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 and Tanner Walsh.

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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For the last 10 years, John Craigie has been a frequent visitor to the North State, performing his signature folk songs that often blend humor with sincere emotive content. Craigie’s live shows are also known for the comedic storytelling that takes place between his songs, which regularly leads to loud belly laughs from his delighted fans.

This week on Songs From Studio C, I’m joined by the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, who will be bringing a big show to Laxson Auditorium this Saturday night – a tribute to Queen’s "A Night At The Opera," which brings together some of the North State’s finest musicians, dancers, and visual artists to present a re-imagination of the classic 1975 album. Unfortunately the show is sold out, but the good news is you can watch a stripped-down version of "Killer Queen" right here.

Today on Songs From Studio C we're joined by Della and Brooke of the Parkview Elementary Ukulele Ensemble, The Pukes, who will make a special appearance this Sunday at Laxson Auditorium opening up for the world-famous Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Led by their music teacher, Tanner Johns, the 5th graders – who typically practice as a group of 30 – have prepared their own ukulele versions of classic hits including “Down on the Corner” by Credence Clearwater Revival. 

Photo by Alan Sheckter

Based out of Auburn, California, Hannah Jane Kile made her musical debut back in 2009 at the Club Car Bar & Restaurant. This Friday night, six years and two full-length albums later, the 21-year-old award-winning songwriter will return to perform on the stage where it all began. 

Photo by Ashley Jeffries

Songwriter Aric Jeffries' previous band French Reform quickly rose to the attention of many in the Chico area back in 2014, including acclaim from the Chico News and Review's annual CAMMIE awards as "Best Local Act." Solar Estates is the follow-up project continuing Jeffries' exploration of the electro-pop genre.

Photo by Jessica Sid

Jack Knight, Russell Rabut, and David Friedlander originally formed their indie/folk-rock band The Mondegreens in Chico back in 2012, but have since relocated to Seattle to continue reaching new audiences all across the Pacific Northwest.

Photo by Scott Newton

I first saw Rita Hosking perform back in 2010 at the Live Oak Music Festival and I was impressed by her songwriting and the musicianship of her backing band, Cousin Jack. In 2008, Rita won the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. A year later she was a finalist in the Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and she’s even received honors from the West Coast Songwriters Association and the International Songwriting Contest. 

Shortly after winning the “Best Folk” and “Best Female Vocalist” awards by the Chico News & Review earlier this year for their musical duo, Bunnymilk, songwriters Kelly Brown and Lisa Marie unveiled an entirely new sound with their garage-rock band, Skin Peaks, which has since become one of the most talked-about acts here in the Chico music scene.

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On Monday, Allen Toussaint, fixture of New Orleans R&B, passed away while on tour in Spain. Almost exactly a year ago, I spoke with him on the phone to promote his upcoming show at Laxson Auditorium in Chico. Above is the audio from our conversation.

Photo by Beth Lamberson

Originally based out of Boston, Lake Street Dive's musical journey began in 2004 at the New England Conservatory, where all four members met while studying music.

Eleven years of performance and one viral YouTube video later, and the “pop-soul juggernaut” finds itself on an exponential rise with appearances on Conan, Letterman, The Colbert Report and just about every big summer music festival you could think of, including a stop earlier this year at one of the North State’s favorites – the High Sierra Music Festival.

Later this evening, the band will take the stage at Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus for what promises to be an exciting, memorable show.