Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim Ed Poole http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30134 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:03:00 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim Ed Poole http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Krista Detor performs in The Current studio Singer-songwriter Krista Detor has roots all over the U.S., including California, North Dakota, and her current home in Bloomington, Indiana. She's moved around a lot in her career and her touring schedule echoes that long road. She'll be doing her third European tour in 12 months in March of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/03/krista_detor?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 08:40:00 -0600 Meg Hutchinson performs in The Current studio One would think that folksingers in Boston are lining up to get gigs and trying to out-do each other in a fiercely competitive scene. But Meg Hutchinson says it's more of a family atmosphere. She's one of Red House Records' newest singer-songwriters and says the Boston scene, where she lives now, is supportive and thriving. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/02/meg_hutchinson?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 08:20:00 -0600 John Gorka performs in The Current studios Gorka recorded his very first album, "I Know", on the Red House label back in 1987. He then signed with Windham Hill and recorded five more albums before returning to Red House for four more. John is currently recording new material for yet another Red House recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/21/john_gorka?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:20:00 -0600 Ben Sollee performs in The Current studio Ben Sollee takes the cello way out of it's roots as a classical stringed instrument. While his music teacher gave him permission to study his "other" music, he made sure Sollee kept his nose firmly planted in the traditional cello repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/19/ben_sollee?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:30:00 -0600 Carrie Rodriguez performs in The Current studios Carrie Rodriguez has branched out from her roots as "another Texas fiddle player." In her years on the road, she's grown from playing back-up fiddle to headlining her own band. She lives in New York now and is on tour with her newest album, "She Ain't Me," which includes help from songwriting partners Dan Wilson, Gary Louris and Mary Gauthier. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/07/carrie_rodriguez?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 08:20:00 -0600 KaiserCartel performs in The Current studio Don't let Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel hear you say that you can't have a duo with just drums and guitar because they'll prove you wrong. The two formed a duo - both musically and romantically - after meeting several times at different gigs. Now they live and perform as KaiserCartel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/05/kaisercartel?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 08:20:00 -0600 Sonya Kitchell performs in The Current studio Sonya Kitchell released her first CD when she was only 16 and created a storm of sorts. Critics raved, audiences cheered, and that record opened a lot of doors for the Massachusetts singer-songwriter, including a tour with legendary jazz man Herbie Hancock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/14/sonya_kitchell?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 07:40:00 -0500 Dave Stoddard and Laurie McClain perform in The Current studio Dave Stoddard says he wrote his first song on piano in kindergarten. Hearing him play, you could buy that, but knowing him, you might think he's pulling your leg. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/09/stoddard_mcclain?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 08:40:00 -0500 Aaron Espe performs in The Current studio What does it take to break into the music industry as a singer-songwriter? It helps to have friends in the business. It also helps, a lot, to be good at your craft. Luckily, for Aaron Espe, he could check off both of those necessities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/07/aaron_espe?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 07:40:00 -0500 Pete Morton performs in The Current studio It's hard to nail down a typical Pete Morton show because you get a little bit of everything. Pete admits he's a news junkie, and a lot of his material is based on current events and world politics. However, he's just as capable of misting up the eyes of the audience with a love song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/26/pete_morton?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:40:00 -0500 Dar Williams performs in The Current studio Upstate New York singer-songwriter Dar Williams is out with a new CD called, "The Promised Land." She says its a new direction for her with songs that are melodic, yet simple. To achieve that sound she worked with producer Brad Wood in hopes that he would coax her into new territory. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/23/dar_williams?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:40:00 -0500 The Steele sisters perform in The Current studio Ruby's Caberet is back in the warehouse district of Minneapolis with a new face. It's now called Ruby's at The Lab and the very first show is a reproduction of "Sisters," a play about the richness of sisterhood with or without brothers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/17/steele_sisters?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet performs in The Current studio The Sparrow Quartet doesn't fit any musical molds. They could be placed into a bluegrass box just as easily as a classical box or anywhere in between. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/16/sparrow_quartet?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:45:00 -0500 The Morning Show Live at Minnesota State Fair The Morning Show broadcast live from the Minnesota State Fair with special guests Ann Reed, Dan Wilson, Pert' Near Sandstone, and the annual "Where's Eric" game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/22/morningshow_fair?refid=0 Sat, 23 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 The Tannahill Weavers perform in The Current studios The Tannahill Weavers are a Scottish band that have been playing traditional Celtic music for 40-plus years. There have been a few personnel changes over the years, but some of the members go back to the early '70s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/07/tannahill_weaver?