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JPR Live Sessions is a series of live in-studio music performances and conversations with artists from many different genres. The series is hosted by JPR Open Air hosts Dave Jackson and Danielle Kelly. Recorded in JPR's Steve Nelson Performance Studio, roughly 600 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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Colorful vignettes dedicated to the regional history of Southern Oregon and Northern California. As It Was is an all volunteer effort -- produced by Raymond Scully and narrated by Shirley Patton in partnership with writers from the Southern Oregon Historical Society.If you have a writing background and would like to submit an As It Was essay for consideration, email your written piece to mrkrt@ashlandhome.net.A collection of As It Was essays is available in a high-quality paperback book at t ...
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Rice was white, and it came out of a box. That's the way it was for many American households... until the hippies of the 1960s came along. The counterculture also countered the prevailing food culture, embracing organic foods and vegetarianism and brown rice. Applegate Valley resident Diana Coogle was a true hippie, living on several communes. Her …
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The jet boats get a lot of attention, but they represent just one of many issues regarding the use of the Rogue River between the old Gold Ray Dam site and Lost Creek Dam (roughly 30 miles of river). State agencies have been gauging public opinion on recreation and conservation activities on that section of the Rogue, a process managed by the group…
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The Oregon State University Extension Service presence in Josephine County has been hanging by a thread. Services are still provided, but largely from money in the bank. Josephine County Commissioners, unhappy with the 4-H program, did not collect the property tax that provides the regular income for extension in the county. A budget hearing Tuesda…
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(qimono / Pixabay) The problems in Oregon's foster care system for children are numerous and long-running. Too many children are taken from their homes and placed into a foster care system that has too few available foster homes. The situation has led to children being taken out of state to be housed, children being put up in motels while awaiting …
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What are you up to this summer? For Peter Bay, the answer to the question was something like "I have a little time open." So Bay, who spent two decades conducting the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, is coming back for half of this summer's orchestra concerts. He'll also help in the search for a permanent music director, a position left op…
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The rich history of the Willamette Valley, home to the tribes of Kalapuya, Chinook, Molalla, and more has been largely unrecorded or incomplete. In his book, Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley, Oregon Indigenous historian David G. Lewis highlights Native perspectives about the region. The book is a challenge to the historical trend of ignori…
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Unhealthy kelp forest. (Photo courtesy GEMM Lab, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University.) There is supposed to be kelp growing on the ocean floor, close to the Oregon coast. But many a kelp forest has been decimated by purple sea urchins, munching away on the leafy greens, with no predators in sight. It's not a good situation for creature…
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Australian born, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Imogen Clark just released a new full length album - The Art of Getting Through - moved from Australia to Nashville and went on a tour. She stopped by the JPR studio just before leaving to head back to Nashville. The AIR (Australian Indepedent Record Label Associaton) nominated artist go…
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Advance Base is the story-song synth-pop project of Chicago, IL singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). Using a two-handed arsenal of electric piano, Omnichord, samplers, effect pedals & drum machines, Ashworth builds minimalist, heavy-hearted, & nostalgia-obsessed ballads around his conversational baritone.…
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If you want a picture of how the working poor are doing in our country, go ask ALICE. It's not a song, it's a term used by the United Way, and ALICE stands for stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed... meaning the people who work for a living but don't make enough money to live on. United Way in the Pacific Northwest shows about a t…
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A recent list of the best places to live in the USA put pointers on both Redding and Medford. Livability.com puts out the list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in US, taking a number of factors into a formula that shows optimal places to live. For Redding, the combination of plenty to do, indoors and out, plus an average home price lower than muc…
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Herbivores in the Rogue Valley waited a long time for a "veg fest" to arrive. Now the case can be made that it's annual, since Southern Oregon Veg Fest marks a return to Tikkun Olam Farm Sanctuary, Sunday June 9th. The farm is an appropriate place for the gathering, since it is a place of refuge for animals that will not be eaten. Vegans and vegeta…
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In this special JPR Live Session, we asked some local musicians to record JPR Live Sessions for what we're calling Open Mic Night. Hear conversations and live performances with: The Balladir - https://balladir.bandcamp.com/ Sophia Phoenix - https://sophiaphoenix.com/ The Miller Twins - https://themillertwinsmusic.com/ Charlee Prayers - https://unit…
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Casinos owned and run by Native American tribes are common today, with more than 500 across the country. But there was not a single tribal casino until the Seminoles opened one on Florida in 1979. Liquor distilleries are now a growth business for tribes, after the repeal of a federal law from the 1830s that forbade any distilleries on tribal land. …
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Pretty much every nonprofit we talk to on the JX talks about the importance of cash grants to keeping the organization afloat. We get a sense of the grant landscape in examining this year's spring flock of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation. OCF is scattering nearly $5.3 Million, with grants landing in every one of the state's counties. No…
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Snowpack was good, reservoirs are up, and spring was fairly cool and moist. No matter, because fire season was bound to start sometime, and it started in Southern Oregon on June 1st, by the calendar of the Oregon Department of Forestry. Despite a host of destructive fires in recent years--2020 as the prime example--reminders are still in order. And…
