Musician's Spotlight

Series produced by John Floridis

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Voted "Best Non-Commercial Program" by the Montana Broadcaster's Association, Musician's Spotlight is a weekly, prerecorded, 30 minute program featuring music and conversation by a wide range of musicians and groups. The program is hosted and produced by John Floridis, in association with Montana Public Radio.

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musician's Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews.

Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, Brandi Carlile, Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones, The Cowboy Junkies, Richard Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, The Kronos Quartet, Marc Cohn and Chris Hillman of the Byrds along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.


97 Pieces

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"When the anesthesia wore off, I looked up hazily at my parents and his doctors. and tried to piece together any memory of my life.” Legendary jazz...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Without question one of the most influential instrumental performers of his generation and one of the greatest players of the modern banjo in music...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3
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Dimitris Mann is the main driving force behind the Greek Rebetiko Trio performing music that he describes as "Greek blues.” The music is a synthesi...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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From the time he left his home of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960’s up to present day 2019, singer, saxophonist and keyboardist and rock and roll legen...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3
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Missoula Symphony Orchestra director Darko Butorac was praised by the Westdeutsche Zeitung for his “exceptional combination of passion, elegance an...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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Riyaaz Qawwali represents the diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from Indi...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3
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Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and prof...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3
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The founder of the popular Missoula based alt folk band Butter, Hermina Jean returns to Musician’s Spotlight to discuss her recent move to performi...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 2
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Voted the top live band in Los Angeles, Dustbowl Revival is a "nine-piece mini-orchestra’s devotion to the roots of American jazz and folk is as im...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3
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Singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has carved out a career of over two and a half decades writing hit songs for artist like Faith Hill, Willie ...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Pianist, composer and electronic musician Wayne Horovitz has a career of performing and recording as diverse as his Seattle, Washington home. His c...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Singer songwriter Amy Ray has always been toward the “rockier” side of the folk-rock description that usually follows her work as one half of the G...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The San Francisco Chronicle calls singer songwriter Caitlin Canty’s alto a “casually devastating voice” and NPR says her music mixes “a gritty side...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 3
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New York based drummer/composer/bandleader Allison Miller has been creating a buzz for her work over the last decade having been named “Rising Star...

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Though born in Michigan, pianist/guitarist and composer George Winston was formed as a man and as a musician growing up in Miles City, Montana insp...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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One of the most respected bass guitarists in popular music, Nathan East is also a producer and writer who has collaborated with an all-star caliber...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:40
  • Purchases: 2
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Born in Azerbaijan and now based in New York, pianist and composer Amina Figarova brings her exotic and exquisitely written explorations in jazz to...

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 1
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The Lucky Valentines are Fort Benton, Montana native songwriters Shaun and Jamie Carrier. Their music has been described as “stirring” Americana, ...

Bought by KMXT and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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A native of Connecticut, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and entrepreneur Erica von Kleist began her career as a saxophonist and flautist in the New...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her recent rural recordings with...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 1