Montana Public Radio

Music Special

Monday 8:00 PM -9:00 PM

Montana Public Radio airs a one-hour music special or music documentary program each week from local and national producers.

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In many ways he was the beat of the Sixties, playing on recordings by Elvis, Sinatra, and thousands of others. He drummed for The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Mamas and the Papas and jazz great Gerry Mulligan. In the 1960s and 1970s, Hal Blaine is said to have played on over 35,000 recordings. He was hailed by recording industry insiders, but remained practically unknown to everyone else.

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John Floridis hosts an hour-long roundup of pop music bands who'll be playing the concert stages of Western, Central and Southwest Montana this summer.  In this Monday Music Special, John highlights just a few of the bands presented by The Red Ants Pants Festival, Logjam Presents, The Moonlight Festival, The Under the Big Sky Fest, The Bob Marshall Music Festival, and The Big Sky Brewing Series.

He started out with artists like Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, played for Ray Charles and was a major influence on composer and arranger Maria Schneider. He was originally a pianist for dance bands in the 1940s but Bob Brookmeyer was first recognized as a valve trombonist. An original member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, he went on write advanced arrangements for the Mel Lewis band and eventually for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Along the way, Bob played piano with Bill Evans and was in the house band for the Merv Griffin television show.

John Floridis profiles the roster of musicians playing the 2018 Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana, August 28 - September 1.  Listen to Montana Public Radio at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 31st for highlights from the festival's Thursday performance featuring Poco with Rusty Young, Justin Townes Earle, and Guthrie Brown.

John Floridis hosts Part Two of a 25th anniversary celebration of Musicians' Spotlight with musical highlights and interview segments from some of the most engaging guests in the program's history. Featured artists include Galactic, Cathie Ryan, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vienna Teng, The Emerson String Quartet, Camila Meza, Leftover Salmon, Andre Floyd, John Gorka, Bill Payne, Azar Lawrence, Martha Scanlan, Jeni Fleming, Sonny Landreth, and sneak previews of upcoming shows with Ben Harper and Clinton Fearon.

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. That year was also marked by the release of the recording, “All These Years,” which features combinations of all the musicians who have been a part of the group over the last two decades.

All Mixed Up With Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 14, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Martin Luther King Jr on "A Shortcut Back to Washington 1963" with the voices, sounds and music that were popular as activists marched on Washington, including Mahalia Jackson, "Little" Stevie Wonder, the Rooftop Singers, JFK, Walter Cronkite, the Four Seasons, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and 4th Grade Students from the Hudson Valley.

Tune in Monday January 18 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Considered by many to be the world's foremost steel guitarist, he not only played, but perfected the instrument, designing the Emmons Guitar. His musical versatility spanned genres such as country, swing, jazz, folk, and country-rock, and he performed or recorded with a wide variety of vocalists and musicians including Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and George Strait.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' landmark album "Rubber Soul", producer Paul Ingles presents another in his acclaimed series of specials on Beatles' history. Over a dozen musicians, music writers and Beatles fans comment on the significance of this 1965 release by the band.

Listen online or on your radio, Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 p.m. on MTPR

Tune in to "Giving Thanks" a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude. Thursday November 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Whether you're in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, "Giving Thanks" provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, online or on your radio.