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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One of today's finest acoustic bands, Balsam Range, is headlining at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, April 17-19. To give you a preview, KSUT will feature their latest recording, 'Five' on Friday, April 17 at 12 noon. 

Steve Earle's new CD 'Terraplane' takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song, “Terraplane Blues.” It is Earle’s 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, some of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack.

KSUT will feature 'Terraplane', Friday, April 3 at 12 noon.

"Asleep at the Wheel has always worn its affinity for Bob Wills proudly, but never more so than on its new album. Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys  is the venerable Texas swing band’s third salute to the late great King of Western swing, following 1993′s Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and 1999′s A Ride With Bob." - Rolling Stone

Mark Knopfler has just released his eighth studio album, ‘Tracker’, featuring 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including British author Beryl Bainbridge and poet Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly, but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive subtlety.

Brandi Carlile releases her new CD  ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter' this week, and KSUT will be featuring the full disc Friday, 3/6 at noon.  The 12-song album features pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”

‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.

KSUT will feature the new CD by core artist Robert Earl Keen on Friday, February 27 at noon. Debuting at #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums Chart this week, Keen's album 'Happy Prisoner' has proved to be a successful first venture into the world of bluegrass for the legendary Texas songwriter. 

Along with critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR's Fresh Air and others, the stylistic risk-taking of 'Happy Prisoner' has also been embraced by Keen's loyal fans.

The legacy of Colorado's Leftover Salmon continues with the release of 'High Country', featuring 12 great songs and the addition of  legendary Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne as an official band member. The album was produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and includes special guests Casey Driessen, Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), Joey Porter (The Motet) and Kim Dawson. KSUT will feature 'High Country', Friday, 2/13 at 12 noon in its entirety.  

KSUT will feature the new CD from the Punch Brothers, ‘Phosphorescent Blues’, Friday, February 6, at 12 noon.

KSUT will feature the new Decemberist's album 'What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World' on Friday 1/30/15 at 12 noon.

This week, KSUT is featuring the new album from dobro master Rob Ickes, and newcomer Trey Hensley. Co-produced by Ickes & Hensley, 'Before the Sun Goes Down', seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass with the spare studio stylings of classic ’60s and ’70s country music. Accompanied by some of the finest musicians in Nashville, the duo tackles a diverse group of songs, putting a fresh spin on the music of Jimmy Martin, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills.

 Fresh off her induction into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen Peters is about to release her new album Blackbirds. Co-produced with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh and recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more.

 Family, the new collaborative album from Teddy Thompson, his father Richard, mother Linda, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs, collectively dubbed Thompson; has engendered glowing reviews from around the world.

KSUT will feature the new solo project from Bryan Ferry, Avonmore, at noon on Friday.

This week's Feature CD is Jenny Lewis' "The Voyager", which can be heard in its entirety at noon on Friday 12/26 on KSUT. Lewis's third solo album, post her tenure with the band Rilo Kiley, is lyrically direct and informed by break ups, adult life, and other personal challenges. It's a very enjoyable and melodic collection of pop (but in a good way) songs.  This one can be found on countless year end top pick lists, we concur. 

Correctly answer the trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. and you could win free lunch at Zia Taqueria.

"Blood Oranges in the Snow" is the new holiday-themed record from the Ohio-based folk duo Over The Rhine. After 25 years as a band, the new release marks the group’s third seasonal effort following 1996’s The Darkest Night Of The Year and 2006’s Snow Angels. The trend isn’t surprising considering Over The Rhine’s husband-and-wife core, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, so often employ the strings and bells of pristine acoustic folk—tones and styles ideally suited for holiday music.

An Americana Christmas is a collection of classic Christmas songs and brand new holiday recordings from the icons and today’s current stars of the Americana genre. It features 16 songs, including 6 brand new recordings exclusive to the collection. Artists include John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Valerie June, The Band, Bob Dylan and more.  KSUT will play the CD in its entirety 12/12/14 at noon. Take a chance at our trivia question at 12:30, for your chance to win free lunch at Zia Taqueria.

