Safe & Sound: A Celebration Of Vermont Music

Saturdays, 6 p.m.
  • Hosted by Mary Engisch

Every album, every song, every chord has a story inside it. Each week, VPR brings you compelling music from all corners of Vermont, and explores the stories behind the songs. Find out what inspires Vermont artists, ideas behind the music and upcoming collaborations and performances.

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Anna Ste. Marie

This episode of Safe & Sound has Vermont music about dolphin adoration, monsters and shapeshifters, plus whiskey and spinning planets. We also get a behind-the-curtain glimpse of how Ripton artist Sarah King digs in to write her dark Americana folk ballads.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This episode shines a musical spotlight on Vermonters like Maiz Vargas, KeruBo and Damascus Kafumbe, whose musical influences stem from multicultural lived experiences and communities. These Vermont artists perform Latin rock, jazz, reggae and traditional music and they'll share their expertise and talents. Plus, we'll be treated to never-before-heard new releases from Vargas' band Mal Maiz and get a sneak peek at a project that KeruBo, is working on now!

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Sage Horsey

This episode of Safe & Sound features new tracks from Moonwake (Josh Weinstein’s project when he isn’t playing bass with Kat Wright) and Chipmunk Economy, the Brattleboro-area band that got back together after 10 years to create 10 new songs. Plus we'll get a behind-the-scenes look and listen into Peg Tassey’s new single, “Winter Comes,” complete with sounds of loons and crunching snow and ice.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This episode of Safe & Sound: VPR's Celebration Of Vermont Music hops from folk to surf rock, atmospheric beats and Celtic music to pop in a musical spin around the state. These Vermont artists record all alone in home studios, like Chicky Stoltz and in Vermont studios, like Owl Stars and The Wet Ones!

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This episode of Safe & Sound boasts tons of new music for 2021, including a track from a surf-guitar concept album about dolphins, a fresh song from Deejay Craig Mitchell's latest collaboration called San Mateo, plus new Jesse Taylor Band, Luminous Crush, Pete's Posse and Clever Girls!

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

MLK Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 18. In this episode of Safe & Sound, we'll focus on songs and spoken word that raise awareness around social and racial inequality and songs of hope.

Join VPR this Saturday at 6 p.m., and hear Vermont artists recorded by Deejay Craig Mitchell last year for the special Safe & Sound episodes titled, Vermont Voices For Change. In those episodes, Mitchell asked Vermont artists of color to talk about their own experiences with racial injustices living and working in the state. Hear songs and spoken word from A2VT, Matthew Evan Taylor, KeruBo, 99 Neighbors, Ferene Paris Meyer, Deejay Craig Mitchell, Reuben Jackson, Dwight & Nicole, Myra Flynn and  more.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

Plenty of new releases this week on Safe & Sound for the new year, including couchsleepers, Marcie Hernandez, Patti Casey and The Young Love Scene!

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

Join VPR for an hour of traditional and original takes on holiday songs from Vermont artists, like Dwight & Nicole, Julia Beerworth, Aaron Flinn and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Plus, we'll hear more about how to ring in 2021 with several virtual New Year's Eve festivals and events - like First Night North and Highlight House Party -  that will bring your favorite Vermont musicians, bands, performers and speakers directly to you via live-streaming.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This episode features Vermont musicians and music folk sharing their favorite Vermont music picks! We'll hear suggestions from Russ Lawton, Cricket Blue, Eric Bushey, Ezra Oklan, Matt DeLuca, Deejay Craig Mitchell, Andre Maquera and more!

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

In this episode of Safe & Sound: A Celebration of Vermont Music, we'll hear from musician and music therapist Marcie Hernandez with a new song she penned after a few long, cold winters. Also, Deejay Craig Mitchell has a new project with a former Grace Potter & The Nocturnals member plus we’ll ease into the holidays with a track from the new, “Christmas from Burlington” album featuring holiday classics and new songs from Joshua Glass & Friends.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

In this episode, we'll hear music from Vermont artists Pete Sutherland, Conniption Fits, Eben Ritchie and more plus we’ll hear from the lead singer from the band, the couchsleepers. The pandemic cut short a big tour for the band but hastened a trip back into the studio to record a new album, due out in January 2021.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This year, as we try to protect ourselves and those we love against COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, the holidays will take on a different look and feel. While we are apart, we can lean on the memories of holidays past! In this episode, Safe & Sound offers up an hour of Vermont music celebrating celebrations themselves. We'll play Vermont artists singing songs about food and drink and celebrations, plus plenty of tunes focusing on gratitude and a positive attitude.

Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

Safe & Sound is VPR's celebration of Vermont music. VPR's Bryant Denton talks with James Lockridge of Big Heavy World. Lockridge encourages folks to purchase local music and merchandise from small, independently owned record stores, all part of #HearVermont initiative.

This episode features a radio premiere from blues rocker Dave Keller, new music from Leatherbound Books and shines a spotlight on musicians and acts who hail from the Northeast Kingdom.

And you can hear Safe & Sound on VPR's Replay Stream. Find the audio player here.

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Bryant Denton / VPR

  

It's a 70-degree night in November in Vermont, which compared to most 2020 headlines, is somehow still remarkable. What's more interesting though, is the fact that I'm witnessing a band warm up for soundcheck right in front of me.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

Safe & Sound is VPR's celebration of Vermont music and this episode finds more familial ties within the state's music scene. From neo-classical to swing to indie rock, we'll explore music from bands with members who are related!

VPR's Safe & Sound celebrate Vermont music of all kinds and this episode explores some familial connections shared amongst Vermont musicians and artists! Some are sibling duos, others are parents and offspring and still more are partners. Plus, this episode features a preview of a new song penned by Danny LaFrancois, lead singer from Danny & The Parts.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

Safe & Sound is VPR's celebration of Vermont music. The episode, we’ll listen in to back-to-back tracks from Vermont artists at various stages in their musical lives.

Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

This episode of Safe & Sound: A Celebration Of Vermont Music celebrates host Mary Engisch's birthday by unwrapping Vermont-made songs suggested by Vermont artists! We asked folks on the Vermont music scene to recommend their favorite local singers and bands and they delivered!

Anna Ste. Marie, VPR


Safe & Sound is VPR's celebration of Vermont music and this week, we'll hear brand new music from REDAdmiral plus a 50-year-old nugget from The Thunderbolts.

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Anna Ste. Marie, VPR

 

Safe & Sound is a weekly program on VPR celebrating Vermont artists and performers. In this episode, we hear from a Vermont cidery that is keeping live performances going during the pandemic, plus music from Dwight & Nicole, Antara, couchsleepers, Clever Girls and a brand new track from Sarah King!

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