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Ann Reed & Eliza Blue

Posted at 6:00 AM on March 20, 2010 by Dale Connelly (4 Comments)
Filed under: Saturdays

Tonight on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News stations, two local singers at very different points in their careers.

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In the first hour, folk music stalwart Ann Reed, who has a devoted following and a vast catalog of excellent work to draw on, is trying something remarkable and new. She's joining with friend Denise Tabet to sing the words of Dorothy Fields, a female pioneer in the mostly male world of Tin Pan Alley lyricists. Sure, you've heard Ann sing "Heroes" a thousand times. But have you heard her do "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"? Ever? You'll get a chance at 7pm on Saturday, March 27th at the Loring Park Community Center in Minneapolis.
Radio Heartland will offer a preview tonight.

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In hour two, Eliza Blue stops by our studio with cellist Aliya Maze and washboard wizard Mikkel Beckmen. Eliza came from suburban Detroit and as a youth she moved with her family to Minnesota where she picked up a love for lovely, sometimes dark ballads. She plays fiddle and banjo and appears regularly on local stages as a member of various groups and increasingly as a soloist. Her new recording, "The Road Home", was recorded in an attic in Minneapolis and will have it's official release on Friday, March 26th at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

Ann Reed and Eliza Blue, tonight from 9 to 11 pm on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio news stations. This program will be repeated at noon on Sunday and 6pm on Monday, March 22nd on

Comments (4)

Greetings! Dale, I think you have a typo for the date for Ann Reed's concert next Saturday. I'm guessing it should be March 27th at Loring Park Community Center. Just FYI ...

Sounds like a fun show tonight -- I'll try to remember to listen in.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | March 20, 2010 9:35 AM

Hi Joanne!
Right you are. Thanks for the correction. The detail has been fixed!

Posted by Dale Connelly | March 20, 2010 10:45 AM

Gosh, I should have read this sooner. Ann Reed is standing backstage preparing for a concert here in Rochester tonight!
7:30, RCTC Hill Theater. Hurry!

Posted by Ben | March 20, 2010 7:00 PM

What a treat to hear Ann Reed with such a different sound -- old style musicals! Who'd have thunk it?! Lovely -- she may not be Patti LuPone, but still very nice renditions.

Fun cover of "Don't Fence Me in" -- very unusual. Good show so far!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | March 20, 2010 9:46 PM

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