Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

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Mandolin, fiddle, and banjo players performing on an outdoor stage
Christine Dean for KUMD

Trampled by Turtles' first show at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth since reuniting after a hiatus to release their latest album, Life is Good on the Open Road, drew a sell-out crowd of around 10,000.

Man wearing sunglasses and wearing a leather jacket
Nate Ryan

Christine Dean of KUMD had a chance to talk with Gary Louris of Minnesota band the Jayhawks on June 29, 2018. They discussed what it was like for the Jayhawks to work as the backing band for Ray Davies of the Kinks on two of his recent albums, Americana and Our Country. Louris also talked about the

Jayhawks' next release, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, which features tunes he co-wrote with and for other bands as well as a couple of all-new songs.

Three men standing with one woman in a radio studio
Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

Man in a hat sitting on a stool playing guitar in a radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our sessions with this young Duluth musician, known for his unvarnished solo folk performances, his fiddle playing at traditional dances, his occasional collaborations with Charlie Parr, and his work with local band Yester. He'll release his first full-length solo album of American folk songs at Amazing Grace on Saturday, June 23. He joined us on  June 19, 2018 to talk about the album and share some tunes.

Man standing on stage with hands raised in front of a row of guitars
used with permission

KUMD's Christine Dean had a chance to chat with this renowned folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller in this interview that aired June 9, 2018 on Folk Migrations. They talked about his most recent album, Ghost Light, which is McCutcheon's 39th release, as well as about his next project in honor of what would have been his friend and mentor Pete Seeger's 100th birthday. McCutcheon performs at Sound in Duluth on June 16 at 8pm.

Man playing guitar and woman singing into a microphone in radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

We were happy to welcome this husband-and-wife duo back to our studios on June 13, 2018.  The Seattle twosome was awarded Best Jazz Act 2017 by the Seattle Weekly. They shared tunes from their recently-released fifth studio album of vintage jazz with a modern twist, When You're Smiling and talked about the making of the album.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl 

Man playing and acoustic guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with Michael Ferrier of this Minneapolis indie folk/rock band from May 11, 2018. They've released three albums, most recently 2017's Asilomar. We chatted with Michael about the making of that album and he shared solo versions of a couple of songs from it live in the studio.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Fathom Lane

Man holding a guitar above his head
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    While there’s no shame in calling Homegrown and snipping off the wristband after Saturday night,  Brunch and Recovery Sunday is there for those who need it.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 7

May 6, 2018
Four band members wearing suit coats and jumping in the air
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

  A gorgeous morning drew a sizeable crew to Chester Park bright and early (in rock star time) for a Rock and Run at Chester Park to begin Homegrown, Day 7.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 6

May 5, 2018
Man crowd surfs with a guitar pick in his mouth
Michael Mayou for KUMD

  Most buzzed-about happenings of Homegrown, Day 6, roughly in order:  Fred Tyson in a homemade, kiddy-car style Cadillac propelled by Chad Lyons (of the Bottle Jockeys) in drag causing a commotion up and down Superior Street. Crazy cool laser projections of the Homegrown Chicken on the side of Blacklist. The Latelys set at the Rex. Fortunately, unlike in the early days of Homegrown, if you missed any of these things, there’s plenty of social media documentation to get you up to speed.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 5

May 4, 2018
Singer of the band holds up his guitar yelling out in excitement.
Stevie Twining for KUMD

      Homegrown Day 5 opened with an unofficial festival event that’s been happening so long they might as well put it in the field guide next year. SoupB4Supe offered up delicious soups ranging from vegan hot and sour to potato jalapeno and a warm communal feel as Homegrown musicians and fans mingled in the kitchen, on the porch, at the foosball table, or in the backyard of the venue dubbed 2104. Homegrown committee member Erin Naughton-Garrison presented Starfire with a cake in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 4

May 3, 2018
Duluth musician joins another band on
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    It’s a bit mind-blowing to see an 11-year-old female lead singer nail everything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica to the B-52’s “Love Shack” while the 16-year-old female guitarist shreds along.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 3

May 2, 2018
Woman dancing in front of a sign reading Duluth Dolls
Vicki Kurker for KUMD

Tuesday, Day 3 of Homegrown, saw much of the action shift to Canal Park where fans could easily loop between Vikre, Amazing Grace, and the Sports Garden, or hop across the Lake Avenue Bridge and take in nearby shows at Prove Gallery or Dubh Linn.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 2

May 1, 2018
Man playing banjo and man playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Homegrown Mondays are usually pretty chill. Dubbed “ancillary arts night,” it’s when the photo show,  the first run of the music video festival, and the poetry showcase all happen. On this particular Monday, though, things got interesting when an unannounced show from Trampled by Turtles threw festival-goers into a tizzy. More on that later.

 

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