The Holy Hootenanners

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.

Six-piece band in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This 10-piece gospel band, formed in a country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota, returned with its third album, The Rumble, just in time for the fifth annual Mahtowah Hootenanny on July 8, 2017. The new disc sees the band adding more soul to their country gospel sound. We welcomed six band members to the studio on July 7, 2017.

Holy Hootenanners website
Mahtowa Hootenanny website

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


This country gospel group, which includes local musician Colleen Myhre, got its start playing at a small country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota. They recently released their second album and joined us in the studio on June 26, 2015. They performed at a CD release show on June 28 at 7pm at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth.
The Holy Hootenanners
Teatro Zuccone


Listen to our session from July 11, 2014 with this foot-stomping country gospel band from the Mahtowah area that helped close out this year's Homegrown Music Festival. The band features Colleen Myhre and Caleb Anderson (from The Two Steps and Old Knifey and the Cutthroats). They play us a few tunes and talk about their new album.