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.

A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and multiple-Grammy winner, Rodney Crowell has been making music for over forty years. In that time, he's released over twenty albums, written and recorded five consecutive number-one hits, and produced scores of albums for other stars. He's been honored with an ASCAP lifetime achievement award for his work.

Curtis Salgado has been a landmark in the Northwest blues music scene for over 30 years. His unique style of blues, soul, and r&b has propelled him to the top of the scene. In Alan Hager, Salgado found not only an excellent lead guitarist for his band, but a like minded scholar of music - able to turn on a dime in virtually any direction.

Growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, J.S. Ondara was tuned into the BBC and the vast world of music that was often as far away as the United States. None of those sounds resonated more clearly than those of one particular troubadour from Minnesota: Bob Dylan.  Fast forward ten years and J.S. Ondara has relocated to Minnesota, hoping to follow a path of inspiration and carve his own career as a singer and songwriter.

Ahead of his performance with the Rogue Valley Symphony as part of their New Year's Eve Gala, pianist Joel Fan stopped by the JPR studio to talk about his background, his work with the Silk Road Ensemble, and his connection with Christine Eggert of the SOU Music Department that led to the concert event.

Deutsche Welle (DW), the German state-owned public international broadcaster, has announced that they are ending production of World Link, effective immediately.

Texas Piano Man - the new album and persona of Robert Ellis - is something his friends and bandmates could see coming from miles away. In fact, Ellis had to create the full blown bedecked character in order to finally be himself on stage.

The Exchange takes Christmas off, presenting in its time slot "The Keepers, from the Kitchen Sisters and PRX," hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free flow of information and ideas. Keepers of the culture and the culture and collections they keep.

In hour one, The Hip Hop Archive at Harvard, The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky, The Lenny Bruce Archive and more striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.

Boy & Bear have been living on the radio charts in their native Australia since 2011, when their debut album won them five Aria awards and landed three separate songs on the "best of the year" list assembled by influential radio station Triple-J.

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While the seven Democratic presidential candidates agreed that the ultimate goal was to defeat President Trump in 2020, tensions over campaign fundraising and experience took the spotlight during Thursday evening's debate.

Tinariwen, or ⵜⵉⵏⴰⵔⵉⵡⵉⵏ in their traditional Tamasheq language, is a group of Tuareg rock musicians from the Saharan Desert region of northern Mali. The band formed in 1979 in Algeria, and first started to gain a following outside the region in the early 2000s with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions. NPR calls the group "music's true rebels."

2019 Holiday Specials

Dec 4, 2019

We've got another big bag of goodies for you this holiday season. Here's what we have planned...

Amy LaVere's voice is what catches you first - girlish, but with the depth of someone with a full book of stories. NPR’s Robert Siegel once said that Amy LaVere “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her latest album Painting Blue - produced by her husband and frequent musical collaborator Will Sexton - was released earlier this year on Nine Mile Records. In our live session, Sexton joined LaVere for some tunes from the new album.

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On Saturday, December 7th, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin the Metropolitan Opera's 89th season of Saturday morning broadcasts with Philip Glass's Akhnaten. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. All broadcasts this season begin at 10am.

Molly Tuttle's facility on acoustic guitar is already well-known, but on her recently released debut album When You're Ready (Compass Records), she also displays her songwriting skills. She sat down with Eric Teel to talk about her upbringing in a musical home, her practice routine, and her recent haul of awards.

The Commonheart is an 8-piece soul band from Pittsburgh. Stocked with fantastic instrumentalists and vocalists at every spot, the band flows seamlessly through rock, soul, r&b, gospel and more on their latest album Pressure.

This Thanksgiving day, JPR will be serving up a few seasonal specials for your enjoyment.

JPR Live Session: Barrie

Nov 8, 2019

Barrie is the musical project of Barrie Lindsay – a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. 

Bouncing back and forth between New Orleans where she now lives, and Austin, Texas where she cut her musical teeth, Albanie Falletta has absorbed much of the sound of the American past. There was zydeco, jazz, and blues from the music festivals, and gospel music from churches and backyard parties.

The Suitcase Junket is the musical project of Massachusetts singer/songwriter and musical raconteur Matt Lorenz. It's a hard to describe amalgam of rock, blues, folk and even world music influences created by a veritable one man band with a rather creative ensemble of instruments.

Dixieland and ragtime wasn't Blair Crimmins' first musical stop, but it's the one he and his band The Hookers have made their home.  Their sound is a combination of witty lyrics, tight playing and the kind of deft percussion that almost sounds like they've got a sound effects guy in the band.

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