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Anyone who caught the national television debut of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats on The Tonight Show recently witnessed something special: the arrival of a force of nature. The song was titled "S.O.B." Rateliff, backed by his gritty band — which comes complete with an organist and a horn section — veered from whispery pleas to ecclesiastical howls.

Stephanie Helleckson, North Fork Community Chorus
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley now has a community chorus. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Stephanie Helleckson, the music director and conductor, of the new vocal group. 


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Felix Belmont
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Guinness World Records lists a 95-year-old woman from Ohio as the world’s oldest professional DJ. However, KVNF’s Felix Belmont turns 97 Sunday, June 28.

Felix has been a volunteer DJ at KVNF for over 35 years.

He hosts a program called Stop Time where he plays big band music from the 20's, 30's and 40's. And, he might just be the oldest volunteer DJ in public radio and...maybe the world.

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Felix ahead of his birthday. 

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

The first thing you notice when you get on Willie Nelson's tour bus is a pungent aroma. Parked outside a gigantic casino and performance venue in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson offers NPR's David Greene a joint, which Greene declines. Nelson says he understands.

roots, kvnf pledge drive 2015 spring
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many of are listeners aren't aware that what makes us special as a community radio station is our DJs.  All of the DJs you hear, playing the music that you love and that keeps you going through the day, they're all volunteers.  They come in when they can, they schedule their lives around our music shows, they are the roots of our programming.  Without them, this wouldn't be KVNF.
 

Quick survey: you're going to the Word Wide Rollers Tour, presented by a group of weed connoisseurs called the Smoker's Club. Among the featured performers is a rapper named Berner and a DJ named TreeJay. The tour poster shows a Smokey the Bear type blunting in the woods. What do you pack?

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 4 - Baskery, with opening act The Broke Down Van Jazz Band (aka Jon Hickam & Lindsay "Laser Kid" Kotowich)

Jeff Reynolds

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 3 - The Drew Emmitt Band with Simpler Times Bluegrass

Jeff Reynolds

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 2 - Miss Tess & The Talkbacks with Kipori Woods

Jeff Reynolds

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 1 - Shinyribs, with opening act Locust Honey

Afrolicious with audience members onstage
Jeff Reynolds

Week 4 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features the San Francisco-based dance-fusion collective Afrolicious, with opening act The Congress from Denver.

Fox Street
Jeff Reynolds

Week 3 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features Fox Street, with opening act The Gold Magnolias. Recorded Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

The Brothers Comatose
Jeff Reynolds

Week 2 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features The Brothers Comatose with opening act Finnders & Youngberg.  Recorded Thursday, June 12, 2014.

KVNF's Wednesday Morning Music Mix host Jeff Reynolds visits with legendary Texas singer-songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey, whose iconic 1972 self-titled album influenced almost every songwriter who came out of Texas in subsequent years. Ramsey's wife & musical partner Alison Rogers joins him. The two will perform in concert Friday, Oct. 18th in Montrose. The long-awaited 2nd album is previewed in the interview.

Atomga

Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, recorded 8/15/13, Paonia Town Park

Rob Miller

KVNF Live! Week 8 - recorded at the final concert of this year's Ridgway Concert Series, Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

Travis Bubenik, KVNF

On Thursday, June 28th, Oakland-based blues and soul crooners the California Honeydrops stopped into the KVNF studios for a live set. The band played later that night in Ouray as a part of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series.

Local artist John Hutchison shares his thoughts on "The Apocalypse" in this song & video.