Music

KUMD's Maija Jenson shares her conversations with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

Music in the HART

Jul 12, 2018
Music in the HART

KUMD is Proud to Sponsor Music in the HART at Lake Place Park

Music in the HART (Historic Arts & Theatre District) Concert Series begins Thursday, August 2 and runs every Thursday of August. This free, family-friendly event will feature music performed by new bands each week, accompanied with food and beverages along the shore of Lake Superior.

Dates:
Thursday, August 2
Thursday, August 9
Thursday, August 16
Thursday, August 23
Thursday, August 30

Mandolin, fiddle, and banjo players performing on an outdoor stage
Christine Dean for KUMD

Trampled by Turtles' first show at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth since reuniting after a hiatus to release their latest album, Life is Good on the Open Road, drew a sell-out crowd of around 10,000.

Man wearing sunglasses and wearing a leather jacket
Nate Ryan

Christine Dean of KUMD had a chance to talk with Gary Louris of Minnesota band the Jayhawks on June 29, 2018. They discussed what it was like for the Jayhawks to work as the backing band for Ray Davies of the Kinks on two of his recent albums, Americana and Our Country. Louris also talked about the

Jayhawks' next release, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, which features tunes he co-wrote with and for other bands as well as a couple of all-new songs.

Three men standing with one woman in a radio studio
Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

Man in a hat sitting on a stool playing guitar in a radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our sessions with this young Duluth musician, known for his unvarnished solo folk performances, his fiddle playing at traditional dances, his occasional collaborations with Charlie Parr, and his work with local band Yester. He'll release his first full-length solo album of American folk songs at Amazing Grace on Saturday, June 23. He joined us on  June 19, 2018 to talk about the album and share some tunes.

Man standing on stage with hands raised in front of a row of guitars
used with permission

KUMD's Christine Dean had a chance to chat with this renowned folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller in this interview that aired June 9, 2018 on Folk Migrations. They talked about his most recent album, Ghost Light, which is McCutcheon's 39th release, as well as about his next project in honor of what would have been his friend and mentor Pete Seeger's 100th birthday. McCutcheon performs at Sound in Duluth on June 16 at 8pm.

6/14 Live From Studio A: King Cardinal

Jun 1, 2018
Band standing in front of wall of CDs in a radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

After releasing a pair of EPs, this Denver, Colorado-based Americana band recently put out its first full-length album, Great Lakes. Band founder Brennan Mackey joined us along with drummer Scott Roush, pedal steel player Ben Waligoske, bassist Andrew Porter, and vocalist Texanna Dennie for a harmony-laden full band session on June 14, 2018. We found out more about the new album and what the band's been up to since their last visit to our studio.

King Cardinal
 

Man playing guitar and woman singing into a microphone in radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

We were happy to welcome this husband-and-wife duo back to our studios on June 13, 2018.  The Seattle twosome was awarded Best Jazz Act 2017 by the Seattle Weekly. They shared tunes from their recently-released fifth studio album of vintage jazz with a modern twist, When You're Smiling and talked about the making of the album.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl 

5/23 Live From Studio A: Courtney Yasmineh

May 23, 2018
KUMD

This Chicago native has also spent time in the Twin Cities and New York City. Since the pop/rock singer/songwriter last joined us, she's released a book and a new album. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Wednesday, May 23 at 1pm along with producer Rob Genadek. They perform the same night at The Rex in Duluth as part of Duluth Dylan Fest.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Man playing and acoustic guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with Michael Ferrier of this Minneapolis indie folk/rock band from May 11, 2018. They've released three albums, most recently 2017's Asilomar. We chatted with Michael about the making of that album and he shared solo versions of a couple of songs from it live in the studio.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Fathom Lane

Man holding a guitar above his head
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    While there’s no shame in calling Homegrown and snipping off the wristband after Saturday night,  Brunch and Recovery Sunday is there for those who need it.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 7

May 6, 2018
Four band members wearing suit coats and jumping in the air
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

  A gorgeous morning drew a sizeable crew to Chester Park bright and early (in rock star time) for a Rock and Run at Chester Park to begin Homegrown, Day 7.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 6

May 5, 2018
Man crowd surfs with a guitar pick in his mouth
Michael Mayou for KUMD

  Most buzzed-about happenings of Homegrown, Day 6, roughly in order:  Fred Tyson in a homemade, kiddy-car style Cadillac propelled by Chad Lyons (of the Bottle Jockeys) in drag causing a commotion up and down Superior Street. Crazy cool laser projections of the Homegrown Chicken on the side of Blacklist. The Latelys set at the Rex. Fortunately, unlike in the early days of Homegrown, if you missed any of these things, there’s plenty of social media documentation to get you up to speed.

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