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Russ Nasset And Martha Scanlan In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

Russ Nasset and Martha Scanlon
Josh Burnham / courtesy of Martha Scanlon

If you attended college in Missoula in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators. Nasset takes his inspiration from songs, genres and stories passed down to him from a childhood spent in Shelby, on Montana’s Hi-Line. "The River and the Light," "The Shape of Things Gone Missing, The Shape of Things to Come:" the titles of Martha Scanlan's recordings reflect time spent in southeast Montana with generations of Tongue River Valley ranchers who are trying hard to hold on to a quiet, treasured way of life.

From the archives: Russ Nasset Live On Montana Public Radio

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(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  10/29/19. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.
Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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