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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      'Musician's Spotlight' Celebrates 25th Anniversary: Part Two


      John Floridis hosts Part Two of a 25th anniversary celebration of Musicians' Spotlight with musical highlights and interview segments from some of the most engaging guests in the program's history. Featured artists include Galactic, Cathie Ryan, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vienna Teng, The Emerson String Quartet, Camila Meza, Leftover Salmon, Andre Floyd, John Gorka, Bill Payne, Azar Lawrence, Martha Scanlan, Jeni Fleming, Sonny Landreth, and sneak previews of upcoming shows with Ben Harper...


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      Parker Millsap's Songs Bridge Saturday Night And Sunday Morning


      24-year-old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven song narratives. He recently wrapped up a banner year, which included his network television debut on "Conan," an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an "Austin City Limits" taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year.


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      29m
       

      Singing Along To The Shimmering Despair Of The Cowboy Junkies


      It’s been thirty years since the release of “The Trinity Sessions,” and a little less time since Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock legends The Cowboy Junkies first visited with “Musician’s Spotlight” host, John Floridis. For over three decades, siblings Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins, along with Alan Anton and Jeff Bird have toured their quiet, spare songs around the globe, releasing early albums on major labels, but more recently on their own Latent Recordings.


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      29m
       

      Fiddler Gaelynn Lea's Creativity Reinvents The Ordinary


      Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life. Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"


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      29m
       

      Andrea Harsell's Music Offers Something For The Pain


      Missoula recording artist Andrea Harsell returns to the program to discuss her most recent album, “Something For The Pain,” and the ways she’s carved out a unique niche in the Montana music scene.


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      29m
       2017-09-14

      Bonnie Raitt: Playing The Blues Is A 'Fully Engaged Spiritual Endeavor'


      Legendary singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt joins host John Floridis on this week's "Musician's Spotlight" to discuss her release, “Dig In Deep," which is the latest of her 17 studio albums. This is Part Two of a two-part program.


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      29m
       2017-09-07

      Bonnie Raitt: 36 Years In And Still A Student Of The Blues


      Legendary singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt joins host John Floridis on this week's "Musician's Spotlight" to discuss her release, “Dig In Deep," which is the latest of her 17 studio albums. This is Part One of a two-part program.


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      29m
       2017-08-31

      From 2009: A Conversation With Composer David Maslanka


      On this week's "Musician's Spotlight," we re-broadcast a program from 2009, in tribute to the award-winning composer, David Maslanka , who died August 6, 2017 . A writer, teacher and philosopher as well as composer of over 150 works, Maslanka's music is deeply spiritual and reflects his thirst for knowledge and understanding of the human condition.


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      29m
       2017-08-24

      A Voice 'Merle Haggard Would Be Proud Of': Melissa Forrette's Old-School Country


      Singer-songwriter Melissa Forrette decided to forgo a college volleyball scholarship. Instead, she moved to Montana to work as a wilderness outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Her first song, written in the backcountry under a starry sky, was “Big City Lights,” a reflection on what she’d left behind back home in Santa Cruz. Listen in as Melissa visits with host John Floridis for her debut on "Musician’s Spotlight."


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      29m
       2017-08-14

      Singing Siblings, Their Grandfather, And A Band Named Joseph


      The Portland, OR band Joseph is made up of three sisters: Natalie Closner Schepman, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner. (The band's name comes from Jo, the sisters' grandfather, and for the small Oregon town at the base of the Wallowa Mountains that re-named itself for Chief Joseph, where Jo grew up.) Since their 2014 debut, the trio has gathered momentum quickly, with appearances on The Tonight Show , Ellen , Conan O’Brien and CBS This Morning .


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      29m
       2017-08-02