Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming | Music Director | Host/Producer: JPR Live Sessions

After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric earned a broadcast journalism degree from WSU's renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Over the next 25-plus years, Eric has drawn upon his extensive music knowledge to host programs in nearly every genre for commercial and public radio. He joined the JPR staff in 1996, hosting Siskiyou Music Hall from JPR’s Redding studios. In 2002, he moved to Ashland and took over as one of the hosts of Open Air. In addition to music, he’s put his journalism background to use reporting for NPR, managing JPR's award-winning newsroom, and producing feature-length public radio specials carried nationwide.

As FM Network Program Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.

When not at JPR he can be seen in the crowd or on stage at music events around the region, or building hiking and biking trails in the hills around the Rogue Valley.

For Icelandic singer/songwritier Ásgeir, the fame and popularity that followed his debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn was a shock, though it was tempered somewhat by the general laid-back attitude of Icelanders in general.  

The 2020 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns to JPR on Saturday, May 16th with a stellar array of recent productions from Europe and Chicago.

Tonight at 8pm, JPR's sporadic and irreverent music program Sleazy Listening returns to the Rhythm & News Service.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and JPR’s Classics and News Service is celebrating! Starting in April, the hosts at JPR will be showcasing the many masterpieces of Beethoven.

Having a tour collapse is one of the most difficult things a band can endure. Sometimes it's a problem with a venue, the shuttering of a label at an inopportune time, or even illness within the group.  But for the Lone Bellow (and everyone else recently), their tour collapse literally occured the day they stopped by JPR due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

In respose to the very serious situation with the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on our operations, we're making a few (hopefully VERY) temporary changes to our Rhythm & News program schedule.

For their safety and ours, we've asked some of our volunteer music hosts to stay home for the time being, which means that we'll be placing Late Night Blues, Jazz Sunday, and The Folk Show on hiatus. So here's what you'll hear at those times for the next (??) weeks...

Leif Vollebekk is a Montreal-based singer and songwriter whose last record Twin Solitude was a finalist for Canada's Polaris Prize.  After that album release and tour cycle, Vollebekk took a moment to reflect and find clarity about his next steps. Vollebekk says his new release New Ways is about engaging and changing, touching and being touched.  “Anything that I wouldn’t ever want to tell anyone—I just put it on the record."

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Patrick Watson's family moved to Hudson, Quebec when he was four. As a child, he started singing in the church choir, and eventually studied jazz and classical piano as well as composition. His album Close To Paradise won the Polaris Prize - the biggest prize in Canadian music - in 2007.

Over the course of the last two decades and seven albums, singer Kiran Ahluwalia has taken traditional Indian musical forms and blended them with modern jazz, blues, rock and R&B to create a unique sound all her own.

Cantus is a Minnesota-based all-male vocal ensemble known for their wide-ranging repertoire and beautiful blend of voices. The 8-piece ensemble is known for their distinctive approach to working without a conductor, prefering a chamber-music approach to their performances.

JPR Live Session: Joe Pug

Feb 28, 2020

Singer/songwriter Joe Pug has released four full-length albums, the latest of which, "The Flood In Color," came about during a period when he was assessing whether forging on as a touring musician meshed with his life outside of music. The tracks that ended up on the album came from a collection of over 80 newly written songs.

Son Little has always recorded his music with a very hands-on approach.  That deft ear and attention to craft garnered the attention of such artists as Mavis Staples, who asked Little to produce her Grammy-winning EP.  But on his new album 'aloha,' he handed control to another producer for the first time.

Both Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have taken the banjo to new heights; Washburn through her innovative collaborations with Chinese musicians, and Fleck through a multitude of projects ranging from classical concerti to his exploration of the African roots of the instrument. As a duo, they've worked to merge their different styles of playing into a unique sound heard on their latest album Echo In The Valley.

On her latest album Stonechild, singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop enlisted the help of producer John Parish, who she claims "killed one of her darlings" on the way to a record characterized by stark minimalist arrangments. The album's title and theme (and cover art) was inspired by an unusual mask on display at the Mutter Museum.  It led to Hoop's exploration of secrets, lies, and the process of letting go.

Sister duo Lily & Madeleine first joined us as teenagers back in 2014. Their beautiful debut album was full of shimmering indie pop that highlighted their marvelous sibling harmonies.  Now in their early twenties, the veteran singer/songwriters have just released their fourth full-length album called Canterbury Girls

If you’d have asked me at the beginning of September to rank my knowledge of country music on a scale of 1-10, I doubt I’d have gone much higher than an average 5. I was certainly familiar with the major stars, but having never spent any considerable time with the genre—and working in public radio, where country music isn’t typically broadcast, I’d not consider myself an expert by any means.

Singer/songwriter Liz Longley is following a path that many musical artists have in recent years - a path toward complete artistic independence. But in Longley's case, the path was lined with accelerants - thousands of fans who stepped up to support an online fundraising campaign to regain control of the master recordings of her new album Funeral For My Past.

On Tuesday night at 6pm, JPR will broadcast President Trump's State of the Union address as well as the Democratic Party response by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Violinist Emily Bruskin and her cello-playing sister Julia Bruskin founded the Claremont Trio in 1999 at Juilliard.  The third member of the group (pianist Andrea Lam) joined in 2012. The ensemble is the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Back in 2006, a group of cellists in Portland got together for what they thought would be a one-off performance at the Doug Fir Lounge. It wasn't. Rather, it was the beginning of a long and expansive journey featuring over a hundred different members and well over a thousand different pieces of repertoire.