The song, Savage Blue, courtesy of KEXP Live series of videos, introduces Noah Shomberg, the drummer for the wild and crazy Denver band The Yawpers, who play Mountain Fair next weekend on Saturday night.
Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough visited Express Yourself before their gig at Steve's Guitars to talk about their new CD Mockingbird Soul, trusting each other on stage, and their songwriting process. They also played three tunes from the CD, Little Easy, October Song and Mockingbird Soul.
Cowboy Corral is a local ensemble of men and women singing those great old Western songs. They stopped by Express Yourself before their wanderings around town during First Friday festivities and sang a medley of hits, a tribute to Cowboy Randy and KDNK and even did a little yodeling. We hope we can rope them into returning to KDNK's airwaves.
Sue Lavin, the director, along with Jennifer Johnson and Will Bledsoe, two of the actors, in Thunder River Theatre's new production of The Memory of Water, by Shelagh Stevenson. Tonight is opening night of The Memory of Water, with seven more performances scheduled over these next three weeks. Tickets and information here.
Deb Jones and Laurie Doctor about their art in the new Carbondale Arts exhibition. And the organizers of the benefit gala in Glenwood Springs next week in support of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
Sandy Haber, Brad Vierheller, Paul Valentine and Doug Whitney joined Express Yourself to talk about the gala benefit next week at Glenwood Vaudeville benefitting the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
Laurie Doctor proves to be articulate not only about her art, but about how and why that art is an expression of soul. Laurie partnered with Deb Jones to participate in the new Carbondale Arts exhibit which opens tonight at the Launchpad with a reception at 6pm.
Deb Jones, founder of The Wyly Community Arts Center and artist in the Roaring Fork Valley since the 1970s, about her participation in the new Carbondale Arts exhibit, Correspondence, which opens with a reception tonight, and about her art, her process, and her current project.
Frank Martin, guitar slinger and singer/songwriter has produced a new CD Blue on Blue on Blue. He joins Express Yourself with his producer Dave Taylor, of Cool Brick Studios, to talk about the project and play a couple tunes from the album, Pick Up Your Feet and Leaving Cheyenne. More info at frankmartinmusic.com.
Thunder River Theatre's first production aimed at kids is Lilly's Plastic Purple Purse. Wendy Moore, the director of the production, and Corey Simpson, artistic director of TRTC, join Express Yourself to talk about that, and some of what's coming up at Carbondale's theatre.
The Roaring Fork High School Jazz band rolled into Express Yourself to play four songs: Manteca, Harlem Nocturne, Jaime's Retreat and Spain. They also talked a little bit about their recent string of local gigs and their encounters with some high profile jazz musicians. 8 musicans blew some cool jazz for a Friday afternoon.
Erik Wardell, creative director of the 5Point Film crew joins two young filmmakers from the Isaacson School for New Media at CMC, Rachel Mayoral and Danny Feria, who created a short film called Big Air Max, which receives its premiere at next weekend's 5Point Festival.
Leah Dyjak finishes up a residency this winter at Anderson Ranch next week. She is part of a pop-up exhibition at the Harvey Meadows gallery in downtown Aspen which opens tonight with a reception at 6pm.
Parker Whittington on mandolin, Harris Jackson on guitar, Mac Benning on the banjo and Ashton Taufer on bass comprise a promising new string band from Glenwood Springs called Lookout Mountain Showdown. They dropped by Express Yourself to play a few original tunes before their gig tonight for First Friday at Phat Thai. They played Blue Sky, Ashton's Tune and Romania. We hope to hear more from this talented new band.
Frederic Hambalek, of Germany, about his new short, Mountain Fever. Halfdan Ullman Tondel, of Norway, on his playful film about loneliness, Fanny. And Peter Edlund, of Seattle, about his stoner comedy short Mixtape Marauders.
Judy Milne and Carla Reed of the local watercolor artists group Alaprima. Alaprima has a new show at the Launchpad which opens tonight and runs through April 14. Here they talk about their art, their sanctuary, their creative process, and their tight-knit group of artists.
Jill Cohn paid another visit to KDNK ahead of her gig at Justice Snow's. As a new resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Jill has found rejuvenation and an end to a year-long writer's block. She performed two new tunes, The Secret of the Soul, and No One Really Knows, both world premieres.
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.
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.
Carbondale-based artist and chef David Starbear stopped by the KDNK studio to perform two songs as an "opening act" before Elephant Revival's visit to the station. He played songs inspired by his own journeys to support the water protectors at Standing Rock, "Good Medicine" and "Agua Sagrada" which means sacred water.
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.
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.