KDNK faves Let Them Roar performed two brand new songs live in the studio, Snow Moon and We Are the Broken Ones, as well as Miles of Wire ahead of their Justice Snow's gig next Wednesday night. Always good to see them and find out what's new for them.
I don't know if all banjo players are as inherently humorous as their instrument, but Noam Pikelny assuredly is. He dropped by before his Wheeler gig and talked about his new CD Universal Favorite. Turns out it was recorded the day after his hometown team's historic World Series win last fall, and the last day of recording was the day before a momentous election. So it was recorded when hell froze over. Twice. Auspicious!
Truly accomplished artists are often gracious human beings, and Rodney Crowell is no exception. Here he shares some insights into his creative process, his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks and his new CD, slated to drop at the end of March, called Close Ties. Catch him at the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday.
One of the quintessential Colorado bands dropped by KDNK on their way to their sold out Wheeler gig. They didn't have to do that! Especially ahead of a sold-out gig. But they did, and that is a testament to their good-hearted decency. And it's a testament to their support of Community Radio in Colorado. They played a couple tunes from their new CD Petals, Season Song and Home in Your Heart. And they played a couple older tunes, Remember a Beginning and Rogue River.
In a money-grubbing art marketplace, Robert Burch, a local glass artist, has a somewhat purist approach to his art and the marketing of it. Robert curated part of the current exhibition at the Launchpad, which features nine local glass artists, including himself. Luke Nestler spoke to him as he was preparing the unveiling of a new mobile glass kiln for First Friday.
Local therapist Jim Coddington is a proponent of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. His friend and mentor, William Glasser, the creator of that strain of psychology, wrote many letters to patients and colleagues during his lifetime. Jim and Dr. Glasser's wife, collected and edited them for a new book, Thoughful Answers to Timeless Questions. Jim appeared on KDNK's Express Yourself to talk about his new book.
Lon Winston directs a Shakespeare play for the third time at the Thunder River Theatre. Here he talks about The Tempest, the challenges of producing Shakespeare for a modern audience, and his legacy at the theatre on the eve of the renaming of the theatre to honor him.
"I'm drinking up morphine/Straight from the vial/Me in my darkness/You in my mind."
The Deer, Austin's answer to Elephant Revival, has an elliptical way with a lyric and delicate but complex melodies that surround and suffuse the words, and it adds up to something psychedelic and irresistable. They were in town to play at Steve's Guitars and they dropped by KDNK to say hello and play Winter to Pry and Up Into Roses from their recent CD Tempest and Rapture. They also played an older song, Shades of Tiffany.
In which we learn, again, that Justice Snow's in Aspen is a KDNK kind of place, that Sam Bush is a damn good storyteller, and that womanhood is the revenge for girlhood. Just another Express Yourself here on KDNK.
Toluwanimi Obiwole, Mercedez Holtry and Myrlin Hepworth visited Ape on the Dink to talk about the Youth Poetry Slam tonight at the Third Street Center. FAIR WARNING: Toluwanimi's poem will make you cry.
One of the mandolin masters of our time plays two shows next week in our area, one at the BellyUp in Aspen and one at the Ute Theatre in Rifle. KDNK's Bob Schultz caught up with Sam to talk about his new CD, Storyman, on Sugar Hill Records.
All five artists proved themselves articulate about their artistic process. Chris Hassig, Sarah Uhl, Sue and Katelyn Krehbiel, Kip Hubbard and Kaylie Finnis all found the spotlight on Express Yourself after the 37th Valley Visual Arts Show opened at the Launchpad.
Today's Express Yourself was mostly about the exciting news from Carbondale Arts courtesy of Amy Kimberly, executive director. Fashion show, Rio Grande Artway, Rosybelle and more. Acrylics artist Kaylie Finnis talks about her art and her process. And Sylvia Wendrow of Spellbinders tells a few love tales in honor of Valentine's Day.
Kip, Katelyn and Sue are all in the current Valley Visual Art Show, which hangs until Feb. 17. Here they talk about their art and how it has an important meditative aspect. And Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions about the Concert for Stewy at the Wheeler Opera House. All of that any maybe more at four every Friday afternoon on Express Yourself.
Chris Hassig and Sarah Uhl are local artists showing in the Valley Visual Arts Show which hangs at the Launchpad until February 17. They visited Express Yourself to talk about their pieces in the show, their creative processes, and their artistic futures. And Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative describes the newest DI residency next week involving the New York dancer Christiana Axelsen.
New Orleanian Seth Walker has an assured new release featuring his family called Gotta Get Back. Luke spoke to him on Express Yourself. They decided Seth needs some wingtip galoshes and that music can cure what ails ya.
John McEuen dropped by the Wholly Bozos show on KDNK with his musical buddy Matt Cartsonis. They brought some nitty and some gritty along with great big smiles, not to mention a beautiful guitar. John played a couple tunes live and told a few stories about Aspen in the early 70s, his new CD Made in Brooklyn, and about his show at the Wheeler commemorating the Will The Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John McEuen and community radio go together like banjo and that high lonesome sound. Come back soon, John!
The Nashville Americana duo, Fort Defiance, before their Sunday gig at Marble Distillery. Consensual Improv before their Saturday night show at Thunder River Theatre, and local trio Pearl & Wood before their Steve's Guitars gig tonight.
This Express Yourself is all about ceramics. One artist, Matthew Eames, produces sculptural work for large installations. The other, Frank McGuirk, produces functional work. Both are associated with the Carbondale Clay Center, and both extol the virtues of that bedrock Carbondale arts organization.
Jake, the Janerator, and Luke wrap up a disappointing Broncos season with the last Bronco Babble for some time. It wasn't just football today. There was some geezer babble too. Doctor Dandelion called in and we also heard from Little Willie, who was stuck in a ditch. Everyone liked the idea of Dallas versus the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, cuz then it would be the Cowboys against the Indians. And in the year of Standing Rock, you gotta go with the Indians, dontcha? And why don't Native Americans complain about the Chiefs? Listen here to find out.
This was a good one, with calls from Enrique and Pepe and Big Al the Gal's Pal. And even some poor woman looking for her Shelty. And free drywall from an accident on Highway 82. There might even be a football insight or two in there somewhere.
Ricky McKinnie, a 30-year member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, is a second tenor in the group, and while his wisdom might be aphoristic, it is nonetheless heart-felt, just as his group of gospel singers is, which is what you'd expect from a gospel group that has been singing for 80 years. KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with Ricky on the eve of his four-date Colorado tour, which includes a stop at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, December 16th.