Stasia Lanier

Four Corners Music Director; Music Blend & 'San Juan Sunrise' Programmer

Stasia has been involved at KSUT in different capacities, including programming, operations, marketing communications and management for over two decades. Today she continues the station's music acquisition efforts, is a popular on-air host, provides design and marketing assistance, and represents KSUT as an active community member.

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Each week KSUT plays a set of new and back-catalog songs from a featured artist at 11:06 AM, and gives listeners a chance to win lunch from Zia Taqueria for answering a music trivia question.

On December 2, we'll focus on Dr. John and take a listen to some tracks from the new CD Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music.

KSUT will be featuring Bob Weir's new album 'Blue Mountain', on Friday, 10/14, at noon. Producer Josh Kaufman partnered with Weir on the album, which features songwriting collaborations with Josh Ritter and performances with members of The National.

KSUT will feature the new Norah Jones CD Day Breaks, on its release date, October 7, at noon.  Her stunning sixth solo album, is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds the 9-time GRAMMY-winner returning to the piano and her roots. The album features jazz luminaries including her Blue Note label mates saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.

KSUT is featuring the latest release, Signs of Light, from Indie-folk rockers The Head and The Heart, Friday 9/30 at noon.  In 2014, after four years of non-stop touring, the six members of the Head And The Heart pointed their individual compasses to new cities, new relationships and new adventures. Pianist Kenny Hensley learned to fly planes and enrolled in kung-fu training in China, while bassist Chris Zasche packed up a camper and went off the grid in the Canadian Rockies.

KSUT will give listeners a preview of the new CD from John Prine  For Better, Or Worse, a duet album and follow up to the Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves, on Friday 9/23 at noon. In this timeless album, produced by Jim Rooney, John sings with country sweethearts Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Prine, Amanda Shires, Morgane Stapleton, Susan Tedeschi, Holly Williams, and Lee Ann Womack.

The Chicago band Wilco's 10th studio album, Schmilco, is KSUT's feature CD of the week, 9/15 at noon. We're fundraising this week, and will be offering a limited number of the CD for your pledge of support, while it's playing.

Schmilco features 12 new songs written by Jeff Tweedy and is the band’s third release on their own dBpm Records. It follows Star Wars, which was released for free and as a surprise in July 2015.

The North Carolina fraternal Americana quartet, the Avett Brothers, released their ninth album 'True Sadness' over the summer. KSUT will feature the CD Friday 9/9 at noon.

True Sadness was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin who has been working with the band for years. He challenged them to fine-tune each track - a big change for a band accustomed to playing it straight and live. Check out the result on the Four Corners Feature CD.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott returns to the KSUT listening area for this weekend's Four Corners Folk Festival, on the heels of his new CD Couchville Sessions. KSUT will feature the new release Friday, 9/2 at noon.

KSUT is featuring the brand new release from our friends the New Orleans Suspects, Kaleidoscoped, this Friday 8/26 at noon, just hours before their Durango concert. Durango Acoustic Music (DAM), presents the high energy NOLA-based band at the VFW Hall at 7:30. 

The Suspects branch out a bit on 'Kaleidoscoped', continuing to embrace their deep roots in New Orleans rhythms, with open boundaries. Guests include Little Feat's Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, Tower of Power's Lee Thornburg, and Big Chief Juan Pardo. 

Check it out before the show on KSUT!

KSUT is teaming up with VuHaus, a digital media company that produces music performances and interviews from public radio stations around the country and uploads a new song to our website each day. Click here to see today's video.

This week, KSUT is featuring another artist performing at this year's Four Corners Folk Festival over Labor Day weekend.  Sierra Hull was first recognized as a virtuoso mandolin-player at age 11, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. 'Weighted Mind' is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall.

The O'Connor Band, the family band led by acclaimed musician and composer Mark O'Connor, has just released their new album Coming Home, on Rounder Records. KSUT will be featuring the full CD, Friday, 8/12 at noon as a preview to the band's performance at the Four Corners Folk Festival over Labor Day weekend.
 

The new Soulrocker album features songs that infuse acoustic, electronic, reggae, dancehall and natural elements, all with the message of people coming together to support each other and the planet. KSUT will play it in its entirety, Friday at noon, as a warm up to our 40th Anniversary Celebration on 8/6! 

KSUT will feature Bruce Hornsby and his long-running band, The Noisemakers' new CD Rehab Reunion this Friday. The  iconoclast pushes the envelope once again, putting his piano aside and writing and recording solely on the dulcimer throughout.  “Some may ask, ‘Why?’, ‘What in the world?’” Hornsby says of Rehab Reunion.

KSUT will feature Sam Bush's new album Storyman this Friday at noon. The freewheeling collection  gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the "Sam Bush sound." Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends, including the late Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, bandmate Stephen Mougin, and others.

