Idaho Music

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Musicians from across the country are now making their way to Washington County in western Idaho in what has become an annual summer tradition.

There’s one thing every fiddler has on their calendar, according to musician Ken Worthington: "The nationals up at Weiser, the third full week in June."

Festivities have already begun in advance of the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest. The city has been home to an annual contest since 1953. And it became a national event 10 years later.

The Idaho Statesman

Idaho music icon Rosalie Sorrels passed away Sunday. Known as the “Travelin’ Lady,” she drove around the country for decades, singing folk music and recording more than 20 albums. But she always came home to Idaho.

I met Rosalie in the early 1990s when a friend asked me to help produce a CD of union folk songs. Until then, I only knew her through her songs broadcast on KBSU radio. Many people knew her through her music, which spilled out of her, night after night, as she toured the country constantly.

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Last weekend, the Fiddlers of Idaho State Championship was held in Hailey. Those with the top scores have now advanced to the national championships in Weiser this summer. 

There was competition at all levels, from the “senior senior” division of 70 and above, to the “small fry” division of eight and younger.

Contestants were judged on three fiddle songs: a waltz, a hoe down and a tune of their choice. But who wasn’t there was as important as who was.

NPR Music

Josh Ritter is singer-songwriter royalty and one of Idaho's most-gifted musical treasures. Nothing showcases his talent more than a solo acoustic performance.

So around the fifth anniversary of his Tiny Desk gem for NPR, we re-discover this newly remastered set. Ritter's impeccable use of dynamics and pure joy of performing shine through with brilliant results. Do yourself a favor and take the time to soak it all in.

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More Idaho bands than ever before took part in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. Although the big winner is not from Idaho (check out New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas who stole the hearts of the NPR Music jury), Boise State Public Radio staff were impressed by the caliber of musicians from the Gem State.

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Brooklyn-based Impose Magazine has an eye on Daniel Kerr.

The Boise musician's new 13-track album is playing exclusively on the website. "Don't Die" includes a couple of previously released singles, as well as a handful of fresh songs. Kerr told Impose the album was an exploration of "feelings of depravity and sensuality without having to talk to people about it."

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It may be difficult to find a more quintessentially #Idaho backdrop for a music video than Shoshone Falls.  

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The votes are in.

No, we aren't talking about the latest primary and caucus results for #Election2016. We're talking about the second annual NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Contest (dare you to say that five times fast). 

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In the note posted on social media Monday, Trevor Powers told fans “youth lagoon is complete.” The Boise musician, who attained wide national acclaim for his debut album entitled "The Year Of Hibernation" and subsequent two albums, says his upcoming tour is his last one as Youth Lagoon. The band starts their European tour later this week.

NPR Music

Hey, Idaho musicians: ever dreamed of playing your tunes behind the venerable Tiny Desk at NPR? Well dreamers, your audition has arrived.

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen announced the second-annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest in a goofy video in December, asking unsigned bands from all over the country to send in a submission.

Bands have until Feb. 2, 2016 to submit their video.

Friends and family of Idaho folksinger Rosalie Sorrels are raising money for a tribute album to honor her work as a musician.

“This album will be a tribute to her and her long career in folk music,” says Rick Ardinger, the Director of the Idaho Humanities Council and friend of Sorrels.

Sorrels spent more than six decades keeping folk music alive. Ardinger says he first saw her perform in the 1970s when he was a student at Idaho State University and she played in a coffeehouse.

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Boise rockers Built to Spill will officially release their eighth full-length album next Tuesday.

"Untethered Moon" is the first studio album from the band since 2009, and features a new lineup with drummer Steve Gere and bassist Jason Albertini.

But as part of National Record Store Day, vinyl lovers will get an early chance to pick up the new record on Saturday.

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NPR Music announced the winners of their inaugural Tiny Desk Contest Feb. 12. Nearly 7,000 bands from across the country sent in their videos for the music gurus to judge, including some Idaho groups.

In the end, the winner was Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland act with a soulful performance filmed in a freight elevator.

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Organizers of Treefort Music Fest rolled out their third and final band announcement Friday morning, and it's a doozy of a list. The annual live music festival will go down at multiple venues in downtown Boise March 25-29.

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Marina Chavez

Curtis Stigers’ latest album “Hooray For Love” is the Boise singer’s first release since his 2012 record “Let’s Go Out Tonight.”

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