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. During COVID KVNF aims to continue to provide a platform for musicians who would typically tour through the Western Slope of Colorado and bring our listeners new music and exposure to diverse artists.

Ways to Connect

Talkin Music: Lane Shi

Dec 6, 2018

Composer and multi-media artist Lane Shi talks with Ali Lightfoot about her work and residency at Elsewhere in Paonia.  

Talkin Music: Sam Baker

Nov 21, 2018
Ashley Krest

KVNF's Ashley Krest speaks to musician Sam Baker at the 2018 Moab Folk Festival.  

Talkin' Music: Robby Romero

Nov 14, 2018

KVNF DJ Geitz talks with musician and activist Robby Romero about growing up in Hollywood, hanging out with Dennis Hopper and the Dali Lama and working for the rights of indigenous people.

Talkin Music: Valerie June

Nov 2, 2018
Willi Moore

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and musician Valerie June have a cosmic conversation about serendipidy,  poetry and obscurity at the 2018 Telluride Blues and Brew Festival. 

Talkin Music: Marco Benevento

Oct 29, 2018
Willi Moore, Photo and Illustration

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot talks with pianist Marco Benevento at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Marco shares stories about his first synthesizer, his first job (playing piano at the country club) and his love for New Orleans.

Talkin Music: Son Little

Oct 19, 2018
Willi Moore

Rhythm and Blues artist Son Little talks with Ali Lightfoot about working with Mavis Staples, his first love song and his dream of starting a band made up entirely of bass players.  Ali caught up with Son Little before his show at the 2018 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Talkin Music: River Whyless & Les Poulet a Colin

Sep 21, 2018

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

Talkin Music: Robert Kuhn

Sep 19, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Wild Child

Sep 4, 2018
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.)

Talkin Music: Regina Spektor

Aug 23, 2018

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.  

Talkin Music: Cicada Rhythm

Aug 15, 2018
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.

Talkin Music: Sihasin

Aug 2, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Steve Clisset

Jun 7, 2018

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

Talkin Music: Forest Beutel

Jun 1, 2018

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.

My Generation: Ellen Sander

May 30, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: The Streets of New Orleans 2018

May 11, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Otis Taylor at Hotchkiss High School

May 4, 2018
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.

Talkin Music: Songwriter's Alchemy

Apr 27, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Bon Bon Vivant

Apr 20, 2018
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.

Talkin Music: Shawn James

Apr 12, 2018

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

Talkin Music: Zolopht

Apr 6, 2018

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. 

Talkin Music: The Moves Collective

Mar 8, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Erika Lundahl

Mar 2, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Jordyn Pepper

Feb 23, 2018

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.  

Talkin Music: Jeffrey Foucault

Feb 9, 2018

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.

Talkin Music: Harry Harpoon

Feb 2, 2018

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

Talkin Music: Loudon Wainwright III

Jan 23, 2018

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