Cyprus Avenue

Saturday 1 p.m.; Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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.

Bob Dylan The Crooner

Apr 6, 2017

Bob Dylan may not be your idea of a traditional crooner, but he has a special way of interpreting the classic lyrics from the American Song Book as you will hear on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

"I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans”

“Stormy Weather”

“Once Upon A Time”

“That Old Feeling”

“My One And Only Love”


“As Time Goes By” 

“How Deep Is The Ocean”

“The Best Is Yet To Come”

“P.S. I Love You”

“Day In, Day Out”

“Sentimental Journey”

In Memorial- Chuck Berry

Mar 21, 2017

While Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first pop star, Chuck Berry was its conceptual genius,.  Chuck Berry passed last week at age 90, and Cyprus Avenue pays tribute to the man who started it all.

Track List:


“Wee Wee Hours”

“No Money Down”

“Brown Eyed Handsome Man”

“Roll Over Beethoven”

“Too Much Monkey Business”

“School Day”

“Sweet Little 16”

“Night Beat”

“Don’t You Lie To Me”

“You Came A Long Way From St Louis”

“Jamaica Moon”

“St Louis Blues”

40 years ago, The Band gave a farewell concert that, to this day, is arguably the greatest concert ever.  Re-live the legendary “Last Waltz” on this week's  Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

"Theme From The Last Waltz”

“It Makes No Difference”

“Such A Night”

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

“Mystery Train”

“Mannish Boy”

“Further On”

“Forever Young”

“The Weight”

The Jefferson Airplane

Mar 9, 2017

The music of the Jefferson Airplane has been described as, "...a hallucinatory distillation of folk-blues vocals, garage-rock guitar and crisp pop songwriting."  Would you agree?  If your memory of this great band is a bit foggy, check out this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue.


Jefferson Airplane – “Bringing Me Down”                              

          “Chauffer Blues”

          “Somebody To Love     


         “White Rabbit”  

         “She Has Funny Cars”

Springtime Listening

Mar 3, 2017

Looking for some new music to add to your spring listening? Cyprus Avenue has some great suggestions to help you make your spring playlist pop…check it out!

Track List:

Bob Weir - "Only A River”

Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen - “To Live Is To Fly”

Bonnie Raitt - “What You’re Doin’ To Me”

Sean McConnell - “Holy Days”

Bob Weir - “Whatever Happened To Rose”

Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen – “Bird On A Wire”

Sean McConnell - “Beautiful Rose”

Alejandro Escovedo – “Farewell To The Good Times”

Thirteen years ago, singer-songwriter Sam Baker survived a terrorist bombing in Peru.  Since his miraculous recovery he’s been evolving as an artist…and the evolution continues on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

"Summer Wind”

“Same Kind Of Blue”

“The Slivered Moon”


“Love Is Patient”


“Pasture Fit For Thoroughbreds”

“Song Of Sunrise Birds”

“The Feast Of St. Valentine

“Moses In The Reeds”

“The Right Words”

“The Sunken City Rises”

“Peace Out”

Let Freedom Sing

Feb 16, 2017

Cyprus Avenue celebrates Black history month by taking you on an excursion through Black history via music.  It’s Let Freedom Sing coming up on Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

The Southern Sons – “Go Down Moses”

Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit”

Josh White – “Uncle Sam Says”

Pete Seeger – “If I Had A Hammer”  

The Staples Singers – “Why Am I Treated So Bad”

Brother Will Hairston – “The Alabama Bus”

Bob Dylan – “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”

Aretha Franklin – “Respect”

Country Gentlemen

Feb 10, 2017

Country music, once relegated to memories, roars back to life this weekend on Cyprus Avenue. It’s great music from George Jones, the Earls of Leicester (Lester) and more...

Track List:

Earls Of Leicester - "The Train That Carried My Girl From Town”

Bobby Bare - “Rosalie’s Good Eats Cafe”

Earls Of Leicester - “Flint Hill Special”

George Jones - “Detroit City”

Waylon Jennings - “Waymore’s Blues”

Earls Of Leicester - “Steel Guitar Blues”

Gary Stewart – “Drinking Thing”

If you’re a Jackson Browne fan you won’t want to miss this week’s tribute to the talented singer/songwriter on Cyprus Avenue.

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”

Van Alive

Jan 27, 2017

According to Singer Van Morrison, he does music from an introverted space…in an extrovert business. Coming up on Cyprus Avenue we take you back to 1973 to hear the extroverted side of Van Morrison, recorded live in concert.