One of New Orleans musical gems, The Stooges Brass Band, headlines KSUT and Music in the Mountains annual Party in the Park this Saturday (7/16) in Durango's Buckley Park. As a warm-up, KSUT will feature their new CD 'Thursday Night House Party' this Friday at noon.

Whether they're second-lining in New Orleans, or performing across the country, the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of the Crescent City.

KSUT will feature the new self-titled recording Colvin & Earle, from singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, Friday, July 8 at noon. Fueled by a deep emotional connection and spiritual bond, Colvin & Earle captures the once-in-a-lifetime magic of two extraordinary artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Colvin & Earle have gone from sharing a stage to sharing one of the finest records in either of their storied careers.

Mudcrutch was initially formed in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida and is the precursor to the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. In 1974, Mudcrutch signed a record deal, moved to Los Angeles and released a single, to very little fanfare. The band broke up soon after and could have settled for being a legend, but instead Mudcrutch rose from the ashes in 2008 to remind us that the golden age of rock and roll bands still have a few treasures to unearth. Their debut made some thirty-three years later, was an unexpected hit.

Several years ago k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs on a whim. It read simply, "I think we should make a record together." Though the three musicians were barely more than acquaintances "Laura and I both responded immediately," recalls Case. "There was no question."

Sara Watkins returns to the Four Corners for the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival this weekend. KSUT will feature her latest solo project, Young In All The Wrong Ways, due out July 1, this Friday (6/17) at noon.

Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger, feature CD, 6/10

Jun 7, 2016

KSUT will feature the new Paul Simon release, Stranger to Stranger on Friday (6/10) at noon. Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, Stranger to Stranger conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter.  The record—his first since 2011’s acclaimed So Beautiful or So What—ushers the listener into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterwork, Graceland.

Eileen Ivers performs this weekend at the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival. KSUT will be featuring her new CD 'Beyond the Bog Road' on Friday 6/3, to help get the party started. We'll also be broadcasting an interview with Eileen, Thursday morning (6/2) at 10:40, and again, Friday at noon, taking you in to the feature CD.

Aoife O'Donovan returns to the KSUT listening area with a headlining performance at the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival next weekend (6/3-5). As a warm up, KSUT is featuring her new CD 'In the Magic Hour' on Friday 5/27 at noon. 

In the quiet moments found between touring her first solo album and collaborating with mainstay folk and bluegrass peers, Aoife O’Donovan found the inspiration to write her sophomore album “In the Magic Hour” recently released on Yep Roc Records.

KSUT is featuring the new Mary Chapin Carpenter release 'The Things That We Are Made Of' this week, playing the full CD at noon on Friday 5/20.

Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and recorded in Nashville, TN, the album features eleven new songs.  Carpenter comments, “Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that ‘yes’ is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family.”

Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain, based in Asheville, NC, has just released their 5th studio album 'Southern Crescent'. As part of our 40th anniversary concert series, KSUT will be presenting a CD release party with the band, Friday, May 13, at the Henry Strater Theater in Durango. Tickets available at henrystratertheater.com. KSUT will play the full CD on 5/6 at noon.

Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is the rare album that traverses the entire world, both musically and lyrically. It’s dizzyingly diverse, jumping from one style to the next, with ports of call in Motor City and Music Row, Harlem and Stax, Berlin and London, yet it never leaves Simpson’s very specific point of view. It’s his most personal album as well as his most ambitious: a song cycle penned as a sailor’s poignant letter home to the wife and child he left behind.

Judy Collins, the endlessly prolific singer, songwriter, author and activist, recently released 'Strangers Again,' her first studio album in four years.  KSUT will feature the CD Friday, April 22, at noon, the day before her sold-out Durango concert.

In celebration of this weekend's 22nd Annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, KSUT will feature the latest CD 'Old Time Reverie', from Mipso, Friday (4/15) at noon. Mipso is one of several fine bluegrass bands traveling to Durango to perform.

When Mipso’s 2013 debut, Dark Holler Pop, rose to #8 on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts, the success surprised a lot of people – Mipso’s four members included. “Well, we didn’t know so many people would buy it,” laughs mandolin player Jacob Sharp, “and we definitely didn’t know we were a bluegrass band.”

KSUT will feature 'This Path Tonight', the new studio album from Graham Nash on Friday 4/8 at noon. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash's first solo record of new music in fourteen years.  The album, featuring 10 new original songs, is one of reflection and transition of a singer-songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting.
 

First impressions matter.  Time and attention-strapped listeners size up an artist within a song or two, then move on or delve in further.  Fortunately, it only takes Margo Price about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent.  Margo Price’s debut Third Man Records CD 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter' gives a fresh twist on classic Nashville honky tonk tunes and classic tales of drink and misfortune.  Her voice has that alluring mix of vulnerability and resilience that was once the province of Loretta and Dolly.  It is a tour-de-force performan

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