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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Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

G. Love Interview

Jan 10, 2018
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Philadelphia native (now based in Boston) G. Love came to Duluth for a solo show on January 9, 2018 for the opening night of Duluth's newest venue, Sound. Teague Alexy opened the night, then G. Love played two sets to a full house; the first set had a bluesier feel, and he paid tribute to two of his musical idols, Bob Dylan and John Hammond. 

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We had a great session with this duo, which features Wisconsin native Jason Dae West and Arizona native Aurelia Anne Cohen, on January 5, 2018. Both were wanderers before they had a child and settled down in their current home in small-town Oregon; West traveled the country, sometimes hopping trains, and Cohen was (and still is) a circus performer. The two, who describe their sound as "original Western folk music," still tour regularly and have released four albums.

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This Brooklyn-based indie pop/rock performer recently released a new album, Flickering Light. We found out more about it and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2017.

 Benjamin Cartel  

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Listen to our session with this Wisconsin native, formerly of Hugh Bob and the Hustle, who recently released a solo EP, Lost + Found. After moving to Nashville to explore more music opportunities, the singer/songwriter has had the chance to tour with Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and other Nashville-based performers. He joined us in the studio on December 18, 2017.

Hugh Masterson

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We were excited to host this all-star lineup of string musicians in our studios on December 15, 2017.  They were in town for what was billed as a "String Summit" at Duluth's newest venue, Sound.

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Husband-and-wife duo Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin make up this Americana folk/grass group. Originally from Mankato, the pair traveled around the country as glass artists at Renaissance Fairs before making Duluth their home base for most of the year while still spending a few months at festivals in North Carolina and Arizona. We welcomed them back to the studio on December 15, 2017 to talk about their new album, Son of the Machine, and share some tunes.

Mama's Stolen Horses

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If you've seen the Mahtowah, Minnesota country gospel band the Holy Hootenanners, you know they sometimes bring their kids onstage to contribute to a tune or two. Now some of those offspring, ranging in age from 11 to 14, have formed their own group and recently recorded an album with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. They have a release show for that disc, American Hippie, on Saturday, December 16 at Beaner's Central in Duluth and joined us in the studio on December 14, 2017 for a preview.

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Listen to our session with Minnesota native and co-founder of the Jayhawks Olson, who returned to our studios with his wife and musical partner Ringvold (a native of Norway) on December 13, 2017.We talked about the making of their latest album, Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, which they recorded at their home in Joshua Tree. We also heard about their time in Albania, where Ringvold learned to play a folk instrument called the qanon, which plays an important part on the new disc.

 

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In a year that saw the launch of Duluth's first all-female music festival, FeMNfest, we look back at a time when women weren't such a commonplace part of the music scene. Liz Minette talks with Ione Tomasetti of Iron Range band Renown and Duluth's Lorene Couture of bands Hostage and Legacy about their time in music, from their first-ever gigs to giving words of encouragement to a young Bob Dylan (then Bobby Zimmerman) after watching him get booed off the stage during a talent show to hearing their songs on the radio for the first time.

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Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples are bringing their tour to St. Paul and we want to send our listeners as a way of saying "thank you" for helping us reach our goal during our Fall Membership Drive. Tune in for a pledge-free week October 16 through October 20 to enter our drawing! 

Listen everyday this week for chances to call and enter, you can enter once per day.  The winners will be announced on Friday, October 20. The show takes place on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30PM at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. 

Coyote in Studio A
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Local musicians Jerree Small and Marc Gartman have been making beautiful acoustic music together as Coyote for 10 years now. Along the way they added bass player Matt Mobley and released a handful of albums. In honor of the band's anniversary, they performed at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth on September 29. We got a preview when Small and Gartman joined us in the studio the same day.

We thank you, our dedicated listeners and members, for cutting our membership drive short once again.

You helped us reach out $35,000 fundraising goal, ensuring that KUMD's music and programming will broadcast across the Northland, and stream online around-the-world, for another year.

Black River Revue Live in Studio A
KUMD

This local bluegrass-influenced four-piece releases its third album, Just Can't Win in style with back-to-back shows at Pizza Luce, September 29 and September 30. They also squeezed in an in-store performance at the Electric Fetus and a session with us on September 29.

Black River Revue

Pizza Luce

This Hibbing indie rock trio has been around since 2011, releasing one album along the way. They joined us in the studio on September 28. They performed the same night as part of Beaner's Central's One Week Live and on September 30 at the Rex Bar in Duluth.

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Rex Bar

Beaner's Central

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