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.

Ways to Connect

The fabulous, and large, Latin band Nosotros will join us live in the cozy KSUT studios on Thursday, 7/11. Be sure to tune-in, right around 1:30 for their high-energy fusion of flamenco, jazz, salsa, and rock. Catch Nosotros live at Durango Mountain Resort as part of the  Music in the Mountains Festival Thursday night at 7. 

On their second collaboration, legendary singer Mavis Staples and Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy have crafted a gospel album for the 21st century, a music that strives for faith in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. On One True Vine, Mavis Staples gives voice to something new in her repertoire, something deeper and more resonant with our times; longtime fans will notice a new reserve in her singing, a muted, plaintive quality that serves the darker, more nuanced songs collected here perfectly.

On the The Old School, bluegrass legend Rowan delves further into his legacy as one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys with some of the first generation players who really know “the old school”, while welcoming younger players considered to be the torchbearers for the future of bluegrass music. The album includes 11 Rowan originals and a rework of “Freedom Riders,” the Civil Rights anthem made popular by Odetta.

Guy Davis, Shemekia Copeland, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Taj Mahal join forces for 'True Blues', a collaboration of the most prominent blues musicians currently playing today. Individually and as an ensemble they explore the genre's history from its roots to current day. 

The compilation consists of live material recorded at various venues in the U.S., including Jazz At Lincoln Center, The House Of Blues in Los Angeles CA, The Howard Theatre in Washington DC, and Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD.

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Don't miss an in-studio visit with our friends from New Orleans, The Iguanas, Friday 6/7 at 11 AM. Their music blends Mexican conjunto, R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms,  and they've just released a great new CD, 'Sin to Sin'.  KSUT's Jim Belcher will host the band.  You can also catch them live at the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival this weekend.

We're psyched to see Della Mae perform this weekend at the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival. We'll be featuring their debut CD 'This World Oft Can Be' on Friday at noon. 

Peter Karp & Sue Foley, along with their band, will join us in-studio for some live music and conversation Friday morning (5/31) at 11. They're in town for the Durango Blues Train this weekend. Tune-in for a lively session! 

As we gear up for next weekend's Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival, KSUT will feature the new Black Lillies CD 'Runaway Freeway Blues' this Friday -  as we anticipate the band's festival performance.

The debut album 'The Mountain Moves' from Treetop Flyers – who named themselves after a Stephen Stills song – effortlessly captures the spirit of late-1960s west coast pop-rock: the Byrds, America, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

With his last two albums, 2006’s Grammy-nominated People Gonna Talk and 2008’s The Hard Way, James Hunter delivered a classic yet perpetually modern brand of rhythm and blues that captivated listeners across generations and earned him two Billboard Blues #1′s, tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson, performances on Leno, Letterman, and Conan, and critical raves everywhere from the NY Times to USA Today.

Steve Earle's new 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011's Grammy Award-nominated album 'I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive' and is the first billed as Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses). The album is also the first to feature 'The Dukes' band name since 1987's Exit 0.

Patty Griffin is set to release her new album, 'American Kid', on May 7. The album, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first for New West Records. It's her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside Robert Plant - who is also featured on American Kid. 

Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy®-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late ’80s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that’s solidified her reputation as compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.

 Join us for a Meltdown warm-up Friday morning at 11, as we welcome 'Bluegrass 101' to the KSUT studios for live music and conversation. Jim Belcher will host Chris Henry (mando), Keith Reed (banjo), Brad Folk (guitar), Mike Bub (bass), and Shad Cobb (fiddle). The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown kicks off Friday at 5 at the Railroad Museum. http://www.durangomeltdown.com/ 

In celebration of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown this weekend, KSUT will feature Long Road Home's CD 'Live at eTown Hall', Friday at noon.  

Son Volt’s Honky Tonk has received some great reviews since its recent release. 

Writing in Rolling Stone, Will Hermes declared, “Ever since Jay Farrar’s Uncle Tupelo days, you could imagine his big, bourbon-y voice fronting a country band in a Bakersfield roadhouse circa 1963. Honky Tonk comes close to realizing that sound, and it’s a gorgeous thing.