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Anybody who spends time growing plants on purpose knows the term "hardiness zone." It's a general gauge of the climate in an area, letting gardeners and farmers know which plants will grow well in their zones. The federal Department of Agriculture made changes to the hardiness zones late last year, with plenty of input from Oregon State University.…
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(Jenny Cepeda / Pixabay) There's a reason "hysteria" and "hysterectomy" sound so much alike: scientists used to think that agitated women would settle down if their troubled and troubling uteruses were removed. We've come a long way since then... ...haven't we? Maybe not, as Dr. Elizabeth Comen reports in her book All in Her Head: The Truth and Lie…
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(Jorono / Pixabay) When Russia began its war on Ukraine, large numbers of Americans might have had trouble finding Ukraine on a map. Its history is both very old and very young, and very un-taught in American schools. Groups of educators have gathered to develop curriculum for teaching American students about Ukraine. And Ashland High School teache…
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( Pixabay) If phrases like "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" make your eyes glaze over, you may have concluded Shakespeare plays are not for you. But the same play with more modern words might entice a few more people into the Shakespeare fold. That is the essence of Play On Shakespeare, a long-term project to rework the works of Shakes…
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If you get carsick, Oregon Highway 66--Greensprings Highway--is a logical place to get that queasy feeling, with its many hills and curves. Now imagine getting from west of the Cascades to Klamath Falls when there was no such road. It was a fact until just a century ago, and now it's time to celebrate the highway that made Klamath Falls less isolat…
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Trails abound in our region, but it's not like you can get from every place to every other place via hiking trail... yet. Siskiyou Upland Trails Association has long worked on connecting trails in the high country west of Interstate Five. The main goal is the completion of the Jack-Ash Trail, connecting Jacksonville and Ashland by a trail far remov…
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The looming end of the school year also signals the approach of a new fiscal year, and it is not a happy new year for many districts. Medford School District alone is looking at $15 Million in budget cuts over the next two years. The district joined with other large districts around the state to make a video presentation to the state, urging legisl…
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Southern Oregon's John Dough Boys (John Dough Boys / John Dough Boys ) John Dough Boys have decorated the Southern Oregon musical landscape for the last few decades playing boot-stompin’, barn-shaking, PBR-slamming original music that occupies the sweet spot between bluegrass and punk rock. They feature a blistering lineup filled with gang vocals, …
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While working in separate punk bands from Portland, Jenny Don't and Kelly Haliburton decided to join forces. First as a duo, and later with some of their friends from the Portland punk scene, they formed Jenny Don't and the Spurs. Jenny was already playing classic country and western tunes reminiscent of of Patsy Cline and Nancy Sinatra. The couple…
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While growing up in Michigan, Lindsay Lou was taught to sing harmony by her Aunt Melody along with her cousin Harmony - Yes, that is a true story. Her early vocal work has paid off in the gorgeous harmonies found on her latest record, Queen of Time. In college, she started attending open mics and teamed up with Joshua Rilko to form Lindsay Lou and …
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(Danielle Kelly / JPR ) Jolie Holland was born in Texas and moved west and north to San Francisco and eventually Vancouver pursuing music. She is an artist in the truest form, from visual arts to her unique approach to singing and songwriting. In addition to the first Be Good Tanyas album, Jolie Holland has several solo records, a collaborative alb…
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Jeff "Plank" Plankenhorn got his start singing in church in the Midwest. His natural talent, lead to some early commercial work and even singing the national anthem at a few MLB games. After learning guitar from his brother, he moved to Austin and played in multiple bands. Eventually he became an in-demand side man who played and recorded with Ray …
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Dylan LeBlanc had an early passion for music. His father James (bassist in The Steel Vaqueros) was a songwriter at Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. As a kid, Dylan would spend his time after school at the studio rubbing elbows with the musicians and songwriters there. That's where he began writing songs with guidance from Fame founder Rick Ha…
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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real released their eighth album, Sticks and Stones, last year. They recorded it thinking of their live sound and playing more upbeat shows. The result has more of a country feel than some of their earlier releases, full of foot stomping and danceable tunes. While touring and recording as Neil Young's back-up band, L…
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Jonathan Linaberry was made to take piano lessons as a kid. From there, he taught himself guitar and banjo. With influences like RL Burnside, Son House, Tom Waits and the Carter family, it's no wonder his own music is a rootsy mix of blues, Americana and rock with a bit of indie rock and folk for good measure. His latest release is Slow Lightning, …
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In addition to her award winning role in a Broadway production of Three Penny Opera, several albums of original work (the latest - the 2023 release Hey Guys, Watch This), a tribute to Doris Day and an album of '60s rock covers, My Weekly Reader, Nellie McKay has written and performed musical biographies of figures like Joan Rivers, Barbara Graham a…
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Brothers Phil and Aaron Reed didn't begin playing music together until, as young adults, they moved to Southern Oregon from the Midwest. They now have five albums and are among the most sought after performers (as a band and solo) in the region. Joined by Brianna Murphy on fiddle and TJ Eilers on upright bass, they are getting ready to hit the stud…
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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers became friends and music collaborators in high school. As the Indigo Girls, they've been making music for well over 30 years. They are the subject of a documentary It's Only Life After All, that will be in theaters late this year. Their classic, Closer to Fine was just used in the hit movie Barbie. The latest Amy Ray solo …
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Arran Fagan grew up in Medford and began performing original music as a teen. Now in Portland he balances his life as a high school zoology teacher with a career in music. He includes fellow Portland teacher/folk musican/JPR Live Session alumnus, Jeffrey Martin among his friends and mentors. His latest release is last year's There Is More Light. Hi…
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