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The world of popular music from gospel to rock - from country to reggae - from a different point of view.

Cyprus Avenue on KCUR has been hosted by Bill Shapiro since October 1978. The weekly radio show has aired on more than 50 stations in the U.S.

Shapiro is the author of The CD Rock and Roll Library and The Rock and Roll Review, both published by Andrews & McMeel. A native of Kansas City, Mo., and a tax and estate planner since 1962, Shapiro received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Please note that due to recording industry regulations, we are not able to offer on-demand audio of Cyprus Avenue playlists.

Meet Dave Cobb

Sep 9, 2016

You may not know Dave Cobb, but you might be familiar with his product…He’s a red-hot producer out of Nashville who's collaborated with contemporary music stars like Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell…and his work is featured on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Sturgill Simpson-        "Welcome To Earth"                          

Chris Stapleton-          "Traveler"                                                       

Bonnie Bishop-           "Be With You"                                   

A Janis Revival

Sep 1, 2016

If the great Janis Joplin were alive today what would she be singing? We’ll never know the real answer to that question, but you can relive her glory days on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Janis Joplin-     "Ball and Chain"                                

Janis Joplin-     "Cry Baby"                                                  

Janis Joplin- "Get It While You Can"                        

Janis Joplin- "Piece Of My Heart"                                 

A reunion of the iconic rock group the Byrds is not in the cards, but you’ll get the next best thing when we hear the music of former lead singer Roger McGuinn on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List

Roger McGuinn-         "King Of The Hill"                                         

           "Your Love Is A Gold Mine"                                                

The Byrds-                   "Eight Miles High"                             

Roger McGuinn-         "If We Never Meet Again"                                        

Leonard Live

Aug 18, 2016

Singer Leonard Cohen has made a significant contribution to contemporary music and thought…He’s described as uncompromising and urgent, and he’ll be singing on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Leonard Cohen -         "Dance With Me To The End Of Love"         

           "Light As The Breeze"                                      

           "Got A Little Secret"                                         


Still Alive at 75!

Aug 4, 2016

Singer Aaron Neville just turned 75 this week, and to celebrate he performed a concert in New York…and coming up, the celebration continues. He’ll be singing on Cyprus Avenue too.

Track List:

Aaron Neville -           "Be Your Man"                                               5:42

          "Hercules"                                                       4:10

          "I Know I’ve Been Changed"                        3:36

           "All Of The Above"                                        3:58

Bob Dylan has a frequent presence on Cyprus Avenue, but this week we’ll get a different take…it’s Dylan songs interpreted by gospel and soul singers…

Track List:

Dylan’s Gospel -               "Saturday Night"

O.V. Wright-                      "Blowin’ In The Wind"

Brook Benton-                  "Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright"

Solomon Burke-               "Maggie’s Farm"

Dylan’s Gospel-                 "All Along The Watchtower"   

The Neville Brothers-      "With God On Our Side"

Simply Frank

Jul 21, 2016

There’s a bit of surprise and delight coming up on this week’s Cyprus Avenue. We’ll spend an hour with “old blue eyes,” the iconic Frank Sinatra.


Frank Sinatra - "Saturday Night"                                            

"I’ve Got The World On A String"               

"Wee Small Hours"                                       

"Learnin’ The Blues"                                      

"I’ve Got You Under My Skin"                    

"Come Fly With Me"                                    

More New Summer Music

Jul 15, 2016

We're in the thick of the summer season, so you must be thirsty for some cool new music.  Right?  Well Bill Shapiro has some gems to get you through the dog days.

Track List:

The Avett Brothers                             Ain't No Man

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle              Tell Moses

Jake Bugg                                           On My One

Nathanielle Ratcliff                            I Need Never Get Old

The Avett Brothers                             Satan Pulls The Strings

Expectations for singer Roseanne Cash have always been high.  After all, she is the daughter of music legend Johnny Cash.  Her talent and drive have helped her live up to the inherited hype...and you will have an opportunity to witness her gift, as she’s coming to Kansas City to perform for the tenth anniversary of Cyprus Avenue's Live at the Folly Theater series on June 17th. Cyprus Host Bill Shapiro helps get you in the Roseanne mood on this week's show.

Track List:

Rosanne Cash - "A Feather’s Not A Bird"

The Brazilian Connection

Jul 7, 2016

The Summer Olympics are less than a month away and Cyprus Avenue celebrates the Brazilian connection. It’s an hour of great music with a Brazilian flavor on Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Bill Withers - "Lovely Day”

Aretha Franklin - “Walk On By”

Marvin Gaye - “Sexual Healing”

Billie Holiday - “You’ve Changed”

Sly & The Family Stone - “Family Affair”

Mel Torme – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Nina Simone - “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”

Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now”

The virtuosity of two great American music icons is on display this week. Paul Simon and Allen Toussaint have made tremendous contributions to the world of American popular music and beyond.  You don’t want to miss edition of Cyprus Avenue.


