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.

Richard Thompson @ The Folly

Apr 28, 2013

On June 6 Cypress Avenue will feature Richard Thompson at the Folly Theater in Cypress Avenue Live. This week on program, we look at Thompson's storied recording career.

Atlantic Records: 1959-1975

Apr 13, 2013

A look at the legacy of Atlantic Records, and the lesser-known artists the studio produced, this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Rhythm To The Rhythms 2001-2002

Apr 12, 2013

The second installment in a series looking back at the arc of popular music since the year 2000.

Madeleine, Mary, & Iris

Mar 30, 2013

Three powerful female singer-songwriters this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell, & Angels

Mar 24, 2013

A look at new and previously unreleased material Hendrix produced before his untimely death.

Boz Scaggs: Memphis

Mar 16, 2013

New and classic music from Boz this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Rhythm To The Rhythms 2000

Mar 10, 2013

A new series focusing on the arc of popular music since the year 2000.


Mar 2, 2013

New music from Terry Allen, Tom Jans, and duo Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale.

Aaron Neville: My True Story

Feb 24, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, an exploration of Aaron Neville's new release My True Story - an album of early rock 'n roll and doo-wop covers.

Townes Van Zandt: Sunshine Boy

Feb 17, 2013

An exploration of the new release Sunshine Boy, which contains unreleased and demo tracks from the height of Townes Van Zandt's recording career.

New Blues

Feb 10, 2013

Traditional blues music has influenced generations of musicians, but is it still alive in this modern era?  On this week's Cyprus Avenue, we explore new releases from Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite and Gary Clark Jr. that keep the blues tradition going strong.


Feb 3, 2013

A survey of Bill Shapiro's favorite new releases.

The Beatles: Their 12 Greatest Songs

Jan 19, 2013

Rolling Stone has compiled a list of The Beatles' 100 greatest songs. 

Dan Penn: The Sound Of Muscle Shoals

Jan 12, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the career of a man who was once described as the "secret hero" of 1960's R&B music.

2012: The Year They All Came Back

Jan 11, 2013

The year 2012 brought new releases by some of the biggest names in popular music.  Bill Shapiro shares some highlights.

Annual New Years Concert

Dec 31, 2012

Bill Shapiro brings you the annual end-of-the-year "ultimate concert experience."

Annual Holiday Show

Dec 23, 2012

It's that time of year again.

2012 Favorites

Dec 8, 2012

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings of 2012.

Art Garfunkel: The Singer

Dec 1, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a retrospective look at the solo and collaborative work of Art Garfunkel. 

Paul Simon: Live In New York

Nov 24, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at Paul Simon’s latest release - a live album recorded in New York’s historic Webster Hall.

Warren Zevon: A Remembrance

Nov 17, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, an intimate look at the early demos, and final recordings of Warren Zevon.

Country Funk: 1969-1975

Nov 3, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, slinking bass lines, brass section breakdowns, and pedal lap steel?  An aural expedition into the world of country funk music via a new compilation release from Light In The Attic Records.

Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

Oct 27, 2012

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.

Echoes From Britain: Tom Jones & Van Morrison

Oct 20, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, new releases from two giants of popular music - Van Morrison and Tom Jones.

Rosanne Cash Returns

Oct 13, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a career spanning look at Rosanne Cash, the latest artist coming to town for Bill Shapiro’s “Live at the Folly Theater Series.”


Oct 6, 2012

On this week's Cyprus Avenue, a survey of music from artists Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings, Los Lobos & more.

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, Hillbilly Music: Vol. 5

Sep 15, 2012

This week, Cyprus celebrates the American tradition of hillbilly music. Below, the playlist for this week's show.

We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen At 62

Sep 8, 2012
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This week's Cyprus features the music of The Boss, from his early songs to his latest from the album Wrecking Ball.

Jerry Lee Lewis: 'The Killer' Live

Sep 1, 2012
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This week's Cyprus featured the music of American rock icon Jerry Lee Lewis, aka The Killer.

Jimmy Cliff: Then & Now

Aug 25, 2012
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This week Cyprus featured the music of Jimmy Cliff, from the songs of 1972's The Harder They Come to those from his new album Rebirth.