Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Pengra http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30558 en-us Copyright 2016 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:52:35 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Pengra http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Mandolin Orange perform in the Radio Heartland studio It seems impossible to want to improve on the sound of Mandolin Orange, but that's exactly what Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz did when the duo added more musicians to the mix. Playing songs from their new album 'Blindfaller,' Mandolin Orange stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/30/mandolin-orange-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:50:00 -0600 A conversation with Richard Shindell Richard Shindell's songs are so full of imagery, they could be novels, films or paintings. 'Careless,' Shindell's latest album, continues in that mold. Shindell stopped by Radio Heartland to chat with Mike Pengra and to share a few tracks from the new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/09/a-conversation-with-richard-shindell?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:15:00 -0600 Gurf Morlix performs in the Radio Heartland studio Gurf Morlix has produced and arranged for a veritable Who's Who in Americana Music, but he also has his own recordings and original songs. On a tour of the central U.S., Morlix stopped at Radio Heartland to chat with Mike Pengra and to play a few songs, including a couple from his forthcoming 2017 album, 'The Soul and the Heal.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/07/gurf-morlix-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:25:00 -0600 Courtney Marie Andrews performs in the Radio Heartland studio Courtney Marie Andrews' new album, 'Honest Life', contains songs influenced by regulars for whom she poured drinks at a neighborhood bar in Washington state while trying to make a living as a singer-songwriter. Now touring in support of her album, Courtney Marie Andrews found time to sing some of her songs for us in the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/01/courtney-marie-andrews-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:45:00 -0500 The O'Connor Band perform in the Radio Heartland studio The O'Connor Band centers on esteemed violinist Mark O'Connor and his son, Forrest. Add Mark's wife Maggie, Forrest's fiancee Kate Lee, plus a couple top-notch Nashville session players. During an extended run at a club in Minneapolis, the O'Connor Band stopped at Radio Heartland for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/27/the-oconnor-band-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:50:00 -0500 Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris perform on Radio Heartland Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris have led parallel lives for the past several years, but they hadn't met until recently. Now, the duo have combined their talents and their playlists, launching a new duo under the name the Home Fires. Emerson and Morris stopped at Radio Heartland for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/21/vicky-emerson-and-sarah-morris-perform-on-radio-heartland?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put down railroad tracks in the studio Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have just released an album of railroad songs recorded at a number of train stations between Chicago and Los Angeles. 'It's certainly not about nostalgia,' Henry says. 'This is a part of our living heritage.' Bragg and Henry stopped in to the studio to play some songs and to chat with host and producer Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/20/billy-bragg-and-joe-henry-put-down-railroad-tracks-in-the-studio?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:30:00 -0500 Sara Watkins performs in the studio Touring in support of her new album, 'Young In All The Wrong Ways,' Sara Watkins visited our studio for a session heard on Radio Heartland and on The Current's 'United States of Americana.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/29/sara-watkins-performs-in-the-studio?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:45:00 -0500 Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra perform in the Radio Heartland studio Cafe Accordion Orchestra have been playing shows throughout the Midwest for nearly 22 years, regaling audiences with music that transports listeners to another place and time. As the Cafe Accordion Orchestra prepare to release their tenth album, they stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a variety of tunes and to talk about the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/27/dan-newtons-cafe-accordion-orchestra-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Dean Magraw performs in the Radio Heartland studio Dean Magraw is master guitarist, and he is headlining the first concert in the Red House Live at the Landmark Center concert series, on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., with special guests Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet and vocalist Prudence Johnson. Before the show, Dean stopped at Radio Heartland to play a few tunes and to chat with Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/16/dean-magraw-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0500 Chris Cunningham and Wes Kirkpatrick perform at Radio Heartland Chris Cunningham, formerly of the duo Storyhill, is out with a new solo album called 'If You Knew All Along'. He's on the road promoting that release with touring partner Wes Kirkpatrick, a Nashville songwriter with Colorado roots. Cunningham and Kirkpatrick are trading off songs at duo gigs around Minnesota this weekend, and they took the time to bring their touring show into the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/09/chris-cunningham-and-wes-kirkpatrick-perform-at-radio-heartland?