The Boston Globe’s Sarah Rodman pronounced the album “beguiling,” while Walter Tunis of the Lexington Herald-Leader called it “a beautiful listen.”

Fifteen years after his death and 40 years after the release of his widely beloved song 'Rocky Mountain High,' ATO Records celebrates John Denver's life and music with 'The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver'. The album features covers of Denver's most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many others. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in John's name. 

NPR Music First Listen series featured the CD recently. NPR’s Robin Hilton has this to say:

Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather – Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down.

For four decades, Richard Thompson has consistently set songwriting and performance standards to which others aspire. He has long been acknowledged as both a sensitive writer and an innovative guitarist. 

Thompson has just released his new CD  'Electric', produced by another guitar hero, Buddy Miller. The disc features some rock and roll, along with a few acoustic gems. Check out Ken Tucker's review from 'Fresh Air' here.  

“I don’t know if it was ever some big idea,” says Kelly Willis with a musical laugh. “It’s just something we’ve always sort of done. Our Christmas shows were always so fun, and obviously we’ve always been part of each other’s records. But we’re also our own people. We’ve always been very careful about not losing sight of that. We didn’t want to get lost in a duo because we are so different, and we’ve each worked so hard to establish our own careers.” The thing about chemistry, though, is it can’t be denied.

Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create 'Get Up!', a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart, just released on Stax Records. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up!, is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011's 'Give Till It's Gone'.

"Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it," stated Harper, "I can't wait to play it live."

My True Story, the new album from soul/R&B legend and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville, just released on Blue Note Records. The album, produced by Don Was and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, finds Neville revitalizing some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era that have become the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades. (Watch a video about the making of My True Story here.)

Joey Burns and John Convertino have long called upon an extended range of musical influences, blending them together so distinctly that the results have almost become a genre of their own. Nonetheless, the choice of New Orleans may still come as a surprise to many. CALEXICO are, after all, associated with a style that their name - borrowed from a small town of less than 40,000 inhabitants on the border between the US and Mexico - has always defined with an unusual precision.

On 'Bring it on Home', Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith offer up a collection of their favorite songs by their favorite songwriters. From Paul Simon to A.C. Jobim - to Sam Cooke, the album features beautiful arrangements of timeless tunes. All About Jazz writes, "Relaxed and confident, Whitworth and Smith work their way across an almost 100 year landscape of music that is the crowning achievement of the song writer's craft.

"I’m laying out some extreme emotional highs and lows, which feels good," observes Carrie Rodriguez on her fifth solo album Give Me All You Got, an album of personal and confessional songs that returns the Austin, TX singer and fiddler to the task of songwriting after 2010's covers album Love and Circumstance.

'The Carpenter' is the 2012 album from the critically acclaimed North Carolina Folk-Pop-Rock band The Avett Brothers. Produced by Rick Rubin and recorded in North Carolina and Malibu, the record follows the group's 2009 breakthrough release and celebrated major label debut, I And Love And You. Blending Bluegrass, Folk and Punk with a Rock 'n' Roll attitude, the quintet, led by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, continues to pen poignant and powerful songs on this new release.

The Wallflowers long-awaited new studio album 'Glad All Over' was released in October. Recorded in Nashville at Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with The Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup.

The Colbys are a New Orleans style band with influences from jazz to down home blues, featuring vocalist Bev Rohlehr and keyboardist John Colby.    Their CD Christmas Gumbo delivers with big band arrangements of "Santa's Comin'," "White Christmas," and "Winter Wonderland." "Twas The Night Before Christmas" is a slow jam with a New Orleans hook. The fun, jazz fusion arrangement of "My (Bev's) Favorite Things" delivers a creative lyrical twist.

Holidays Rule, a fun and diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of contributions from across the musical spectrum is out in time for Christmas 2012 and available for your pledge of support to KSUT. Make a year-end contribution of $72 or more to receive the CD as your thank you gift.

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are two of the pioneers of Americana. Their solo recordings, songwriting, studio session work and live performances (as front men and musical directors) have made them treasures of the roots and country music scene. In an unexpected moment of inspiration, the two have collaborated to make a true duets record, trading licks and verses for one of the most inspired and fun albums of 2012.

KSUT will feature 'Buddy and Jim' Friday 12/7 at noon.

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