Live from Studio A

Weekdays during Music Through the Day

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

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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.

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.

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. 
 


Two women in the KUMD studio holding guitars and smiling for the camera
KUMD

These Twin Cities Americana singer/songwriters joined us on July 7, 2016.

Emerson is a rural Wisconsin native who's toured nationally and released her third album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down earlier this year. Morris spent time making music in Nashville before settling in Minneapolis. The two have been on the road together with what they're calling their "Highways & Heartstrings Tour." We talked about their latest albums and the challenges of balancing parenthood with playing music, and how their songwriting has changed since having kids.

Five men in t-shirts standing in front of a wall of CDs.
KUMD

This five-piece based in Northfield, Minnesota, joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016.

We found out how they all met as professors at Carlton and St. Olaf  Colleges and how the guy with the jazz drumming degree (Daniel Groll) became the singer/guitarist and the guy with the jazz saxophone degree (Mike Fuerstein) took over drums. Andy Flory on bass,  Jason Decker guitar Louis Epstein keyboards

Man in Hawaiian shirt playing guitar and singing into a microphone in the KUMD studio
KUMD

Sleeping Jesus is the alter ego of Winona, Minnesota musician Nick Elstad, self-described as a "soft-spoken hopeless romantic."

We talked with Elstad about recording his first EP of melodic indie-pop, released earlier this year, on his own at his parents' house and his plans for a new recording with his full band. Elstad also shared how an obsession with Bob Dylan's music led to his own pursuit of songwriting and performing. He and his band joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016, to perform songs from the EP as well as unreleased material.

This Duluth native was the first graduate on the mandolin at Berklee College of Music in Boston (where he now teaches). A co-founder of the group Joy Kills Sorrow, he's gone on to work with bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers and folk icon Jonathan Edwards as well as releasing solo albums.

Kat Axtell is a North Shore native who crossed paths with Argentinian musician Julian Hernandez while studying biology in Buenos Aires. The pair began making music that blends pop, folk, and soul together, playing shows in Argentina and Uruguay.

They've just released a 6-song EP. We welcomed them to the studio on June 22, 2016; they were in the midst of their first-ever tour in the U.S.

As this Duluth four-piece's lineup has evolved through the years, so has their sound, from indie folk-rock to more progressive and guitar heavy.

Original members guitarist/lead vocalist Kirdan Wenger and bassist Wilson Johnson are now joined by Moriah Skye on guitar and Chad Hoffland on drums. The band recently won the regional round of the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising competition and will be moving to the next round. They joined us in the studio on June 17, 2016 before their show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

This melodic indie-rock four-piece got its start in Duluth before relocating to Minneapolis. They recently put out the EP, Creatures, their third release.

We got to hear tunes from the new EP and chat with the band when they swung through the studios on June 10, 2016. Later that night they performed in Duluth as part of the Red Herring's 2nd Birthday Bash.

Groovy basslines, some steady drums, and an organ from hell makeup Duluth's own Pizzaghost. Still riding high off their 2015 self-titled debut, their show serves as an unofficial send off for frontman Jack Klander, who embarks on a cross country bike trip in three days. It's uncertain when this group will play again, making this show a can't miss opportunity! They joined us live in the studio for a special Basement edition of Live From Studio A on June 9, 2016.

Man singing and playing guitar left handed
Quentin Stille for KUMD

This Minnesota singer/songwriter joined us on June 3, 2016 for his first-ever radio interview and performance.

We talked with Cook about re-discovering music after years as a hockey goalie left him too busy for it. He talked about being inspired to pick up a guitar again after hearing Haley Bonar's "Raggedy Man," and about working with Erik Koskinen, who produced and played on Cook's debut EP.

Drummer Brad Nelson (also of the Blackeyed Snakes) and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Ness team up in this local rootsy rock project that's released two albums so far, including last year's Antidote.

They've been regular participants in Duluth Dylan Festival events, and this year they contribute a version of "Maggie's Farm" to the latest Duluth Does Dylan CD. They joined us in the studio on May 23, 2016 in advance of their performance the following night as part of the Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan CD release show happening at the Rex in Duluth at 7:30pm.

After Grand Marais singer/songwriter Barbara Jean moved to Minneapolis, she struck up a friendship with musician Molly Dean and the two discovered many commonalities, including a love of vocal harmony.

Recently they joined forces on this new project, backing those country-tinged vocals with guitar, fiddle, and banjo. Regular gigs have included an opening slot for Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles for a sold-out series of Colorado shows. They joined us in the studio on May 19, 2016.


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