Live from Studio A

This longtime Duluth musician, known for his work in the Brushstrokes, Three Song Sunday, and other projects, released his first solo album in 2015. 

  He's featured on the latest Beaner's Central One Week Live CD and joined us in the studio on February 18, 2016 to preview his set for the CD release shows.

This veteran Twin Cities singer/songwriter had recently released his 13th album, a melodic, jangly folk-rock affair simply titled Dan.

He stopped by our studio on February 8, 2015 on his way to a performance at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen the same evening.


It's not surprising that a duo that's named itself after a railroad that used to connect St. Paul to Duluth would specialize in tunes weaving in Minnesota history and themes. 

Fred Keller (mandolin) and Tom Cornish (fiddle and guitar) joined us in the studio on February 5, 2015 to share some of those originals and selections from their repertoire of string band, Tin Pan Alley, and swing music. They had a release show in town for their debut album, Up the Road & Down the Flats, the following night.

Warehouse Eyes
Erin Welch

Listen to our session from January 27, 2015 with this Minneapolis synth-pop band that grew out of the duo of Jennie Lawless and Chris Williams. They played us a few tunes including "I Think I Can Live With It," "Without You or Me," and "Smoke" in preview of their show at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth. 

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.


Jim Walsh is a longtime Minneapolis music writer and songwriter who's been organizing the Mad Ripple Hootenanny for nine years. It's a weekly affair in the Twin Cities, with a rotating cast of musicians swapping tunes, but occasionally the Hoot hits the road. Walsh joined us along with his brother Terry (Belfast Cowboys/St. Dominic's Trio) and singers/songwriters Devaney and Collins on January 18, 2015 on the way to a Hootenanny performance at Lutsen the same night.


This Wisconsin guitar/fiddle duo joined us for a session on January 15, 2015. Along with their repertoire of classic and original tunes inspired by hillbilly, ragtime, vaudeville, western-swing, and old-time fiddling tunes, they've picked up some Scandinavian-influenced regional tunes of the upper Midwest from their old-timer neighbors. They were in town for two performances.

Singer/songwriter, artist, member of the Leech Lake Ojibwe, former marine, and mom; Annie Humphrey is all of these things. She joined us in the studio January 8, 2016. She had a CD release show the same night at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth, with a display of her art work. Annie performed for our Ojibwe Then and Now concert last year; find the audio under "Related Content" below.

This New York musician put his solo career on hold in 2004 and co-founded indie folk duo Kaiser Cartel. He joined us for a session on December 22, 2015 to talk about his new solo album, Gothenberg, recorded in the Swedish city by the same name. He and his band performed two songs from the album as well as a brand new tune during our session.

The frontman for Minneapolis' the Honeydogs joined us for a session on December 18, 2015. His new solo album, Naubinway, is an intimate disc inspired by the suicide of his son, Daniel; Levy is using his tour as a platform for mental health advocacy. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge with the Social Animals. 

12/11 Live From Studio A: Kristy Marie

Dec 11, 2015

This Duluth musician, massage therapist, and spiritual seeker joined us for a session on December 11, 2015. She shared some songs and talked about her forthcoming album, Maiden America; she describes its sound as "ethereal folk music with a story to tell."  While her previous album, 2011's Bird by Bird, was a collaboration with other songwriters, the new disc features only Kristy's original tunes brought to life with her band, the forget me nots, featuring local musicians Jim Hall and Mark Glen (Charlie Parr also makes an appearance on the album). 

Listen to our session from December 4, 2015 with White, a Southern gothic alt-country singer/songwriter and Fonfara, an eclectic multi-instrumentalists who leads Twin Cities band Painted Saints. They were in town for a house show the same night.
 


Listen to our session with this new side project from Minnesota musicians Stacy K and Dave Mehling (Fontanelles, Portage) from November 27, 2015. They perform their acoustic, alt-country-flavored rock (reportedly spiced with bad jokes and playful harmonies).

Listen to our session from November 20, 2015 for a session with this Minneapolis indie rock band who released their debut EP, Time Will Come, earlier this year. They were in town to play a couple of shows around town.

After releasing attention-grabbing internet singles, this Duluth five-piece unleashed their debut album, Dark Side of the Roller Rink, on November 13. They joined us in the studio on November 12, 2015 to give us a taste of their garage-rock-meets-synth-pop sound in anticipation of their release show the following night. 


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