DJ Mike

Michael McAllister has been deeply involved in music for over 30 years.  He earned his BA in Music from The University of North Texas (Cum Laude '94), and upon graduation, embarked on a career in teaching and performance.  Michael has taught guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, saxophone, voice, and DJing both privately and at the college level, and still performs live as a singer/songwriter and a live DJ.  In that time he has produced 2 entire albums (Cosmic Accident 2004, 2007) and contributed to countless others. He is currently the KSJD Music Director.

The Staves are an English indie folk trio of sisters whose music is expanding the boundaries of folk with deeply personal and profound subject matter. KSJD's Music Director Mike McAllister talked with one of the sisters, Camilla Staveley-Taylor, about the evolution of The Staves, their amazing new album Good Woman, and how they have survived the COVID pandemic.

Singer, songwriter, and activist Raye Zaragoza has been called "one of the most politically relevant artists in her genre" by Paste Magazine. KSJD Music Director Mike McAllister spoke with her about the events and experiences that inspire her music, and her new release "Woman In Color."

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Coming from humble roots in the Lone Star State, singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has built a career around her amazing voice, leading her to share stages with Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers, and Susan Tedeschi.

Bettye LaVette has enjoyed a lifetime of musical performance, and even now in her 70s is producing incredible new interpretations of familiar songs. KSJD's Music Director Mike McAllister spoke with Bettye about her career in music and her new album "Blackbirds" which features covers songs primarily by her peers, other Black women in music who she respected and admired.

KSJD's DJ Mike talks with singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix about her Project 5 series, the Own Your Own Universe music education project she is involved with, and her latest album "Talk To A Human".