Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Ways to Connect

  Eugene Ballet presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Hult Center on February 13th and 14th, with Orchestra Next and the Eugene Concert Choir. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Toni Pimble and soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez about the joys and challenges of the classic piece.  

Percussionist and vocalist Ruth Heald of the band Goldfoot speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from the band’s release On the Floor, before the band appears at the Lane Events Center on Saturday, February 13th as a featured band at the KLCC Microbrew Festival. 

Photo by John Stark

  Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are the ultimate banjo family, who individually and together have challenged and expanded the boundaries of the instrument, whether in duo, within their Sparrow Quartet or with an array of their other bands and projects.

  South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been making music for over fifty years, and will appear at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Tuesday evening, January 26th.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Dreos is a trio that features Eliot Grasso on uillean pipes and flute, Glen Waddell on guitar and bouzouki, and Brandon Vance on fiddle, integrating Irish and Scottish musical traditions. Though they have vast international credits in other contexts, they released their first CD together in October, and will perform in Eugene on Friday, January 29th at the New Hope Center Auditorium in Eugene.  Eliot Grasso brought his uillean pipes to the KLCC studios for a solo performance, and to share music from the new Dreos CD, The Clearing

  An interview with Garvar Brummett, author and artist of The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage. It’s a memoir with stories and illustrations that chronicle his abuse, addiction, homelessness, and prison time.  He has recovered to become a drug and addiction counselor for Sponsors, Inc. He will read at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, January 21st at 7 p.m. 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  As part of the Eugene Symphony’s 50th anniversary season, Giancarlo Guerrero returns to conduct music by Respighi and Durufle on Thursday evening, January 21st. He speaks with Eric Alan about his tenure in Eugene, his new life in Nashville, and his vision for the symphony. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Pretty Gritty is the musical duo of Sarah Wolff and Blaine Heinonen, who began their musical partnership in Maryland some years ago, before relocating to Portland. Since releasing a self-titled debut album in 2012 that featured a guest appearance by Keller Williams, they have been turning heads nationwide with their soulful Americana.

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

  The Winter Music Festival in Florence has evolved from its origins as a traditional folk festival to becoming more expansive. Eric Alan speaks to Sandy Kuhlman about the evolution, in an interview that includes music from Shook Twins, Jonathan Edwards and Danny Barnes. The festival is Saturday and Sunday, January 16th and 17th. 

  Twenty-five years ago, Marc Cohn had a hit with “Walking in Memphis,” from an album that became the best-selling debut of the 1990s. He celebrates the anniversary with a concert at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, January 18th, and reflects with Eric Alan about the musical and personal course of those years.

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