The Alvin brothers cut their musical teeth in the Blasters in the early 1980s. Since leaving the band in the mid '80s, Dave Alvin has gone on to become a staple on KSUT and one of the most revered Americana acts around. The brothers recently reunited to release their first album as a duo, "Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy" — this week's Feature CD on KSUT. Tune in at noon this Friday (Dec. 5) to hear the album in its entirety. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

This week's Feature CD is the debut from The New Basement Tapes, a musical supergroup consisting of Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens. The five of them wrote music to accompany poems and lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967, during which time he and The Band recorded tracks for his 1975 record, "The Basement Tapes." The result is "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes," which will air in its entirety at noon this Friday (Nov. 27). Correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

This week's Feature CD is "Nostalgia," the latest from Annie Lennox. Hear the album in its entirety at noon Friday (Nov. 21) on KSUT. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m., you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

This week's Feature CD is "Wild Animals," the latest by Minnesota newgrass band Trampled by Turtles. We'll play the album in its entirety at noon on Friday. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m., you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria.

KSUT is thrilled to host The Duhks, live in-studio, Friday (11/7) at 11 AM.  The band performs at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Thursday evening (11/6) at 7:30.

The Duhks' innovative approach to modern bluegrass music is reminiscent of other great young grassrock bands such as Nickel Creek and Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Montreal-based folk quartet, The Barr Brothers, joined by harpist Sarah Page have just released their second album, Sleeping Operator.  Their songs are blues and folk-tinged, exploring an array of styles including West African kora music. KSUT will play the CD in its entirety, Friday (11/7) at 12 noon.

Stick around for our weekly trivia question at 12:30 and your chance to win free lunch at Zia Taqueria.

This week's Feature CD is the latest by newgrass favorites Greensky Bluegrass,  "If Sorrows Swim." Featuring a former Durangotang on dobro and lap steel guitar, Anders Beck, it's the fifth studio effort in the group's catalog.

Hear it in its entirety at noon this Friday (Oct. 31). If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m., you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

We are honored to have been voted 'Best Radio Station' in the Durango Herald Reader's Choice Awards again this year. Many thanks for all of the local support!

KSUT is featuring the new CD from singer-songwriter Pieta Brown, 'Paradise Outlaw' on Friday, 10/24 at 12 noon.

Paradise Outlaw was recorded in four days at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, Brown's troubadour father, Greg Brown and various members of an experimental group of players she calls the Sawdust Collective. Paradise Outlaw boasts some of Pieta's most emotionally resonant compositions, and some of her most expressive performances, to date.

Hear this week's Feature CD — Jackson Browne's latest, "Standing in the Breach" — at noon Friday (Oct. 17). Correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

This week's Feature CD on KSUT is Marcia Ball's latest, "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man." Hear the CD in its entirety at noon this Friday and if you answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m., you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

In celebration of blues icon Chris Smither’s 70th birthday and 50th anniversary as a songwriter, Signature Sounds has released 'Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither'. The album features friends and peers like Loudon Wainwright III, Bonnie Raitt, and Dave Alvin performing gems plucked from Smither’s deep catalog. Music fans know that Chris Smither has written a countless number of masterful songs during his 50-year career, but hearing this eclectic set of interpretations is a startling reminder of the depth of Smither’s catalog.

Tune in to KSUT at noon this Friday (Sept. 26) to hear this week's Feature CD: the brand-new Hot Rize CD, "When I'm Free." It's their first studio album since 1990. Correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

Since their founding at the turn of the millenium, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have fashioned a dynamic, intoxicating sound rooted in classic stringband Americana while branching outward to effortlessly encompass an array of styles and techniques. Featuring twelve new original compositions, If Sorrows Swim is a compelling snapshot of the evocative songwriting and fluid instrumental interplay that has made Greensky Bluegrass a word-of-mouth underground sensation.