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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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Singer, songwriter and stand-up bassist Amy Lavere has performed on stages from St Andrew's Hall in London to the famous Memphis dive bar Earnestine and Hazel's, and festivals like Bonnaroo and the Beale Street Music Festival. NPR's Robert Seigel says that she "specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for." Wil…
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California allocated 2,800 acres of land to the Shasta Indian Nation. The Shasta County Board of Supervisors hired a former deputy district attorney as its new county clerk. And a wildfire map now categorizes some communities in Jackson County as "high hazard." That's among the stories JPR News covered in the week spring slides into summer. There's…
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Summer is here, and things should be growing in area gardens, growing like gangbusters. Except there are a few things that might get in the way: It might get very hot very fast, which was a feature of early June. And even when the plants are not very active, the bugs sure can be. We take up these and other early-summer gardening issues in a new edi…
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Maybe you don't like sauerkraut much, and figured that means you don't much like fermented foods. You could well be wrong about that, since bread and beer and wine and even coffee go through some fermentation. Kirsten and Christopher Shockey from the Applegate Valley have long sung the praises of fermented foods, calling themselves "fermentistas." …
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June 4th could be called Black Monday in Oregon journalism. That's the day two chains owning multiple newspapers across the state announced changes, and not the kind companies are proud to announce. Pamplin Media Group in Portland announced the sale of its entire collection of newspapers to a Mississippi company, and company operators said they exp…
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The Internet, and social media particularly, made it easy for anyone with a web connection to talk to the entire world. Kind of like what local terrestrial broadcasters do, but with a potentially much greater reach. Somehow, broadcasting has survived, both the professional and the amateur kind. Amateur radio operators--it's okay to call it "ham rad…
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Ashland-based Anima Mundi Productions has gained a reputation for staging new, original operas based on the stories of real people. The latest work from AMP goes a step further, coming out as an opera on film. Dreams Have No Borders is a story of Latino immigrant families in the Rogue Valley, fictionalized but based on interviews with real people a…
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(Sharona Jacobs) Juneteenth finds the JX crew taking the holiday, and we devote today's program to reflections on life in Black skin. Louis Chude Sokei is the guest, in an interview from 2021, talking about his amazing journey from child of celebrities in Biafra to the streets of Los Angeles--with Jamaica in between. He learned that "acting Black" …
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Once upon a time, advertisements of Medford claimed "a mountain spring in every home." That's not quite the truth, but the water supply for Medford and surrounding towns does come from Big Butte Springs in the Cascade. A fire in that area would be devastating, so plans are in the works to thin the forest and reduce the danger of catastrophic fire. …
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A recent ranking of how well the states care for their children put Oregon in the "best" category for health (at number 12; California is 10). But the same ranking put Oregon in the "worst" category for education (number 43, California at 35). Clearly there is some work to do in improving lives for children in both of our states. Our Children Orego…
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Type "pride month" into Google and watch what happens. Last time we did it, there was confetti and flags and celebration: June is Pride Month around the country, a chance for LGBTQ+ people to celebrate who they are and who they love. It wasn't always possible, especially when homosexuality could get a person arrested. Medford celebrates on Saturday…
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A couple of facts are indisputable: 1) Jackson County suffered greatly from the fires of early September 2020, and 2) Hard-hit communities are still rebuilding. Where things get complicated is in the process of rebuilding, and the federal government put a lot of money into that. But the state of Oregon distributes the money, through OHCS, Oregon Ho…
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Most of the time--especially in our part of the world--we're grateful for rain. Unless it just keeps on coming, soaking the ground and making rivers rise. Which happens more and more as Earth's climate changes. So plenty of people are questioning the wisdom of consistently rebuilding communities ravaged by flood, without moving away from the source…
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It's a rare college student today who can afford to pay for college without the aid of student loans. And it should come as no surprise that interest rates on the loans have risen, as the Federal Reserve pushed up its rates, and most others followed. So what WILL a student loan cost over time, at an interest rate of 6% rather than 5%? Brian Walsh h…
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Juneteenth is a federal holiday now, but why celebrate for a single day, when you can celebrate for several? That's the spirit in Coos and Curry Counties, as the South Coast Equity Coalition celebrates Juneteenth 2024--dubbed The Family Reunion--from June 18th through the 21st at multiple sites. Some of the events take note of the infamous 1902 lyn…
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Take this quick quiz: In what TV show did a character with a German accent frequently say "I know NOTHING!"? Bonus points if you can identify the character, Sergeant Schultz, but you win the prize if you guessed "Hogan's Heroes." American prisoners of war in a German camp may seem like a tricky subject for a comedy show, but it lasted six seasons, …
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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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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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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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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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