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.

Ways to Connect

Today we’re joined by Americana group, Quiet Life. Originally hailing from New Jersey, brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman now find themselves writing music and touring out of Portland, Oregon. The band's latest album, Foggy, was produced by one of my personal favorite musicians, Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog.

Today we’re joined by Massachusetts indie/folk band, Darlingside. The group was named Artist of the Year at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, and their latest studio album Birds Say explores an interesting blend of ‘60s folk influence with a modern indie rock sensibility. The four multi-instrumentalist musicians who make up the band all share vocal duties as well as songwriting credit on the album, and often practice a collective stream-of-consciousness writing style.

Today we’re joined by Chico gospel/folk trio, MaMuse. Led by multi-instrumentalist songwriters, Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, and with percussion provided by Mike Wofchuck, MaMuse has been writing and performing around the Chico area for the last 10 years. Sarah and Karisha are also familiar to the NPR national airwaves. In 2012, the musicians won 1st place in the Prairie Home Companion duet contest, and even performed on the show. Sarah and Karisha’s songwriting conveys a deep connection with nature and community, and the band favors intimate spaces with attentive crowds over noisy bars or night clubs as performance venues. Sarah is currently in production of her debut solo album, Wild Belonging.

Today we’re joined by Boston folk/indie duo, Tall Heights. Guitarist Tim Harrington and cellist Paul Wright, who both share vocal duties for the group, initially launched their career as street performers. Playing several hours a day to complete strangers refined their live performance and generated them enough income to fund their wildly successful debut EP — Holding On, Holding Out — which has received over seven million hits on Spotify. Tall Heights are currently touring in support of their recently released full length album, Neptune.

Today we’re joined by San Francisco soul/rock band, Royal Jelly Jive. Since their formation in 2013, the band has been touring the greater West Coast non-stop. In 2014, they released their debut self-titled album, and earlier this summer they set off on yet another tour in promotion of their sophomore release, Stand Up.

Today we’re joined by San Francisco songwriter, Sonny Smith. Best known as the leader of beach-pop/garage rock band, Sonny & The Sunsets, Smith has built a distinguished career in the arts as a musician, playwright, and multimedia artist. The Sunsets are currently touring in support of their latest album, Moods Baby Moods, which was released earlier this year.

Based out of Mississippi, Paul Thorn originally lived the life of a professional boxer before building a career as a musician. Since his debut in 1997, Thorn has had two albums on the Top 100 Billboard charts and he’s shared the stage with iconic performers including Sting, Huey Lewis & The News, and John Prine. Paul Thorn will perform his second consecutive sold out show this evening at the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico. If you didn’t get a ticket to the show, you can stream it online at beginning at 730PM.

This week we’re joined by folk/bluegrass band, Caitlin Jemma & The Goodness. Based out of Eugene, Oregon the acoustic five-piece has released three albums and been actively touring the country since their formation in 2012.

Today on Songs From Studio C we’re joined by San Francisco Americana/bluegrass band, The Brothers Comatose. Led by actual brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, the group has had a very busy year traveling thousands of miles to perform and promote their latest album, City Painted Gold. We talk about the musicians' transition from rock to bluegrass, and their development as songwriters.

Since the release of her 2012 debut, Chestnut Street, Kendra McKinley has explored a variety of musical styles including folk, jazz, and bossa nova, but with the release of her latest album, TREAT, Kendra has settled comfortably into the world of psychedelic rock.