Bob Dylan - "Young At Heart”

Willie Nelson - “Love Is Here To Stay”

Bob Dylan - “Maybe You’ll Be There”

Willie Nelson - “But Not For Me”

Bob Dylan - “It Had To Be You”

Willie Nelson - “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

Bob Dylan - “Skylark”

If you’re a Jackson Browne fan you won’t want to miss this edition of Cyprus Avenue, as host Bill Shapiro and some very talented musical artists pay tribute to this talented singer.

Track List:

Don Henley - "These Days”

Paul Thorn - “Doctor My Eyes”

Indigo Girls - “Fountain Of Sorrow”

Jackson Browne - “Red Neck Friend”

Sara & Sean Watkins - “Your Bright Baby Blues”

Bob Schneider - “Running On Empty”

Lucinda Williams - “The Pretender”

Jackson Browne - “The Load Out/Stay”

Looking for some new music to add to your summer playlist? Cyprus Avenue has some great suggestions to help you make your summer tunes pop.

Track List:

Peter Wolfe - "Some Other Time”

Yarn - “Carolina Heart”

William Bell - “Born Under A Bad Sign”

Wild Ponies - “Tower and The Wheel”

Peter Wolfe - “Rolling On”

Ziggy Marley - “Heaven Can’t Take It”

William Bell – “All Your Stories”

Wild Ponies – “Mom And Pop”

Peter Wolfe – “Peace Of Mind”

Buddy Miller & Friends – “Wild Horses”

Prince- In Memorium

Apr 23, 2016

When you heard about Prince's untimely death, it's likely to become one of those occasions where you will always remember exactly what you were doing at the moment you heard the shockingly sad news.  On this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro pays tribute to an icon.

Track List:

Prince - "Controversy”

Prince - “Do Me Baby”

Prince - “Little Red Corvette”

Prince - “Kiss”

Prince - “Let’s Go Crazy”

Prince - “When You Were Mine”

Prince – “Take Me With You”

Prince – “When Doves Cry”

Boz Skaggs been called one of the greatest blue-eyed soul singers, with a discography that spans 50 years.  His remarkable career dates back to the late '60s with the Steve Miller Band, followed by a lengthy run of his own.  Twenty albums later Skaggs shows no signs of slowing down. 

Track List:

Boz Skaggs - "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl”

Boz Skaggs - “Rainy Night In Georgia”

Boz Skaggs - “Lido’s Shuffle”

Boz Skaggs - “Can I Change My Mind”

Boz Skaggs - “Dry Spell”

Boz Skaggs - “Corrina, Corrina”

Boz Skaggs – “Low Down”

The Fifth Beatle

Apr 2, 2016

You know them as John, Paul, George and Ringo...the legendary foursome  also known as the Beatles. But did you know there was a fifth Beatle, who never appeared on stage or on an album cover, yet had a major impact on popular music?  Find out who that was on this week's edition of Cyrus Avenue.

Track List:

The Beatles - "In My Life”

The Beatles - “Love Me Do”

The Beatles - “Yesterday”

The Beatles - “Good Day Sunshine”

The Beatles - “I Am The Walrus”

The Beatles - “Eleanor Rigby"

The Beatles – “Second Coming”

The Southern Troubadours…three musicians with different approaches to music, but when they take the stage together they create magic. They’re coming to Kansas City in April…and they’re featured on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Paul Thorn - "I Have A Good Day”

Ruthie Foster - “Singing The Blues”

Joe Ely - “I Had My Hopes Up High”

Ruthie Foster - “Brand New Day”

Paul Thorn - “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand”

Joe Ely - “She Leaves You Where You Are”

Ruthie Foster – “Second Coming”

Consistency and risk-taking have defined Bonnie Raitt's remarkable music. We’ll highlight the artistry, spanning the 45 year career of the ultra-talented Bonnie Raitt, on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Bonnie Raitt - "Give It Up”

Bonnie Raitt - “I Know”

Bonnie Raitt - “Love Has No Pride”

Bonnie Raitt - “Nick Of Time”

Bonnie Raitt - “Thing Called Love”

Bonnie Raitt - “Right Down The Line”

Bonnie Raitt – “Million Miles”

Bonnie Raitt – “Standing In The Doorway”

Bonnie Raitt – “I Knew”

Johnny Cash Unearthed

Mar 5, 2016

Two months after Johnny Cash died a box set of his music was released.  It included ballads, country classics and even some Bob Marley songs, rarities and alternative takes from Cash's recordings produced by Rick Rubin.  The deep musical vaults of Johnny Cash…on this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue.


Johnny Cash - "Long Black Veil”

Johnny Cash - “Two Timin’ woman”

Johnny Cash - “Understand Your Man”

Johnny Cash - “If I Give My Soul”

Johnny Cash - “Down The Line”

Johnny Cash - “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”

Back To The Beginning

Feb 20, 2016

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we’re taking you back to the early days of rock & roll…a time when most great music was less than three minutes…and you listened on your transistor radio.

