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

The play Anne of the Thousand Days depicts the tumultuous and lethal relationship of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Jay Hash, director of the Very Little Theatre’s production, speaks with Eric Alan about why he’s recast Anne as a feminist heroine in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. The play runs July 31st through August 15th.

Bill Hall is a  Lincoln County Commissioner and author of the utopian novel McCallandia, which explores an alternate universe in which Oregon Governor Tom McCall becomes President. Bill Hall speaks to Eric Alan about McCall's legacy, and the wild things that just might have happened in the 1970s, had Nixon chosen McCall instead of Agnew for Vice President.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Icelandic band Arstidir is making their first tour through the United States, after becoming a sensation in their home country shortly after their formation in 2008, right after the stock market crash there. Undeterred by economic troubles, volcanic eruptions and so forth, they’ve found a worldwide audience for their music—including one song having more than four million views on YouTube. Arstidir’s music includes an emphasis on vocal harmony, and influences from classical to folk and rock.

Singer, songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has earned seventeen Grammy nominations and an Academy Award. She’s touring across more than fifty cities this summer, including on Wednesday, July 22nd at The Courtyard of the Athletic Club of Bend. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan in an interview that includes music from her new release, This is M.E.

Raw Canvas is a solo, one-act play written by playwright Barratt Walton for actress Nancy Hopps fourteen years ago. It depicts the challenges of an aspiring artist in 1952, where the central character Rosalyn must defy the social norms of the time in order to pursue her passion for painting. A new version will be staged twice in Florence at  the Florence Playhouse, July 17th through 19th, and August 14th through 16th, sponsored by Fools Haven theater group, and again starring Nancy Hopps. Nancy spoke with Eric Alan about art, choices and healing in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Halie Loren celebrates the American release of her new album Butterfly Blue--which has already been #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts in Japan—with a concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Friday, July 17th. The CD release concert will feature every musician who appeared on the album, supporting Halie’s continued merger of originals and jazz standards. She came to the KLCC studios in duo with Daniel Gallo, to perform live and to share a little music from the album.

John Mayall, often known as “The Godfather of British Blues,” reflects on his legendary career in a conversation with Eric Alan that includes music from Mayall’s new release A Special Life. John Mayall performs at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Monday, July 13th, and at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Tuesday, July 14th.

Photo by Eric Alan

Dirty Bourbon River Show bring their high energy mix of New Orleans styles to Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene tonight, July 9th, merging everything from brass to piano ballads, blues and rock edges. They’re touring from New Orleans behind their latest CD, Important Things Humans Should Know, and they brought the full six-piece ensemble to the KLCC studios for songs, stories, and even a little sage advice. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Johanna Prechtel

Martin Prechtel is the author of The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, which brings his Indigenous perspectives to a path for the embrace of grief, and a way to transform it to a healthy praise for life. He speaks with Eric Alan, before a book release event at Tsunami Books on Tuesday, June 30th.

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