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Podcast: SONiA and disappear fear on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

Who is disappear fear? disappear fear is a songwriter, activist and visual artist named  SONiA (Rutstein) touring her disappear fear sound in 16 countries and leaving trails of light in her wake. SONiA has received too many awards to mention including the Coin of Honor from the US Army for her humanitarian efforts.

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Zimmerman

Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic and of course English, her powerful honesty touches folks of varied social and ethnic backgrounds especially those moving toward a positive World Vision. Having performed in Israel/Palestine, SONiA’s Judaic roots soar in the colors of her songs and paintings.“Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations,” wrote Don Kening of the Chicago Daily Herald, adding “her music has a singular sound all its own that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time.”

“disappear fear’s latest album (Broken Film) features SONiA with full band backing and shows that even after 17 albums the indie pop/indie folk activist remains an insightful, potent and razor-sharp chronicler of Life and the human condition whose creative milieu includes Old Time Country, reggae, folk-rock, Americana recorded in Nashville with an approach that captures the early rockier disappear fear sound.” says KUAR Radio host Len Holton in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Podcast: Zahatar on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch – One hour LIVE radio performance/interview

Christopher Grano, Sarah Hoskins and Scott Stewart after their LIVE radio performance/interview on KRFC 88.9FM

Zahatar is comprised of Christopher Grano on violin/fiddle, Sarah Hoskins on cello/djembe, and Scott Stewart on viola. The band is currently sponsored by NoCo Artists, a new nonprofit in northern Colorado promoting music and art created by living persons.  The term “Zahatar” refers to a timeless spice blend from the Middle East. The band Zahatar presents its debut performance, bringing modern spice to timeless tunes. Zahatar arranges all of its own music, pulling themes from the Celtic tradition, Chinese and Spanish folk melodies, bluegrass, pop/rock, film soundtracks, ragtime, the Classical era, and more!

Click this link to find out more about NoCO Artists foot stomping May event, Saturday May 24th at 7 pm, featuring Zahatar which has been officially endorsed by Charles de Lint, urban fantasy author of international fame. The theme is a musical recreation of his novel “The Little Country,” for which the author wrote several Celtic melodies that have been transcribed for string trio, percussion, Celtic harp, and pennywhistle by members of Zahatar for this performance. Readings from the author’s book will be interspersed with each song, to create a story-enhanced song cycle. Being in a beautiful historic Carnegie library will create a one of a kind celebration of books and music. We have also joined forces with the talented local artist Scott Laumann who will convert the performance space into a theme matching art installation piece that will be open for the public to view the week of the concert! Join the artists for food and drinks immediately following the performance. “

Podcast: Winchester Holiday on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One Hour Radio Show

Daniel Workman, Wilson Cecil, Noah Cecil, Peter Workman, Adam Federer, Tobias Livingston (sound), Adam Bender (sound)

An independent rock band from Northern Colorado, Winchester Holiday consists of two pairs of brothers and one adopted wild child who grew up making music together. In basements, garages, and living rooms they combined their mutual interest in driving rhythm, lyrical sophistication, and multi-layered harmony. With a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses Guthrie-esque ballads and telecaster infused anthems, their work has evoked comparisons to ’60s folk and new wave rock. The rewards of their music are diverse and have captured the attention of listeners from all ages groups.

Adam Federer: Drums
Daniel Workman: Lead Guitar/Vocals
Noah Cecil: Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Peter Workman: Bass/Vocals
Wilson Cecil: Accordion/Keys/Trumpet/Harmonica/Vocals
Check out the schedule for FoCOmx!!!

Podcast: Ian McFeron & Alisa Milner on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One Hour LIVE FM Radio Performance/Interview

Alisa Milner and Ian MdFeron | Photo courtesy of Dawn Shaw

Ian McFeron broke into the Seattle music scene when discovered by “The Mountain” in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM) shortly after releasing his debut album, Don’t Look Back (2003). Within months, the first single “Love Me Twice” edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain’s “New Music Throwdown,” a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. Ian has shared the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Mike Doughty, Hayes Carll, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay.

