Songs From Studio C

Mondays at 6:44 p.m.

"Songs From Studio C" is North State Public Radio's in-studio music series showcasing regional and nationally recognized artists.  

Produced by Music Director Nolan Ford and with videography by Sky Scholfield, NSPR's own version of a Tiny Desk Concert strives to connect listeners with the finest talent across the North State and beyond.

 

Ways to Connect

Today is bittersweet because this will be my final episode of the show before I leave NSPR to move to Los Angeles. Working as a producer and Music Director for the station has been the best job I’ve ever had, but after five years of service it’s time to move on…but before I do I’m thrilled to present the music of one of my favorite local songwriters, who just so happens to also be my brother, Cameron Ford. Currently releasing music under the name Free Until Midnight, Ford has been writing songs since he was in high school with his first band Panacea. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow into his new electronic sound, and we'll talk with him about his song "3 Peg Stool".

Today we’re joined by El Dorado rock band, Island of Black and White. Originally formed in 2005, the group started as an acoustic duo led by songwriter Chris Haislet. Over time the band began to add more members, including percussionist and band manager Nawal Haislet, who Chris credits for taking the group to the next level as career musicians. For the last ten years Island of Black and White has been actively traveling across the country to perform their versatile blend of blues, rock, reggae and Americana music. We talk with the band about their approach to songwriting, and hear an in-studio performance of their song "West Edge".

Today our guests make up the LA folk duo, Mapache. Songwriters Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci were just high schoolers when they first met at a local skate park in the Pasadena area of Los Angeles. After discovering a mutual interest in the music of artists like The Beatles and The Band, the two began writing their own songs and have continued to perform as Mapache ever since. We discuss their song "Song For A Seagull" as well as some performance advice they received from songwriter Jonathan Richman.

Today our guest is Seattle songwriter, Jack Knight. Once part of the popular Chico indie/rock band The Mondegreens, Knight eventually split off to pursue his own solo career. We talk with Knight about the songwriting of his latest album Some For Jack, Some For Jesus.

Today our guest is Nashville songwriter, Nicki Bluhm. Originally based out of San Francisco, Bluhm is perhaps best known from her band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, which she led alongside her former husband Tim Bluhm. After the couple split in 2015, Nicki moved to Nashville for a change of pace and to process her thoughts the best way she knows how, through her songwriting. We talk with Bluhm about her latest album, To Rise You Gotta Fall.

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Today our guests are Ben Ruttenburg and Samantha Francis who make up the Chico acoustic duo, The Bidwells. Ruttenburg and Francis both have strong ties to the local theatre scene here in town and have known each other as performers since childhood, but it wasn’t until they began performing together in the local cover band Decades that a stronger friendship would develop. Shortly after Francis left the group in 2016, the two musicians began learning cover songs and writing their own originals as The Bidwells. 

Today our guests in studio make up the San Francisco rock band, Meant To Bend. Guitarist Aamir Mauladad and drummer Nathan Driver have been playing music together since they were high school students in San Diego. After relocating to San Francisco a couple years ago and meeting bass guitarist Gaku Kelliher, Meant To Bend started to become an active presence in venues across the Bay Area. We talk with the band about their songwriting. Meant To Bend just released their debut EP titled Minimum Frowny, which can be found anywhere you stream music online.

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Today we are revisiting an episode of the show featuring North State songwriter Hannah Jane Kile. At the time of this recording Kile had just released her second full-length album, and this Friday she will return to Chico for a show where she’ll release not one but two brand new full albums. 

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Today our guest is Chico songwriter, Kirk Williams. Williams performs under the moniker, Lish Bills, a nickname he picked up from his coworkers at The Music Connection. Before entering the world of acoustic music, Williams was well-known as one of the most talented local metal musicians from bands like Brain In A Cage, Blood Of Cain, Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy and Armed For Apocalypse. We ask him what it's like transitioning from the two musical styles.

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Today our guest is Sacramento songwriter, Noah Clark. Clark first became known in the North State area as a drummer for the indie-rock band Brilliant Red Lights. After touring the country and putting out two albums, the band called it quits with one final blowout show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Clark has moved on to writing his own original pop/rock songs, which he performs under the moniker Noah Clark and the Homewrecking Crew. We talk with Clark about his songwriting and the transition from supporting musician to frontman.

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