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.
Pat Donohue is no stranger to public radio listeners all across the country as the ace guitarist of the Guy's All Star Shoe Band on A Prairie Home Companion. He's also from Minnesota, based in St. Paul, and can be seen with various combinations of musicians around the area.
It's been 25 years since Boiled In Lead started playing music in the Twin Cities area. Over the years, the band has released several records, seen bars and nightclubs come and go (and crash and burn) and has had a few personnel changes too.
If you get out to nightclubs in the Twin Cities at all, there's a good chance you've heard Karen Vieno Paurus play and sing. She's often seen with Lili's Burlesque Revue as the "Sultry Chanteuse" and has been involved with a few MPR "Stage Session" shows at the Fitzgerald Theater.
Local bluegrass band Pert' Near Sandstone performs in studio to promote elementary music fundraiser at First Avenue.
David Hanners and Bernie King are among several Twin Cities musicians are gathering on the anniversary of Townes Van Zandt's birthday, March 6,2008 at Lee's Liquor Lounge to pay tribute to the late songwriter.
Part five of our discussion with Ann Reed and the Song for Minnesota. Ann talks about the latest additions and subtractions to her song for Minnesota's sesquicentennial.
Everything but the kitchen sink. That's what your stage looks like when The Brass Kings show up to play a gig. They haul in a washboard, part of a refrigerator door, an old washtub, some rope, a pole, and an arm load of various guitars.
Ann Reed stops by the studio to update Dale and Jim Ed on the Song for Minnesota project.
Local jazz singer Connie Evingson has a new CD out, "Little Did I Dream" - a tribute to the witty local songwriter Dave Frishberg. This is not the first time Evingson has paid tribute to an artist with local roots, but she said she's always been a fan of Frishberg's and the project was long overdue.