Musicians' Spotlight

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

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      Betsayda Machado's Music Is 'Vital, Accomplished, Local, Unplugged And Deeply-Rooted'


      On their “Sabrosito Rico” tour in 2017, Venezuelan Afro-Soul tambor venezolano musicians Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo simultaneously mesmerized and energized audiences, including those at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Felix Contreras, host of NPR’s Alt.Latino , writes: “Watching Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo perform is like peering back in time. The music's roots extend to the Venezuelan slave trade, and while the vocals are in Spanish and not an African dialect, the


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      Victor Wooten Is (More Than Just) The Michael Jordan Of The Bass


      Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.


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      Victor Wooten Is (More Than Just) The Michael Jordan Of The Bass


      Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.


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      Suzanne Santo's Americana-Noir Debut Purrs And Broods


      Suzanne Santo , the fiddling, banjo-playing frontwoman for the duo HoneyHoney, lays out genre-crossing, self-penned songs on her first solo recording, “Ruby Red.” A reviewer described HoneyHoney’s first album as “taking its cue from Appalachian folk, country ballads, jazz and Quentin Tarantino films.”


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       2018-06-14  29m
       
       

      Suzanne Santo's Americana-Noir Debut Purrs And Broods


      Suzanne Santo , the fiddling, banjo-playing frontwoman for the duo HoneyHoney, lays out genre-crossing, self-penned songs on her first solo recording, “Ruby Red.” A reviewer described HoneyHoney’s first album as “taking its cue from Appalachian folk, country ballads, jazz and Quentin Tarantino films.”


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       2018-06-14  29m
       
       

      Malcolm Holcombe: A Southern, Guitar-Playing 'Bard Of Broken Hearts'


      In August 2017, on his way to Missoula's River City Roots Festival, Malcolm Holcombe , a troubadour of "hill-country high poetry," stopped by MTPR to record a few tunes and visit with host John Floridis.


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       2018-06-07  29m
       
       

      Malcolm Holcombe: A Southern, Guitar-Playing 'Bard Of Broken Hearts'


      In August 2017, on his way to Missoula's River City Roots Festival, Malcolm Holcombe , a troubadour of "hill-country high poetry," stopped by MTPR to record a few tunes and visit with host John Floridis.


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       2018-06-07  29m
       
       

      KT Tunstall's Latest Album Is 'A Phoenix From The Ashes'


      After Mercury and Grammy nominations and 10 years of platinum-selling albums and chart-topping songs, Scottish musician and soundtrack composer KT Tunstall was tired of the spotlight and ready to leave professional music. Then, in 2012, her father, a physicist at the University of St. Andrews, died.


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       2018-05-31  29m
       
       

      The Wood Brothers: Musical Democracy And Instrumental Telepathy


      From childhood on, Chris and Oliver Wood grew up hearing their dad's renditions of American roots music and their mother's poetry. They both became musicians: Oliver wrote songs and formed the blues/funk/r & b/country band, King Johnson, while Chris became a jazz bassist and co-founded the avant-groove trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood.


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       2018-05-24  29m
       
       

      The Wood Brothers: Musical Democracy And Instrumental Telepathy


      From childhood, Chris and Oliver Wood grew up hearing their dad's renditions of American roots music and their mother's poetry. They both became musicians: Oliver wrote songs and formed the blues/funk/r & b/country band, King Johnson, while Chris became a jazz bassist and co-founded the avant-groove trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood.


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       2018-05-24  29m