French, Italian, Mexican and American music are all parts of Cafe Accordion's repertoire, but their newest recording, "Germaine," takes the listener all over the world.
Signing with a large record label has always been a career goal for most performers, but Judith Owen says it doesn't necessarily guarantee success. After a huge management shake down at Capitol Records, Owen regained the ownership of some of her songs and re-recorded them to be released on her new CD, "Mopping Up Karma."
Roma di Luna is releasing their third studio album, "Casting the Bones" and it has a new feel. The sound of the local duo has transformed over the past months by adding the influence of other musicians and friends.
Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza is out with a new album titled "The Dark, Delirious Morning." It's his third full-length recording. The disc is already being called "Beatle-esque" and "bouncy" and Koza admits he's pretty proud of it.
In the summer of 2002, Dan Chouinard bicycled around Europe with an accordion strapped to his back, and created music, made friends, and what turned out to be the contents of a staged musical variety show at the Fitzgerald Theater called, "Cafe Europa." The show was such a success that Dan has created the sequel, "Cafe Europa II."
After hundreds of miles, e-mails and eager people Ann Reed's quest to write a new song for Minnesota is over. Or is it? On May 3, 2008 Ann got together some of her favorite musicians to present a concert that was the culmination of the tour.
Twin Cities bassist Gordon Johnson is out with another "Trios" album. This is the fourth in a series of recordings featuring Gordy, along with a variety of different jazz pianists and drummers.
So if your parents are musicians and your siblings and all of your friends are also musicians, it's in the stars that YOU would become a musician. Right? "Nope", says Lucy Wainwright Roche.
The New Roots Duo is comprised of a pair of local fingerstyle guitarists, Ben Woolman and Dan Schwartz. Both have successful individual careers in the music industry, but found that their playing styles fit well together.
Ann is charged with writing a Song for Minnesota and has been taking suggestions from listeners. The Song is actually turning into several "Songs" for the state's sesquicentennial.
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are making a pass through Minnesota. The duo, from upstate New York, originally started as a band, but have honed their sound down to a duo with Pete's amazing guitar work and Karen's voice and love for percussion.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion have been busy. They're on the road, complete with guitars, pens, paper, and kids.
"Lordy Lucas!" That was almost the name of the Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Band, but an executive nixed it. No matter what you call it, Ostroushko's band and concerts over the past several years in the Midwest have gathered fans for the local musician.
Following the success of their Red House Records debut recording, Storyhill has been constantly touring, playing coffee houses, colleges, festivals and winning songwriting contests. And somehow, through all the miles Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson have also found time to write.
It seems at one time or another in a music legend's life, he returns to the music that got him into the career in the first place. That's what Peter Lang did. His twelfth album is being released this week and after a career being labeled a folk and fingerstyle guitar ace, Lang is returning to his blues roots.