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Nikki & Jearlyn

Posted at 6:00 AM on June 6, 2009 by Dale Connelly (4 Comments)

Tonight on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News, we'll feature two singers who are at quite different points in their respective careers.

Nikki Matteson and her band The Ruemates hail from rural southwestern Minnesota, and are busy establishing a name for themselves in the Twin Cities, performing frequently in clubs and restaurants and over the next few weeks, summer festivals. Nikki and the Ruemates will visit the Radio Heartland studio in our first hour this Saturday night.

Jearlyn Steele has been a star for decades, working with her family band The Steeles and the long-running vocal ensemble Moore By Four. She has performed all over the world as part of the theatrical hit "The Gospel At Colonus" and regularly brings audiences to their feet when she appears on "A Prairie Home Companion". And she hosts a regular talk show on WCCO-AM. Since January, Jearlyn and her brother Billy have travelled the state as part of MPR's Troubadour Series, a tour that culminated in a show at the Fitzgerald Theater on April 25th.
In hour two we'll hear excerpts from that show, which will be presented in its entirety tomorrow night on Radio Heartland.

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