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 07:40:00 -0500 Cafe Accordion Orchestra performs in The Current studio French, Italian, Mexican and American music are all parts of Cafe Accordion's repertoire, but their newest recording, "Germaine," takes the listener all over the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/14/cafe_accordion?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Judith Owen performs in The Current studios Signing with a large record label has always been a career goal for most performers, but Judith Owen says it doesn't necessarily guarantee success. After a huge management shake down at Capitol Records, Owen regained the ownership of some of her songs and re-recorded them to be released on her new CD, "Mopping Up Karma." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/03/judith_owen?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Roma di Luna performs in The Current studios Roma di Luna is releasing their third studio album, "Casting the Bones" and it has a new feel. The sound of the local duo has transformed over the past months by adding the influence of other musicians and friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/13/roma_diluna?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 08:40:00 -0500 Chris Koza performs in The Current studio Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza is out with a new album titled "The Dark, Delirious Morning." It's his third full-length recording. The disc is already being called "Beatle-esque" and "bouncy" and Koza admits he's pretty proud of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/04/chris_koza?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:20:00 -0500 Dan Chouinard performs in The Current studios In the summer of 2002, Dan Chouinard bicycled around Europe with an accordion strapped to his back, and created music, made friends, and what turned out to be the contents of a staged musical variety show at the Fitzgerald Theater called, "Cafe Europa." The show was such a success that Dan has created the sequel, "Cafe Europa II." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/29/dan_chouinard?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 07:00:00 -0500 Ann Reed: Song for Minnesota Concert After hundreds of miles, e-mails and eager people Ann Reed's quest to write a new song for Minnesota is over. Or is it? On May 3, 2008 Ann got together some of her favorite musicians to present a concert that was the culmination of the tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/03/song_minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 09:29:02 -0500 Gordon Johnson on "GJ4" Twin Cities bassist Gordon Johnson is out with another "Trios" album. This is the fourth in a series of recordings featuring Gordy, along with a variety of different jazz pianists and drummers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/gordy_johnson?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Lucy Wainwright Roche performs in The Current studios So if your parents are musicians and your siblings and all of your friends are also musicians, it's in the stars that YOU would become a musician. Right? "Nope", says Lucy Wainwright Roche. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/01/wainwright_roche?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 07:45:00 -0500 The New Roots Duo performs in The Current studios The New Roots Duo is comprised of a pair of local fingerstyle guitarists, Ben Woolman and Dan Schwartz. Both have successful individual careers in the music industry, but found that their playing styles fit well together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/30/new_roots?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Ann Reed prepares to unveil the "Song for Minnesota" Ann is charged with writing a Song for Minnesota and has been taking suggestions from listeners. The Song is actually turning into several "Songs" for the state's sesquicentennial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/29/ann_reed?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman perform in The Current studio Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are making a pass through Minnesota. The duo, from upstate New York, originally started as a band, but have honed their sound down to a duo with Pete's amazing guitar work and Karen's voice and love for percussion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/24/karen_savoca?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:40:00 -0500 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion perform in The Current studio Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion have been busy. They're on the road, complete with guitars, pens, paper, and kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/23/guthrie_irion?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Peter Ostroushko performs in The Current studio "Lordy Lucas!" That was almost the name of the Peter Ostroushko's Heartland Band, but an executive nixed it. No matter what you call it, Ostroushko's band and concerts over the past several years in the Midwest have gathered fans for the local musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/17/peter_ostroushko?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 08:30:00 -0500 Storyhill performs in The Current studios Following the success of their Red House Records debut recording, Storyhill has been constantly touring, playing coffee houses, colleges, festivals and winning songwriting contests. And somehow, through all the miles Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson have also found time to write. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/11/storyhill?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 08:30:00 -0500 Peter Lang performs in The Current studio It seems at one time or another in a music legend's life, he returns to the music that got him into the career in the first place. That's what Peter Lang did. His twelfth album is being released this week and after a career being labeled a folk and fingerstyle guitar ace, Lang is returning to his blues roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/08/peter_lang?