Music

Indiana band and Dayton-based artist Ridge Clint Higgins are among the over 30 participants in this year's Songwriters Solstice fundraiser at Ghostlight Coffee to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.  They visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event to perform live on Excursions and spoke with Niki Dakota about their musical roots and more.

Songwriters Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee. 

The members of Gran Bel Fisher returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Yellow Springs for a live in-studio performance on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming record and the Kickstarter campaign to support it.

Gran Bel Fisher will perform at Peaches in Yellow Springs on December 20th.

In its second year, Songwriters' Solstice is two evenings of music to benefit the Dayton foodbank.  The event is the brainchild of songwriter Kevin Milner, and he and two of the performers, Reyna Spears and Ramblin' Mac Williams, visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the upcoming weekend of music.

Songwriters' Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton's South Park Neighborhood.

Willy Clark's musical career began with busking, which is how WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota first experienced his music.  Clark visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked with Dakota about songwriting and his musical journey.

Willy Clark will perform at One Eyed Jackson on Saturday, December 20th.

On a previous visit to the WYSO studios, Tony Herdman and Charlie Tipton talked about traveling to Nashville to record an EP.  90 Miles to Nashville is now ready for release, and Herdman, Tipton and Alyssa Hanson visited the WYSO studios to talk about the recording process and perform songs both from the release and Tipton and Hanson's band, Blackbirds.

The release party for 90 Miles to Nashville is December 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton and will feature performances from the Tony Red Band, Blackbirds and Old Stage Renegades.

In addition to playing a lot of great shows in 2014, Trey Stone and the Ringers have been busy recording a new holiday EP, Sing About Christmas.  The band visited the WYSO studios to debut many of the songs on Kaleidoscope and were joined by Justin Howard from the Black Box Improv Theater to talk about their upcoming holiday version of Black Box's Improv Musical show.

Trey Stone and the Ringers will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the Black Box Improv Theater's holiday Improv Musical.

Returning guest Dave Obenour joins Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in studio to talk about some of the artists, new and old, featured in the latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine, a national music and culture magazine based in part in Dayton, Ohio.

The latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine with Shabazz Palaces on the cover is available now at local stores.  Find Ghettoblaster online at http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/

Mai Hernon came by traditional Irish music in her home town whereas her husband Mick McEvilly got to know the genre by listening to the radio.  The duo visited the WYSO studios for a live set on The Dear Green Place and chatted with host Cindy Funk about their musical journey.

Delivering the album to the WYSO Studios just in time for Wednesday premieres, Trey Stone visited Excursions to share some songs from his new holiday album and talk with Niki Dakota about the whirlwind process of writing and recording "Sing About Christmas."

"Sing About Christmas" by Trey Stone and the Ringers is available now.

Jason Trout began writing songs at a very early age. Performing with a variety of bands over the years, Trout has recently shifted his focus to releasing music as a solo artist under his own name.  Jason Trout visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording.

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