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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The North Carolina Folk band River Whyless and Quebec's Les Poulet a Colin talk with KVNF at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

This Texas based musician talks with Ali Lightfoot about making his album Maria the Gun, crossing borders all over the Americas and how his van became home.

Ali Lightfoot

Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins of the Austin band Wild Child talk with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot backstage at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.  The band shares stories about their new album and its multiple producers,  making sweet songs for dark times and their most popular love song (which is actually about a cat.)

KVNF speaks with Regina Spektor at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.  Regina talks about the different approaches to studying music in the US and Russia,  her early days playing in NYC's east village and her creative process.  

Ali Lightfoot

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot speaks with duo about their latest CD Everywhere I Go,  touring America (pre and post  Trump) and meeting Gillian Welch.

Brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benallyof the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona make up the band Sihasin.  Ali Lightfoot talks to them about their environmental activism,  a trip to the white house and how their music has evolved to be more hopeful over the years.

The two bands have joined forces for a performance at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.   They stopped by the KVNF studios to play some new music and share stories about their trip to India,  the Roots of Freedom project and how to break an accordion.

Paonia singer songwriter Steve Clisset plays some music and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

One-man-band Forest Beutel plays some tunes and talks with Ali Lightfoot about touring with punk bands, cats on leashes, and how to stay hopeful during troubled times.

Talkin Music: Kuinka

Jun 1, 2018

Kuinka blends folk, indie, pop, electronica and bluegrass for a sound all their own. Currently touring for their new EP “Stay Up Late,” they stopped by KVNF to play some music and chat with Ali Lightfoot before their show at the Old Mad Dog Dog Cafe in Crawford.

The hosts of My Generation interview rock journalist Ellen Sander about the Greenwich Village folk scene, Haight-Ashbury in its heyday and studio sessions with the Rolling Stones - all chronicled in her book, "Trips: Rock Life in the 60s"

Talkin Music: Zephyr

May 24, 2018

Paonia artist Eden Clearwater, known by the stage name Zephyr,  talks about his new CD titled Time in Sensations.    Zephyr uses acoustic instruments, electronic sounds, and nature to create this psychedelic ambient electronica composition.

Ali Lightfoot interviews some of the coolest musicians she bumped into during the 2018 French Quarter Festival.   First we hear from the Norwegian, Denmark-based jazz singer Live Foyn Friis who Ali discovered singing at The Spotted Cat with The Jazz Vipers.    Then she talks to Futon (Efuntola Akinlana),  a street musician, who has been playing saxophone since he was 14  in The Hundreds Brass Band.

Ali Lightfoot

Otis Taylor and members of his band led a Trance Blues workshop at Hotchkiss High School this week.   Ali Lightfoot documented the process and talked with Otis Taylor and the school's music teacher Jeannette Carey about the project.

Paonia singer songwriters  Sam Heart, Carrie Williams and Gustavo Brett share original songs that will be featured as part of Songwriter's Alchemy - an evening where 4 local musicians swap songs and play them live.

Kyra Vogt

The New Orleans band Bon Bon Vivant makes original music combining Cabaret Nouveau, Indie Gypsy and bawdy blues.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot caught up with them after their performance at the 2018 French Quarter Festival.

Singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James talks with Ali Lightfoot before his show at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction based funk rock reggae band Zolopht has been playing together for almost 10 years now.  Ali Lightfoot catches up with the band's percussionist, Greg Indivero about the grand junction music scene,  the Colorado festival circuit and keeping things creative at the day job. 

This lively SoCal band stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and discuss life on the road,  their cameo on Portlandia and the metal bands at Berklee School of Music.

The Seattle-based musician, writer and activist talks with Ali Lightfoot about her recent residency at Elsewhere in Paonia and her songs exploring environmental issues and social justice movements.

Singer songwriter Jordyn Pepper visits the KVNF studios to play some tunes and talk about her journey from being a Colorado farm girl to a Nashville musician.  

KVNF DJ Adam Gall sits down with songwriter and producer Jeffrey Foucault for a discussion about his love of John Prine, his special relationship with drummer and tour partner Billy Conway and his upcoming album Blood Brothers.

Local bluesman, Harry Harpoon visits with Ali Lightfoot and shares some new music.

KVNF's Paige Blank catches up with folk singer and humorist, Loudon Wainwright III at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

The South Carolina quintet Ranky Tanky creates a modern rendition of their ancestral music - Gullah.  Ali Lightfoot spoke with the band's trumpet player Charlton Singleton about their unique sound at the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival.

Ashli Hara

Gabrielle Louise visits the KVNF studios to play some new music and talk about her latest CD "Live at Etown Hall," as well as her upcoming "Give Where You Live" concert at the Paradise Theater.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Susan Ellinger,  pianist and artistic director at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts the Paonia.   Ellinger talks about the making of her debut CD, 'The Viennese Style' featuring late Sonatas of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.




Cody and Willy Braun

Cody and Willy Braun began touring as children in their father's band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys.   The brothers have continued to tour coast to coast for over two decades in their country band,  Reckless Kelly.    Ali Lightfoot caught up with Willy Braun last summer before a show to discuss the band's grammy winning CD packaging,  growing up off-the-grid and the family's annual music festival in Idaho. 

Hundreds of local students took part in the annual Colorado Choral Directors Select Honor Choir Performance in Grand Junction in November.    Doctor Monte Atkinson of Colorado Mesa University’s Music Department was the conductor.  CMU’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and The Grand Valley Childrens Choir were also part of the show.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with Choir Directors and performers about this annual event that bring choirs together from all over the state.

3hattrio (three hat trio) plays American Desert Music. Their aim is to create a new music which responds to the natural world of their sacred homeland near Zion National Park in southern Utah.