Artist Interviews

Amy Hadden Marsh

Singer/songwriter Josh Rogan is in the valley this weekend for a few gigs. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about music and life in Virginia. Josh Rogan plays the Redstone Inn by the pool Sunday at 3 PM.

Heather Mae

Social activist and accomplished performing artist Heather Mae joins Megan Tackett of Express Yourself to share about her upcoming show at Steve's Guitars on June 20

KDNK Hosts Ukelele Fest Organizer Stephanie Askew

May 30, 2019

KDNK DJ Bruce Garr interviews Roaring Fork Musician Stephanie Askew about an upcoming Ukulele Festival and summer concerts at the Redstone Castle.

Gabrielle Louise is joined by Jamie Payne on guitar, performing a preview on Express Yourself for her show at Steve's Guitars on May 24 at 8:30.

Steve's Guitars presents Ladies in the Round with Natalie Spears and Ellie Barber of Pearl and Wood, as well as Lizzy Plotkin and Gillian Grogan. The show is on Friday, May 3rd at 8:30. The ladies graced KDNK with a preview during Express Yourself.

The Sopris Sun

Renowned pianist Robin Sutherland performs a benefit concert for The Sopris Sun on August 12 at the Redstone Castle. He spoke with Megan Tackett on Express Yourself about his local ties and fondness for music.

Andy Thorn's New 420 Video

Apr 25, 2019

Andy Thorn, banjoist for Leftover Salmon, has a new solo record ready to drop soon. He has also debuted a new 420 video and song, Blazing New Frontiers, the story of America's first Licensed Pot Broker, who also happens to be Thorn's wife.

Gavin Dahl

Prior to playing a show at Steve's Guitars on April 19, local musician M. Kelly Blue stopped by Express Yourself to share about her new CD and personal miracle.

National Parks Development


KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh joins artists Will Gurley and Bobby Martin at The Launchpad where their work is on display. Both exhibits play with the notion of preservation and encroaching development. The artists host a special closing reception in conjunction with 5Point Film on April 26 from 5 to 6pm. Will Gurley also speaks about “The Art of Business” the following day at The Thunder River Theatre. The full schedule of community events related to 5Point is available here.

Renee Ramge Photography

Dan Rosenthal joined Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to share about the ski and music trip he took with Pam, visiting all 38 IKON resorts in North America while performing music to promote climate action and sustainable living.

Birds of Play live in-studio with Travis Cox

Apr 6, 2019

Alex Paul & Birds of Play appeared live on KDNK with The Only Travis Cox ahead of performing at Steve's Guitars on April 6, 2019.

Jessica FIchot

Musician Jessica Fichot draws inspiration from her international background to fuse genres like French chanson, Shanghai jazz and gypsy swing. She joined host Megan Tackett on Express Yourself ahead of her performance at Basalt Regional Library on Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30.


Joining host Megan Tackett by phone, Dean Mahoney shares about the harmonious New York-band Upstate ahead of their weekend performance at Steve's Guitars.

Carbondale Arts

Artist Jeff Stevens joins Megan Tackett on Express Yourself to discuss his exhibit “It Was Dark Inside the Wolf,” now hanging at Carbondale Arts’ R2 Gallery! The premise is to artistically explore our daily habits of information consumption using mixed media and collage.

Lindsay Jones


KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh interview local artist Lindsay Jones at Anderson Ranch’s Ranch Art Jam at The Collective in Snowmass on Tuesday, March 19…

Ottmar Liebert

Mar 15, 2019

Ottmar Liebert's first album was recorded for $3000 in a shack beside a gravel pit. That album went on to become the bestselling acoustic guitar album of all time. Fourteen studio recordings and five Grammy nominations later, and after nearly 50 years acquaintance with his instrument, Ottmar is rightly considered a guitar master that seduces audiences with an understated but dazzling technique and memorable melodies. Ottmar and his collaborator, bassist Jon Gagan, bring their nouveau flamenco improvisations to the Ute Theatre in Rifle tomorrow evening. KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with Ottmar about his flamenco discovery path, his coining of the term nouveau flamenco, his twin practices as a guitarist and Zen meditator, and even his fingernail care.

