Songs From Studio C

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To preview his upcoming performance this evening at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, Australian-born songwriter and guitar-virtuoso Daniel Champagne stopped by the NSPR studios to perform a few songs and chat with music director Nolan Ford.

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Hailing from Olympia, Washington and with banjos in tow, Palmer T. Lee and Kendl Winter have been spreading their country sound across the nation since their formation in 2013. SPIN magazine describes The Lowest Pair as a “sultry country duo” and Paste magazine identified them as one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today. In 2013, the band received further acclaim, placing third in the Minnesota State Duet Championship.

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This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by San Francisco bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum, who will be making their way through the North State this Wednesday. The band needed to get back on the road in a hurry so our conversation was brief, but we discussed their refined approach to touring as well as the inspiration behind the new song, "Weary Ways."

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Rabbit Wilde is an Americana/folk-rock quartet based out of Bellingham, Washington. They just released their new full-length album, The Heartland, and recently completed a string of performances at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. We discuss the band's experience putting this album together as well as the inspiration behind their song, "Porcelain Frame".

Ross Heinemann or as he’s known on stage, “Forgettable Ross,” was one of many artists in the North State to submit a video to NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Ross’ video was voted by NSPR listeners as their regional favorite. This week on Songs From Studio C, we talk with the Dunsmuir musician about his songwriting, the contest, and his humble moniker.

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This week's guest on Songs From Studio C is local songwriter, Aamir Malik (also known as Paktuckia). We discuss the inspiration behind his latest song "The Darkside Within Man" as well as his passion for traditional Irish music and some upcoming performances surrounding St. Patrick's Day.

For the last 10 years, John Craigie has been a frequent visitor to the North State, performing his signature folk songs that often blend humor with sincere emotive content. Craigie’s live shows are also known for the comedic storytelling that takes place between his songs, which regularly leads to loud belly laughs from his delighted fans.

This week on Songs From Studio C, I’m joined by the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, who will be bringing a big show to Laxson Auditorium this Saturday night – a tribute to Queen’s "A Night At The Opera," which brings together some of the North State’s finest musicians, dancers, and visual artists to present a re-imagination of the classic 1975 album. Unfortunately the show is sold out, but the good news is you can watch a stripped-down version of "Killer Queen" right here.

Today on Songs From Studio C we're joined by Della and Brooke of the Parkview Elementary Ukulele Ensemble, The Pukes, who will make a special appearance this Sunday at Laxson Auditorium opening up for the world-famous Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Led by their music teacher, Tanner Johns, the 5th graders – who typically practice as a group of 30 – have prepared their own ukulele versions of classic hits including “Down on the Corner” by Credence Clearwater Revival. 

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Based out of Auburn, California, Hannah Jane Kile made her musical debut back in 2009 at the Club Car Bar & Restaurant. This Friday night, six years and two full-length albums later, the 21-year-old award-winning songwriter will return to perform on the stage where it all began.