New Settlers' Radio Hour

Saturdays at 7pm

Lu Anne Stephens brings you recordings of the best acoustic performers in local venues.

Hear a performance by singer-songwriter Brooks Williams at the Old Settlers Inn. He combines rock, blues and jazz from his American roots with folk music of England, where he now resides. He tours extensively so you may get a chance to see him in person if you’re lucky. In the meantime, enjoy a great performance from right up the road in Mound Ridge, Kan.

Listen for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. The two women shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn and provided backup vocals for each others' tunes. It was a rare chance to see these performers on the same stage.

Celeste Krenz was born and raised in North Dakota and represents a blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and Americana. Sally Barris is now based in Nashville and works as a performer and a songwriter. Many of her songs have been covered by country artists including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride.

Listen to a recorded performance by Canadian singer-songwriting group Easily Amused from the Linesight Gallery in Wichita. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureaux (who now go by “Keith and Renee”.)  The duo was recorded at Linesight Gallery in Wichita. They have released four CDs, the last one in 2010.

This week on New Settlers: Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three established singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmell, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.

Listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Slaid performs both as a solo acoustic act and with other musicians.  He first gained notice in 1992 when he won the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” competition. He hit the Americana charts in 2000 with his album and song “Broke Down.”  In 2006 he released “Unsung,” a collection of songs written by other singer-songwriters.

Listen for Krista Detor at the Old Settlers Inn. Krista is a singer-songwriter who has performed at venues around the world – including several times at the Old Settlers Inn. She’s currently an artist in residence at the American Embassy School in New Dehli, India.  She has ventured beyond standard songwriting and is currently working on a non-traditional musical theater piece based on “The Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin.

Listen for a performance by Zoe Lewis and the Rubber Band at the Old Settlers Inn. Zoe is an English folk musician from Brighton who now lives in Massachusetts. Her shows are best described as "fun" and you'll hear everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads to world beat to vaudeville.  Her instruments include the tin whistle, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, accordion, human trumpet and sometimes spoons. Her band is made up of some of the best musicians working today.

Listen for Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Chuck was an audience favorite, blending dry humor with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes.

What's On: July 28

Jul 23, 2012

Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful. Tonight we feature a recording of Greg Brown from the Old Settlers Inn. Greg has recorded more than two dozen albums, is the founder of Red House Records, has received several folkie-and-indie type awards.


This week on New Settlers it's "The Best of the Zoo" - a sampling of concerts from past Sedgwick County Zoo summer concert series, including blues, cajun party music, ballads and swing performed by A Roomful of Blues, Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Frank and JoeShow and Brave Combo.