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0500 John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning' John Gorka's career-catapulting album, 'I Know,' was released in 1987, but he had actually recorded an earlier version in 1985, which Gorka didn't feel was quite right. Fast-forward to 2016, and Gorka has a different opinion about that earlier session; the older recording has now been released as 'Before Beginning - the Unreleased I Know'. Gorka stopped in to Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the two albums and to compare versions of a few tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/25/john-gorka-talks-about-before-beginning?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:00:00 -0500 Miss Tess performs in the Radio Heartland studio Miss Tess has been writing, performing and recording her own songs for more than a decade now, and with a recent move to Nashville, she has released a new album called 'Baby We All Know'. She shares some of those songs in this session at Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/19/miss-tess-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Darrell Scott performs in the Radio Heartland studio Darrell Scott's latest album is 'Couchville Sessions,' a collection of songs recorded in Scott's living room. Scott stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to play a few tracks from the album and to talk about how he was able to record his pal, the late Guy Clark, on one of the album tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/27/darrell-scott-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:30:00 -0500 Cary Morin performs in the Radio Heartland studio Fingerpicking guitar player and singer-songwriter Cary Morin is almost always on the road, except when he's busily working on his latest album. Despite his busy schedule, Cary was able to stop in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a few songs and to talk about his latest project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/22/cary-morin-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Sarah Jarosz performs in the Radio Heartland studio Following the release of her highly praised fourth album, 'Undercurrent,' Sarah Jarosz stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few tunes from her new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/19/sarah-jarosz-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Kalispell perform in the Radio Heartland studio Following the release of their 2016 album, 'Printer's Son,' the guys from Kalispell -- a music project headed by Shane Leonard -- stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/22/kalispell-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:30:00 -0500 Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers collaborate on 'We Are Welcomed' Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers have released a new album, 'We Are Welcomed.' Schmidt stopped in the Radio Heartland studio to talk about the making of the album and to share some tracks from the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/14/claudia-schmidt-and-sally-rogers-collaborate-on-we-are-welcomed?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:30:00 -0500 Karen Choi performs in the Radio Heartland studio Karen Choi's first album was recorded in Nashville, but for her second album, 'Through Our Veins', Karen looked to Minneapolis. Karen Choi visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from her new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/12/karen-choi-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 -0500 The Lowest Pair perform in the Radio Heartland studio When the Lowest Pair set to recording an album last winter, they found they had way too much material for one record, so they split the songs thematically into two albums. The Lowest Pair visited the Radio Heartland studio to talk about their new albums and to share some of the songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/11/the-lowest-pair-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Jack Klatt performs in the Radio Heartland studio Jack Klatt's new album, 'Shadows In The Sunset', is just out and he and his band found time to stop in to the Radio Heartland studio for some songs and a chat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/04/jack-klatt-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 09:45:00 -0500 Dennis Warner performs in the Radio Heartland studio Dennis Warner always knew he wanted to be a performer, but during the past decade or so, he has discovered his songs have taken on extra meaning, including one song that became the foundation of schools' curricula on diversity. Warner and members of his band stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/20/dennis-warner-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Mary Gauthier performs in the Radio Heartland studio Mike Pengra checked off another 'Radio Heartland Bucket List Interview' when singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier stopped in the studio. Mary's songwriting is legendary amongst her fans and peers for its honesty and grit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/13/mary-gauthier-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Eliza Gilkyson performs in the Radio Heartland studio Eliza Gilkyson's album 'The Nocturne Diaries' is based on a number of song ideas that came to her in the middle of the night. Eliza stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to share some of those songs in the middle of the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/08/eliza-gilkyson-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:30:00 -0500 Mark Erelli performs in the Radio Heartland studio Mark Erelli's tenth album, 'For a Song', comes out Friday, April 8, 2016. Before the release, Erelli stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/06/mark-erelli-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 -0500 Interview with folklorist James P. Leary James P. Leary is a folklorist and professor at the University of Wisconsin. His new book, 'Folk Songs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946', is a treasure trove of the region's folk roots. Leary stopped by to talk about the book and to share some of its companion recordings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/31/interview-with-folklorist-james-p-leary?