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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This week's feature CD is "Song in My Head," the first studio album in nine years by Colorado jam band the String Cheese Incident. We'll feature the album all week long and play it in its entirety at noon Friday. Correctly answer host Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. Friday and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria.

Prior to the screening of her "Music from the Big House" documentary and performance with the San Juan Symphony, Canadian blues singer Rita Chiarelli will join Jim Belcher for an interview and songs live in the KSUT studios at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday (April 23). Known as Canada's Queen of the Blues, Chiarelli performed with inmates in Louisiana's Angola Prison, which was once the bloodiest correctional facility in America. The documentary will be screened free at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Durango Arts Center.

This week's feature CD is the debut by St. Paul & the Broken Bones, "Half the City." Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And the Birmingham, Ala.-based group delivers on those promises. "Half the City" is the compelling full-length debut of the sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP.

Hear The Railsplitters before they play this week's 20th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown when they come to the KSUT studios for an interview and live performance Friday (4/11) morning at 11. A Colorado band, The Railsplitters have a musical range that sets them apart from other up-and-coming bluegrass acts. Calling on genre influences from roots/Americana, country twang, 50's doo wop, modern pop and, of course, good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll, they've been wowing listeners at home in Colorado and beyond.

This week's feature CD is from one of the headliners of the 20th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown (April 11-13), Blue Highway. The quintet commemorated its 20th anniversary by releasing their 11th album. They last played the Meltdown's second-ever festival and are long overdue for an encore. Hear "The Game" in its entirety at noon on Friday and, if you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria. 

Join us Tuesday (4/8) afternoon at 1:30 for an interview with filmmaker Christine Funk about her documentary, "The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan." The film will be shown at 12 noon Sunday at the Animas City Theatre during the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown.

In honor of the 20th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, this week's feature CD is "RS" by The Railsplitters. A Boulder-based quartet, their original take on the music, instrumental and vocal virtuosity, variety in tune selection (featuring powerful female and male leads and harmonies along with impressive instrumentals), and contagious enthusiasm and soul all leave audiences clamoring for more. Hear "RS" in its entirety at 12 p.m. Friday. If you correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at about 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

In honor of their Thursday performance at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, this week's feature CD is the latest live record from Los Lobos, "Disconnected in New York City." Hear the album in its entirety at noon on Friday 3/28. Correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

On Eve, Angelique Kidjo's new album named for her own mother as well as the mythical “mother of all living,” the Beninese born, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment.

Prior to her performance at the Henry Strater Theatre on Wednesday, March 19, Eilen Jewell will appear live in the KSUT studios at 2 p.m. that same day. Tune in to catch what will surely be a great KSUT/Henry Strater Theatre production later that night! Tickets are available at and cost $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

Patty Larkin will join us live in the KSUT studios at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, prior to her appearance at the Durango Arts Center later that night. Patty's song, "Wolf at the Door," is a highlight of KSUT Roots & Rhythms Vol. 2, released a decade ago. She's been a favorite of Four Corners folk audiences for decades thanks to her introspective lyrics, lush production and guitar pyrotechnics.

Let It Go, the new album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters, will be released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings. The new album is a milestone for the group - Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) - that showcases their eight-year evolution from IBMA Award-winning bluegrass torchbearers to multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft and a flare for improvisation.

This week's feature CD is the latest from Lake Street Dive, "Bad Self Portraits." The four-piece group describes their music as a blend of jazz and soul, but it's rock & roll vibe comes out front and center on this album, which is getting rave reviews.  Since it's fund drive week, listen for your chance to pledge, help us complete our funding puzzle and pick up a copy. We'll play the CD in its entirety at noon on Friday, March 7.  

KSUT will feature the fine new solo release 'Alice' from Travis Book, bass player with the Infamous Stringdusters, on Friday 2/28 at 12 noon. 

From his blog (, here's Travis's description of the project:

After a 3+ year hiatus, The Badly Bent, winners of the coveted Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, is reuniting.  We invite you to hear them live on KSUT, this Wednesday, February 26 at 2:06 PM following BBC News, as they warm up for their first reunion show at the Henry Strater Theatre Friday night.

  This week's feature CD is a great new live album, "Timeless," by John Hammond. Here, he digs deep into acoustic blues by covering legends like Little Walter, Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf, plus originals and re-toolings of songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Chuck Berry.  Tune-in this Friday, February 21 at noon to hear the whole CD. Correctly answer host Jim Belcher's trivia question at about 12:30 and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria! 

 Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Sweetheart 2014, a collection of handpicked covers from a group of modern musical dreamers who artfully grapple, in one way or another, with that most vexing of subject to ever befall mankind, L.O.V.E. Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) is available on CD at Starbucks and all digital outlets.


 Mollie O'Brien and her husband Rich Moore have just released their album 'Love Runner'. On Love Runner, they again enlisted their talented friends, Glenn Taylor (pedal steel), John Magnie (piano and accordion), Eric Moon (piano and organ) and Marc Dalio (drums). When one song called out for a musical saw, they were lucky enough to discover the wondrous Lesley Kernochan. Irish fiddler Jessie Burns put her lyrical stamp on a few folk songs. And, happily for O’Brien and Moore, their daughters Brigid and Lucy were able to make the date for the background vocal session.

This week's feature CD is "Hard Working Americans," the debut album by the all-star band of the same name. Featuring singer-songwriter Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist David Schools, Great American Taxi keyboard player Chad Staehly, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals guitarist Neal Casal and drummer Duane Trucks, the group tells stories about the everyman - and everywoman. Catch Jim Belcher's trivia question at about 12:30 p.m. and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' has just been released on Columbia Records.  The new album finds Springsteen in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello and many additional players. The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen's 18th studio album. 

The High Hopes album packaging includes Springsteen's own liner notes that detail the album's evolution.

Tune in to KSUT at noon this Friday (Jan. 17) to hear this week's feature CD, "Give the People What They Want," by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Jones completed the recording of her fifth album last summer, shortly before being diagnosed with cancer. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Set, as always, against The Dap-Kings' characteristically springy horns, Jones growls and struts through 10 timeless songs that couldn't sound better suited to the big stage.

Tune in to KSUT at noon this Friday (Jan. 10) to hear this week's feature CD, "The River & the Thread" by Rosanne Cash, in its entirety. The album contains 11 original songs and features appearances by Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell, Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers). Answer the trivia question at about 12:30 p.m. and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria! 

Tune in to KSUT at noon Friday (Dec. 27) for this week's feature CD: Neil Young's "Live at the Cellar Door." The album is the latest in Young's ongoing Archives Performance Series, and it collects recordings made during the Canadian singer/songwriter's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door, a venue in Washington D.C., between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970.

Tune in to KSUT during our one-day membership drive - 12 hours of Giving ... And Giving Back - on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Bar D Wranglers will be our in-studio guests at 2 p.m. Pledge during that hour and you could win tickets to see their holiday show at the Community Concert Hall on Dec. 19. This show sells out every year, and just a few tickets remain.

This week's feature CD gets into the spirit of the season, big-band style! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings through holidays favorites like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and even "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" on their latest album, "It Feels Like Christmas Time." Hear the CD in it's entirety at noon on Friday, Dec. 20 and correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at 12:30 to win lunch at Zia Taqueria.


Brimming with music performed by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis—in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. Nonesuch Records has released the soundtrack to the movie, which opened on December 6.  

Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer and songwriter Norah Jones team up for "Foreverly", an unforgettable collection inspired by "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us", an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958.

The album captures the beauty of the Everly's stunning close harmonies to create a moving and powerful testament to these traditional ballads.

KSUT will feature "Foreverly" Friday, December 6 at 12 noon. 

Mandolin virtuoso Andy Statman and his trio, featuring Jim Whitney on bass and Larry Eagle on drums and percussion are joined by Tim O'Brien and Michael Cleveland on his amazing new CD, Superstring Theory.

A 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Grammy nominee, Andy's new recording further explores American roots music, tapping deeper into the sources that have energized his playing for nearly 50 years.

In 2010, Virginia native Jonathan Russell and California transplant Josiah Johnson formed the core songwriting partnership of The Head and The Heart in their new hometown of Seattle. The band was quickly rounded out with the addition of drummer Tyler Williams, keyboardist Kenny Hensley, vocalist/violinist Charity Rose Thielen and bassist Chris Zasche. Their 2011 debut album on Sub Pop became one of the label’s best-selling debut releases to date.

New York's KJ Denhert brings her special blend of urban folk & jazz to the KSUT studios Tuesday, November 5 at 1 PM.  She's performing that night as part of the Pagosa Springs Americana Project at the high school auditorium at 6:30. Tickets will be available at the door.