Track List:

“I Come Running”

“I Just Wanna Make Love To You”

“Purple Heather”

“Hard Nose The Highway”

“Brown-Eyed Girl”


“Ain’t Nothing You Can Do”

“Wild Night”

“Into The Mystic”


“Cyprus Avenue”

Dance To The Music

Jan 20, 2017

In the early 60s and 70s, the music of Sly and the Family Stone inspired youthful rebellion and independence.  Nearly five decades later, their music is still vital. It’s Sly and the Family Stone on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

"I Just Learned How To Swim"

"Let Me Hear It From You"

“What Would I Do”

“Dance To The Music"

“Into My Own Thing”



“Everyday People”

“I Want To Take You Higher”

“Hot Fun In The Summertime”

“Everybody Is A Star”

Back To The Beginning

Jan 5, 2017

On this week's Cyprus Avenue we’re taking you back to the early days of rock & roll…a time when most of the great songs you heard were less than three minutes long…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 Best Of 2016

Dec 31, 2016

Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro says this year was a very good year for music…and he serves up his list of the best of 2016 on this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue .


Sturgill Simpson -       “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth”

Melissa Etheridge -     “Respect Yourself”

Rolling Stones -          “Commit A Crime”

Van Morrison -            “Keep Me Singing”

Madeleine Peyroux -   “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”

Tony Joe White -         “Hootchie Woman”

Melissa Etheridge -     “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”

Dear Jerry...

Dec 16, 2016

A group of all-star musicians gathered in Maryland back in May, 2015 to pay tribute to Jerome Garcia…you know him better as Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and that concert is the subject of this week's Cyprus Avenue.


David Grisman -            “Shady Grove”

Buddy Miller -                “Deal”

Jimmy Cliff -                  “The Harder They Come”

Los Lobos -                     “Bertha”

Bob Weir -                      “Ripple”

Trampled By Turtles - “Brown Eyed Woman”

Rude Cactus

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the undeniable genius of Ray Charles, and the tracks that defined his early recording career at Atlantic Records.


“Losing Hand”

“Mess Around”

“I’ve Got A Woman”

“Hallelujah I Love Her So”

“Lonely Avenue”

“I Want To Know”

“Leave My Woman Alone”

“Ain’t Misbehavin”

“It’s Alright”

“Swanee River Rock”

“(Night Time Is) The Right Time”

“What’d I Say Pts. I & II”

“I Believe It To My Soul”

“I’m Movin’ On”

Their obsession with the blues started nearly 55 years ago, and now the Rolling Stones have revived their original passions with a fitting new release that’s featured on this edition Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

The Rolling Stones-    "Just Your Fool"                                                        

The Rolling Stones-    "Commit A Crime"                                                    

The Rolling Stones-    "Blue And Lonesome"                                       

We’ll hear some great newly released music from Alicia Keys and St. Paul and The Broken Bones…plus a tribute to the late great Leon Russell coming up on Cyprus Avenue...

Track List:

Alicia Keys -   "In The Beginning"                                                     1:03

Alicia Keys -   "Blended Family"                                                       3:31

Alicia Keys -   "Work On It"                                                              3:34

Leonard Lately

Nov 4, 2016

Singer Leonard Cohen’s formula for producing a great song is to obsess over every lyric…and guess what…it works for him. Check out his new release “You Want It Darker” on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Leonard Cohen - "You Want It Darker”

Leonard Cohen - “Amen”

Leonard Cohen - “On The Level”

Leonard Cohen - “Different Sides”

Leonard Cohen - “If I Didn’t”

Leonard Cohen - “Darkness”

Leonard Cohen – “Leaving The Table”

Leonard Cohen – “Banjo”

Leonard Cohen – “Traveling Light”

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 edition of 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”

You know Melissa Etheridge’s music…but did you know she’s from Leavenworth…and she can really sing soul music?  That’s right…soul music. 

Track List:

The Staples Singers-               “Respect Yourself”

Melissa Etheridge-                 “Respect Yourself”

Johnnie Taylor-                      “Who’s Making Love”

Melissa Etheridge-                “Who’s Making Love”

Sam & Dave-                          “Hold On I’m Comin’”

Melissa Etheridge-                “Hold On I’m Comin’”

On this week's Cyprus Avenue we trace the musical history of “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen through his new release Chapter and Verse...

Track List:

Bruce Springsteen -     "Baby I"                                 

                          "Grown Up"                                                   

            "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"                           

            "The River"                                        

            "Ballad Of Jessie James"                                            

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"