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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.

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.

Listen to our session from January 21, 2015 with this veteran of the local music scene. His long list of projects includes

long-running blues band Azure du Jour and, more recently, Red Cowboy Hat, as well as solo releases. He joined us in the studio to perform some new tunes in advance of Red Cowboy Hat's slot at the Homegrown Winter Fiasco on Friday, January 22 at the Gopher Bar and Grill in West Duluth.

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Three-fourths of this well-dressed gypsy jazz/swing string quartet from Minneapolis are Duluth natives, so they more than qualify to be part of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival. Listen to our session with from May 1, 2015.

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Eric Pollard of Low and Retribution Gospel Choir has been pursuing his alt-country solo project for the last few years, releasing two EPs and a full album. He recently put out a new single. He joined us for a session May 1, 2015 to preview his Homegrown Music Festival performance.

We celebrated the Homegrown Music Festival with a special two-hour edition of the Local featuring local experimental supergroup Big Science. Listen to their performance and interview with DJ E.

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Listen to our session with this Superior native, now based in Brooklyn from April 30, 2015. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Hoberg describes her sound as "chant soul pop." She performed Thursday for the Homegrown Music Festival.

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This eclectic band has a sound that encompasses everything from bluegrass to funk to hip-hop. Together since early 2014, Lake Monster recently released its first EP. They joined us in the studio April 29, 2015 as a preview to their Homegrown Music Festival performance. Take a listen to our session with them.

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Local artist Charlie Parr released his 14th album, Stumpjumper​, during the week of the 17th annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. The release marks his debut on St. Paul's Red House Records and the first time he's recorded a solo project with the support of a backing band. We asked him about this career move into new territory when he joined us Live from Studio A on April 27, 2015. 

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Listen to our session with this young Duluth singer/songwriter/guitarist from April 27, 2015. A former Music Resource Center student, he plays bluesy indie rock either solo or with a drummer, and also builds hand-made string instruments. He performed the same night for the Homegrown Music Festival at 8:30 at Fitger's Brewhouse.

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The KUMD Homegrown Chicken has flown the coop! Spot the chicken during Homegrown for your chance to win a Trampled by Turtles Grand Prize, including a singed Wild Animals LP and a pair of tickets to their July concert at Bayfront Festival Park! Post your picture of or with the chicken on Instagram then tag KUMD to enter. Winner will be announced after Homegrown on Instagram! See Official Rules for more details. Good cluck!

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No one does homegrown rawk and/or roll quite like the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.  Festival Organizer Walt Raschick joins us to talk about some new venues (programs on the DTA  trolleys), new genres (classical music showcase, anyone?), the invasions of the Iron Range and the Cities, and, of course, the Christine Dean Homegrown Mix!

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.

We kicked off our Homegrown week session on April 28, 2014 with this local singer/songwriter. Formerly in the band Sight Like December, he now primarily performs as a solo artist.

Steve Johnson

Listen to our session with Dan Anderson and company bring their soulful grooves to the studio from May 2, 2014. They talk about the types of shows they play and what kind of music inspires them.

The Silk Sheiks