October 4 is the next installment of HPPR's Songwriter In The Round series. This show will be at The Fibonacci, which is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo. The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. Our previous shows have been very well attended, and we strongly suggest making reservations for this one. You can do that by calling us at 806-367-9088 or by sending an e-mail to music@hppr.org. We'll have the usual great coffee from Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. Don't miss this one!

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Today is the anniversary of the birth of the late Linda Eastman McCartney.  On High Plains Morning today you'll hear some music inspired by her and also made by her.  In addition to being a member of Paul's band Wings, Linda was an accomplished photographer who created a huge body of work from 1967 until her death in 1998.  In fact, she was the first female photographer to have one of her photos on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.    Here's a slide show with just a fraction of the images she captured.

Jimmy Webb has been called one of the greatest songwriters of our generation;  I, for one, agree completely with that statement.  He has created some of the most memorable melodies of the last 50 years.  Jimmy's new CD is called Still Within The Sound Of My Voice;  it is a collection of some of his best  known songs recorded as duets with some friends, including Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Justin Currie, Keith Urban and more.  We will listen to the entire CD this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday, from 9am to noon.

Missy Raines has won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Bass Player of the Year Award 7 times during her career.  On her new record New Frontier,  Missy and her band The New Hip stretch out a bit.  With a batch of songs from Pierce Pettis, Sarah Siskind and Missy herself, she's created a beautiful new work.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to noon cst.

HPPR Community Advisory Council

Sep 11, 2013

HPPR’s Community Advisory Council, as required by federal law, reviews the programming goals established by HPPR, the service provided by HPPR, and the significant policy decisions rendered by HPPR, and assesses whether the programming and other policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by HPPR.  The CAC deliberates independently of station management and HPPR’s Board of Directors, determining its own agenda and electing its own leadership.

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HPPR will be carrying live coverage of President Obama's address to the nation tonight. The president is expected to make his case for military action against Syria in response to reported use of chemical weapons.

Over The Rhine is an Ohio-based band consisting of husband-and-wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist.  Their brand new release Meet Me at The Edge of The World is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed release The Long Surrender. The band has again teamed up with Grammy -winning producer Joe Henry to record timeless and vivid songs with striking harmony vocals.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon cst. Tune in!

HPPR proudly welcomes Jerry Barlow back to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 14!

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