Talkin' Music

Talkin’ Music,  brought to you each Thursday, highlights local or locally performing musical artists from a variety of genres with interviews, music and live performances.

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Paige Blankenbuehler

Ben Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer who plays a mix of  a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.  Sollee is known for his activism around Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Appalachia and collaborations with environmental and social justice organizations. KVNF's Michelle Amiott spoke with Sollee at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Amber McDaniel

With his bold and innovative style,  LA born musician Miles Mosley has been described as the "Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass."   In addition to his solo career,  he has toured and recorded with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Miss Lauren Hill and Rihanna.    Miles performed at this year's Telluride Jazz Festival and took time to speak with Ali Lightfoot before his show.

Ali Lightfoot and Taya Jae talk with Andy Frasco after his performance at Delicious Orchards in Paonia.  Find out why Andy's reputation precedes him in this candid discussion about his Jewish Catholic upbringing, performance anxiety,  and his early obsession with Damien Rice.

Michael Emanuele

Gasoline Lollipop's frontman Clay Rose talks to Ali Lightfoot about the new album in the works,  alt country and his early folk influences.

Music Director Melanie Jean gives us a preview of this year's festival and shares music from some of the performers.

A.J. Fullerton is an award-winning  singer, songwriter and blues guitarist raised in Western Colorado. At only 22 years old, A.J. has quickly gained wide acclaim in Colorado.  He sat down to talk to Ali Lightfoot about his latest release titled Kalamath and share some new songs.

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot catches up with this Boston based group before their show in Paonia Town Park.

New Orleans based singer Maggie Koerner sat down with Ali Lightfoot at the 2017 Ride Festival to talk about her new album "Dig Down Deep," touring with Galactic, her love of Kendrick Lamar and the importance of keeping it real. 

DJ Christi Gubser catches up with Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris of the Americana Soul duo- Freddy and Francine,  before their performance in Paonia Town Park.

Michael Owen and Magedelys Savgine of the Toronto-based group The Battle of Santiago sat down with  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway Town Park.

KVNF DJ Lauren Ziccardi speaks with members of Yonder Mountain String Band at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Lukas Nelson talks with KVNF DJ Willie Chicken and Ali Lightfoot about growing up with dad Willie Nelson,  his literary influences and what it means to be a country outlaw these days. 

The Columbus Ohio-based rock band band, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons played a show for the Montrose Summer Music Series back in June.   They stopped by the KVNF studios for a chat before their show.

Ali Lightfoot

Scruffy Pearls is a NYC based band fronted by Carly Brooke.  This dynamic 5 piece band performed at the KVNF studios and talked with Ali Lightfoot about their newly released debut album and first trip to Colorado.

Michelle Amiott

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot took a road trip to the California desert to interview the 5 piece country band - The Deslondes.   Sam Doores, Riley Downing and Dan Cutler discuss their creative process and their new album, Hurry Home, which was released this June.  

The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Project Ensemble invites KVNF to one of their rehearsals to share some new music and talk about their North Fork collective.   This band includes:  David Alderdice, Arlyn Alderdice, Jeannette Carey, Daniel B, Matt Drbohlav, Rebecca Drbohlav, Osha Foster, & Jen Sanborn.


Americana Folk artist Lesley Kernochan stopped by the KVNF studios to play some tunes before heading to The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Lesley has an eclectic background as a saxophonist, contemporary composer, operatically trained coloratura,  musical saw player, and singer/songwriter. Her most recent record is A Calm Sun.

Series Director Dave Bowman gives us a preview of all the music you can catch every first Friday at the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose.

Rob Miller started Pickin' Productions in 2008,  producing two free summer concert series in the towns of Paonia and Ridgway.  Now celebrating ten years of bringing music to the western slope, Rob is starting a brand new series in Moab, Utah as well as one in Crawford, Colorado.  He’s also booking a live music series for Delicious Orchards in Paonia.  Here, Rob speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his work and some of the artists you can catch this summer.

Ali Lightfoot

Music festival director Steve Gumble talks with Ali Lightfoot about his first year producing the Telluride Jazz Festival.    Gumble founded SBG productions in 1994  with the creation of Telluride Blues and Brews.     Here, Steve gives us a preview of the performers you can hear at both festivals this summer.

The Wyoming-based band sits down with Ali Lightfoot to talk about their new album "Postcard Town," and how small towns and wide open spaces inspire their sound.

Ali Lightfoot

This program features interviews from Ali Lightfoot's trip to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival.  Jazz pianist Jesse McBride, Tank and the Bangas' Albert Allenback,   and Aurora Nealand are all featured. 

Feather Groves

KVNF Youth Radio DJ Jackson Bookout speaks with musician Ayla Nereo about her childhood,  her music and how she feels about soccer.  

Singer songwriter Justin Evan Thompson is joined by Melanie Jean and Gabrielle Louise to play a few tunes and discuss his latest projects.

The Scones-Kinder band dropped by the KVNF studios to share some music and talk about The Summer of Love, Up with People and their new video for the song "Dead End Street."

Violinist Rachel Priday has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, National Symphony Orchestras and the Boston Pops.  Here, Rachel and pianist Susan Ellinger discuss their upcoming show Appalachian Spring, a program of violin and piano duos celebrating the beauty and burgeoning spirit of the season.  

Elephant Revival's Bonnie Paine discusses the influences for the haunting and beautiful sound of their 2016 release  "Petals,"  and describes the highly collaborative and creative process making the video for the title track.  

Andy Dunnigan of the Bluegrass band The Lil' Smokies talks with Ali Lightfoot.

Samantha Burroughs

Cowboy poet Topher Dalrymple backed by Devon Alves on guitar make up this illustrious duo.

Colorado raised songwriter  Moriah Woods talks with Ali Lightfoot about living in Poland, what inspires her sound and her new album "The Road to Some Strange Forest."