Artist Interviews

Highlights from KDNK's best artist interviews.

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.

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Angilina and Mike Taylor founded 5028 Footwear to bridge their many passions. These locally-made, small batch shoes also benefit mental health by providing $5 from each sale to Aspen Strong. Megan Tackett spoke with Angilina and Mike about their business on Express Yourself.

Thunder River Theatre Company

Sean Jeffries is the technical director for Thunder River Theatre Company's many different shows. He spoke with Megan Tackett on Express Yourself about the particular challenge of doing light and sound for a cabaret.

Michael Conti

Director Michael Conti of Crazy Wisdom Films discusses his new documentary The Unruly Mystic: John Muir with Megan Tackett on KDNK. The local premier sold out, so the film is back for an encore screening at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale on Friday night, December 14th at 5:15. The Unruly Mystic explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism and Father of America's National Parks.

DJ Cody Lee’s Best of 2018

Americana
1)Western Centuries/Songs from the Deluge/Western Centuries/Country
2)  Ry Cooder/The Prodigal Son/Perro Verde/Rock
3) Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton/Been On Your Side/Free Dirt/Folk
4) I’m With Her/See You Around/I’m With Her/Folk
5) Wylie & the Wild West/2000 Miles from Nashville/Hi Line/Country
6) Jordie Lane/Glasselland/Jordie Lane/Folk-Rock
7) Neil Young + Promise of the Real/Paradox/Reprise/Rock-Folk
8) Mountain Man/Magic Ship/Nonesuch/Folk
9) Kaia Kater/Grenades/Smithsonian Folkways/Folk
10) Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio/Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here/Alligator/Blues
11) Dead Horses/My Mother the Moon/Dead Horses/Folk
12) Motel Mirrors/In the Meantime/Last Chance/Rock-Country-Soul
13) Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis/Wild! Wild! Wild!/Bloodshot/Country-Rock-Soul-R&B
14) Tommy Emmanuel CGP/Accomplice One/The Players Club/Folk
15) John Craigie/Live-Opening for Steinbeck/John Craigie/Folk
16) Charley Crockett/Lonesome as a Shadow/Son of Davy/Rock-Country-Soul-R&B
17) Pharis and Jason Romero/Sweet Old Religion/Lula/Folk
18) Cary Morin/When I Rise/Cary Morin/Blues-Folk
19) The Wood Brothers/One Drop of Truth/Honey Jar/Rock
20) Colter Wall/Songs of the Plains/Young Mary/Country

Friday Fun Night

Jammin Jim, host of Friday Fun Night in Glenwood Springs, speaks with Megan Tackett on Express Yourself about this evening of art, dance, games, juggling, magic and more for kids. Taking place at the new Community Art Center in Glenwood Springs, Friday Fun Night is also an opportunity for parents to enjoy a night out.

Robby Romero In-Studio

Nov 15, 2018
Robbie Romero and Dennis Banks

Apache activist and musician Robby Romero shared his new single Born on the Rez on KDNK's Beyond Beyond. Produced by Don Was and including Jim Keltner and Kris Kristofferson, among others, the song features a swelling gospel chorus, some blues harmonica, and drums that sounded from the center of the Earth. He also shared some inspiring words about the continuing power and relevance of the Standing Rock protest. It was a wide-ranging conversation with KDNK's Luke Nestler that also featured a couple of original live songs.

The Aspen Choral Society has been invited to perform Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall on November 25.  Choir Director Paul Dankers stopped by Express Yourself to share the excitement. The Aspen Choral Society will also be performing Messiah at Grace Church in Basalt on December 14, at The Wheeler Opera House on December 15, and at St Stephens in Glenwood Springs on December 16.

Dj Hill

DJ Hill will premier her Homespun Mercies, a compliation of poems written over two decades, at the opening reception for The Red Brick Center for the Arts exhibition More Than Thread on November 15. In addition to making available copies of her book at this reception, DJ Hill's mixed-media piece called "Release," which graces the cover of Homespun Mercies, will be on display. DJ stopped by KDNK's Express Yourself to share about her work.

Renee Ramge Photography

Pam and Dan Rosenthal have a goal of skiing all the Ikon pass resorts in North America this winter while performing music to promote climate action and sustainable living. Pam and Dan will also be celebrating their 30th anniversary during this tour.

Gabrielle Louise

Activist and musician Gabrielle Louise and filmmaker Naropa Sabine stopped by Express Yourself to speak with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about their music video for Industry, a new single from Gabrielle that tells the story of Paonia’s push to preserve the North Fork Valley.

Carbondale Arts

Mauricio Lopez-Marquez and Francisco Nevarez Burguño of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet are joined by two dance students, Jose Monge and Solana Teitler, on Express Yourself with Megan Tackett and Raleigh Burleigh to share their love of Día de los Muertos and folklórico dance.

Raleigh Burleigh

Local singer-songwriter Leah Grams Johnson stopped by The Gospel of Music to chat with DB about two songwriting clinics she will lead at the Carbondale Library on October 25 and November 1 at 6pm.

Dance Initiative

Chuck Wilt is one of six dancers in residence at The Launchpad in Carbondale from New York City. Chuck and his company UNA Projects will be performing at Dance Initiative’s 7th Annual Spectrum Dance Festival on October 19 and 20. Chuck stopped by Express Yourself to share with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about the event.

Rock Mountain Scots

Before marching in procession to the 4th Street Plaza to kick off Carbondale's 17th Annual Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest, the Rocky Mountain Scots stopped by KDNK to play a number live in the on air studio. Fran Page, founding member and executive director for Aspen Dance Connection, joined in to share about the organization's work of bringing cultural experiences to the Roaring Fork Valley.

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