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JPR Live Sessions

JPR Live Sessions is a weekly series of exciting live in-studio music performances and conversations with artists from many different genres. Recorded in JPR's Steve Nelson Performance Space, the series is hosted and produced by JPR Program/Music Director Eric Teel, who brings over 30 years of experience in music ranging from classical to indie-rock. Over 500 guests have appeared on the series, ranging from Brandi Carlile, Colin Hay and Rosanne Cash to OK Go, Bela Fleck and Jeff Bridges.

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  • Lead singer and songwriter Raul Malo joined us from Nashville to talk about the band's 30 year history, and their decision to release an all Spanish-language album for the very first time.
  • The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter recently returned to music after a six year hiatus. She talked to JPR's Eric Teel about her return, and how she doesn't think the burnout that led to her calling it quits in 2014 will be an issue this time around.
  • Members of the eclectic folk/bluegrass/jazz ensemble Twisted Pine joined us from their separate pandemic locations to chat about their new album called Right Now, and how their sound has evolved from traditional bluegrass to the territory they currently occupy.
  • Singer Eric Earley from Portland's Blitzen Trapper joined us from his home to share a couple of songs from the band's brand new album Holy Smokes, Future Jokes.
  • Singer/songwriter John-Robert's debut EP is called Bailey Barely Knew Me. Originally from Virginia, John-Robert now resides in Los Angeles, and joined us for a chat about his YouTube proficiency, and how he's converted his online popularity into a budding musical career.
  • Rebecca and Megan Lovell have come a very long way since their days in The Lovell Sisters - the bluegrass/roots band they performed in with their sister Jessica. As Larkin Poe (the band name is a nod to one of their ancestors), the sisters have continued to grow and expand their sound into the world of blues and blues rock.
  • Blessed with one of the purest voices in Americana music today, Courtney Marie Andrews continues to impress on her new album Old Flowers. She joined us while on a brief vacation in Cape Cod to share some live versions of her new songs.
  • The Los Angeles singer/songwriter joined us to talk about the incredible connections she made while busking in Santa Monica, and how her career has blossomed as a result. She also played us a few songs from her new album called Beautiful and Strange.
  • Formed by the fabulous vocalist Sara Gazarek and three of her talented friends - Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick, and Erin Bentlage - the brand new jazz vocal supergroup known as säje (rhymes with “beige”) was just getting their feet under them with a handful of performances when the pandemic shutdown halted their progress.
  • The North Carolina-based singer/songwriter shared songs from her evocative new album called Modern Appalachia and talked about how she first put down roots in Nashville and became an in-demand songwriter for a who's who of the music world.