He’s a son of the Jersey Shore and his winding musical road has run through Memphis, Greenwich Village, Austin and Nashville. His songs have been covered by luminaries including Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen and Vince Gill. His name is Greg Trooper. And two brothers from Switzerland who transitioned from the Alps to the Appalachians in search of the music that most resonated with them, the Kruger Brothers--along with Greg Trooper--are our featured artists for the next hour of In Your Ear.
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Their name alone is compelling. When we think of a stray dog or cat, we picture a wayward, underfed, neglected creature that’s lost and looking for home or maybe never had one. But when you apply the adjective to a bird, the very symbol of freedom and purpose, you have a thought-provoking paradox that goes a long way in describing what musically motivates the Pennsylvania-based string trio, the Stray Birds.
From the blues, to bluegrass, and back--we’ll hear from North Carolina’s Harris Brothers with guest fiddler Nate Leath, beloved storyteller and bluegrass bandleader Ron Thomason and his Dry Branch Fire Squad, and two traveling bluesmen from the Windy City, Joe Felisko and Eric Noden--three short sets of great American music recorded before a live Richmond audience.
Two of Richmond’s most beloved musicians have followed their own paths. They’ve made names for themselves nationally and even internationally but their love of family, friends and their hometown have kept them here and our community is all the better for it. We reunite Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson, in an intimate acoustic performance showcasing their individual and collective talents.
This In Your Ear episode brings to you the Acadian trio Vishten from eastern Canada’s Prince Edward Island for the entire hour. Sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc and their “brother” Pascal Miousse captivated our audience with a fresh, creative take on a generations-old music tradition.
This In Your Ear show features a Connecticut couple who found love and music among the majestic Tetons in Jackson Hole Wyoming and who won a duet contest on A Prairie Home Companion – Anne & Pete Sibley. For years Peter Ostroushko was a fixture on A Prairie Home Companion including a two year stint as music director.