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JPR Live Session: Beth Whitney

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Folk singer Beth Whitney lives with her husband and children in a cabin outside of Leavenworth, Washington. On her new album Into The Ground, Whitney channels that bucolic setting into some captivatingly beautiful songs.

It was a gnarly injury that derailed Beth Whitney's original path. She had been a budding softball pitcher, but during her recovery she picked up guitar to bide the time. It worked out pretty well. Eventually, some of her recordings hit the ear of the folks at Malamute Records, and in 2007 Beth and her husband (upright bassist Aaron Fishburn) recorded an album called Leave Your Shoes and promptly hit the road.

At the tail end of a year and a half of stay at home orders, Whitney admins that, though the isolation hasn't been a huge stretch considering where she calls home, she does miss the human interaction that comes from mingling and observing.

During our session, she talked about the first time she strummed a guitar, and the stories behind the songs on her new album Into The Ground. She also graced us with a few tunes from the new album performed with help from Fishburn.

As FM Network Program Director and Music 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 conversations.