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Dusty Heart perform in the Radio Heartland studio A couple of area singer-songwriters have teamed up recently to form a new duo. Besides doing their own thing, Molly Dean and Barbara Jean are now playing out as a duo called Dusty Heart. They stopped in to Radio Heartland for an in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/30/dusty-heart-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:20:00 -0500 Erik Brandt talks about 'Devil Music' St. Paul-based House of Mercy Recordings is releasing a new collection of songs by various artists, all about the Devil. Yep, that guy. Erik Brandt is among them, and he stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to talk about the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/04/erik-brandt-talks-about-devil-music?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:40:00 -0600 Ben Lubeck performs in the Radio Heartland studio Farewell Milwaukee's Ben Lubeck has ventured out with a solo album of songs that read like a love letter to his father -- all through the eyes of someone who recently became a father himself. Ben Lubeck visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from his album, 'Rented Rooms.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/10/ben-lubeck-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:50:00 -0600 Ellis performs in the Radio Heartland studio If you've seen her perform live, you already know that Ellis is totally engaging. She exhibits a true sense of joy when she sings, which you can see in her intense smile and can hear in her voice and in her laughter. Ellis brings the same energy into the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/05/ellis-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:00:00 -0600 Making music about architecture Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Erin Keefe and Music Director Osmo Vanska join music group Accordo in a benefit concert for the preservation of Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis, a National Historic Landmark. Keefe and Vanska recently spoke about the benefit with Classical MPR producer Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/02/music-and-architecture?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0600 Vicky Emerson performs in the Radio Heartland studio Vicky Emerson and her longtime producer and guitarist Matt Patrick were in the studio to play some new songs as Vicky prepares to release her next album, 'Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down,' on Saturday, Jan. 24. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/22/vicky-emerson-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0600 Austin Plaine performs in the Radio Heartland studio Singer-songwriter Austin Plaine had only played live a handful of times when he was invited to Nashville to record his debut album. Austin stopped by Radio Heartland to play some songs from that album and to chat with Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/19/austin-plaine-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0600 Mike Pengra's Radio Heartland best-of-2015 albums Here are Radio Heartland Program Director Mike Pengra's favorite records that crossed his desk this past year, listed in no particular order. Some are new artists, some are not; some funky, some folky, some bluesy ... all of it wonderful music that fits perfectly into the Radio Heartland stream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/21/mike-pengra-s-radio-heartland-best-of-for-2015?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:50:00 -0600 Morning Show final broadcast: playlist, pics and more The Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole (aka Tom Keith) made its final broadcast on Dec. 11, 2008. The live program aired from a packed Fitzgerald Theater. Here is the program rundown as well as a slideshow and other mementos from the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/morning_show/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Joan Shelley performs in the Radio Heartland studio Joan Shelley is from Louisville, Ky., but listen to her sing and you might think she's from England and her original songs centuries old. Shelley has had a busy year among two solo albums and a collaboration; nevertheless, she found time to stop at Radio Heartland for an in-studio session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/18/joan-shelley-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams perform in the Radio Heartland studio Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have toured with many national acts but say their time touring with Levon Helm gave them the spark to work as a musical duo themselves. They stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a few songs and to chat with host Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/10/larry-campbell-and-teresa-williams-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Mipso perform in the Radio Heartland studio When the four members of Mipso graduated from college a few years ago, they piled their instruments into a van and hit the road, setting aside their majors for the thrill of music. Touring in support of their album, 'Old Time Reverie,' Mipso made a stop at Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/04/mipso-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Rose Cousins performs in the Radio Heartland studio Rose Cousins recently released 'Stray Birds', an EP of originals and covers. Rose stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs and to talk about her hometowns and her love of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/28/rose-cousins-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Jeffrey Foucault performs in the Radio Heartland studio Jeffrey Foucault's latest album, 'Salt As Wolves' was released Oct. 16, 2015, and the New York Times already calls it 'close to perfection.' Jeffrey, along with Billy Conway and Caitlin Canty, join Mike Pengra in the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/21/jeffrey-foucault-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Matt Nakoa performs in the Radio Heartland studio One of six winners at the 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival, Matt Nakoa finds himself among a prestigious list of past winners, including Steve Earle, Patty Griffin and Lyle Lovett. Nakoa's album, 'A Dozen Other Loves,' has been well received. Let's get to know this rising star a bit better. