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.

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Local singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen will join us on September 29, 2016 along with baritone Elias Mokole and hip-hop musician Daniel Oyinloye to give us a taste of what to expect at an upcoming event to benefit Duluth's Sister Cities Program. Encounters of the Musical Kind happens Saturday, October 1 at the Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica and will feature unexpected collaborations blending musical genres. Thomsen has traveled to Duluth's newest sister city, Rania, which is in the Kurdish area of Iraq, and performed with members of her Echoes of Peace Choir.


After traveling the world, Americana singer/songwriter John Adler has settled in the Hayward, Wisconsin area. 

He's been performing in Northern Wisconsin and Duluth as Sonofmel (a nod to his dad and a throwback to the days when children carried the names of their parents) and has his first full-length albumin the works. Adler joined us in the studio on September 23, 2016 in advance of his performance the same night as part of Beaner's One Week Live.


This local singer/songwriter and spiritual seeker is releasing her second album in a year, titled Birdiecrat. Join the Revolution and reflecting her support for Bernie Sanders' progressive movement. The new disc was recorded at Rich Mattson's Sparta Sound Studio and features Mattson, Marc Gartman, and Bryce Kastning as her backing band. Kristy joins us on the Local on Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm for a session; she has a CD release show at the Red Herring Lounge the same night.

  

Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio. 


We were happy to welcome Cunningham back to our studios, where he's appeared many times with his duo Storyhill and with Justin Roth. 

The Bozeman, Montana-based indie folk singer/songwriter's latest release is a solo EP called If You Knew All Along. Cunningham says he likely wouldn't have released the project without the encouragement of his friend Kirkpatrick, a Nashville-based artist who's currently touring with him. 

 The two joined us in the studio on September 9, 2016 after performing the previous night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.


It's been a whirlwind year for this Duluth native, who's been touring steadily and working on her latest, Catie Curtis-produced, album, Rabbit in the Road, her first since 2011.   

Along the way Kilgour won the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, which led to performances at the Sundance Film Festival and at New York City's Lincoln Center. The new material reflects the heartbreak, resilience, and new beginnings that Kilgour's experienced since her 2014 divorce. She joined us live in the studio on September 5, 2016 in advance of her CD release show on September 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

This Florida singer/songwriter's music has evolved from rootsy folk to a more rock sound in the past few years. 

She and her band joined us in the studio on August 30, 2016, fresh from performing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival the weekend before and at Lutsen on Monday, August 29.

This Minneapolis 6-piece released their first full-length, Thaumatrope last year with a sound they describe as cinematic, aggressive folk. 

They joined us live in the studio on August 26, 2016 and performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on  August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.

Lisa Johnson

Storm recovery continues across the area, with power being restored to more areas, including UMD. KUMD is now back on the air, and the Rolling Thunder Reunion show will go on at the Weber Music Hall tonight as planned.

Mayor Larson will be holding a press conference with representatives from Minnesota Power and St. Louis County at 10 this morning for an update on the storm recovery efforts.

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Lisa Johnson

Duluth continues to recover from Thursday night's destructive storms, widespread power outages, and high temperatures. 

UMD sent out an alert around 6 this morning that, due to the continued power outage, campus will again be closed for today. KUMD will remain off the air until power is restored to campus.

This singer/songwriter's most recent album is 2014's Blind Water Finds Blind Water, gothic tales from his native Arkansas wrapped in a rootsy blues, folk, and rock mix. Since its release, he's been touring nationally and internationally; he made a stop in Duluth July 20, 2016 for a show with Useful Jenkins and the Devil's Flying Machine. We got a preview when he joined us in the studio the same afternoon.

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Nat Harvie of Duluth band Vivielle released a solo EP on July 1, 2016.

He stopped by The Local on July 6 to share tunes from the project and spoke with host DJ TeeJay.

They talked about the EP, titled Snow is a Gift to My Fear, which was inspired by the bleakness and monotony of a Duluth winter and written during a wet, gray winter north in British Columbia, where Harvie goes to college.

Nat Harvie on Bandcamp

This Minneapolis Americana singer/songwriter is releasing his long-anticipated full-length debut American Dreamer on July 8.

Lee was immersed in the Minneapolis music scene at an early age, appearing onstage with the likes of Slim Dunlap of the Replacements and Curtiss A while still a teen. He later spent time in Nashville, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles before coming back to his home state. He joined us in the studio on July 14, 2016 prior to his album release show that same night.

 

Formerly based in Nashville, this Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler hit the road in 2015 in their 16-foot trailer and have stayed there ever since.

They joined us in the studio on July 8, 2016  to share tales from the road and tunes from their most recent release, Pieces and Pieces, released earlier this year. 
 


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