Tonight on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News Stations, we'll hear from two local musicians who are devoted to their work and who both took inspiration from a similar roster of role models in somewhat different directions.
Todd Menton has been a member of the acoustic/electric tradition-inspired rock band Boiled In Lead, off and on, for about 25 years. He has also performed at the annual Renaissance Festival and as a soloist throughout his long career. He has an ear for traditional music and a thoroughly modern sense of humor - an intriguing combination that has led him to write songs about Silver Carp, Bigfoot and a consistently underrated small-bore gunfighter known as The .22 Man.
Ben Woolman has been a performing artist for about half as long as Todd. They were both inspired by Leo Kottke's guitar playing, but Ben focused his energies solely on the instrument - his new recording "Many Moods" has no vocals - it presents a universe of feeling on just six strings.
Ben Woolman and Todd Menton tonight on Radio Heartland.
This program will be repeated Sunday at noon and Monday at 6pm on radioheartland.org and on digital radio in the Twin Cities at 91.1 HD 2.
I caught the rebroadcast Sunday morning/afternoon, really love the new Sat/Sun schedule. As a result I plan on going to see Ben Woolman's performance in Woodbury next Sunday. Keep the local music coming!