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.

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Photo by Eric Alan

The band Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian quintet led by songwriter Tony Dekker, who've gained acclaim for their melodic folk rock, including a nomination for a Juno award. Their newest release,  A Forest of Arms, was recorded in part in a cave in Canada. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 8th, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Jonathan Richman continues to pursue his unique musical path, long after his band the Modern Lovers helped define the punk era in the 1970s.  His career has included numerous solo albums, a major onscreen role in the hit movie There’s Something about Mary, and many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He speaks with Eric Alan about his influences, his dislike of digital technology, and the beauty of English as a songwriting language. Includes music from his new 7" vinyl singles.

Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give a talk called “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater,” as part of Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. It will be at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, moderated by Bob Keefer. Christopher Acebo speaks with Eric Alan about using minimalism to engage the audience’s imagination, and the beauty of limitations.

Becca Stevens is one this era’s most distinctive and unclassifiable songwriters and guitarists, with influences ranging from jazz to classical, pop and folk. She’s touring with the Becca Stevens Band from New York, and they will appear at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan about perfection vs. imperfection, the studio as an instrument, and the joys of a long-time band. Includes music from her most recent release, Perfect Animal.

Photo by Milton H. Greene

Milton H. Greene was one of the most celebrated photographers of the first half of the twentieth century, including his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe. His archives are cared for by his son, Joshua Greene at Archive Images in Florence, and a framed print of one of those images is being given away as part of KLCC’s Happy Birthday, Marilyn fundraiser on Monday, June 1st. Joshua Greene speaks to Eric Alan about the stories behind the photographs.

The spring concert of the Women’s Choral Society of Eugene marks both its 80th anniversary season, and its last performance with music director Jim Steinberger, who’s retiring after 24 years. He speaks with Eric Alan about the group, its aims and his experience, before the performance at the UO’s Beall Hall on May 29th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

Eugene and Kathmandu have had a sister city relationship for forty years. As part of local efforts to aid Nepal’s earthquake survivors, there will be a benefit on Sunday, May 24th, featuring music, dance and speakers. Proceeds will benefit the global relief project called Embracing the World. Eric Alan speaks with Arun Toké, event organizer and editor of Skipping Stones magazine.

Photo by Eric Alan

Tony Furtado brings new songs, and his mastery of slide guitar and banjo to a house concert in Eugene tonight, May 15th, where he'll joined by bassist Sam Howard. Tony is celebrating the release of his seventeenth album, The Bell. Tony Furtado and Sam Howard visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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