Small Studio Sessions
On the first Tuesday of each month, WFYI's Small Studio Sessions releases a new session featuring musicians playing sets in the WFYI Small Studio. You might see bands or musicians you haven’t heard of yet or well-known artists. Small Studio features a mix of genres, with an emphasis on giving local & regional musical talent a chance to shine. Scroll through this page for every session, with both audio and video versions.
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Check in with each Small Studio Session by taking a visit to the Small Studio blog from WFYI's Jill Ditmire!
Meet the producer behind WFYI's Small Studio Sessions in this interview from Sky Blue Window.
WFYI’s Small Studio Sessions is made possible by The Herbert Simon Family Foundation and with support from neat-o Art Shop and Sun King Brewery.
Jan 09, 2018
Listen in to this special Small Studio presentation - Small Studio Shortcuts, The Best of 2017. This special features preview selections of our full Sessions along with features and behind the scenes info on the bands. We'll listen to selections from Bullet Points, Wife Patrol, Tyron Cooper, Richard Edwards, Clint Breeze and the Groove and more - all Indiana based musicians and bands, producing and playing original music.
Small Studio is made possible with a grant from The Herbert Simon Family Foundation with additional support from Neat O Art Shop and Sun King Brewery.
Dec 04, 2017
A Small Studio Sessions performance from indie rock group, Pravada. Indianapolis based Pravada was one of the pioneers of the Fountain Square music scene over a decade ago, and they continue to innovate and push their sound forward. Listen in after the set for an interview with the band from WFYI's Jill Ditmire.
Nov 07, 2017
Indianapolis based singer songwriter Crescent Ulmer is WFYI's November 2017 Small Studio Session performer. In this contemplative acoustic set, Crescent explores issues of growth and change through tender and reflective storytelling.
Oct 03, 2017
With seven talented musicians, Indianapolis based Clint Breeze and the Groove is making a big impact on the Indy music scene. The band blends hip hop and soul - along with a major emphasis on the art form that brought the group together - jazz. Set list: 1. Razorblades, 2. 3 AM., 3. Status Quo, 4. Crosswalks. Small Studio is made possible by a grant from The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, and with support from Neat O Art Shop and Sun King Brewery.
Sep 05, 2017
Indianapolis based indie rock musician Vess Ruhtenberg is a veteran of esteemed local and national bands like Zero Boys, The Pieces, United States Three, and The Lemonheads. But now, Vess is going solo. This analog set features several songs from Ruhtenberg's latest album "Tremendous Downtime." Track List: 1. Soda Machine 2. Grease is the Word 3. Feel the Sunrise 4. on a rug on the floor in the afternoon 5. It's Ok to Try New Things 6. One Van Against
Aug 01, 2017
Rob Dixon & Triology is our August 2017 Small Studio Sessions band. Rob Dixon is known as the "Mayor" of the Indianapolis jazz scene and has a stellar reputation across the country as an accomplished musician, composer and educator. In this session, you'll hear four original compositions from Rob and his band. Indianapolis based drummer Richard "Sleepy" Floyd and keyboardist Steven Jones joined Rob for the set. 1. Predator Font 2. Ten Thousand Ships 3. White River, Black Sky 4. 10X
Jul 11, 2017
If you ask the musicians of Eliot Bigger to classify their sound, you'll get a mix of progressive, tech, and classic rock, along with a bit of pop and even a hint of classical drumming. Guitarist/vocalist Kara Tucker, guitarist Joel Tucker, bassist Jameson Rhodes, and drummer Erin Jeter formed Eliot Bigger around an Indianapolis home fireplace in 2012. In this Small Studio Session you'll hear songs from their debut album, Murals. Track List: 1. 1934, 2. Paffos, 3. Jane Doe, 4. Murals, and 5. Robot Suicide
Jun 06, 2017
Richard Edwards, former member of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, debuted his first solo album this spring; “Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset”. Over the past couple of years Edwards has had quite the personal journey with illness and heartbreak which is present in his writing. Edwards joined us in our Small Studio featuring songs from his album, and also new songs from an upcoming album.
May 02, 2017
The members of Bigfoot Yancey don't like to categorize their music. They jokingly call it part blues-part "city" billy. You'll hear a well-blended version of Americana, roots, blues, folk, country and rock in the Indianapolis-based band's sound.
Apr 04, 2017
Listen in to WFYI's April Small Studio Session - featuring Indianapolis based alt rock trio, Wife Patrol.
Mar 07, 2017
If you've watched any of the locally produced documentaries on WFYI 1 TV then you have probably heard the music of our March Small Studio Session performer. Tyron Cooper is an Emmy award winning composer and assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at IU Bloomington.
Feb 07, 2017
WFYI's February Small Studio Session features Indianapolis-based blues/soul act "Tad Robinson Band." Tad is a seven-time Blues Music Award nominee; his song "Rained All Night" was nominated for Blues Song of the Year at the 2011 Blues Music Awards. You can hear that song and three more in this bluesy and soulful Small Studio Session. Stay tuned after the session for an interview with Tad from WFYI's Jill Ditmire.
Jan 10, 2017
WFYI's January Small Studio Session features Indianapolis alt-rock band Bullet Points.
Dec 06, 2016
December’s Small Studio Session performer is Indiana-based singer-songwriter, Jennie DeVoe.
Nov 01, 2016
Grammy award winning, Indiana based songwriter Carrie Newcomer stops by WFYI's Small Studio.
Oct 04, 2016
Listen in to our October Small Studio Session, featuring Indianapolis electroclash act “Andy D.”
Sep 06, 2016
September’s Small Studio Sessions features Indianapolis based singer songwriter Brett Wiscons with guest musicians Rob Dixon & Julie Ann Hess.
Aug 02, 2016
WFYI’s August Small Studio Session features Indianapolis blues musician Gordon Bonham.