A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, Ian McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don’t Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), Fistfight With Father Time (2006), Let It Ride (2007), Love Me Blue (2009), and Summer Nights (2011). His seventh, full-length album Time Will Take You (released April 2, 2013) was recorded and mixed in just two weeks at Studio G! in East Nashville, TN. Produced by Doug Lancio (Grammy nominated producer for Patty Griffin), the album features musical performances by Lancio as well as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Jon Graboff – as well as Nashville-based piano and organ player Micah Hulscher and fiddler and harmony vocalist Alisa Milner, and bassist and harmony vocalist Norman Baker, (both from McFeron’s road band). rates Time Will Take You nine out of ten with a glowing review from Rudie Humphrey. “With a jingle of tambourine we get a likely candidate for album of the year – simple as. There is absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing not to like,” he writes. Read his review here->

From the beginning, McFeron dedicated himself to building audiences the old fashioned way: on the road. Traveling from city to city, state to state, nation to nation, McFeron performs an average of 200 shows a year spread throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring listeners with his beautifully crafted songs and honest narratives. On the road, McFeron is often joined by Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist and long-time friends Norman Baker and Mark Bateman on bass and drums.”


Photo courtesy of Dawn Shaw


Podcast: Lunde Station on KRFC 88.9fm Live@Lunch Radio Show

Bob Montgomery, Erik Lunde, Malini Bartels (Host), Ryan Lennartson, Eric Straumanis, Shawn Keefer. Not Pictured: Jordan (Tech)

An Original Roots Rock Americana band that gets people dancing, Lunde Station is a lively 5 piece rock band that draws its inspiration from the deep well of American roots music and gets its spirit from the catchy original songs of Fort Collins Singer-Songwriter & Rhythm Guitarist Erik Lunde. Formed in Fort Collins in 2012, the band features the exceptional lead guitar work of local guitar whiz Eric Straumanis, drums and backing vocals by Ryan Lennartson, electric bass and vocals by Shawn Keefer, and accordion and organ by Bob Montgomery.

Their first appearance together on KRFC’s Live@Lunch was on December 27, 2013 with Malini Bartels as host and Jordan as tech.

Podcast: KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~ Justin Roth, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, John Mieras and Lara Ruggles

Justin Roth, Lara Ruggles, Adam Bender (Sound), Danielle Ate The Sandwich and John Mieras. Photo credit: ©2014

Enjoy this LIVE one hour music/interview radio show with FOUR singer/songwriters in-the-round including  Justin Roth, Danielle Ate The SandwichJohn Mieras and Lara Ruggles.

About the Artists…..

Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, and Pat Donohue. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, which he recorded, produced, played and sang every single note himself in his home studio, was recently voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report. “Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.” – San Francisco Art Magazine More info at


Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Danielle has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Lauren O’Connell, Leo Kottke and Mumford & Sons. Beginning her career at small shows and open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has toured nationally since 2009, playing for a loyal fan base of online followers. Her videos on youtube have gained millions of combined views and have given Danielle the opportunity to write and play music full time. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has recorded four independent albums. Her 2010 release, Two Bedroom Apartment, reached number 5 on iTunes’ top selling singer/songwriter charts. In June 2012, she released a new, full length, studio album, Like A King. Danielle currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Denver’s Westword describes Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.”

The Denver Post says, “Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people.


John Mieras is an independent singer-songwriter from Colorado. He moved to Boulder and completed a masters degree in choral music following a degree in music education. His formal training was augmented early on by picking bluegrass fiddle tunes with his beloved grandpa, Papa who always said, “I taught Johnny 3 chords and he took it from there.” John was on to writing his own songs that very day.

John was always interested in songwriting and patterned his early music after his heroes, Lennon & McCartney. His current favorite influences include new stars of alt and indie folk, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell, and Storyhill.

John is most recently a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, singer-songwriter category with his song, “Yesterday (I Wish There Was a Way)”.

John finds inspiration in his family, students, songwriting friends, and the mysterious beauty of music.


Lara Ruggles lived an isolated adolescence in rural Arizona. Loneliness, unrequited love, and the influence of imposing landscapes were central inspirations behind her first songs. Lara’s music is intensely soulful and unafraid to acknowledge the dark places within the range of the human emotional experience. She engages with her audiences in an unabashedly genuine way, telling raw stories and allowing her own vulnerability to be a point of connection and empowerment. In 2011 Lara released her debut EP, Out of an Eggshell and in 2012 she was a finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Lara is currently recording her debut full-length album in partnership with grammy-winning producer/engineers Steve Vidaic and Mike Yach, to be released on Immersive Records early next year.

