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July 4, 2020 58 min
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About This Episode Tonight the Big Top Chautauqua makes way for two women of power…the big note brassy blues of Joyanne Parker, and the retro-current all-her-own-sounds of Nicole Atkins.

JOYANN PARKER
Armed with a guitar and a voice that manages to sound all bluesy and brokenhearted and yet blasts like a locomotive wrapped in brass, Joyann Parker sounds above all like she sings from deep in the soul, wherever it ...

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"Supaman" is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Apsáalooke Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope and faith through hip hop music. Christian's presentation combines Native American and urban hip hop cultures, dazzling audiences and captivating listeners. We'll also catch a few songs by Trampled by Turtles toward the...

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Tonight the Big Top Chautauqua makes way for two Singer-Songwriters making music about love, life, and laughter. This episode brings together Adam Melchor’s “angelic vocals and poetic lyrics” with David Blong’s soulful songwriting and many musical influences.

About Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.

Perry’s bestselling memoi...

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It’s Big Top’s traditional season kickoff night to conjure the blue magic with top musicians. Our own house band the Blue Canvas Orchestra will play favorites old and new. Severin Behnen leads the famed house band that has graced the Big Top stage since its founding in 1986. They are an eclectic blend of string instruments, driving rhythm section, and stunning voices that together rock the tent with their unique fusion of bluegrass...

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June 6, 2020 58 min
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For years, Bill Miller’s music has moved audiences around the world. He’s an icon of the Native American music community, having won 3 Grammys in the last 4 years. Bill is an accomplished artist whose paintings are exhibited nationwide. Yet, in the view of singer, composer, flutist, painter and storyteller Bill Birdsong Miller, he's just getting started. Beyond music, Bill is an accomplished painter whose wor...

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Acclaimed country singer-songwriter Steve Earle was a protégé of legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. His 1986 debut album Guitar Town shot to number one on the country charts. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. Steve's latest release GUY is his 19th studio album.

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After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless beers, bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a “family” on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster. The bond between the quintet—David C. Lynch [harmonica, accordion, spoons, vocals], Collin Mettelka [fiddle, mandolin, vocals], Russell Pedersen [banjo, fiddle, vocals], Adam Greuel [...

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Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra draws on the bountiful collection of sea shanties, sailing songs, and rowdy sailors-in-port songs that have come down through time. Hear the tales of those who roamed the seas aboard vessels of wood with canvas sails – and those who never returned – in song, story, and big screen pictures.

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Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humo...

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May 8, 2020 58 min
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Through relentless touring and terrific word-of-mouth support, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as an in-demand live act, particularly in America. they sold out the Hollywood Bowl (two nights) and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre as recently as summer 2018. They have also sold out multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le Zenith in Paris and Radio City Music H...

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May 1, 2020 58 min
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Judy Collins has inspired audiences with her sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting for over 50 years. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline.

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April 25, 2020 58 min
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Blues icon Keb' Mo' owes his longevity as a singer and writer to a combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility, and resonant, blues-soaked vocals. Every song tells a story, and every story reminds us why Keb' Mo' is one of the most versatile and engaging musical figures on today's roots rock and blues scene.

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Michael Perry is a New York...

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April 17, 2020 58 min
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This week's episode is a dedication to the legendary John Prine. Prine was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death and was known for an often humorous style of original music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

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Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humo...

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April 10, 2020 58 min
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Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts. With over 15 million albums sold, he is the most successful solo act in British reggae history, respected by fellow artists from all over the world.

Quito Rymer is a self taught musician and painter. His first gui...

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April 8, 2020 59 min

John Prine (born October 10, 1946) is an American country/folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s.

Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. Subsequently, serving in West Germany with the U.S. armed forces, by the late 1960s he had moved to Chicago, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs as a ...

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In 2019 we cut the band loose on some of their favorite songs from the season and from summers past. Severin Behnen leads the famed house band that has graced the Big Top stage since its founding in 1986. They are an eclectic blend of string instruments, driving rhythm section, and stunning voices that together rock the tent with their unique fusion of bluegrass, folk and jazzy blues.

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John McEuen has been a “professional performer” since 1962, working as a magician in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a teenager. Music soon came along, which led to his long and varied career first solo, then as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966. Over 10,000 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles - with the band and as a solo performer – John has pursued his passio...

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When it comes to making music with both extraordinary passion and exceptional chops, few acts today can surpass the sheer excellence of The War And Treaty. Newly signed to Rounder Records—and named the 2019 Emerging Act of the Year by Americana Music Association—the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter deliver a dynamic sound that joyfully blends Southern soul with elements of gos...

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March 13, 2020 58 min
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The multi-national, Celtic juggernaut Gaelic Storm grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.

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March 6, 2020 58 min
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Since releasing his five-times-platinum debut single "Home" in spring 2012, Phillip Phillips has released two chart-topping albums and taken his expansive brand of earthy, guitar-fueled rock across the globe. With soulful vocals and ruggedly warm sensibilities, the Georgia-bred 26-year-old saw his first full-length effort go platinum after debuting at #4 on the Billboard Top 200.

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February 24, 2020 58 min
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The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, and they've been tearing it up on stages across the globe ever since. The band's music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a hea...

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