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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Female stand up bass player, male banjo player, male guitarist, and female fiddle player standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minnesota four-piece string band melds influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to metal and features a blend of male and female vocals. 2016 was a busy year for the group; they toured nationally, signed to a record label, and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. We were happy to welcome them to the studio on July 7, 2017. They performed the same night at the Red Herring in Duluth.

http://www.goodmorningbedlam.com/
https://www.redherringlounge.com/

 

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


Six-piece band in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This 10-piece gospel band, formed in a country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota, returned with its third album, The Rumble, just in time for the fifth annual Mahtowah Hootenanny on July 8, 2017. The new disc sees the band adding more soul to their country gospel sound. We welcomed six band members to the studio on July 7, 2017.

Holy Hootenanners website
Mahtowa Hootenanny website

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


Man in bright yellow hat, brightly striped shirt, and sunglasses sitting on a stool playing guitar
Sam Quackenbush for KUMD

Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.

When this indie folk duo from upstate New York passed through Duluth several months ago, they left anyone who was lucky enough to catch them live wanting more. In 2016 they released their sophomore EP, In the Altogether, showcasing their beautifully-crafted songs and rich male/female vocal harmonies. They returned to Duluth on June 13, 2017 for a show at the Red Herring Lounge and joined us in the studio that afternoon.


When this duo joined us in the studio last year, we learned how North Shore native Kat Axtell and Argentinian Julian Hernandez came together in Buenos Aires to form this pop soul project. Still based in Argentina, they returned to KUMD on June 8, 2017. They perform the same night at Dubh Linn in Duluth and June 10, 2017 at the Red Herring Lounge as part of a U.S. tour. We'll find out more about their second EP, Traveler, due out on June 16, 2017.

Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, The Majesty of Beasts. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Man in a white shirt and blue jacket with long hair and glasses pointing to a poster on the door of KUMD.
Christine Dean for KUMD

Self described as "The Pied Piper of Wuss Rock," this Minneapolis singer/songwriter and Star Wars enthusiast's latest album is titled 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele. The accompanying songbook, available for free from his website, gives his fans a chance to learn the songs for themselves and come to one of the many shows on his Minnesota microtour to sing and play along.  We found out more when he joined us in the studio on June 3, 2017 during Folk Migrations. He performed a KUMD-sponsored show on June 4, 2017 at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.

Band performing in front of sunny windows
Christine Dean for KUMD

The last day of the Homegrown Music Festival started at the respectable hour of 11am, giving the previous night's festival goers the chance to pop some ibuprofen, drink some coffee, and wait for the caffeine to kick in before heading out for one last round of music.

Man in red wig and gas mask with a white teddy bear strapped in front of his body and a cart of drums
Maija Jenson for KUMD

Saturday began with the annual Rock 'n' Run, organized by Alan Sparhawk of Low. A group of about ten took to the trails of Chester Park for a casual morning run scheduled to end right around the start of the kickball game.

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 5

May 5, 2017
Hands playing an instrument next to a glowing lamp shaped like a puppy
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Souptown night on Thursday had plenty of excitement, but felt a little less hectic than Wednesday, giving fans a breather before the weekend's full-on Homegrown onslaught.

This young singer and guitarist is a recent arrival to Duluth's music scene but has already garnered attention, winning first place in last fall's annual songwriting competition at Beaner's Central. He joined us in the studio on May 5, 2017, to give us a preview of his performance at The Blind Pig for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/jacobmahonmusic/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.com

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 4

May 4, 2017
Woman singing into a microphone with yellow stage lights over her shoulder
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Night 4, Westside Wednesday, once again showcased the wide scope of Duluth’s music scene and packed it all in to the part of town past 29th Avenue West.

Beaner’s Central was packed from the tables in back to the shoulder-to-shoulder standing room up front for an all-ages rock fest.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Three-part female harmonies form the warm core of this Duluth band's sound. Sisters Tasha and Sophie Turk and Rachel Phoenix, backed by minimalist guitar from Jesse Hoheisel, perform select covers as well as originals. They joined us in the studio on May 4 to give us a preview of their Homegrown Music Festival performance the following night at Sacred Heart Music Center.

Black Diary

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This folk/rock singer/songwriter has been performing around the Twin Ports for more than ten years, both as a solo act and as part of local cover band South of Superior. She joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 in advance of her Homegrown set the same night at Mr. D's Bar and Grill in West Duluth.

Hannah Rey

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


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