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Vicky Emerson & The Steeles

Posted at 6:00 AM on December 5, 2009 by Dale Connelly (6 Comments)


Tonight on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News Stations, I'll visit with Vicky Emerson - a singer from Elmwood, the UFO Capitol of Wisconsin.

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She has landed in New York City and has taken a liking to it. Vicky started out in music with a focus on playing the piano and actually recorded an album of "new age" keyboard compostions before changing direction towards writing and singing songs that blend her rural Midwestern upbringing with the energy of the Big Apple.

Speaking of energy, in hour two I'll welcome The Steeles. JD, Jearlyn, Jevetta, Fred and Billy Steele have done a Christmas show in the Twin Cities for the past 25 years. This year, they say it will be their last.

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While they're not going away, they are looking to go in some new directions.
The Steeles will toss out the first jingle bell of the season as we talk about tradition, siblings, multiple arrangements of familiar songs, Bob Dylan and Prince.

We'll also get some unusual looks at seasonal standards from the Roches, The Jambalaya Cajun band and Dave Brubeck, tonight on Radio Heartland.


Comments (6)

I'm sitting at my computer listening to Asleep at the Wheel, one
of my all-time favorite groups, on Radio Heartland, and also working on my Photoshop calendar for Christmas gifts. My husband is lying on the floor next to me watching college football (I have headphones). It's actually supposed to rain this week (such an inconvenience for some people; they stay home, afraid to venture out).
Life doesn't get much better than this here in SoCal!
Thanks for the music, Dale.
Best,
Sandy
San Clemente, CA

Posted by Sandy | December 5, 2009 3:48 PM


Greetings! Hi Sandy -- it's good to hear from folks in CA. If rain is an inconvenience, then snow is downright tragic! ;~)

I'm looking forward to hearing the Steeles -- I've always enjoyed their music. They are such an outstanding local talent we have in Minneapolis. Hope to stay awake for this one ...

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake, MN | December 5, 2009 9:23 PM


Thank you, Joanne.
I had the privilege of attending A Prairie Home Companion show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and heard Jearlyn Steele in person. She took me back to my days as a child at the Southern Baptist Church (I'm an Episcopalian now).
She's a great performer!
As a matter of fact, I found Radio Heartland on the APHC
website! Bet you wondered...
Someday I'm hoping for a White Christmas -- perhaps
I'll visit Minnesota!
Best,
Sandy
San Clemente, CA

Posted by Sandy | December 5, 2009 9:57 PM


oh, I love the Roches version of Hallejulah chorus. They manage to sound like a whole chorus -- must be a trick of recording or something.

Well, Sandy, Minnesota is certainly nice to visit during winter -- but unless you love winter sports it can be rather llooonnnnggg. Southern CA is extremely lovely, too -- my son in Marines (currently deployed in Afghanistan) is normally stationed at Camp Pendleton by San Diego. He seems to like it -- and I've enjoyed the times we've visited that area.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake, MN | December 5, 2009 10:14 PM


Dale, thanks for the great show -- I totally love the Steeles, but I'm sorry to hear this is their last Christmas show.

And now Bob Dylan singing "Must Be Santa" -- what a hoot! They're right -- he can record anything he wants! Fun song ...

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake, MN | December 5, 2009 10:44 PM


i got off work at 10:40, started the car, and heard Bob Dylan singing about Santa
still not sure what to think, but it's good he remembers where he comes (polka music)
maybe you could play some other songs from the album this week ?

Posted by shelley | December 5, 2009 11:46 PM


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