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 08:30:00 -0500 Pat Donohue performs in The Current studio Pat Donohue is no stranger to public radio listeners all across the country as the ace guitarist of the Guy's All Star Shoe Band on A Prairie Home Companion. He's also from Minnesota, based in St. Paul, and can be seen with various combinations of musicians around the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/26/pat_donohue?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:00:00 -0500 Boiled In Lead performs in The Current studios It's been 25 years since Boiled In Lead started playing music in the Twin Cities area. Over the years, the band has released several records, seen bars and nightclubs come and go (and crash and burn) and has had a few personnel changes too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/17/boiled_in_lead?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:26:20 -0500 Karen Vieno Paurus performs in The Current studio If you get out to nightclubs in the Twin Cities at all, there's a good chance you've heard Karen Vieno Paurus play and sing. She's often seen with Lili's Burlesque Revue as the "Sultry Chanteuse" and has been involved with a few MPR "Stage Session" shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/karen_paurus?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:41:53 -0500 Pert' Near Sandstone performs in The Current studio Local bluegrass band Pert' Near Sandstone performs in studio to promote elementary music fundraiser at First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/pert_near_sandstone?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 08:30:00 -0500 Hanners and King perform in The Current studio David Hanners and Bernie King are among several Twin Cities musicians are gathering on the anniversary of Townes Van Zandt's birthday, March 6,2008 at Lee's Liquor Lounge to pay tribute to the late songwriter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/06/van_zandt_tribute?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 08:00:00 -0600 Ann Reed and the Song for Minnesota, Part 5 Part five of our discussion with Ann Reed and the Song for Minnesota. Ann talks about the latest additions and subtractions to her song for Minnesota's sesquicentennial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/ann_reed?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 08:00:00 -0600 The Brass Kings perform in The Current studio Everything but the kitchen sink. That's what your stage looks like when The Brass Kings show up to play a gig. They haul in a washboard, part of a refrigerator door, an old washtub, some rope, a pole, and an arm load of various guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/brass_kings?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 08:00:00 -0600 Ann Reed and the Song for Minnesota, Pt. 4 Ann Reed stops by the studio to update Dale and Jim Ed on the Song for Minnesota project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/25/ann_reed4?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 10:01:24 -0600 Connie Evingson performs in The Current studios Local jazz singer Connie Evingson has a new CD out, "Little Did I Dream" - a tribute to the witty local songwriter Dave Frishberg. This is not the first time Evingson has paid tribute to an artist with local roots, but she said she's always been a fan of Frishberg's and the project was long overdue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/22/connie_evingson?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:13:58 -0600 Neal Hagberg performs in The Current studio Over the past several years singing and touring with his wife Leandra, Neal Hagberg has collected ideas for songs that don't necessarily fit the "Neal and Leandra mold." In fact, the songs are a definite departure from the duo's act and are meant to make the listener feel a tad bit uncomfortable, and challenge fears and beliefs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/20/neal_hagberg?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 00:08:00 -0600 Carrie Newcomer performs in The Current studio In her eleventh album, Carrie Newcomer continues on a constant journey through human relationships - relationships we have with each other and spiritual relationships within our own hearts. She admits to being a "theology nerd" and that her songs often ask really good questions, but leaving the answer lines open to the listener. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/18/carrie_newcomer?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 08:00:00 -0600 Dan Newton performs in The Current studios Chances are, if you've heard any live music in the Twin Cities at any time you've seen Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton in his trademark hi-top Chuck Taylors playing the accordion. He's the founding member of several area bands including the Cafe Accordion Orchestra, the Rocking Pinecones, Jumbo Yaya and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/11/dan_newton?refid=0 Sun, 10 Feb 2008 12:32:29 -0600 Spaghetti Western String Co. performs in The Current studio What do you call a string ensemble when it adds a wind instrument? "Good question," say the members of the Spaghetti Western String Co. They've added a clarinetist in the past year which moved them in new musical directions while maintaining their indefinable sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/07/spaghetti_western?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 08:00:00 -0600 Ann Reed talks about the Song for Minnesota - Part 3 The third installment in our series of conversations with songwriter Ann Reed as she continues her statewide tour and writes a new Minnesota song with help from listeners and audience members. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/06/ann_reed3?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 12:19:57 -0600 Ellis performs in The Current studios Ellis is talented singer-songwriter based out of the Twin Cities with a loyal, involved fan base. So involved, in fact, that they had a large part in producing a recent live album by helping her decide the album's musical direction and which songs to include. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/01/ellis?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 07:41:21 -0600 Mike and Tom Mangione perform in The Current studio Brothers Mike and Tom Mangione have influenced each other musically from their earliest days. Mike's first chord was the upside down E he learned from Tom. Together they've made a career of playing the instrument incorrectly. