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 our guest is Portland folk-rock songwriter Elizabeth Fagan, or as she’s known on stage, Lili St. Anne. Fagan has always been into music, but the idea of creating it herself was intimidating. It wasn’t until she was 20 years old and living alone in France that she began to obsessively write her own songs. The drama school she was attending at the time was highly competitive and exhausting. By the time she graduated, all she wanted to do was write and perform music. Several years and a couple of different bands later, Fagan is on the verge of releasing her debut album as Lili St. Anne.

Today our guest is San Francisco pysch-pop songwriter, Luke Sweeney. Originally hailing from Redding, Sweeney’s earliest memories of music were from a Beach Boys show here in Chico when he was a kid. As a teenager he started playing guitar and writing his own music, and after several years as part of the Bay Area trio Vows, he set off to begin releasing albums under his own name.  Luke Sweeney’s third full-length album is expected to be released early next year.

This week our musical guest is Oregon folk duo, Lake Toba. Guitarist Kyle McGonegle and banjoist Liat Lis first met in Eugene three years ago through mutual friends and immediately started playing music together. The two musicians were previously members of the folk/bluegrass band Caitlin Jemma & The Goodness who were featured on the show last year, but have since set off to perform their own original songs. Lake Toba released their debut album earlier this year.

Today our guest is New York songwriter Matt Pond PA. Since forming his first band in Philadelphia in 1998, Pond has released 11 full-length albums. The 12th and final album, Still Summer, is slated for release this Friday. Although this record marks the end of Matt Pond PA’s career under his current name, he assures fans that he will continue to create music but it won’t be like anything he’s done before.

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
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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.

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