Jan Garrett and JD Martin have released their 9th studio album, Better Angels, and they visited KDNK to talk about it.  Host Steve Cole spun Better Angels, Home of the Brave and Count Me In from the album. 

It's been two years since John graced KDNK with a lively in-studio, but his appearance is still remembered fondly. He brings his multi-media extravaganza, his Nitty Gritty stories and songs, and some fond reminiscences of Aspen in the 70s to the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday. There's a lotta gray hair on the stage, but there's more passion and humor than you can shake your walker at! Tickets and info here.

The Tierro Band with Bridget Law performed three songs live before their gig at the Temporary: Morocco, I Do and Isla. They also talked a little about their new record which will drop this Summer and this year's version of the Arise Festival. 

Artist Larry Day

Feb 1, 2019

Larry Day has two thriving artistic careers: storyboarding for corporations as varied as Disney and All State Insurance, and illustrating children's books. He also has a watercolor piece in the current Valley Visual Art Show. Here he talks about that piece and his art practices and how he learned to create connections with audiences as varied as corporate executives and children reading picture books.

The Way Down Wanderers visited Express Yourself before their gig at Steve's Guitars. After five years of recording and touring, festival appearances at Merlefest and Summer Camp, official showcases at Folk Alliance, Americana Fest and the International Bluegrass Music Association, and two previous recordings, The Way DownWanderers find themselves in Carbondale tonight at Steve's Guitars with a brand new CD ready to drop in mid-February. They played Principles of Salt, Crooked Pines, All My Words and Frozen Through.

Besides being a pur darn good mandolinist, Sam Bush tells a good story. Here he describes New Grass Revival's last gig opening for the Grateful Dead and the state of Del McCoury's hair in the morning. He also  talks about a new song that he and his Sam Bush Band are playing on their current tour, which comes to the Ute Theatre tonight.

Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica, of Bonedale Ballet, along with three young ballerinas from their troupe, Valentina Baez, Camille Moore and Adelaide Moore, join Express Yourself to talk about their new production of The Nutcracker at the Waldorf School.

Mondo Mando Madness at the Ute

Jan 23, 2019

Sam Bush, perhaps the best mandolinist of our time, plays Friday night at the Ute Theatre in Rifle at 8:00. KDNK's Bob Schultz spoke with Sam a couple years ago, right after the release of his CD Storyman. 

Artists Deva Shantay and Alice Bedard-Voorhees join Express Yourself host Megan Tackett right before the opening of this year's Valley Visual Arts show to talk about their pieces in the show and their creative process.

Ben Timpson visits Express Yourself for the second time. His curiosity and commitment to his very laborious artistic process remain undimmed. Here he talks with KDNK's Luke Nestler about the piece he has in this year's Valley Visual Art Show. And he explains his newest projects, one of which revolves around abused, raped and murdered Native American women both on and off the reservation, and how they are forgotten not only by the nation, but also by their community. Ben calls the series Metamorphosis, and the descriptor works on many levels.

Pearl & Wood Live @ KDNK

Jan 14, 2019

Pearl & Wood chat with Cody Lee about their upcoming EP release @ Steve's Guitars and play a few songs.

The Earls of Leicester

Jan 10, 2019

The Earls of Leicester are a bluegrass supergroup of sorts. Their sound hearkens back to the 50's and 60's as embodied by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. KDNK's Bob Schultz spent some time with Jerry Douglas, dobroist and founder of the Earls prior to their gig at the Wheeler Opera House on Sunday, January 13.

Artist Ali O'Neal appeared on Express Yourself to talk about her art and her new show at CMC Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs on Friday, January 11 from 6-8pm. The show is a collaboration between CMC and the Carbondale Creative District.

Let Them Roar

Jan 2, 2019

The ladies of Let Them Roar, Olivia Pevec and Sophia Clark, dropped in to Express Yourself to talk about a new song, their current configuration as an acoustic quartet and their sold out New Year's Eve gig at Steve's Guitars.