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/24/magione?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 13:04:20 -0600 Ann Reed talks about the Song for Minnesota - Part 2 The second installment of our on-going conversation with singer songwriter Ann Reed as she continues her statewide tour and writes a new Minnesota song, with help from listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/22/ann_reed?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:32:11 -0600 Ann Reed talks about the Song for Minnesota As singer songwriter Ann Reed prepares to embark on the first leg of her statewide tour, she discusses the writing of a new Minnesota song, with help from listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/08/ann_reed1?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2008 00:07:00 -0600 Alison Rae & Julie Lee perform in The Current studios It's been said that Nashville has more songwriters per capita than most other towns. Alison Rae and Julie Lee are both singer-songwriters with Nashville experience. Alison spent a few years there before moving back home to Minnesota. Julie lives there now and has had success not only recording her own music, but also having it recorded by the likes of Alison Krauss. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/13/alisonrae_julielee?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 13:19:54 -0600 The Get-Rites perform in The Current studio Harkening back to the music of the Louvin Brothers, The Get-Rites' country gospel songs don't leave out anything one needs to get converted. Tom Feldmann delivers the message in these songs right up front and lays the cards on the table. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/06/the_get_rites?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 11:31:38 -0600 Michael Monroe performs in The Current studios Now in his fourth decade of performing, Michael Monroe is out with his newest recording, "Wintersong". It's a collection of songs and instrumentals inspired by the beauty of the winter season. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/05/michael_monroe?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 05:38:27 -0600 Dakota Dave Hull performs in The Current studios Local guitarist, producer, radio host, and musical historian Dakota Dave Hull has a new album he's releasing in the fall of 2008. It's more of what Dave does best, and that is write and interpret original and traditional American music on any number of guitars from his wide collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/29/dakota_dave_hull?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 11:09:53 -0600 Over The Rhine performs in The Current studio Johnny and June did it, so Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler are hoping they can be among those married couples who successfully write and produce music together. So far, it's working very well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/26/over_the_rhine?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:00:00 -0600 Leo Kottke performs in The Current studios Leo Kottke will be one of the first to say perfection is imperfect. Or that imperfection is, well...artistic. He is a legend among guitarists. He burst on to the scene in 1969 with an album recorded live at the Scholar Coffee House in the Twin Cities and has amazed listeners ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/21/leo_kottke?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 19:00:00 -0600 John Wills performs in The Current studios Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter John Wills says his music is influenced by delta bluesmen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and others; however, he started out his career in a punk band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/19/john_wills?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:01:19 -0600 Lou and Peter Berryman perform in The Current studios There's an art to writing a funny song. Do you load it up with silliness, or do you try to sneak in something serious from time to time? Lou and Peter Berryman are masters of the silly song. and they do - occasionally - work in deeper and thought-provoking issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/16/the_berrymans?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 12:53:35 -0600 John Gorka performs in The Current studios What do you do after 20 years as a singer-songwriter when you've recorded an armload of successful CDs, toured the country filling concert halls and coffee houses, and written hundreds of songs? You release a two-disc, high-quailty DVD set of some of your best songs, recorded in a theater in Los Angeles without an audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/15/john_gorka?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:23:27 -0600 Peter Mayer performs in The Current studios Peter Mayer finally gave in to pressure. His albums and concerts are full of wonderfully crafted, meaningful, deep songs. However, his new CD "Novelties" is full of his "not so serious" songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/14/peter_mayer?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 12:29:05 -0600 Johnsmith performs in The Current studios Johnsmith calls himself a "blue collar" songwriter and by looking at his history you could say that's accurate. He spent a number of years as a songwriter for Nashville music companies and has won numerous awards for his creations including honors at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. He also teaches songwriting to up and coming performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/07/johnsmith?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2007 12:23:41 -0600 Keb' Mo' performs in The Current studios Keb' Mo' doesn't like to be pigeon-holed. But he is. Often. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles, he was raised on gospel, played R&B and pop, but was later influenced by jazz and blues and now is widely known as one of the country's best blues singer-songwriters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/02/keb_mo?