Live from Studio A

Weekdays during Music Through the Day

Live performance and interviews with local, regional, and national artists.


Wednesday, March 14 at 1pm | Teague Alexy and Erik Berry
Wednesday, March 14 at 2pm | Fox & Coyote


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Teague Alexy and Erik Berry
Christine Dean for KUMD

Teague Alexy's Irish immigrant grandparents inspired his love of Irish music, while one of mandolinist Erik Berry's pre-Trampled by Turtles bands was called Father McClanahan and His Irish Snake Stompers. The two found themselves comparing notes about Irish music for years before joining forces to perform and record in the genre. They released an album, Irish American, in late 2017. They joined us in the studio on March 14 to give us a preview of a run of shows they have scheduled for St.

3/14 Live From Studio A: Fox and Coyote

Mar 13, 2018
Fox & Coyote
Christine Dean for KUMD

We welcomed this Minneapolis indie folk/rock group back to our studios on March 14. They performed the same night at Sound in Duluth.

Fox & Coyote


2/13 Live From Studio A: Reina del Cid

Feb 12, 2018

This Twin Cities indie folk/rock artist recently released her third album, Rerun City. She and her longtime guitarist Toni Lindgren join us in the studio on Tuesday, February 13 at 2pm. They perform the following night at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen.

Reina del Cid

Papa Charlie's

Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult joined us to talk about his latest projects as a film soundtrack composer as well as their upcoming show at Lutsen. Minowa has led the eclectic experimental band Cloud Cult since they formed in Duluth in 1995, and with recent orchestral film projects, the band has discovered new audiences and new venues.  Cloud Cult released an album and film the Seeker in 2016 and recently Minowa has scored the soundtrack to "The Great Alone" a documentary about sled dog musher Lance Maki

1/24 Live from Studio A: Charlie Parr

Jan 18, 2018
Charlie Parr
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local favorite joined us in the studio on January 24. He released his album Dog, back in September and gave candid interviews about how his struggle with depression influenced the making of the record. He's currently doing a January residency Wednesdays at the Cedar Lounge in Superior and will take the stage the same night at 8.

Charlie Parr

Cedar Lounge

Four women standing with instruments in front of a wall of CDs
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Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone and woman standing playing accordian
Christine Dean for KUMD

We had a great session with this duo, which features Wisconsin native Jason Dae West and Arizona native Aurelia Anne Cohen, on January 5, 2018. Both were wanderers before they had a child and settled down in their current home in small-town Oregon; West traveled the country, sometimes hopping trains, and Cohen was (and still is) a circus performer. The two, who describe their sound as "original Western folk music," still tour regularly and have released four albums.

Two men standing playing guitar and singing into microphones
Christine Dean for KUMD


This Brooklyn-based indie pop/rock performer recently released a new album, Flickering Light. We found out more about it and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2017.

 Benjamin Cartel  

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with this Wisconsin native, formerly of Hugh Bob and the Hustle, who recently released a solo EP, Lost + Found. After moving to Nashville to explore more music opportunities, the singer/songwriter has had the chance to tour with Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and other Nashville-based performers. He joined us in the studio on December 18, 2017.

Hugh Masterson

Four men and one woman standing in front of shelves of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

We were excited to host this all-star lineup of string musicians in our studios on December 15, 2017.  They were in town for what was billed as a "String Summit" at Duluth's newest venue, Sound.

Man playing banjo and a woman playing guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

Husband-and-wife duo Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin make up this Americana folk/grass group. Originally from Mankato, the pair traveled around the country as glass artists at Renaissance Fairs before making Duluth their home base for most of the year while still spending a few months at festivals in North Carolina and Arizona. We welcomed them back to the studio on December 15, 2017 to talk about their new album, Son of the Machine, and share some tunes.

Mama's Stolen Horses

Four kids standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

If you've seen the Mahtowah, Minnesota country gospel band the Holy Hootenanners, you know they sometimes bring their kids onstage to contribute to a tune or two. Now some of those offspring, ranging in age from 11 to 14, have formed their own group and recently recorded an album with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. They have a release show for that disc, American Hippie, on Saturday, December 16 at Beaner's Central in Duluth and joined us in the studio on December 14, 2017 for a preview.

Woman playing a djembe and singing into a microphone, man playing a dulcimer and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with Minnesota native and co-founder of the Jayhawks Olson, who returned to our studios with his wife and musical partner Ringvold (a native of Norway) on December 13, 2017.We talked about the making of their latest album, Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, which they recorded at their home in Joshua Tree. We also heard about their time in Albania, where Ringvold learned to play a folk instrument called the qanon, which plays an important part on the new disc.


12/12 Live From Studio A: Eira

Dec 12, 2017
Christine Dean for KUMD

Fiddler Liesel Wilson of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Orchestra joins Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun of Celtic bands Willowgreen and McGinnis' Kitchen in this group that performs music from around the world. Last year the trio put out a holiday album,Glen Tidings; this year they'll be performing a holiday show on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm at Duluth's Peace United Church of Christ. They'll bring some holiday cheer to our studios and give us a preview of that show on Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm.


11/17 Live From Studio A: Josh Harmony and Co.

Nov 13, 2017
Josh Harmony & Co.

In addition to writing and performing psychedelic rock, this Minneapolis musician is also a pro skateboarder and a visual artist. He and his band performed at the Rex Bar in Duluth on November 17 at the afterparty for Prove Collective's Plys with Purpose event, an exhibition and silent auction featuring skateboard decks. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards building a state-of-the-art skate park in Gary New Duluth. They joined us in the studio for a preview that same afternoon.

Josh Harmony