Mike Pengra Feature Archive

For their latest album, 'Our Year', Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison spent many weeks perfecting their acoustic sound with their band to get a true, "front porch" jam-session sound -- and that's exactly what they did in the Radio Heartland studio. (07/02/2014)
Local guitarist Tim Sparks visits the Radio Heartland studio to talk about his new album, 'Chasin' the Boogie', and to play a few songs from the new release. (06/17/2014)
Listen to the audio from 'For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday', a live program of musical tributes that took place at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., on May 3, 2014. (06/04/2014)
Leading into their CD-release party and a multi-week, multi-city tour in support of their new album, 'Witness', the Falderals visit the Radio Heartland studios for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. (05/28/2014)
Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are currently touring as a duo. That's right; just fiddle and banjo. But they're no average players. In town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, they stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few songs. (05/21/2014)
Ray Bonneville's latest album, 'Easy Gone', is his eighth full-length and his fourth on Red House Records. This award-winning singer-songwriter stopped by the Radio Heartland studios to play a few songs and talk about his newest album. (05/09/2014)
Claudia Schmidt has released her 19th album this spring, <i>New Whirled Order</i>, is a collection of 12 new, original songs, plus one she co-wrote with guitarist Dean Magraw. Claudia and her friends stopped by for an in-studio session at Radio Heartland. (03/24/2014)
You can't walk into a music club somewhere in the Twin Cities without seeing Erik Koskinen playing the heck out of his guitar. Koskinen now has a brand-new album of original material that comes out on Feb. 20, and he stopped into the Radio Heartland studio to give us a preview of it. (02/10/2014)
On Monday, songwriter and performer Ray Price passed away at the age of 87. Radio Heartland program director Mike Pengra shares some thoughts about Price. (12/17/2013)
David Francey and his band play songs from his latest album, <i>So Say We All</i>. (11/12/2013)
The Roe Family Singers play music from their new gospel album, "Heaven Send Us Better Times." (10/28/2013)
Farewell Milwaukee perform songs from their new album, <i>Can't Please You, Can't Please Me</i>, live in the studio on Radio Heartland. (10/15/2013)
Meg Hutchinson performs songs from her new album, <i>Beyond That</i>, out on Red House Records. (10/02/2013)
Ann Reed and Joan Griffith perform songs from Ann's new album, <i>Eventually</i>, live in the studio. (09/24/2013)
John Gorka performs on Radio Heartland in advance of Barnfest 2013 (07/31/2013)