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 14:08:30 -0500 Diane Jarvi performs in The Current studio Diane Jarvi was born in the US, but her ancestry is most definitely Finnish. She's known for her unique interpretations of world and folk music and her poetry. On her most recent recording she explores more Finnish traditional music, but also dives into Gypsy jazz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/17/diane_jarvi?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:23:03 -0500 The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank perform in the Current studios What's in a name? A little of this, a little of that, according to the Alexy brothers. They live near Duluth currently, but grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time hanging with their Uncle Frank. So much time, in fact, that they call themselves the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/12/hobo_nephews?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 09:17:26 -0500 Martin Sexton performs in the Current studio You'd think Martin Sexton was born in the soul music scene, but he claims it was something he found later in life, with help from the movies and a large hamburger chain with golden arches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/27/martin_sexton?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:08:15 -0500 Pieta Brown performs in the Current studio Being the daughter of Grammy-winning folk artist Greg Brown, music was a natural part of her Pieta Brown's childhood. She grew up exposed to all sorts of music in both southern Iowa and Alabama. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/26/pieta_brown?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:00:02 -0500 Jevetta Steele performs in the Current studio Several years ago, Jevetta Steele wrote and starred in a production called "Two Queens One Castle." The show is based upon her recovery from a destructive love triangle in her marriage. The show was a hit and played in other theaters around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/19/jevetta_steele?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:23:23 -0500 Roma di Luna performs in the Current studio Alexei and Channy Moon Casselle met in high school, dated, went their separate ways, stayed in touch, and now are married and living in Minneapolis. They also come from various musical backgrounds: classical, bluegrass and hip-hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/06/20070906_roma_di_luna?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 14:14:27 -0500 Jimmy LaFave performs in the Current studio Austin, TX has loads of good songwriters. To be good songwriter them and to be making a living at it puts you in pretty good company. Jimmy LaFave is there. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/02/jimmy_lafave?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 16:52:01 -0500 Monroe Crossing perform in the Current studio Monroe Crossing does it the old-fashioned way: by standing around one microphone, leaning in and backing off when they have to balance the overall sound of the five instruments and vocal harmonies. It's a dance they make about 150 times a year in concerts all over the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/28/monroe_crossing?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 09:06:15 -0500 Clearwater Hot Club peform in the Current studio Twenty-two year old Guitarist Sam Miltich is in the process of releasing his third album. He and his father Matthew formed the Clearwater Hot Club some years ago to play the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/22/clearwater_hot_club?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 08:33:29 -0500 Willy Mason performs in the Current studio Do you tell your kids to go directly to college after high school, or do you tell them to take a year off and figure out their life? Maybe you're like Willy Mason: he was planning to go to college, but ended up touring at age 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/20/willy_mason?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 12:46:42 -0500 Charlie Parr performs live in the Current studios The new album from Bluesman Charlie Parr was recorded in his neighbor's garage - birds chirping, water on the floor, kids running by - and he feels that the setting allowed him to perform like he wanted. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/30/chalie_parr?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 08:30:47 -0500 Rachel Ries performs in the Current studios When we last met our hero she had driven all night to join us in Jackson for our live show at the Historic State Theater last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/25/rachel_ries?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 11:15:25 -0500 Cliff Eberhardt performs in the Current studio Cliff Eberhardt was on the verge of ending his career after recovering from a serious car accident, but the songs kept coming and led him to record another album for Red House Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/09/cliff_eberhardt?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 09:00:23 -0500 Susan Werner performs in The Current studios Susan Werner brings to her music a background in classical, jazz, folk and rock music. She's no stranger to several instruments and has been known to launch into an aria during her folk concert tours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/02/susan_werner?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2007 15:35:42 -0500 Charlie Maguire performs in the Current studio Charlie Maguire trusts his friends, and depends on them for input. That's just we he did in his new album, "Good Eye Blind". His long-time friend and producer Steve Wiese helped him shape his group of new songs, hired just the right musicians and recorded the album at Creation Studios in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/25/charlie_maguire?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 11:47:08 -0500 Neal & Leandra perform in studio It's been twenty years since Neal and Leandra starting singing together. Since then, they've released several recordings, got married, started a family and have made a career out of their music and engaging personalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/17/neal_leandra?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:43:48 -0500 Tom Feldmann and the Get-Rites perform in studio One wouldn't guess Tom Feldmann grew up in the Midwest after hearing his latest CD, and that's exactly the sound he was aiming for. