Artist Interviews

Highlights from KDNK's best artist interviews.

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.

Noam Pikelny In-Studio

Mar 10, 2017

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!

Rodney Crowell

Mar 10, 2017

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.

David Starbear

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.

Photo courtesy of The Aspen Times

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.

The Deer Live on KDNK

Feb 24, 2017

"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

Three Slam Poets

Feb 17, 2017
Toluwanimi Obiwole

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.

Sam Bush

Feb 17, 2017
Taking Off

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.

"Spectacle" by Kip Hubbard

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 live at KDNK

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!

Frank and Fumiko

Frank McGuirk and Fumiko Nagai open a new month-long exhibition at the Carbondale Clay Center on First Friday. Here he talks about his own creative process and shares insights about pottery.

Consensual Improv

Nov 18, 2016

The director of Thunder River Theatre's new Improv group, Consensual Improv, Jeff Patterson, along with 3 of the other 8 members, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford, and Gerald DeLisser, about the art of improvisation and how it carries life lessons for anyone paying attention.

Local dancers producing local work. Carbondale's Alya Howe has choreographed an original piece inspired by the movements of a herd, and the implications of a herd mentality. She spoke to KDNK's Luke Nestler on Express Yourself. The show debuts tonight at 7:30 at the Launchpad and also plays tomorrow night. 

Photo by Gavin Dahl

Paper Bird soared through KDNK's Beyond Beyond, landed, warbled, answered a question, warbled again, and then took off for Basalt's Lions Park where they sang in harmony for an appreciative crowd on August 25th. While they were here we played the first single from their upcoming release, produced by valley resident John Oates. Then they played "Sleepwalker" and "Make You Mine" live in the studio. Then some crazy song about Turkey Gum that was 4:20 long ushered them away and gone.

Cruz Contreras talks about his band, the Black Lillies, the sound of a southern belle saying his name, the important parts of his band's sound, and happy audiences in a trying time. The Black Lillies close out Mountain Fair this year, playing Sunday night at 7.

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