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.
Singer/songwriter Laura Sellner has performed as Superior Siren since 2012; in 2015, she added a band to flesh out her indie folk sound. Citing Mason Jennings as a major influence, Sellner often performs an a cappella version of his song "Duluth" in her set. Sellner has released and EP of original songs and is currently working on a debut full-length with the band. She and the band joined us in the studio on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:15pm during a special, two-hour Homegrown edition of the Local. They perform at the Homegrown Music Festival on Saturday, May 7 at Spurs on First.

Low
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HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
Since we last had Low in our studio, they've released an album, Ones and Sixes, and toured the world, including a first-ever visit to China. We caught up with them and got a preview of their Homegrown show at Clyde Iron Works the same night May 4, 2016.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 2

May 3, 2016

Photos of Homegrowns past kicked off Day 2 of the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival as the Red Herring Lounge hosted the bustling opening reception for the Photo Show. Attendees were treated to a Nerd Nite-worthy performance by Northland’s Finest Horn Choir, four professional French horn players whose repertoire included a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” and a Star Wars medley.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD. 
This Mankato native picked up a ukelele during her last year at UMD, and after graduating in 2012, spent a couple of years in the local music scene playing and singing jazz standards. 

She released an album in 2015, Ain't Misbehavin', backed by local musicians Sam Miltich, Matt Mobley, and Chad Erlemeier and including one original tune. Although Cesario's moved back to her hometown, she returned to perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on Tuesday, May 3 at Vikre Distillery, and she joined us in the studio prior to her performance.

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HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
We kicked off Homegrown Week with a session with three fourths of this Duluth band, whose sound combines soft-to-loud post-rock dynamics with indie folk harmonies.

Since releasing an EP last August, the group's been working on its first full-length release. They joined us on May 2, 2016.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
A mutual love of Ska brought Veikko Lepisto and Jason Wussow together to form Woodblind over two years ago. They met at Wussow's coffee shop, Beaner's Central, when Lepisto returned to Duluth after more than twenty years in Los Angeles performing with musicians ranging from the Royal Crown Review to Bette Midler.

Wussow has been part of several bands including Flux Skapacitor and No Room to Pogo. The duo has gigged steadily and released singles and videos; they now have their first full-length album, Big Voice, coming out and dropped by our studios on April 29, 2016 to perform. They had shows throughout the town over the weekend, including participating in part of the Homegrown Music Festival.

This singer/songwriter from Portland, Maine, joins us on Wednesday, April 27 at 2pm. He's released six albums, won several songwriting competitions, and performs regularly at festivals around the country.

He performed the same night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Proctor with local performer Rachael Kilgour.

Featuring members from the Wausau and Oshkosh areas of Wisconsin, this four-piece is less than a year old but brings together experienced players to play bluegrass–and jam–influenced rock. 

They joined us in the studio on April 21, 2016 for a preview of their show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


Members of this Minneapolis-based old-time string band, made up of musicians from around the Upper Midwest, joined us in the studio on April 15, 2016. The group performs regularly at square dances, including those held by Duluth's Tamarack Dance Association. They were one of the acts performing at the annual Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth, which showcases bluegrass and old-time music.

Cover art for Bob Dylan's Fallen Angels album
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Coming up on May 20th, just four days before his 75th birthday, Bob Dylan will release his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels

Like 2015's Shadows in the Night, this is a covers album showcasing Dylan's talents as a vocalist, arranger, and bandleader. It features twelve classic American tunes written by a variety of writers including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, and Carolyn Leigh; you can hear the lead single, "Melancholy Mood," now on KUMD.

Track Listing for Fallen Angels:

Listen to our special edition of Live from Studio A- the first-ever on KUMD's the Basement- from March 31, 2016 with these local punk rockers. Their debut EP, Model Homes, hit the top of the Basement charts; Basement Music Director Quentin Stille sat down with the band to find out about how sandwiches, house sitting, and TV's Arrested Development fit into their music and they performed live for us.

The son of the late, renowned jazz drummer Stu Martin, Zeke, began his own on-stage drumming career at the age of 12. Born in Belgium and raised in Paris, he moved to the United States in the mid-'90s and has played with various projects that encompass Jazz, Funk, R & B, and Reggae. 

In 2000 he founded Zeke Martin and the Oracle; the group has released five albums including 2015's Say What. They perform the same night at Beaner's Central and the following night at Sir Benedict's Tavern in Duluth.

George Harrison, Paul McCartney, George Martin, and John Lennon in the recording studio
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Beatles producer George Martin, sometimes referred to as "the fifth Beatle," died this week at the age of 90.

KUMD's resident musicologist, Chris Harwood, is a huge Beatles fan and collector; he joined Christine Dean during Music Through the Day to talk about Martin's legacy.

This Minneapolis trio joined us on February 26, 2016, a week before heading into the studio to work on a new album. Christine Dean chatted with guitarist Lee Henke, banjo player Ryan Acker, and bassist Vinnie Donatelle about how their bluegrass-influenced sound and songwriting has evolved since they last stopped by. The band also talked about their recent decision to quit their jobs, buy a van, and pursue music full time, and about their first visit to the Folk Alliance Conference. They performed a new tune, "Two Lines," the song "Iron & Ore" from their 2015 self-titled release, and "Lead Me Home"' from 2014's Uprooted.


When Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea joined us in Studio A on February 25, 2016, little did any of us know that the very next day she'd get the news that she'd won NPR's Tiny Desk contest. 

After 20 years of playing the violin and releasing albums with projects including Murder of Crows (with Al Sparhawk of Low), Snöbarn, and The Getarounds, Lea released her first solo album in November. All the Roads that Lead us Home features many of Lea's favorite fiddle standards re-worked with the help of a looping pedal into layered, atmospheric sonic pieces. She spoke with Christine Dean about her songwriting,  her recent decision to be more vocal on behalf of people with disabilities, and her plans to try touring for the first time.

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