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/27/tom_feldmann?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 09:39:40 -0500 Uncle Earl finds an unlikely fan So what's it like to have a rock star produce your folky-bluegrass album? Ask the women of Uncle Earl. They're touring right now in support of their CD, "Waterloo, Tennessee" which was produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/02/uncle_earl?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 07:00:43 -0600 Rickie Lee Jones performs in studio In 1979, a young Rickie Lee Jones got a big taste of success from her debut self-titled album and the hit song, "Chuck E's in Love." Today, she's back on the road touring in support of her new record, "Sermon on Exposition Boulevard" and she says it was the right thing to do at the right time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/22/rickie_lee_jones?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 07:00:00 -0600 Molly Maher continues her growth as an artist Patience pays off for Molly Maher, as she feels her new album - while not her first - contains some of her best work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/20/molly_maher?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:16:26 -0600 Bringing Easter Parade to the stage The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres were granted permission to take an Irving Berlin film musical and premeire a new stage musical from the 1948 film, "Easter Parade". The film starred Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/14/easter_parade?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 15:49:59 -0600 Storyhill puts their history to work Chris Cunningham and Johnny Hermanson have been playing together since high school, and this familiarity creates a chemistry that impressed both Grammy-winner Dan Wilson and Red House Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/12/storyhill?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:09:48 -0600 The New Riverside Ramblers keep the Cajun coming The New Riverside Ramblers have been a big part of Minnesota's traditional Cajun music revival for years. They make regular appearances around town to promote the Louisiana music and even offer dance lessons at their shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/07/new_riverside?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2007 13:32:56 -0600 No rest for Peter Mulvey and Clive Barnes Peter Mulvey, a product of Wisconsin and a regular performer in The Morning Show playlist, is touring the country constantly. He even books some regular gigs in Ireland where he met Clive Barnes, a respected guitarist and singer in his own right. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/22/mulvey_barnes?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:11:56 -0600 The draw of Carousel remains The last time you heard "You'll Never Walk Alone" you were probably wearing a robe and carrying a diploma. But did you know where that song came from? It's from the Rogers and Hammerstein show, "Carousel" and it was an unusual musical for it's time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/carousel?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:43:41 -0600 The last work of Violinist Raphael Fraisse French violinist Raphael Fraisse found a home in Minnesota with the explosion of the "hot club" music scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/19/raphael_fraisse?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 11:38:56 -0600 Piper's Crow bucks expectations Two sets of bagpipes in one room at the same time. Sounds impossible, but the result is lovely when it is members of the Minnesota-based Celtic ensemble, Piper's Crow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/17/pipers_crow?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 09:19:23 -0600 Randy Weeks comes home for the holidays Randy Weeks' name isn't right at the tip of your tongue when you think of hit songwriters, but after Lucinda Williams recorded his song, "Can't Let Go" on her record, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road", people began to take notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/29/randy_weeks?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 16:57:58 -0600 Alice Peacock keeps the "up north" with her Growing up without a TV isn't all bad, according to Alice Peacock. Now living in Chicago, Alice hails from White Bear Lake, dontcha know. And she's quick to revert back to a heavy Minnesota accent on cue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/27/alice_peacock?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 14:55:55 -0600 Free Range Pickin' pulls together for the holiday Free Range Pickin' has been quite busy this past year, although not necessarily together as a bluegrass band. They've been able to get together the last three years for a special holiday show at Minneapolis' Cedar Cultural Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/06/free_range_pickin?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 14:47:17 -0600 Leo Kottke performs in studio Still spending 80% of his days on the road, life hasn't slowed down for Leo Kottke. His late collaborations with bassist Mike Gordon have helped with record sales and he says the two are talking about a possible third release soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/14/leo_kottke?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0600 John Gorka performs in studio It's been 18 years since John Gorka released his first recording. He's just released his first new record in three years on Red House Records, "Writing in the Margins" with some songs about love and war and hope for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/10/john_gorka?refid=0 Fri, 10 Nov 2006 15:52:06 -0600 Larry Long performs in studio Larry Long is a troubadour from Minnesota. He's been writing and singing for well over three decades in the style of Woody Guthrie and uses his music for community service and education. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/09/larry_long?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 09:17:22 -0600 Justin Roth performs in studio Justin Roth has a problem. A good problem, though. He's a Minnesota boy, has a few records out and plays a LOT. But most of his gigs are on the road: in the Northeast, West, Mountains and not much in his hometown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/08/justin_roth?