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Open Air is more than a show. It's a sound. It's a home for music people - a place where you can hear the latest indie rock/pop, AAA and Americana, plus blues, jazz, world, and alt.country. Open Air is hosted by people who share your passion for new music as well as favorites from the past.

Open Air is curated each day to keep you up to date on emerging artists like Lord Huron, Lake Street Dive and José González. At the same time, our extensive music library allows us to properly honor the past with legendary artists like Pete Seeger, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, and Robert Johnson. We haven't forgotten our musical roots, and with Open Air you don't have to either.

It's unique, it's fresh, and it's always looking ahead to what's next. It's the music you already love plus the new artists you're about to. It's Open Air from JPR.

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.  

On Friday, April 24th, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session with singer/songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling on Open Air.

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.

On Friday, April 17th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson on Open Air.

On Friday, April 10th, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session with Radical Face on Open Air.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shovels & Rope is the musical duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Over the course of the last dozen years, the duo has fine tuned their gritty and self-described "imperfect" Americana sound across seven albums.

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.

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.

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."

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