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The Sixth Annual Caldera Songwriters benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center will be this evening, December 8th, at Tsunami Books in Eugene. All proceeds will benefit the warming center, which ensures that homeless people have shelter during extreme cold weather. Donations of clothing and toiletries will also be accepted. Three of the many songwriters performing this evening are here in the KLCC studios, including Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin and Beth Wood. 

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Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph has 32 albums to his credit over the past three decades, including his most recent one, Sanctuary. Lately, he’s also founded a non-profit organization called “Let Yourself Trust,” been nominated for “Hardest Working Artist” in the UK’s Independent Music Awards, and written music for Parliament’s “Sweet Liberties” project, celebrating 800 years of British democracy. 

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Garvar Brummett spent many years being homeless and did prison time for bank robbery, as well as dealing with abuse and addiction. Now he’s a drug and addition counselor, motivational speaker, and the author/illustrator of the book The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage.

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After touring with her music for over two decades, Dar Williams has developed unique perspectives on community as well as music. That’s reflected in her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, which takes a close look at what makes communities thrive. She’s touring behind the book, integrating reading and music. Before appearing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Tuesday, September 12th, she visited the KLCC studios for community conversation and music, hosted by Eric Alan. 

Author Henry Alley’s new book is The Dahlia Field, which collects fourteen short stories exploring the complex and nuanced lives of gay male characters. 

“Art Song” is a classical chamber music form setting poetry to music. Soprano Laura Wayte is founder of the art song performance series “Songs@Tsunami.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, before a March 25th show focusing on music for, by and about women. It will feature vocalist Janene Nelson and pianist Yuliya Minina. 

  Kristin Collier’s new book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage examines the complex dynamics of being married to someone who undergoes gender transition. She will speak in Eugene at the Hult Center as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 20th after a book launch event at Tsunami Books the same day. She talks with Eric About the nature of love, identity, communication and family.

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  Ruth Moody’s music has made its way into the world from Winnipeg, whether it’s her solo CDs, her key part in the band the Wailin’ Jennys, or touring and recording with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Her most recent CD is These Wilder Things, and she’s touring with her quartet, the Ruth Moody Band. They’ll appear at Tsunami Books tonight, Thursday, June 9th, with Jeffrey Martin opening the show at 7:30 p.m. They also perform on Friday and Saturday in the Dalles and Portland, and in Bend on Sunday, June 12th as part of the House Concerts in the Glen at Newport Hills.

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  Songwriter Ben Bochner splits his time between Eugene and Austin, Texas. He’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, has been working on recordings with David Jacobs-Strain, and was infamously known as the Rogue Reader after being a controversial part of Ken Kesey’s group novel-writing project at the University of Oregon. 

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  Anna Tivel and Beth Wood came by to perform live in the KLCC studios. They’ll perform live at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 7:30 p.m. It’s a dual CD release event, celebrating Anna Tivel’s new CD Heroes Waking Up and Beth Wood’s new one, Spring Tide.

  An interview with Richard Leebrick, whose new project Live on Wings of Love: A Journey to PeggySioux  is what he calls “a children’s story for adults”-- a story of addiction recovery and love. It includes a book, artwork and an audio CD. Richard Leebrick will host a release event at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, February 20th.

  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. 

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  Larry Pattis has brought a uniquely eclectic sound to solo fingerstyle guitar, integrating elements ranging from classical to folk, Celtic to jazz and country. He was named one of the Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade by the International Acoustic Music Awards, was a founder of American Guitar Masters tours, and has released three CDs along the way. He’ll begin 2016 by performing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, January 2nd, and he’s stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories. 

  Dr. Charlotte Peterson is a child psychologist whose new book is The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids. It integrates her findings from forty years of traveling the world exploring parenting strategies in indigenous cultures, particularly finding lessons in the Tibetan, Bhutanese and Balinese. She’ll be giving a talk at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Sunday, November 22nd, and speaks with Eric Alan in the KLCC studios. 

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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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Banning Eyre is a multi-faceted creative artist, including his roles as author, guitarist, and senior editor and producer of the syndicated public radio program AfroPop Worldwide. His latest book is Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe—focused on an African cultural icon who is now in exile, and a resident of Eugene.

