Local Music

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.

This local musician will join us in the studio on Tuesday, April 4 at 2pm. He releases his new album, Circuit Sessions, the same day. Recorded in Duluth, the disc features musicians Eric Pollard of Actual Wolf, Steve Garrington of Low, and Minneapolis guitarist Jake Hanson. We'll talk with Teague about the album, his writing and podcast projects, and his upcoming release show in Duluth.


The Basement Best Bets 3/24

Mar 24, 2017

Todd Eckart, The Legendary Hell Puppies, Isreal, Crescent Moon, The Fractals, The Jane Gang, Mark Anderson Trio, and Dirty Guitars
Rockabilly, Surf, Funk, and Jazz All In One Wild Eleven Hour Event
Izzy's BBQ Lounge & Grill
Saturday, March 25 | 12PM-1AM | 21+ | Free

Abe Curran & the Blue Rooster with DJ Funk Source
Rock/New Folk/Psychedelia/Jam
The Red Herring
Friday, March 24 | 6PM | 21+ | Free

This Duluth quartet's folk/rock sound has evolved in a post-rock direction on their latest album, Red V. They joined us in the studio on February 15, 2017 for a preview of their release show at Karpele's Manuscript Museum.


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 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.


KUMD will be broadcasting The Great Northern Radio Show On Saturday November 12, live from the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium and although you can hear it on your radio, there is nothing quite like seeing live radio theater.

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.

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.


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. 


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 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.

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