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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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

About seven months ago, I took a trip throughout the Pacific Northwest to perform some songs I’d written. I first met Johanna Warren at a small house show in Olympia, Washington. After lighting candles and burning some sage, Johanna sat down cross-legged on the floor of the tiny stage and proceeded to mesmerize the audience with her beautiful voice and hypnotic finger-picking patterns. I instantly realized that this was the highlight of my musical vacation. Since then I’ve learned that in 2015 Johanna was named one of four songwriters to look out for by Rolling Stone magazine, and that she’s even started her own record label based out of Portland called Spirit House.

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.