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/23/matt-nakoa-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Vanska eager for new Minnesota Orchestra season The Minnesota Orchestra begins its new season this weekend, and music director Osmo Vänskä is eager for the new season to begin. Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of the orchestra's season opener on Friday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/10/vanska-eager-for-new-minnesota-orchestra-season?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:50:00 -0500 Keepers by Request Keepers by Request celebrates the classic songs as heard on MPR's Morning Show hosted by Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole. Mike Pengra, along with special guest Dale Connelly, play two hours of these beloved tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/04/keepers-by-request?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Erik Koskinen chats about his new album Although Erik Koskinen has released many of the songs on his live record on previous albums, it's hard to match the energy of a live performance. To celebrate the release of 'Erik Koskinen: Live at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour,' Erik stopped by Radio Heartland to talk about the album and to spin some tracks from it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/26/erik-koskinen-chats-about-his-new-album?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Olivia Chaney performs in the Radio Heartland studio Classically trained musician Olivia Chaney has been as influenced by Joni Mitchell and Prince as she has by Edvard Grieg. Chaney visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from her debut album, 'The Longest River.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/24/olivia-chaney-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:50:00 -0500 The Pine Hill Project perform in the Radio Heartland studio Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have dozens of solo albums to their names. Now, finally, they're together as a duo, calling themselves the Pine Hill Project. Their new album is called 'Tomorrow You're Going' and they stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from the record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/16/the-pine-hill-project-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Josh Rouse performs in the Radio Heartland studio Josh Rouse lives in Spain these days, but has a Midwestern background. His latest album is <em>The Embers of Time</em>, out on Yep Roc Records. During a recent tour, he passed through the Radio Heartland studio with his Martin guitar and his harmonicas for a chat and some live music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/09/josh-rouse-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Mandolin Orange perform in the Radio Heartland studio North Carolina-based duo Mandolin Orange stopped into the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs and to talk about their career thus far. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/03/mandolin-orange-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Red Molly perform in the Radio Heartland studio New York-based trio Red Molly have enjoyed an 11-year career so far. They'll be taking an hiatus soon, but they stopped by Radio Heartland to perform songs from their latest record, 'The Red Album'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/26/red-molly-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard sing Gershwin The latest project from Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard is a collection of 18 tunes by George Gershwin. Prudence and Dan stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to perform some songs from their new album, <em>Gershwin</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/21/prudence-johnson-and-dan-chouinard-sing-gershwin?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 12:50:00 -0500 Rhiannon Giddens performs in the Radio Heartland studio A fantastic musician, Rhiannon Giddens is also a great juggler: Fronting the Carolina Chocolate Drops, working with T Bone Burnett on film scores and on 'The New Basement Tapes', plus supporting her new solo album, 'Tomorrow Is My Turn', keeps Giddens busy. 