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Kevin Porto

Erica von Kleist graduated from Julliard in 2004 with a jazz degree, and spent the next ten years in New York City working: as a pianist, saxophonist and flautist, a bandleader, a theater music director, a composer, and an arranger. She collaborated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,  Chris Potter, Broadway star Eric Michael Krop, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Rufus Reid, and Anne Hampton Callaway, among many others.

Betsayda Machado on stage at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

On their “Sabrosito Rico” tour in 2017, Venezuelan Afro-Soul tambor venezolano musicians Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo simultaneously mesmerized and energized audiences, including those at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Felix Contreras, host of NPR’s Alt.Latino, writes: “Watching Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo perform is like peering back in time. The music's roots extend to the Venezuelan slave trade, and while the vocals are in Spanish and not an African dialect, the instruments the group plays date back more than 500 years."

Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

In August 2017, on his way to Missoula's River City Roots Festival, Malcolm Holcombe, a troubadour of "hill-country high poetry," stopped by MTPR to record a few tunes and visit with host John Floridis.

In this hour-long edition of Musician's Spotlight, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen drop by to reminisce with guest host Michael Marsolek about performing, recording, and creatively coping with the rapidly-changing music industry. The fast friends are renowned Texas folk singer-songwriters and former Texas A & M roommates, as well as musical contemporaries.

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