The Colorado Music Buzz said, “An incredible lyricist and expressive singer with both power and beauty, Lara Ruggles as composer is fearless, taking some of her songs into a mostly unexplored, even modern classical, landscape. Lara’s an accomplished Pianist, Guitar player, and Folk Artist to be reckoned with – by cracking open her debut Out of an Eggshell. With broad natural talent, her songs flow melodically and emotionally, captivating the listener into the aura of her passionate sphere with her voice…lush and evocative.”

The Tucson Weekly said, “It was recently announced that Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair Tour, which rounded up some of the biggest female musicians of the day a decade ago, is being revived in 2010. While she’s not yet big enough to warrant an invitation, Colorado singer-songwriter Lara Ruggles would fit the bill well. Her slightly ethereal songs, backed by her piano- and guitar-playing, fit nicely into the template forged by McLachlan (and Tori Amos, Jewel and the young Joni Mitchell)—and she sings the hell out of them.”

Podcast: Mary Sue on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~One Hour LIVE Radio Show


Shannon, Vincent and Mary Sue

Mary Sue grew up in choir and piano lessons, then moved to guitar and song writing. She is currently signed as both a songwriter and performer with Lyric House Publishing in Denver, and is working with producers Shane Robbins and Steve Parker.

Shannon and Mary Sue at KRFC


Shannon Fitzsimmons accompanies Mary Sue during this one hour LIVE interview/music radio show.


Podcast: Shelley King on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

Cary Morin, Shelley King, Steve Amedee
and John Magnie after their radio show

“The music of Shelley King draws from and blends a spectrum of roots music styles, but one word succinctly describes it: soulful. Be it R&B, folk, blues, country, bluegrass or rock — or combinations of and variations on those themes — she delivers the goods straight from the heart with a voice that’s splendidly rich and warm and as big as all outdoors. Writing “a proverbial trunk full of instant hits and yet-unheard classics,” as the Austin Chronicle describes her songs, King has risen from the vibrant music scene in the Texas capital city to charm fans across North America, Europe and Japan, win two Austin Music Awards, and be named the Texas State Musician for 2008. And now she truly finds her sweet spot on her aptly titled new album Welcome Home. Recorded and co-produced with John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedée of The Subdudes — rated by All Music Guide as “stellar musicians of the swampy jazz-rock-blues New Orleans persuasion” — it’s a roots music tour de force where the spirit of the church meets the soul and spices of the South and the many moods and modes of the human heart.

On a unique collaboration between Shelley King and members of The Subdudes (John Magnie, Tim Cook and Steve Amedée), King and her long-time musical heroes produced and performed together on the studio album, Welcome Home. What resulted is an instant classic! King’s lustrous soothing voice and soulful songs are at the forefront of this recording supported by layers of effortless “subdudes” harmony and superb musicianship. The first single, “Summer Wine,” received radio airplay around the world.”

Podcast: Shook Twins on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

Shook Twins at KRFC 88.9 FM Radio

“Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul. 


The twins are the main songwriters but they have recently started backing up their band members, Niko Daoussis (Cyber Camel) and Anna Tivel (Anna and the Underbelly) and adding their stunning songs to the mix. 


Each Shook Twins song tells a story, distinctive, sharp, genuine, and well – sometimes quirky. Drawing from their life experience, select subjects include, being potters’ daughters, imagined superpowers and a chicken named ‘Rose’ they befriended. Shook Twins also pull out unexpected takes on classic hits, retellings of their musician friends’ songs, heartfelt ballads and rhythm driven dance numbers.” 


Podcast: Catie Curtis on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

Steve Brockway (Quantum Arts), Catie Curtis and Dean Arnold (Host du jour) at KRFC

Catie Curtis is a veteran of the singer/songwriter folk scene, touring throughout the US for 20 years and releasing 13 CDs. Her credits include touring with Lilith Fair, and winning Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (with co-writer Mark Erelli) and recording a duet with Kris Kristofferson. Her songs appear in numerous films and tv shows. She has been called a “folk-rock goddess” by the New Yorker, and has performed at the White House several times.”