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In Your Ear

Discover the "in the moment" creativity, inspiration and soul of live music.

Howard Levy and Chris Sielbold
Howard Levy
Episode 5 of In Your Ear features Tarheel tunesmith Jonathan Byrd, diatonic harmonica wizard and Flecktone Howard Levy with guitarist Chris Siebold, and Orange County’s own folk/pop standout Jesse Harper and friends.
  • We first enjoyed the thoughtful story songs of North Carolina son of a preacher man and Gulf War veteran Jonathan Byrd when he played our concert series solo nearly a dozen years ago. He’s spent the last two decades sharing his gift of telling small, simple, human stories in an eloquent and elegant way.
  • This show spotlights the New England collective known as Crocodile River Music, a talented and diverse collaborative dedicated to preserving and celebrating traditional African culture.
  • This edition of the show featured a refreshing hour with Tarheel songstress and cellist Shana Tucker and her engaging accompanist Christian Tambur. Together they brought us a tasteful sampling of what’s been dubbed ChamberSoul, that weaves jazz, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B into melodies that might echo in your head for days.
  • The music you’ll hear on this show is hard to put in any kind of cubbyhole as it represents the attempt of two Texas born musicians to make some kind of musical sense of the world as we know it.

About In Your Ear

In Your Ear is a live performance radio series created completely in RVA. It features highlights of JAMinc's house-style concert series held monthly before the pandemic in the acoustically perfect confines of In Your Ear Studio A in Shockoe Bottom. Former board member Robbin Thompson and his partner Carlos Chafin collaborated with JAMinc in 2004 to launch these musical close encounters and we're now well beyond the century mark in total concerts with highlights from most of them available here on VPM Music for live streaming. Since social distancing has relaxed, we've begun staging concerts in other venues including Hardywood Brewing's Barrel Room and the Tin Pan. Be listening for exciting live recordings from these performances.

In Your Ear is produced and hosted by JAMinc president Tim Timberlake. The genre range is a wide one, from roots, folk, blues and bluegrass to piano jazz, bolero and even Turkish pop. JAMinc is grateful to VPM Music for affording us the opportunity to share this music with its listeners, either on air or online. We hope you'll join us either way...or maybe both! We would like to sincerely thank our current underwriters for In Your Ear: Digital Video Group, Threshold Counsel PC, Fralin Pickups, Virginia Humanities/Virginia Folklife Program, the Robbin Thompson Endowment for Youth in Music, the Scott Street family, JAMinc founder Wally Thulin, the Graduate Hotel Richmond and the members of VPM.