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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HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf, has deep roots in Duluth's music scene, having performed with everyone from the Dukes of Hubbard to Retribution Gospel Choir. Now he fronts his own melodic Americana project, recently releasing new singles from a forthcoming album. He has a full plate for this year's Homegrown Music Festival, playing daily at 10am at Duluth Coffee Company, a Thursday set at the unofficial Homegrown event SoupB4Supe at 2104, and his official Homegrown slot on Friday at the Red Herring Lounge. Expect him to pop up at other gigs, as well.

https://actualwolf.bandcamp.com/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This beloved local punk trio joined us in the studio on May 3,2017. They perform later the same night at the Gopher Lounge as part of the Homegrown Music Festival.

https://lowforms.bandcamp.com/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This experimental, atmospheric guitarist joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 at 5:15pm. He performs for the Homegrown Music Festival with Chase Down Blue the same night at the Kom-on-Inn and also had a solo set on Saturday, May 6 at Teatro Zuccone.

http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Mags David formed this chorus in 1999 based on her belief in the power of music and that anyone can sing. The group performs traditional songs from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, as well as some of David's originals. They performed the same evening at for Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival; note that their performance has been moved from its original location, Bent Paddle Brewing, to Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake.

Sing!

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMDKUMD

Gabriel Douglas of the 4onthefloor is the ringleader of this alt-country rock group that has had a rotating cast of members that's included in the past Nate Case of Dirty Horse and drummer Kyle Keegan. A stripped-down version of the band will joined us in the studio May 1, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex Bar at Fitger's for the Homegrown Music Festival.

Silverback Colony

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

This charming local duo features accordion player Suzi Ludwig of Father Hennepin and guitarist Jimi Cooper of the Fractals harmonizing on quirky tunes about outhouses and hoppy beer. They released their first album on April 28, 2017, and we gave you a preview that afternoon when they joined us in the studio. Next up, they perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on Tuesday, May 2 at Vikre at 7:30pm.

We welcomed this Minneapolis synth-pop duo to the studio on April 14, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex as part of Ellipsis Presents: A Twin Cities Takeover, which also included Chris Koza and the Blind Shake.

This local musician will join us in the studio on Tuesday, April 4 at 2pm. He releases his new album, Circuit Sessions, the same day. Recorded in Duluth, the disc features musicians Eric Pollard of Actual Wolf, Steve Garrington of Low, and Minneapolis guitarist Jake Hanson. We'll talk with Teague about the album, his writing and podcast projects, and his upcoming release show in Duluth.


Fiddler Eric Christopher and banjo player Anthony Ihrig of this Minnesota bluegrass 5-piece joined us in the studio on March 31, 2017. We talked about the band's non-traditional approach to playing traditional bluegrass; for example, their new album, "Daddy was a Bankrobber," due out June 16th, takes its name from a Clash tune they cover.  The band was in town to play at their first Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association.

Adam Herman fronts this Iron Range roots-rock band, who are releasing their second album, St. John's Dance. We caught up with the band and found out what they've been up to since their last visit when members joined us in the studio on March 3, 2017. They had a CD release show the next night at Pizza Luce in Duluth.


This Cloquet native, now based in Boston, joined us in the studio on March 3, 2017 to chat and play tunes from his new EP, In the Belly of the Feast. The EP brings back songs that were written during Kallestad's time with local trio Saint Anyway, but put away once the band split. He performed the same night at Sir Benedicts Tavern in Duluth.


This Duluth quartet's folk/rock sound has evolved in a post-rock direction on their latest album, Red V. They joined us in the studio on February 15, 2017 for a preview of their release show at Karpele's Manuscript Museum.


While Trampled by Turtles is on hiatus, frontman Dave Simonett is releasing an album with this electric side project. Furnace, the band's second full-length, released January 27. We welcomed Simonett into the studio on January 31, 2017 to find out more about the release and his change in focus after 14 years with the hugely successful Turtles. Dead Man Winter performed an in-store the same night at Duluth's Electric Fetus and also has shows at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen on February 3 and at Pizza Luce in Duluth on February 18.

This bluegrass/Americana four-piece is the latest project for Minneapolis musician Drew Peterson. Together for 6 years, the band plans to release its second album early this year. We welcomed them to our studios for the first time on January 27, 2017 . They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Kat Fox on the Local

Jan 13, 2017

Local musician Kat Fox joined Marv in the Mix on January 11, 2017 to talk about her upcoming Snatch Back tour, featuring a group of female musicians who will play a series of shows on their way to the Women's March on Washington. Local artists DJ Nola and Aurora Baer are also part of the lineup. The tour kicks off at the Barrel Room in Fitger's on Sunday, January 15 at 8pm.

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