Live from Studio A

After traveling the world, Americana singer/songwriter John Adler has settled in the Hayward, Wisconsin area. 

He's been performing in Northern Wisconsin and Duluth as Sonofmel (a nod to his dad and a throwback to the days when children carried the names of their parents) and has his first full-length albumin the works. Adler joined us in the studio on September 23, 2016 in advance of his performance the same night as part of Beaner's One Week Live.


This local singer/songwriter and spiritual seeker is releasing her second album in a year, titled Birdiecrat. Join the Revolution and reflecting her support for Bernie Sanders' progressive movement. The new disc was recorded at Rich Mattson's Sparta Sound Studio and features Mattson, Marc Gartman, and Bryce Kastning as her backing band. Kristy joins us on the Local on Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm for a session; she has a CD release show at the Red Herring Lounge the same night.

  

Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio. 


The winner of last year's Beaner's Singer/Songwriter competition, Tischer performs her original material on looped guitar, keyboard, and banjo ukulele at venues around Duluth.

She used her prize of studio time to record her new EP, The Darling Collection. She also fronts irreverent local rock band Kitschy Gloomy, with cheeky tunes like "I'm on a Special Diet, It's Called Beer." She joined us in the studio on September 19, 2016.


We were happy to welcome Cunningham back to our studios, where he's appeared many times with his duo Storyhill and with Justin Roth. 

The Bozeman, Montana-based indie folk singer/songwriter's latest release is a solo EP called If You Knew All Along. Cunningham says he likely wouldn't have released the project without the encouragement of his friend Kirkpatrick, a Nashville-based artist who's currently touring with him. 

 The two joined us in the studio on September 9, 2016 after performing the previous night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.


It's been a whirlwind year for this Duluth native, who's been touring steadily and working on her latest, Catie Curtis-produced, album, Rabbit in the Road, her first since 2011.   

Along the way Kilgour won the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, which led to performances at the Sundance Film Festival and at New York City's Lincoln Center. The new material reflects the heartbreak, resilience, and new beginnings that Kilgour's experienced since her 2014 divorce. She joined us live in the studio on September 5, 2016 in advance of her CD release show on September 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

This Florida singer/songwriter's music has evolved from rootsy folk to a more rock sound in the past few years. 

She and her band joined us in the studio on August 30, 2016, fresh from performing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival the weekend before and at Lutsen on Monday, August 29.

This Minneapolis 6-piece released their first full-length, Thaumatrope last year with a sound they describe as cinematic, aggressive folk. 

They joined us live in the studio on August 26, 2016 and performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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