Do you have a gospel music fan on your Christmas list? If so, you may want to check out a new four-CD collection that is being released today.
The Sounds of Blackness will be performing "The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy" tonight on the Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust stage.
The Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is being auctioned off today in New York by Christie's Auction House.
Major League Baseball's winter meetings begin on Monday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about that, and recent roster moves the Minnesota Twins have made. The team has signed two free agent pitchers, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this winter's first major snow storm that hit most of Minnesota this week. And he tells us that the cold weather that followed the storm will stick around for a while.
Little Richard was the original rock and roll wild man of the 1950s, but he also made a number of gospel recordings like this one. Richard was born into a very religious family and is an ordained minister of the Church of God of the Ten Commandments. He stopped playing rock and roll for many years because he came to believe that it was the devil's music. Richard quit touring relatively recently, not for religious reasons, but because he was having trouble getting around after hip surgery. Happy birthday to a true music legend.
Fifty years ago today the Ronettes's classic album "A Christmas Gift for You" was released.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Hanna, the executive editor of the Mesabi Daily News, based in Virginia, about how the mining debate is playing out in northern Minnesota.
For lots of people who grew up in the Twin Cities, it was a holiday tradition each year to go to Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis to see the Christmas-themed window displays and walk through the elaborate shows in the 8th floor auditorium.
A new book "Dayton's: A Twin Cities Institution" tells the story of the department store as a community institution. One of the people that author Kristal Leebrick features in the book is Jack Barkla. Since the 1970s Barkla has been responsible for creating the auditorium shows.
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to Barkla about what he calls "conjuring up magic."
Forty years ago today, the famous music venue CBGBs opened in New York City. The club's full name was actually CBGB-OMFUG which stands for "Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers."
State Auditor Rebecca Otto has been an outspoken skeptic of proposals to mine copper and nickel in northern Minnesota.
Thanksgiving Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year to go out and see live music. This year there are lots of shows to choose from including one that has become a Thanksgiving Eve tradition. For the past decade, the Ike Reilly Assassination has been coming to the Twin Cities on the night before Thanksgiving to put on a wild and rollicking show. They will be joined this year by the Honeydogs, Communist Daughter and the all-female Clash tribute band Rude Girl. It should be quite a night of music tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Farmers head into their Thanksgiving meals this week with a lot of uncertainty. So do low income families who rely on federal food assistance. Both groups could see big changes from a new Farm Bill that is stalled right now in Congress.
Today's music comes from jazz legend Thelonious Monk performing "Don't Blame Me" live in Paris in 1969. A recording of that concert is being released today on Blue Note Records. "Paris 1969" includes several of Monk's well known compositions played by his quartet, plus some old Tin Pan Alley tunes like this one that he plays solo on the piano in his own unmistakable style.
Today's music is from Rokia Traore, off her latest album "Beautiful Africa." On this record, she adds some rock and roll into the mix along with the music of her native Mali and other European influences. She will be performing tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.