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:13:50 -0600 Dave Stoddard performs in studio Being compared to Randy Newman isn't a bad thing for most musicians, and Dave Stoddard loves it. He's a songwriter from originally from Wisconsin, but makes his home in Fergus Falls these days. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/06/dave_stoddard?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 17:09:56 -0600 Claudia Schmidt performs in studio Singer-songwriter Claudia Schmidt has almost run the whole musical gamut: from folk to poetry to blues to swing and now, Jazz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/25/claudia_schmidt?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:13:05 -0500 Pete Morton performs live in studio Pete Morton's background is in rock-and-roll, but he's a busker now: a singer-songwriter from England, living and writing songs on the road. His latest record is "Flying an Unknown Flag." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/28/jpete_morton?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:15:55 -0500 Eric Bibb turns the blues upside-down Eric Bibb refers to his music as "upside-down blues," blues that don't talk about life's problems as much as they do life's joys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/27/eric_bibb?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 15:05:27 -0500 Jon Vezner, Celeste Krenz, and Lindsay Mac record for North House Folk School For the past five years, Nashville songwriter Jon Vezner has gathered some other musician friends together to perform a concert to help raise funds for the North House Folk School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/26/north_house?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:58:43 -0500 Lynn Miles - in studio Canadian singer Lynn Miles writes many of her songs in her car while on tour. She stopped in the Morning Show studio and chatted with Dale and Jim Ed about songwriting, driving, and the big country north of us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/22/lynn_miles?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 08:00:12 -0500 Geoff Muldaur - in studio Richard Thompson once said of Geoff Muldaur, "There are only three white blues singers - Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/22/geoff_muldaur?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 09:22:54 -0500 Connie Evingson and the Hot Club of Sweden Twin Cities vocalist Connie Evingson already had a "hot club" jazz record out so she was ready to move on to her next project. But then she met the Hot Club of Sweden on a winter trip to Stockholm. The result is a new CD, "Stockholm Sweetnin'," that was released this summer in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/07/connie_evingson?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:20:37 -0500 Pop Wagner performs in studio Pop Wagner performs "Drive Them Critters," "Old Paint," and "Zebra Dunn" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/02/pop_wagner?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:11:55 -0600 Wailin' Jennys perform in studio Wailin' Jennys perform "Avila," "Bring 'Em All In," and "Long Time Traveller http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/18/wailin_jennys?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2006 15:41:13 -0600 Laura Caviani performs in studio Laura Caviani performs "Watchin' the Game," "Paper Cranes," and "Supper's Burnin'" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/17/laura_caviani?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:33:33 -0600 Cherish the Ladies perform in studio Cherish the Ladies perform "Ding Dong Merrily on High/Cat's Meow," "Sweet Thames," "Old Maids of Galway," and "Fair and Tender Ladies" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/19/cherish_the_ladies?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2005 09:55:31 -0600 Lindsey Mac performs in studio Lindsey Mac performs "Small Revelation," "Pale Reflection," and "Lucy" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/14/lindsey_mac?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:34:19 -0600 Carrie Newcomer performs in studio Carrie Newcomer performs "Betty's Diner," "I Fly," "Leaves Don't Drop, They Just Let Go," and "Bowling Baby" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/02/carrie_newcomer?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 09:18:18 -0600 Peter Mayer performs in studio Peter Mayer performs "Christmas Morning," "God is a River," "The Houses of Winter," and "Make My Christmas Day" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/30/peter_mayer?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:24:22 -0600 Neal and Leandra perform in studio Neal and Leandra perform "Toyland," "Boswell's Lights," "Fool," and "Esta Noche" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/27/neal_and_leandra?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2005 16:14:46 -0600 Rodney Crowell performs in studio Rodney Crowell performs "Dancin' Circles Round the Sun / Epictetus Speaks" and "Betty Was Black and Willie Was White" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/18/rodney_crowell?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 15:33:11 -0600 West Side Story performs in studio The cast of the West Side Story joined Dale and Jim on the Morning show to perform songs from the musical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/11/west_side_story?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 14:57:26 -0600 Cosy Sheridan performs in studio Cosy Sheridan performs "Ten Thousand Mothers," "Hannibal Across the Alps," and "Ant Hymn" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/10/cosy_sheridan?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 14:53:29 -0600 Gales of November perform in studio Gales of November perform "Heaven Before We Know," "River in the Sea," "Out of the Blue," and "Crows" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/08/gales_of_november?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:33:05 -0600 David Stoddard performs in studio David Stoddard performs "Reality TV," "I Wrote A Song About You," and "Winter" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/04/david_stoddard?