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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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. 

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This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by North State songwriter, Pat Hull. Over the last ten years, Pat has been releasing albums and touring all across the nation. His unique singing voice and captivating finger picking guitar style have earned him acclaim from the Chico News and Review’s annual CAMMIES awards, and made him a favorite of music fans across the North State.

This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by singer/songwriter, Beth Anne. Beth has become a familiar face in the North State over the last several years performing alongside her two sisters in the folk band, The Railflowers, and has recently set out on a solo career with the release of her brand new album, Sing It Loud.

Led by the songwriting and guitar work of frontwoman Laura Weinbach, Foxtails Brigade has been releasing records and actively touring throughout North America and beyond since their 2010 debut, The Bread and the Bait. This month the band released yet another full-length album, and will be making their way through the North State in June. We discussed their new album and the music video that accompanies the song "Far Away and Long Ago."

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To preview his upcoming performance this evening at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, Australian-born songwriter and guitar-virtuoso Daniel Champagne stopped by the NSPR studios to perform a few songs and chat with music director Nolan Ford.

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Hailing from Olympia, Washington and with banjos in tow, Palmer T. Lee and Kendl Winter have been spreading their country sound across the nation since their formation in 2013. SPIN magazine describes The Lowest Pair as a “sultry country duo” and Paste magazine identified them as one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today. In 2013, the band received further acclaim, placing third in the Minnesota State Duet Championship.

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This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by San Francisco bluegrass act Hot Buttered Rum, who will be making their way through the North State this Wednesday. The band needed to get back on the road in a hurry so our conversation was brief, but we discussed their refined approach to touring as well as the inspiration behind the new song, "Weary Ways."

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Rabbit Wilde is an Americana/folk-rock quartet based out of Bellingham, Washington. They just released their new full-length album, The Heartland, and recently completed a string of performances at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. We discuss the band's experience putting this album together as well as the inspiration behind their song, "Porcelain Frame".

Ross Heinemann or as he’s known on stage, “Forgettable Ross,” was one of many artists in the North State to submit a video to NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Ross’ video was voted by NSPR listeners as their regional favorite. This week on Songs From Studio C, we talk with the Dunsmuir musician about his songwriting, the contest, and his humble moniker.

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This week's guest on Songs From Studio C is local songwriter, Aamir Malik (also known as Paktuckia). We discuss the inspiration behind his latest song "The Darkside Within Man" as well as his passion for traditional Irish music and some upcoming performances surrounding St. Patrick's Day.