Carl Falsgraf had a distinguished career as an educator, but at age 55, he left it behind. He bought a used Toyota pick-up truck, packed his guitar and a few other belongings, and spent two months on the road looking inward and outward. His book Highway Blues tells the tale of that journey, and he speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan in advance of a book release event on June 28th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.

Shari Ulrich Live at KLCC

Mar 12, 2015

Shari Ulrich has been one of Canada’s pre-eminent folksingers and multi-instrumentalists, since emigrating from California during the time of the Vietnam War. She’s a two-time JUNO Award winner, inducted into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was named the 2014 Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She will perform at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, March 13th, with her children Julia Graff and Mike Magee; she’ll also perform in Corvallis on March 19th in the Southtown Concert Series.

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The Bee Eaters are a trio merging elements ranging from chamber music to bluegrass, jazz, pop and beyond. They include Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge, her brother Tristan Clarridge, cellist and five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and Simon Chrisman, a master of the hammer dulcimer. They have two CDs out, including their self-titled debut and its follow-up, Oddfellows Road. Before performing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, February 20th, and visited the KLCC studios for a live performance.

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Alice DiMicele celebrates the release of her thirteenth album, Swim, with a couple of performances in the KLCC listening region, including Thursday evening, January 29th at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and Friday evening, January 30th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.  Alice DiMicele stopped by the KLCC studios, along with Mikey Stevens, to perform three songs off of Swim.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach have been combining their musical talents in the roots and blues world for some years now, and after the success of their previous live album, Live from the Left Coast, they’ve decided to make another live one. They’re in the midst of recording several shows across Oregon, with a few special guests joining them along the way. Before recording at Tsunami Books in Eugene both Friday and Saturday night, January 16th and 17th, they came by KLCC for songs and conversation.

Crazy is a young adult novel by Linda Vigen Phillips, based on her experience of growing up in Klamath Falls with a mother suffering mental illness. She speaks to Eric Alan about overcoming the fear of mental illness, and how her book can help the conversation. She will appear in Eugene at Barnes and Noble on October 24th and at Tsunami Books on November 1st, and at the Book Bin in Corvallis on October 25th.

Melissa Hart, author of Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family, speaks with Eric Alan of her journey from bird rehabilitation to adoptive motherhood, and her renewed joy for the world as a result. She gives a reading and slide show at Tsunami Books in Eugene on August 16th. 

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Author Bill Sullivan, best known for his definitive Oregon hiking guides, has a new book of short stories out about Oregon's most quirky places and people. It's called The Oregon Variations, and its literary structure parallels the musical structures of Bach's Goldberg Variations. He speaks with Eric Alan before bringing his related slide show Oregon for the Curious to Eugene, Bend and Sunriver. 

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Portland songwriter Anne Weiss has merged folk with the blues and other influences, while Texas native  Beth Wood has brought her own songs to Eugene in recent years. Together, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios on the last day of KLCC's spring fund drive, before also performing together at Tsunami Books in Eugene, on Friday April 11th.

Seven local songwriters will perform during the Winter Songwriter’s Showcase at Tsunami Books in Eugene on February 9th, hosted by Phoebe Blume. She’s also releasing her new CD, Congregation of One. Music from her new release, and conversation with Eric Alan.

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The Caldera Songwriters present their second annual benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center, on Friday December 20th at Tsunami Books in Eugene. Two of the many performers that evening, Beth Wood and John Shipe, stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about the Caldera group and how the concert will assist the homeless served by the Egan Warming Center.

The Klezmonauts have been putting their eclectic international spin on klezmer music for a couple of decades now, and they’re celebrating the release of their new CD, The Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami. Before holding a CD release concert at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Sunday afternoon, December 15th,  Klezmonauts Jeremy Wegner and Ken Sokolov joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to spin a couple of tunes and talk about the music.

Vietnam: An Inner View

Oct 23, 2013

During his three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine, Mark C. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs, recorded home movies and sent long letters home, as well as being a soldier. His experience is coalescing into a multi-media project called Vietnam: An Inner View, which includes a movie, a memoir, a photobook and an album of songs created and recorded with Lea Jones. Welcome to the Jungle is a live presentation drawn from Vietnam: An Inner View at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, October 24th.