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 Massachusetts songwriter, Heather Maloney. Heather’s music first arrived at the NSPR doorstep in the form of an EP titled “Woodstock” that she recorded accompanied by the folk band, Darlingside. The album features a beautiful cover of the classic Joni Mitchell song, and showcases Heather’s impressive talent as a vocal artist. In addition to this collaboration album, Heather also has a flourishing solo career with three recordings behind her including her latest release, Making Me Break.

Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra was formed in Santa Cruz in 2012. Since then the folk/blues band has been continuously touring across the nation and beyond, including annual trips to perform throughout Europe. Marty O’Reilly is currently on tour in the UK, but will return to perform within our broadcast region later this year. 

Today’s guest is a rising star here in the North State. Based out of Sacramento, Jessica Malone has performed multiple times at the annual Bottle Rock Music Festival in Napa Valley, and is currently on a solo tour that will bring her through our broadcast region later this week. Jessica’s songwriting is often influenced by jazz and the blues, but she’ll tell you that she most closely identifies with the genre of folk. Jessica Malone’s latest album Miles Left To Walk will be available later this week and she’s scheduled to perform live here in Chico this Friday night. 

photo by Vincent Vanguard

Evin Wolverton is a singer/songwriter who first arrived in Chico about 10 years ago. Since then he has built a name for himself as one of the strongest creative forces in town, regularly appearing as a solo performer as well as a supporting musician for notable acts such as Pat Hull and the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective. Evin has also inspired many aspiring poets in the area by curating the online community known as the “1 Day Poem Club.”  

Steep Ravine is an Americana act based out of the Bay Area. Led by the songwriting of guitarist Simon Linsteadt, the band blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, and classical to create a sound all of their own. The band is in the process of completing their third full-length studio album, and is also responsible for curating the annual DIO (Do-It-Ourselves) Music Festival. We talk with the group about all this and more in this week's show.

Today we’re joined by Arkansas folk/soul duo, Handmade Moments. Last year, songwriters Anna Horton and Joel Ludford became temporary North State residents following an unfortunate car accident while on tour, but have since made their way back to “The Natural State” to work on a new album. The duo will return to the North State in the spring to perform their politically-charged music.

Season's greetings from Studio C! Today we’re joined by some of my personal favorite local musicians who make up "the best band in snow business," The Yule Logs. Eleven years ago the band set out with the mission to perform adaptations of traditional holiday songs and bring joy to people’s homes. We talk with the band about how that mission has changed, and their long career of celebrating seasonal holiday music. The Yule Logs have just wrapped up their eleventh season of performing holiday music, but will return again next year with a brand new album. 

Sterling Munksgard

Dave Mulligan is one of several songwriters who make up the popular California Soul band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, but what listeners might not know is that he’s also produced several solo albums. Dave Mulligan will perform two shows with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers next week at the Sierra Nevada Big Room

Once again we’re splitting the show into two parts to explore the work of separate musicians, traveling together. Today’s guests, Mark Robertson and Chris Miller, both have creative ties to the North State. Miller (Green Hills Alone) first picked up a guitar in his hometown of Redding, and Robertson (Harlowe) originally studied music at Chico State University. Both musicians now live in Portland, Oregon where they continue to write and perform music, often sharing the stage together.

This week we’re splitting the show into two parts to explore the music of folk duo, Max’s Midnight Kitchen. Multi-instrumentalists Matt Takiff and Daniel Nickerson first met at Lewis and Clark College while auditioning for the same tenor saxophone position. They both got it. Shortly afterwards they discovered a mutual appreciation for traditional folk music, and Max’s Midnight Kitchen was born. In part two of this week’s show we’ll be meeting the other songwriter for the band, banjoist Daniel Nickerson. Daniel grew up here in the North State and began traveling to perform at the young age of 16.

Max’s Midnight Kitchen will release their new album “Max In Retrograde” later this month. The band is on tour now and will perform in Berkeley this Thursday