This Minnesota four-piece string band melds influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to metal and features a blend of male and female vocals. 2016 was a busy year for the group; they toured nationally, signed to a record label, and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. We were happy to welcome them to the studio on July 7, 2017. They performed the same night at the Red Herring in Duluth.
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.
Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.
When this indie folk duo from upstate New York passed through Duluth several months ago, they left anyone who was lucky enough to catch them live wanting more. In 2016 they released their sophomore EP, In the Altogether, showcasing their beautifully-crafted songs and rich male/female vocal harmonies. They returned to Duluth on June 13, 2017 for a show at the Red Herring Lounge and joined us in the studio that afternoon.
When this duo joined us in the studio last year, we learned how North Shore native Kat Axtell and Argentinian Julian Hernandez came together in Buenos Aires to form this pop soul project. Still based in Argentina, they returned to KUMD on June 8, 2017. They perform the same night at Dubh Linn in Duluth and June 10, 2017 at the Red Herring Lounge as part of a U.S. tour. We'll find out more about their second EP, Traveler, due out on June 16, 2017.
Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, The Majesty of Beasts. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.
This young singer and guitarist is a recent arrival to Duluth's music scene but has already garnered attention, winning first place in last fall's annual songwriting competition at Beaner's Central. He joined us in the studio on May 5, 2017, to give us a preview of his performance at The Blind Pig for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.
Three-part female harmonies form the warm core of this Duluth band's sound. Sisters Tasha and Sophie Turk and Rachel Phoenix, backed by minimalist guitar from Jesse Hoheisel, perform select covers as well as originals. They joined us in the studio on May 4 to give us a preview of their Homegrown Music Festival performance the following night at Sacred Heart Music Center.
This folk/rock singer/songwriter has been performing around the Twin Ports for more than ten years, both as a solo act and as part of local cover band South of Superior. She joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 in advance of her Homegrown set the same night at Mr. D's Bar and Grill in West Duluth.
This experimental, atmospheric guitarist joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 at 5:15pm. He performs for the Homegrown Music Festival with Chase Down Blue the same night at the Kom-on-Inn and also had a solo set on Saturday, May 6 at Teatro Zuccone.
Mags David formed this chorus in 1999 based on her belief in the power of music and that anyone can sing. The group performs traditional songs from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, as well as some of David's originals. They performed the same evening at for Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival; note that their performance has been moved from its original location, Bent Paddle Brewing, to Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake.
Gabriel Douglas of the 4onthefloor is the ringleader of this alt-country rock group that has had a rotating cast of members that's included in the past Nate Case of Dirty Horse and drummer Kyle Keegan. A stripped-down version of the band will joined us in the studio May 1, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex Bar at Fitger's for the Homegrown Music Festival.
This charming local duo features accordion player Suzi Ludwig of Father Hennepin and guitarist Jimi Cooper of the Fractals harmonizing on quirky tunes about outhouses and hoppy beer. They released their first album on April 28, 2017, and we gave you a preview that afternoon when they joined us in the studio. Next up, they perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on Tuesday, May 2 at Vikre at 7:30pm.
We welcomed this Minneapolis synth-pop duo to the studio on April 14, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex as part of Ellipsis Presents: A Twin Cities Takeover, which also included Chris Koza and the Blind Shake.