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 The T Sisters. The Americana/folk band is based out of Oakland and made up of sisters Erika, Chloe and Rachel. The T Sisters began singing together at a very young age. Every summer for about seven years the girls would attend a performing arts camp that provided a low-pressure environment to get their first taste of singing and dancing with friends. Recently the band released an EP they recorded at the Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. The T Sisters will perform in Oakland on Friday, April 13th.

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Today our guest is one of my personal favorite musicians, Tim Bluhm. Bluhm first started writing songs in Chico back in the early ‘90s along with his college friend Greg Loiacono. Together they formed one of Chico’s most popular rock bands, The Mother Hips. Now, after over two decades of recording albums and touring the country, The Hips’ music continues to resonate with the North State community and beyond. About two years ago Bluhm suffered a terrible paragliding accident that he’s been slowly recovering from ever since. We talk about how that experience has changed him. The Mother Hips will tour across California next month and plan to release a new album on June 8th through Blue Rose Music.

photo by Jay Blakesburg

Today our guest is singer/songwriter Greg Loiacono. Loiacono is well-known here in Chico for his decades-long career with the rock band The Mother Hips. In their first 10 years as a band, The Mother Hips grew from Chico State students gigging on the weekends all the way to major label stars, traveling the country and rubbing elbows with iconic songwriters like Johnny Cash. Loiacono has also developed a flourishing solo career in addition to his work with the Hips. The Mother Hips will perform in Petaluma on February 3rd, and then tour across California later in March. Also keep an eye out for their new album being released through Blue Rose Music on June 8th.

Today our guest is Portland songwriter, Hanna Haas. Growing up in a musical family encouraged Hanna to develop her voice at a very young age. When she was just eight years old her entire family sang together in an opera. After years of singing in her local community theatre, Hanna began developing her songwriting career first in Santa Cruz, then in Petaluma and now she finds herself in the artistic hub of Portland, Oregon. Hanna Haas’ debut EP Unstruck is available now through Spotify or her website.

Today our featured act is local math-rock band, Team Skins. Comprised of guitarist Matt Houghton, bass guitarist Rob Knopp and drummer Michael Nalin, Team Skins has been a fixture of the music scene here in Chico since their formation in 2015. Last year the trio was recognized by the Chico News & Review as “Best New Band” and Houghton was also given the award for “Best Local Guitarist.” For the last two years Team Skins has strived to create complex instrumental arrangements that combine spontaneous rhythmic shifts with Houghton’s signature finger-tapping guitar style.

Today our guests are Canadian folk-rock band, Kacy & Clayton. Cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum both grew up only a couple miles apart in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Both songwriters are from musical families and had collaborated in previous bands along with Kacy’s sisters, but eventually decided to pursue music more seriously as a duo. Living in an isolated part of Canada without much of a developed music scene pushed the band to hit the road as touring performers early in their career, and they’ve since toured across the entire country as well as parts of the United Kingdom. 

Today our guest is Portland songwriter, Anna Tivel. Anna grew up in rural Washington playing the fiddle and writing poetry. In her early 20s she began writing her own songs and eventually relocated to Portland to continue development of her career as a folk musician. While traveling to promote her latest album, "Small Believer," Anna stopped by the NSPR studios to talk about her music and perform a new tune off that record called “Dark Chandelier.”

Today our guest is Bay Area soul/party band, Midtown Social. Earlier this year, with support from their strong hometown community, the group won a coveted performance slot at this year’s High Sierra Music Festival, and has been on the rise ever since. Midtown Social is comprised of nine separate musicians who all favor collaboration and a “family band” approach to songwriting, as opposed to just one person calling the shots. To quote the band, their music is "guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think."

Today our guest is San Francisco songwriter, Evan Lanam. NSPR first crossed paths with Lanam earlier this year at the annual South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Along with some friends, he treated our film crew to an impromptu performance of his song, “Breakable.” Lanam traveled all the way from San Francisco to experience the festival and perform as much as possible throughout the week in Austin. In the Bay Area Lanam is frequently offered last-minute gigs, and that's required him to develop some interesting techniques to assemble his rotating cast of support musicians. 

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.