Live from Studio A

Man sitting on a stool playing an acoustic guitar in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

Although he's relatively unknown outside of indie music circles, this Duluth native has been cited as an influence by Conor Oberst and listed as one of the 10 best living songwriters by NPR. He joined us in the studio on January 11, 2017 to share songs from his 9th and latest studio album, Inside the Cat's Eye. We talked about his childhood in Duluth and the many places he's lived since, including a recent year spent working on a marijuana farm in California, and about the making of the new album.

While Trampled by Turtles takes a break, mandolinist Erik Berry has been working on his own projects, including this Grateful Dead-based duo that teams him with Marc Gartman of Glitteratti, Coyote, and various other Duluth bands. They joined us in the studio on January 4, 2017, to talk about their mutual love for the Dead and how they've approached the project, with each performance recreating the entire set list for a particular Grateful Dead show. We found out how they pick which shows to do and how they face the challenge of adapting full-band tunes to just guitar and mandolin.  The two were kicking off a Wednesday night residency at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for the month of January.

Leader of legendary Duluth indie rockers Giljunko and founder of local lo-fi label Shaky Ray Records, Mark Lindquist formed Little Black Books as a band around 2005. He's since moved a few hours west of the Twin Ports, where he continues to record solo as Little Black Books in his home studio; he releases an annual Christmas single and recently put out an EP. We caught up with Lindquist and heard some of his holiday tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2016. 

This eclectic band features members of Minneapolis music collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. Trained in jazz and blues, members also experiment with hip-hop, soul, and Afrobeat. They joined us in the studio on December 16, 2016 for a preview of their show at Duluth's Red Herring Lounge the same night.

This folk/pop singer/songwriter was a regular performer at local coffee houses and in the Homegrown Music Festival during her time attending UMD. Now based in St. Paul, she finally released her first EP on December 11, 2016. She gave us a preview on December 9, 2016 when she joins us in the studio.


The Pines' David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, joined by Ramsey's brother Alex, returned to their Iowa roots to record their latest full-length disc, Above the Prairie, an intimate Americana collection released back in February. They recently followed it up with Pasture II, the second EP in their self-released series paying tribute to the American folk song tradition. We heard about both of those releases when the band joined us in the studio on December 2, 2016.

This Duluth trio from the early 2000s featured Fractals members Barry "Chuck #2" Pirkola and Darryn "D" Wallace as well as Chuck "Chuck #1" Juntunen playing a mix of acid and surf rock and traditional country. They'll reunite for a CD release show on Friday, November 25 at Beaner's Central in Duluth for Super Rally Case, a collection of hot rod songs from the Double Chucks, the Fractals, and another Pirkola project, the Hootowls. They joined us in the studio November 21, 2016.


We were happy to welcome this young bluegrass trio, originally formed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin but now based in Milwaukee, back to our studios on November 17, 2016.  

  

Since their last visit they've toured steadily, played numerous festivals, and released a critically-acclaimed third album, Cartoon Moon. They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


In its nearly 10-year history, this Minneapolis bluegrass group has released several albums, performed everywhere from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion, and even founded their own festival, Blue Ox.

On their new album Discovery of Honey, founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles re-joins them. We found out more about the album when they stopped by our studios on November 11, 2016 in advance of their CD release show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


Local singer, songwriter, and fiddler Gaelynn Lea's whole life changed when she won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year. She and her husband sold their house, outfitted a van for touring, and hit the road. Lea was last in our studios the day before she found out the big news; we were happy to welcome her back on November 9, 2016 to find out about everything that's happened since then, and to hear tracks from her upcoming Christmas album Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn. She'll perform a CD release show on Saturday, November 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

This Minneapolis alt-country performer recently put out his second release, and EP with tight backing band the Red Daughters. He'll be returning to the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for a show on November 19th; we got a preview when he joined us in the studio on October 24, 2016.


Kate Voss (Sundae) and Jason Goessl (Mr. Goessl) make up this Seattle wife-and-husband duo. With vocalist Voss backed by Goessl on guitar, the pair specializes in vintage jazz from the 1930s on, with forays into western swing, Brazilian jazz, and other retro styles. They joined us in the studio on October 19, 2016 for a preview of their show the same night at the Spirit Room in Superior.

Listen to our session with this Portland, Oregon based singer/songwriter from October 17, 2016. He performed the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

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This young Twin Cities alternative pop vocalist got her first chance to record when a local producer came into the Subway where she worked and asked her co-worker if they knew anyone who could sing. They suggested Taylor, at the time a high school student, who had performed in musicals at Apple Valley High School.

Taylor has since recorded two albums with and gained performing experience while also attending college. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Thursday, October 6 at 2pm. She has a show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Local singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen will join us on September 29, 2016 along with baritone Elias Mokole and hip-hop musician Daniel Oyinloye to give us a taste of what to expect at an upcoming event to benefit Duluth's Sister Cities Program. Encounters of the Musical Kind happens Saturday, October 1 at the Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica and will feature unexpected collaborations blending musical genres. Thomsen has traveled to Duluth's newest sister city, Rania, which is in the Kurdish area of Iraq, and performed with members of her Echoes of Peace Choir.


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