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Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: new music, classic sound

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music a couple of years ago and moved from his upstate hometown -- Oswego -- to New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not busking at a subway stop or on stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

Christopher Battles joined Todd Moe in the studio for music and conversation. We've followed his musical journey last year via a series of audio postcards, and he shared some of his favorite tunes.  Go to full article
Rick Bates and Mary Ann Casale. Photo: Ellen Rocco
Rick Bates and Mary Ann Casale. Photo: Ellen Rocco

In the Studio: "RE-stock" Concerts will help restock local food pantries

Bluesman Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) and singer/songwriter Mary Ann Casale are hosting a series of concerts this spring that will benefit St. Lawrence County food pantries. The "RE-stock" series kicks off tonight with a house concert at Robin McCellan's home in Sandfordville.

Mary Ann and Rick joined us in the studio this morning, during The Eight O'clock Hour, to share their unique blend of folk/blues Americana born out of their shared experiences as young musicians when they met in Potsdam nearly 30 years ago.  Go to full article

Preview: Robin and Linda Williams in Saranac Lake

Robin and Linda Williams are nearing their 40th anniversary of playing music together, and earlier this year released a new album, These Old Dark Hills. It's filled with a dozen fresh new songs and rich harmonies, including musical tributes to well-loved dogs.

Throughout their career, which has included many performances on A Prairie Home Companion, Robin and Linda Williams have thrilled folk and bluegrass fans alike. They'll bring their band and some of their new music to the Adirondacks this weekend with a concert at Pendragon Theater in Saranac Lake on Sunday night at 7 pm. The broadcast audio for this story incorrectly stated the concert time as 8 pm. NCPR regrets the error.

Todd Moe caught up with the duo by phone from their home in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. He asked them about the inspiration for their newest recording.  Go to full article
Putnam Smith
Putnam Smith

A new take on old music

Putnam Smith is a singer/songwriter from Maine who travels the country with antique musical instruments, telling stories about friends and strangers he meets along the way. He's playing tonight in Burlington and tomorrow in Saranac Lake. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Chris Smither. Source: smither.com
Chris Smither. Source: smither.com

Preview: Chris Smither in Indian Lake

As you've been hearing this week, North Country Public Radio is partnering with the Indian Lake Theater for a live concert broadcast featuring singer/songwriter Chris Smither. The concert is Friday evening at 7:00. Joel Hurd has this preview.  Go to full article

Folk music with a bluegrass/country twist

The Vermont group, PossumHaw, ventures over to the New York side of Lake Champlain for a gig at the Cadyville Concert Hall on Saturday night (7:30). Todd Moe talks with Colby Crehan, lead singer of the ensemble. She shares her thoughts on writing and making music and PossumHaw's brand of bluegrass and folk.  Go to full article

Celia Evans: songs that celebrate gratitude, love, life

Adirondack folk singer Celia Evans celebrated a CD release party on-air during the Eight O'Clock Hour this morning. Her third cd is an album of simple folk melodies, both traditional and contemporary, and a few folk rock tunes, too. She told Todd Moe that Hardwood includes music that celebrates gratitude, family, love and observations over the past few years.  Go to full article

Live on Friday: Scott Shipley

Singer/songwriter Scott Shipley is out with a new cd, Meaning What Exactly, and will celebrate its release at a benefit concert Saturday night (7:30) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. The concert's proceeds will go to Hospice of Northern New York. Scott and bandmate John Richey joined Todd Moe in the NCPR studio for music and conversation.  Go to full article
Toughcats: Joe Nelson, Jake Greenlaw and Colin Gulley
Toughcats: Joe Nelson, Jake Greenlaw and Colin Gulley

Preview: the Toughcats in Lowville

The members of the band Toughcats aren't strangers to rural settings. They're from North Haven, an island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, and have performed in fields, bars and boats. You'll hear their music in Lowville as part of the Black River Valley Concert series this Saturday night. Todd Moe spoke with band member Colin Gulley about the inspiration for the acoustic trio's brand of bluegrass, folk and rock.  Go to full article
Jamie at the 2007 Adirondack Folk Festival, Schroon Lake
Jamie at the 2007 Adirondack Folk Festival, Schroon Lake

Music: Adk singer/songwriter Jamie Savage

Singer/songwriter Jamie Savage says his love for nature and the culture of the Adirondacks inspires his music. Savage is an experienced climber who's traveled to many mountain ranges though he feels the Adirondacks are the most beautiful. He teaches at the ranger school in Wanakena. His music has been heard in coffee houses and on concert stages from Watertown to Burlington, and he was one of the musicians featured in NCPR's UpNorth Music Project last year. Jamie Savage joins Todd Moe in the studio to talk about his recently released second recording, "Hey Music."  Go to full article

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