This Fort Worth, Texas, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer joined us in the Studio on July 27, 2017. In addition to releasing three solo albums, Niosi has also written and released music for film scores. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.
Back in December, we met the members of the Minneapolis collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance, performing as 26Bats! The drummer of that group, Warren Thomas Fenzi, is the creative force behind this band. We found out more about the project and heard some tunes when they joined us Live from Studio A on July 21, 2017. They performed the following night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.
This Minnesota four-piece string band melds influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to metal and features a blend of male and female vocals. 2016 was a busy year for the group; they toured nationally, signed to a record label, and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. We were happy to welcome them to the studio on July 7, 2017. They performed the same night at the Red Herring in Duluth.
This 10-piece gospel band, formed in a country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota, returned with its third album, The Rumble, just in time for the fifth annual Mahtowah Hootenanny on July 8, 2017. The new disc sees the band adding more soul to their country gospel sound. We welcomed six band members to the studio on July 7, 2017.
Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Soundset kicked off at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Sunday, May 28th. From its humble roots as a showcase of local label Rhymesayers Entertainment’s impressive roster of independent and underground hip-hop artists in the Metrodome parking lot in 2008, the festival has grown into an all-access pass to all things hip-hop, expanding into more commercial and big name acts, while still retaining a strong roster of local and independent talent.
When this indie folk duo from upstate New York passed through Duluth several months ago, they left anyone who was lucky enough to catch them live wanting more. In 2016 they released their sophomore EP, In the Altogether, showcasing their beautifully-crafted songs and rich male/female vocal harmonies. They returned to Duluth on June 13, 2017 for a show at the Red Herring Lounge and joined us in the studio that afternoon.
When this duo joined us in the studio last year, we learned how North Shore native Kat Axtell and Argentinian Julian Hernandez came together in Buenos Aires to form this pop soul project. Still based in Argentina, they returned to KUMD on June 8, 2017. They perform the same night at Dubh Linn in Duluth and June 10, 2017 at the Red Herring Lounge as part of a U.S. tour. We'll find out more about their second EP, Traveler, due out on June 16, 2017.
Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, The Majesty of Beasts. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.
Self described as "The Pied Piper of Wuss Rock," this Minneapolis singer/songwriter and Star Wars enthusiast's latest album is titled 11Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele. The accompanying songbook, available for free from his website, gives his fans a chance to learn the songs for themselves and come to one of the many shows on his Minnesota microtour to sing and play along. We found out more when he joined us in the studio on June 3, 2017 during Folk Migrations. He performed a KUMD-sponsored show on June 4, 2017 at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.
Duluth Dylan Festival 2017 KUMD is proud to be the official radio station of the Duluth Dylan Festival taking place from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 28. This year, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday is celebrated in Duluth with music, poetry, art exhibitions, and more. Listen to KUMD for concert and event details and all things Dylan Fest on Highway 61 Revisited Monday and Saturday evenings at 5pm with Dylan historian and KUMD DJ, John Bushey.
The last day of the Homegrown Music Festival started at the respectable hour of 11am, giving the previous night's festival goers the chance to pop some ibuprofen, drink some coffee, and wait for the caffeine to kick in before heading out for one last round of music.
Saturday began with the annual Rock 'n' Run, organized by Alan Sparhawk of Low. A group of about ten took to the trails of Chester Park for a casual morning run scheduled to end right around the start of the kickball game.
This young singer and guitarist is a recent arrival to Duluth's music scene but has already garnered attention, winning first place in last fall's annual songwriting competition at Beaner's Central. He joined us in the studio on May 5, 2017, to give us a preview of his performance at The Blind Pig for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.