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 14:22:28 -0600 Spaghetti Western String Co perform in studio The local chamber quartet joined Jim and Dale of the Morning Show to perform and talk about their influences ranging from traditional folk to classical that make them stand out as one of the most unique local groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/12/spaghetti_western_string_co?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 13:32:48 -0500 Jerry Rau performs in studio Jerry Rau performs "Gypsy Girl," "Guitar's Call," and "All the Good People" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/06/jerry_rau?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2005 12:22:59 -0500 Ramblin' Jack Elliott performs in studio Ramblin' Jack Elliott performs "Hard Travelin'," "Lorry Driver's Song," and "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/29/ramblin_jack_elliot?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 12:08:01 -0500 Taj Mahal performs in studio Taj Mahal performs "Catfish Blues" and "Zanzibar" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/27/taj_mahal?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2005 12:03:08 -0500 Pat Donohue performs in studio Pat Donohue performs "Buddy the Blues," "Could Be Worse," "Who's Been Here," and "Gypsy Woman" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/16/pat_donohue?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 10:42:28 -0500 Weepies perform in studio The Weepies perform "Rocks and Water," "Somebody Loved," "World Spins," and "Gotta Have You" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/07/weepies?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 10:22:36 -0500 Marcia Ball performs in studio Marcia Ball performs "Down the Road," "Louisiana 1927," "That's Enough of That Stuff," and "Count the Days" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/25/marcia_ball?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:06:52 -0500 Pines perform in studio The Pines perform "Pale White Horse," "Midnight Sun," "Make a Run," and "Let's Go" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/05/pines?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 09:25:35 -0500 Little Charlie and the Nightcats perform in studio Little Charlie and the Nightcats perform "So Good," "Deep Pockets," "Circling the Drain," and "Tag, You're It" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/07/little_charlie_and_the_nightcats?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 11:49:30 -0500 Michael Johnson performs in studio Michael Johnson performs "Emilio," "You Make Me Feel So So," "Oklahoma Stray," and "Company Man" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/24/michael_johnson?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:09:57 -0500 Boiled in Lead perform in studio Boiled in Lead perform "Jolly Tinker," "Music for a Found Harmonium," "Menfi," and "The MicroOrganism" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/03/boiled_in_lead?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 11:36:38 -0500 The Wailin' Jennys perform in studio Wailin' Jennys perform "One Voice," "Arlington," and "Devil's Paintbrush Road" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/20/wailin_jennys?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 11:32:25 -0500 Leo Kottke performs in studio Still spending 80% of his days on the road, life hasn't slowed down for Leo Kottke. His recent collaborations with bassist Mike Gordon has helped him reach a wider audience. He talked with Jim and Ed of the Morning show about the recording process down in the Carribean and performed a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/29/leo_kottke?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 11:28:19 -0500 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion perform in studio Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion perform "Ceasefire," "Gervalis," "Dr. King," and "In Lieu of Flowers" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/19/sarah_lee_guthrie_and_johnny_irion?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2005 15:07:59 -0500 Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues perform in studio Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues perform "Opus 17," and "Unfinished Jump" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/31/corky_siegels_chamber_blues?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:23:22 -0600 Johnsmith performs in studio Johnsmith performs "Down a Gravel Road," "From His Window," "Break Me Open," and "Pothole Season" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/30/johnsmith?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2005 11:13:17 -0600 Katie McMahon performs in studio Katie McMahon performs "Waterford," "St. Patrick's Breast Plate," and "Newry Town" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/18/katie_mcmahon?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 15:01:16 -0600 Warm Beer Cold Women perform in studio Inspired by the songs of Tom Waits, the cast of local production Warm Beer Cold Women chat with with Jim and Dale and perform on The Morning Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/16/warm_beer_cold_women?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 10:53:56 -0600 Piper's Crow perform in studio Piper's Crow perform "Stumpie," "First Leaves of Spring," and "Fertile Fields of Pebbles" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/10/pipers_crow?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 12:19:32 -0600 Chris Smither performs in studio Chris Smither performs "Train Home," "Shillin' for the Blues," and "Crocodile Man" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/05/chris_smither?refid=0 Sat, 05 Mar 2005 12:29:48 -0600 Sam Shaber performs in studio Sam Shaber performs "El Dorado," "Simon Says," "Rain and Sunshine," and "Pedestal" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/18/sam_shaber?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 13:31:53 -0600 Carrie Newcomer performs in studio Carrie Newcomer performs "Betty's Diner," "When One Door Closes," and "The Gathering of Spirits" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/10/carrie_newcomer?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 14:00:42 -0600 Cam Waters and Kari Larson perform in studio Cam Waters and Kari Larson perform "Travelin' Man," "Stag-O-Lee," "Shake Sugaree," and "Ragged and Dirty" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/21/cam_waters_and_kari_larson?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2005 14:49:42 -0600