Richard Smith

Richard Smith & Steve Palazzo Live on Backroads Sun Apr 10th

Steve PalazzoExtraordinary guitarists Richard Smith and Steve Palazzo will be stopping in for a live interview and performance during the KZSC folk and country show “Backroads” this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016 between noon-2pm. Catch them in concert later that day at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7pm. British fingerstyle guitarist Richard has mastered a variety of musical genres, ranging from classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches, and has performed around the world. Steve is known as one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Santa Cruz, CA area, teaching fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles to scores of eager students of all ages. He has built guitars for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company and performed with the Homefire bluegrass band in the past, and continues to develop his mastery of other roots styles of traditional music. Tune in to “Backroads” for a lively visit with these artists.

Los Primos

Los Primos of Santa Cruz on Backroads Sun March 6th

Los Primos of Santa Cruz will be visiting the KZSC studios during the “Backroads” folk show on Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2016. This trio excels in the performance of traditional Mexican music, including boleros, polkas, valses, mariachi and other styles. They’ll be sharing stories and playing and singing live on the air in advance of their matinee show at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA the following week (Sunday, March 13th at 2pm). Members of the band include Ray Mendoza (guitar), Carly Bliman (vocals), and Paul Candelaria (mandolin). Tune in to “Backroads” every Sunday from noon-2pm as we introduce you to folk and acoustic country music off the beaten path.

IBMA Awards

Bluegrass Awards Show on Backroads, Sun Nov 8th

The 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards show was held last month, and KZSC will feature highlights from this event on Backroads, between 12-2pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Recorded live at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Gibson Brothers co-host this year’s show. We’ll be airing musical performances by The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell and others. Tune in for the special live performances, coupled with lots of thank yous from the award winners.

Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie Remembrance on Backroads, Sun June 7th

Jean Ritchie, long-time singer and researcher of traditional songs from her native Appalachia and their connections to British balladry, passed away last Monday at the age of 92. Jean introduced the mountain dulcimer to many, and played a significant role in the folk-music revival of the 1960s. Her songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris among others. As a remembrance to Jean, the next KZSC Backroads folk show (Sunday 6/7/15, noon-2pm) will feature a documentary about her music. The segment to be aired is part of the “Southern Songbirds” radio series that honors the women of early country and old-time music, through the courtesy of Coast Ridge Productions.

Percolators

Santa Cruz Percolators Live on Backroads, Sun May 24th

SC PercolatorsThe Santa Cruz Percolators will be on the air at KZSC during the Backroads folk show on Sunday (5/24/15, between noon-2pm) for an interview and some live music. The Percolators play a variety of traditional dance music from around the world, featuring melodies from Appalachia, Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The band includes long-time Santa Cruz residents Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar). Their upcoming concert and dance on Wednesday (5/27/15) at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA will celebrate the release of their new CD “Step Out.”

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Beautiful track from Kauflin’s latest album

Hey everyone. Listen to this beautiful, dexterous solo by Justin Kauflin. This sweet song is dedicated to Kauflin’s mentor, Clark Terry. Enjoy.