 Track List:

Richie Valens - "Come On Let’s Go”

Johnnie Taylor - “Who’s Makin’ Love”

The Turtles - “It Ain’t Me Babe”

Big Bopper - “Chantilly Lace”

Mickey & Sylvia - “Opportunity To Cry”

Dion - “Wanderer”

Beach Boys – “Surfin’ Safari”

Frankie Ford – “Sea Cruise”

The Dells  – “Oh What A Night”

Sir Ivan Morrison

Feb 13, 2016

Not many rock stars have achieved knighthood status…Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Mick Jagger are members of the elite club…and now, meet its newest member…Sir George Ivan Morrison...

Track List:

Van Morrison - "Astral Weeks”

Van Morrison - “Haunts Of Ancient Peace”

Van Morrison - “Slim Slow Slider”

Van Morrison - “Wild Honey”

Van Morrison - “Madame George”

Van Morrison - “Satisfied”

Van Morrison – “Cyprus Avenue”

Singer Tom Jones hit the world stage in 1965 with a bang…and although his star has faded a bit over the years, the man can still wow a crowd with his vocal prowess.  Tom Jones is featured on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Tom Jones - "Just Dropped In”

Tom Jones - “Run On”

Tom Jones - “Bring It On Home”

Tom Jones - “Tower Of Song”

Tom Jones - “Opportunity To Cry”

Tom Jones - “Didn’t It Rain”

Tom Jones – “Why Don’t You Love Me Like…”

Tom Jones – “Ain’t No Grave”

Tom Jones  – “Elvis Presley Blues”

Return to Rock & Roll

Jan 23, 2016

If you’re fan of 60s and 70s rock & roll, this week’s Cyprus Avenue will absolutely blow you away.  It’s the return of Led Zepplelin on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Led Zeppelin - "Your Time Is Gonna Come”

Led Zeppelin - “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

Led Zeppelin - “Good Times Bad Times”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby (Live)”

Led Zeppelin - “Heartbreaker”

Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”

When you hear most music on the radio you are hearing the final version of a protracted studio session with many takes that are often left on the cutting room floor. Coming up on this week's Cyprus Avenue…it's the alternate takes of some of Dylan’s more popular tunes.

Track List:

Bob Dylan - "Tombstone Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Hwy 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan - “Queen Jane Approximately”

Bob Dylan - “Visions Of Johanna”

Bob Dylan - “Stuck Inside OF Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”

When you hear most music on the radio you are hearing the final version of a protracted studio session with many takes that are often left on the cutting room floor. Coming up on this week's Cyprus Avenue…it's the alternate takes of some of Dylan’s more popular tunes.

Track List:

Bob Dylan - "Tombstone Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Hwy 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan - “Queen Jane Approximately”

Bob Dylan - “Visions Of Johanna”

Bob Dylan - “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”

Start your New Year celebration early with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual party of live concert recordings. James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and more. 

Track List:

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Jerry Lee Lewis

“Can’t Turn You Loose” – Otis Redding

“Brother Rapp / Ain’t It Funky Now” – James Brown

“Like a Rolling Stone” – Jimi Hendrix

“Highway 61 Revisited” – Bob Dylan

“Cadillac Ranch” – Bruce Springsteen

“Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” – Neil Young

The Sounds Of Christmas

Dec 19, 2015

Ring in the holidays with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show… with Elvis Presley, Al Green, Darlene Love and more. 

Track List:

“White Christmas” – Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans

“Merry Christmas, Baby” – Elvis Presley

“Silver Bells” – Wilson Pickett

“I Wanna Spend Christmas with You” – Lowell Fulson

“Born in Bethlehem” – The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring Mavis Staples

2015 Favorites

Dec 5, 2015

As 20-15 winds down we all tend to reflect on the past year.  Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro is no different.  He describes 20-15 as a good year for music, and he serves up his favorites on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

T-Bone Burnett - "Kansas City”

Jerry Lawson - “Peace Like A River”

Van Morrison & Mavis Staples - “If I Ever Needed Someone”

Rhiannon Giddens - “She’s Got You ”

Chris Stapleton - “Parachute”

Chris Stapleton – “Tennessee Whiskey”

Don Henley - “Train In The Distance”

If you’re considering the gift of music for the holidays, there’s some great new offerings, including a gem from the King, and more.  Check it out on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Elvis Presley - "Burning Love”

Los Lobos - “Gates Of Gold”

Chris Isaak - “Kiss Me Like A Stranger”

Buddy Guy - “Born To Play Guitar ”

Brenna Whitaker - “It’s A Good Day”

Elvis Presley – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

Chris Isaak - “Please Don’t Call”

Los Lobos – “I Believed You So”

On November 9, 2015 we lost another great musician.  Allen Toussaint, a fixture in the New Orleans R&B scene, also a talented producer, writer and performer, died after appearing in concert in Madrid.  His rich legacy is the source of celebration on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Allen Toussaint - "Lover Of Love”

Aaron Neville - “Hercules”

Allen Toussaint - “Soul Sister”

Solomon Burke - “Get Out Of My Live Woman”

Allen Toussaint - “What Is Success”

Don Covey – “Everything I Do Is Goin’ To Be Funky”