This week, Radio Heartland's Saturday night edition on Minnesota Public Radio News features local artists who play music far older than their years would suggest.
Daniel Libby and Alyssa Bicking are "The Floorbirds", a duo specializing in traditional folk songs and traditional-sounding song writing.
We'll also hear brothers Teague and Ian Alexy, "The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank." The Hobo Nephews sound like they just stepped out of a boxcar rolling through the dust bowl, but they're firmly based in the here and now.
And yes, there really is an Uncle Frank.
Speaking of high-profile relatives, in the second hour, we'll hear songs in the studio from Natalia Zukerman, the daughter of classical virtuosos Pinchas and Eugenia Zukerman. Natalia grew up with great music in her ears. Fortunately for us she made the choice to direct her talent into folk and blues, and she goes at it with a refreshing amount of intelligence and energy.
Natalia just started a tour with German-born folk singer Antje Duvekot, who emigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and spent her high school years staying as silent as possible. But song writing opened up an avenue of expression that has allowed her to win some of the top prizes awarded to singer/songwriters in the folk music world.
Musicians updating old styles and bringing generations of innate talent into new musical worlds, tonight on Radio Heartland.