Live on KDNK

Songs performed live in studio at KDNK, Mountain Fair and other local events.

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.

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.

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

James McMurtry plays "Choctaw Bingo" live in studio on July 12, 2011.

Euforquestra plays live at Sopris Park, for Carbondale Summer of Music on the 4th of July in 2010.

DJ Phathead and Izm White Freestylin' live in studio at KDNK on November 28th, 2010. 

Todo Mundo plays live on KDNK from the stage at Mountain Fair in 2014.

Lake Street Dive Plays "My Heart's in It's Right Place" live in our Carbondale studio on July 20th, 2011.

Tom Paxton performs "Suzie Most of All" live in-studio.

This El Paso band impressed with their blend of Mexican folk, African and Caribbean music. The whole Mountain Fair was dancing to this long jam "Radio Mexica" on July 25, 2014.

The Infamous Stringdusters burned up the stage at Sopris Park during Carbondale Summer of Music 2009. Tight, almost jazzy, in trading off their solos. They nail this traditional tune, "Deep Elem Blues."

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.

Lewis Cooper

Carbondale’s favorite jam band with a long tune perfect for a Summer afternoon at Mountain Fair on July 25, 2015.

Philip Rosenthal

Eliza Gilkyson drops by just about every year. Here she performs a very tender new tune, and her voice catches at just the right places. Recorded live in-studio on August 6, 2014.

Steve Skinner

Another band who experienced hell and then wrote heavenly songs about it. Recorded at the KDNK studio on April 26, 2011.

Jay Blakesberg / Retna LTD.

Taj brought along his beautiful copper-colored Resonator and he croaked out one of his signature tunes for an adoring crowd. Recorded in-studio on Miss Management August 15, 2013.

The Oklahoma wonderboy joined Express Yourself on December 20, 2012 just after his first appearance on eTown and just before his New Year’s gig at the Ryman in Nashville.

courtesy timobrien.net

A sweet duet live in studio on Luke Nestler's Express Yourself before their gig at Steve’s Guitars. On August 3, 2012. 

Stewart Oksenhorn

Hard to believe that this tune once got Dan in a heap of trouble. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

Darrell Scott Plays "Someday"

Mar 19, 2012
Courtesy darrellscott.com

Darrell is one of the most talented visitors ever to grace KDNK’s airwaves, and one of the nicest men you could ever meet. I just love it when a talented musician is also humble about it. Recorded in studio on March 19, 2012.

Courtesy Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival, the up and coming transcendental folk band from Nederland, perform at their first Mountain Fair.

Steve Skinner

Riley Skinner, one of the most talented young musicians the Roaring Fork Valley has recently produced, takes the Mountain Fair stage in 2011 as the winner of the Singer/Songwriter competition in this year’s Fair, which KDNK broadcast. Find more Riley Mae Skinner music here.  

Hayes Carll Plays "KMAG YOYO"

Jun 23, 2011
Courtesy Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll gave us a great acoustic version of KMAG YOYO, the title track to his CD. Tall, poetic and polite, he visited the studio before his PAC3 show on June 23, 2011.

courtesy vusimahlasela.com

Vusi stopped by Express Yourself before his Belly Up gig and convinced us not only of the song’s beauty, but also the beauty of forgiveness, something that he contends Africa can teach the world. Recorded at KDNK studios on February 4, 2011.