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

Ways to Connect

Jim Walsh is a longtime Minneapolis music writer and songwriter who's been organizing the Mad Ripple Hootenanny for nine years. It's a weekly affair in the Twin Cities, with a rotating cast of musicians swapping tunes, but occasionally the Hoot hits the road. Walsh joined us along with his brother Terry (Belfast Cowboys/St. Dominic's Trio) and singers/songwriters Devaney and Collins on January 18, 2015 on the way to a Hootenanny performance at Lutsen the same night.


This Wisconsin guitar/fiddle duo joined us for a session on January 15, 2015. Along with their repertoire of classic and original tunes inspired by hillbilly, ragtime, vaudeville, western-swing, and old-time fiddling tunes, they've picked up some Scandinavian-influenced regional tunes of the upper Midwest from their old-timer neighbors. They were in town for two performances.

Singer/songwriter, artist, member of the Leech Lake Ojibwe, former marine, and mom; Annie Humphrey is all of these things. She joined us in the studio January 8, 2016. She had a CD release show the same night at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth, with a display of her art work. Annie performed for our Ojibwe Then and Now concert last year; find the audio under "Related Content" below.

This New York musician put his solo career on hold in 2004 and co-founded indie folk duo Kaiser Cartel. He joined us for a session on December 22, 2015 to talk about his new solo album, Gothenberg, recorded in the Swedish city by the same name. He and his band performed two songs from the album as well as a brand new tune during our session.

The frontman for Minneapolis' the Honeydogs joined us for a session on December 18, 2015. His new solo album, Naubinway, is an intimate disc inspired by the suicide of his son, Daniel; Levy is using his tour as a platform for mental health advocacy. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge with the Social Animals. 

Listen to our session from December 4, 2015 with White, a Southern gothic alt-country singer/songwriter and Fonfara, an eclectic multi-instrumentalists who leads Twin Cities band Painted Saints. They were in town for a house show the same night.
 


Listen to our session with this new side project from Minnesota musicians Stacy K and Dave Mehling (Fontanelles, Portage) from November 27, 2015. They perform their acoustic, alt-country-flavored rock (reportedly spiced with bad jokes and playful harmonies).

Listen to our session from November 20, 2015 for a session with this Minneapolis indie rock band who released their debut EP, Time Will Come, earlier this year. They were in town to play a couple of shows around town.

After releasing attention-grabbing internet singles, this Duluth five-piece unleashed their debut album, Dark Side of the Roller Rink, on November 13. They joined us in the studio on November 12, 2015 to give us a taste of their garage-rock-meets-synth-pop sound in anticipation of their release show the following night. 


  This Minnesota guitarist, the son of artist George Morrison, has put together a jazz album as a soundtrack to a slideshow of his father's work. He joined us on November 3, 2015 to preview a live showing of the slideshow and performance of the soundtrack at the Tweed Museum of Art the same evening.

This Minneapolis Americana band has its roots in Duluth, where band members Wills Johnson and Jackson Chalgren (both UMD graduates) met and started their musical collaboration. The full band has been playing their eclectic, jamming mix of bluegrass, rock, and reggae for more than two years and released their self-titled debut album earlier this year. They joined us in the studio on October 23, 2015 to preview their show the following night at the Rex in Duluth.

This New Orleans string band joined us on October 21, 2015. They be performed at a square dance at Tycoons in Duluth the same night.


Listen to our session with these two Twin Cities-based  guitarists from October 9, 2015. Bruhn is a former Duluthian and Fosburgh is the founder of independent label Grass-Tops Recordings.


This Denver, Colorado Americana band joined us for a session on October 6, 2015. They performed the same night at Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth.


The nontraditional bluegrass band from the Twin Cities, Ginstrings, joined us October 1, 2015. They played the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

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