As part of Fresh Track's 20th Anniversary, we are asking listeners to send us the names of artists they discovered on Fresh Tracks, and thoughts about the show. Here are some of the excellent submissions we've received so far, plus reflections on being a Fresh Tracks listener.
I discovered Eilen via KLCC... request you play more.
Not often do I desire to live in Eugene instead of Bend.....but oh, how I would love to be able to attend the party tonight!!! Can't do it, but I can send my many thanks for the music and the live commentary I find on KLCC when I listen to Fresh Tracks....saved this radio junkie!! Thank you, I really need the fix I receive from you all!!
I have discovered so many new to me artists and have been so thrilled to hear ones that I love and that are not played on mainstream stations. Go 'Dudes! Love Delbert! Brandi Carlisle, Caty Curtis, Rodney Crowell and the occasional Boz (my all time favorite) Skaggs.................way too many more to mention!
Thank you...and I was impressed by how many Bendites responded......I tell everyone I see about 88.1 and proudly display my KLCC sticker on my car!
Have fun at the party and have one for me!
Thanks for all the GREAT music you play; the new artists I've heard about through you are too numerous to mention, but the ones I love the most have been Angelique Kidjo, Amadou and Mariam, lots of world beat, and PHish. Thanks so much for keeping it lively during the day and always surprising me with your choices.
I've been listening to KLCC and Freshtracks for about 5 years now since I've moved to Oregon from Nebraska. I didn't realize how good public radio could be. Back in Nebraska the public radio is all news and classical music, which is nice, but very limiting, and I believe severely cuts down on the audience. Then when I heard fresh tracks my eyes were opened.
Where to begin?
I have been a listener for umpteen years, more than 20 that's for sure!
And I have seen/heard the great changes that have developed along those years.
When Liz started it was a nice change. Its seems like an amazing feat to try to remember back to all the new artisits she has brought to us for our listening pleasure. And then the addition of Tom to the mix... WOW! Now that makes for a great day!
From your old antiquated digs in the country to your new city location, things have just gotten better on Fresh Tracks. ( and all of KLCC I must say) vinyl ,tapes and CD'S and into to the future of music , we are so lucky to have you playing the best of the best and the newest.
Congratulations on 20 years of a great program!!! And thanks for all you do for our community. KLCC is one of the Best things about Eugene, Lane County,Oregon
and now streaming everywhere !
Music that I have been inspired to purchase after your show:
Michael Franti and Spearhead
The list goes on and on, it makes me feel old! But its a fun list!
Moved to OR from FL in 1990....it was actually Rooster's Blues Power I can thank for turning me on to Fresh Tracks. I discovered Blues Power while looking for a place to live in Corvallis, decided I liked it so much I left the radio on that station and to my delight, heard Fresh Tracks on the Monday after Blues Power. The setting has never been changed in my car radio!!!! After years of canned radio I discovered Widespread Panic, Cesaria Evora, Cowboy Junkies, Olu Dara, Bruce Cockburn, Curtis Salgado, John Hiatt and a million others. Thanks to everyone on Fresh Tracks! May it never end!!
Song I heard on Fresh Tracks years ago: Nikka Costa - Everybody's Got Their Something!
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Bird and the Bee
Poi Dog Pondering
Thanks for all of the great tracks. Keep up the good work.David
Monte Montgomery (When Will I)!
Here's some more:
Assembly of Dust
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
I could go on...
Happy 20th Anniversary! I've enjoyed the last ten of those years.
Some of the new artists I've heard for the first time, Calexico, The Duhks and Michael Franti. Two out of the three I have purchased their CD and I will acquire the third.
One of the things I appreciate about KLCC Fresh Tracks is you don't play the same songs over and over and play more than one song off a CD. We never know what we're going to hear next. The commercial stations play the same songs over and over again in four hour blocks.
There are many artists I know about, but they don't get very much air play on commercial station, such as Toni Childs, Steve Winwood and Susan Tedeschi.
I listen to you every weekday at work in Boise, Idaho, I actually wish you'd start earlier than 10:00 my time.
Keep up the good work.
Happy 20th Birthday Fresh Tracks!
Afro-Celt Sound System
Fresh Tracks is my favorite! Been listening for many years.
Just quickly off the top of my head I can think of these:
The Cat Empire
I know there have been many others. Keep the Fresh Tracks coming, it's my number one source of new (to me) music. That and my 19 year old son. ;^)
Songs I heard on Fresh Tracks and liked enough to buy on iTunes!
Over fifteen years ago, The Rooster turned us on to The Iguanas.
When I heard the foot-tapping music and catchy lyrics of Orange Blossoms I had to know who this was. Turns out I have been missing lots of good music over the years from JJ Grey (and MoFro).
Thanks to Fresh Tracks this CD is in now my collection and this artist is one of my favorites.
Where does one start? In twenty years there has been so many. Recent
Dear Liz and the KLCC Music Department,
LeRoy Bell and his only friends
Dave Matthews Band
The Neville Brothers
Tuck and Patti
and many many many more!
- Liz Wise