Songs From Studio C

Songs From Studio C is North State Public Radio's in-studio music series. The show aims to connect listeners with artists performing here in the North State and to learn the stories behind their songs. Songs From Studio C is produced by Nolan Ford with videography by Sky Scholfield, Tanner Walsh, and Malcolm Ashton.

Songs From Studio C airs every other Monday at 6:44 PM and Tuesday at 7:45 AM, also publishing here with exclusive web content.

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Today we’re joined by Chico folk duo, Sunday Iris. Vocalist Lisa Langley and Guitarist Dave Elke are both familiar names here in the North State. Langley has previously performed under the name Lisa Valentine, and Elke has a long history in Chico as a jazz guitarist and music educator. In fact, he was my guitar instructor nearly 17 years ago at Chico State. Oh, how the time flies...Langley and Elke recently released their debut album as Sunday Iris.

photo by Rob Eves

Today we’re joined by Los Angeles indie-rock band TV Heads. Before relocating from Northern California to pursue music full-time in LA, lead singers Sean Galloway and Angelica Tavella were already well-known for their past musical projects. Tavella performed for years under the name Nyx, and founded the Oakland record label OIM Records. Galloway’s prior band The Shimmies is beloved by many here in Chico, and he went on to write songs under the name Ave Grave. While on tour together with their solo projects, Tavella and Galloway realized it made more sense to just start a band together. 

Photo by Kristijan Lozic

Today we’re joined by alt-rock troubadour, Cygne. Although Laura Meyer is based out of Santa Cruz, it seems rare that you’ll ever actually find her there. After ten years of studying violin, Meyer set out on her first solo European tour and has been out on the road ever since. Her experiences abroad ended up leading to much of the inspiration behind her latest album, Let It Breathe. 

Today’s guests traveled all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to perform their indie/roots-rock sound for fans in the North State. Led by the songwriting of Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies initially formed in 2009. What started as a group of friends getting together on weeknights, drinking whiskey and comparing songs, has grown into an acclaimed Americana act with two Independent Music Awards and more appearances at the Grand Ole Opry than any other independent band.

Today’s musical guests hail from Portland, Oregon and perform on instruments rarely utilized by rock power trios – cello, vibraphone, and the drums. Human Ottoman will perform in Chico this Thursday night at The Naked Lounge alongside local acts Viking Skate Country and Michael Bone.

Songs From SXSW: Part 4

May 22, 2017
pbs.org

Today we conclude our four-part series recapping this year’s South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. On our final day of the festival we did something a little different and traveled outside the main downtown area to an unofficial music showcase hosted by two young Austinites who also recently launched their own label, Mutual Friends Records.

Songs From SXSW: Part 3

May 15, 2017

On our second-to-last night of South By Southwest, we enjoyed a special showcase celebrating the Greenwich Village folk revolution and music of the 1960s. Hosted by musician Richard Barone, the event featured artists such as Elvis Perkins, Peter Lewis, Joolz Jones, and Johanna Warren covering songs penned by some of the most iconic songwriters of the era.

Songs From SXSW: Part 2

May 8, 2017

In part two of our South By Southwest series, we’ll continue exploring the music and conversations we recorded at this year’s festival in Austin, Texas. We’ll begin by listening to solo/electronic artist, Anna Wise. Anna is a veteran of SXSW having performed in previous years with her pop group Sonnymoon, but this was her first year performing solo. 

Songs From SXSW: Part 1

May 1, 2017

South By Southwest is a mecca for creative professionals from around the world. Every year in early spring thousands of musicians, filmmakers, innovators, and entrepreneurs descend on Austin, Texas to share ideas, network with like-minded people, and advance their creative goals. This year NSPR made the journey to see what great new music we could discover, and for the next several weeks we'll be releasing all the content that we recorded at the event.

Songs From Studio C: ALO

Apr 17, 2017
alomusic.com

Today we're joined by the Animal Liberation Orchestra, also known as ALO. Although some of the friendships in the band date back to grade school, the rock band officially got its start as college students in Santa Barbara. ALO will perform just outside our broadcast region later this summer.

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