'I am tirelessly promoting this obscure, forgotten music that is worthy of so much love and energy and attention,' she says. Listen to her full in-studio session, hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/28/rhiannon-giddens-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:45:00 -0500 Carson McHone performs in the Radio Heartland studio Carson McHone got hooked on songwriting while still a high-schooler. She's been touring heavily on the strength of her self-titled EP, and she and her band stopped into the Radio Heartland studio while on tour road-testing songs from a forthcoming album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/15/carson-mchone-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Karen Choi performs in the Radio Heartland studio Karen Choi is a wife, mother and musician. She recorded her first album after having two children and earning a graduate degree. Karen's songs are inspired by everyday life, and she recently stopped by Radio Heartland to play some songs from her debut album, 'Paper Birch'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/07/karen-choi-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Trout Steak Revival perform in the Radio Heartland studio Trout Steak Revival have had a very good year: They recorded an album funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, won the best band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and are now on tour supporting their album. Trout Steak Revival stopped at Radio Heartland to record this in-studio performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/31/trout-steak-revival-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Tom Paxton performs in the Radio Heartland studio Tom Paxton's career has spanned more than five decades, and he's just as creative as ever. Tom has a new album, 'Redemption Road', and he stopped by Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra and to play some songs off the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/19/tom-paxton-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Norah Rendell captures Celtic music on her latest album, 'Spinning Yarns' Touring across Canada, Norah Rendell became steeped in the Celtic-music traditions that are so rich in that country. She captures that spirit in her latest album, 'Spinning Yarns'. While in the Twin Cities, Norah stopped at Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about how she's collected tunes during her travels. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/17/norah-rendell-captures-celtic-music-on-her-latest-album-spinning-yarns?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Charlie Maguire celebrates 40 years of songwriting Charlie Maguire is celebrating 40 years of songwriting Saturday night at the Ginkgo Coffeehouse in St. Paul. He stopped in the studio to chat about his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/13/charlie-maguire-celebrates-40-years-of-songwriting?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:50:00 -0500 The Last Revel perform in the Radio Heartland Studio The Last Revel always bring intensity and energy to their live performances, and that comes across in this in-studio session at Radio Heartland. You can even watch videos of the band's performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/04/the-last-revel-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:25:00 -0600 Interview: Erik Brandt of the Blood Washed Band and House of Mercy Recordings Erik Brandt of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet is also part of the Blood Washed Band, and he's the "guy In charge" at House of Mercy Recordings. Brandt stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat about a new music series at the 331 Club in Minneapolis and to play some tracks from the Blood Washed Band's latest album, 'Driftin' Along'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/25/interview-erik-brandt-of-the-blood-washed-band-and-house-of-mercy-recordings?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Peter Mayer stops by the Radio Heartland studio Singer-songwriter Peter Mayer has a new album called 'Third Street'. His sold-out CD release show is Saturday, Nov. 22. Mayer stopped by Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the new album and other upcoming shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/20/peter-mayer-stops-by-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Barbara Jean performs in the Radio Heartland studio Barbara Jean could have been a painter: Some of the lyrics on her new album, <em>Darker Than Blue</em>, conjure images such as stars dancing on the water or waves lapping on the shore at night. Barbara Jean and a band of seasoned performers stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play songs off the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/18/barbara-jean-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:40:00 -0600 Dennis Warner performs in the Radio Heartland studio When Dennis Warner was in college, he studied music and philosophy. He neatly combined those two fields of study into a career as a singer-songwriter. Warner stopped by the Radio Heartland studio for a performance and a visit with Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/28/dennis-warner-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Phil Heywood performs in the Radio Heartland studio Phil Heywood's new album is called 'Rollin' On'. Heywood stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio ahead of the CD-release party, which is Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Riverview Cafe in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/15/phil-heywood-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0500 Pieta Brown performs in the Radio Heartland studio Pieta Brown released the album, Paradise Outlaw', on Sept. 30, and her local CD release show is Friday, Oct. 10, at the Dakota in Minneapolis. She and Bo Ramsey stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few tunes from the record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/07/pieta-brown-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Slaid Cleaves performs in the Radio Heartland studio Mike Pengra has been trying for years to get his and Slaid Cleaves' schedules to line up so Cleaves could stop into the Radio Heartland studio for an interview. This week, the stars finally aligned. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/01/slaid-cleaves-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Mustered Courage perform in the Radio Heartland studio In town for a couple of gigs over the course of a few days -- the Cabooze on Wednesday and the Shangri-La Festival on Friday -- Australian bluegrass band Mustered Courage stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play some tunes and to chat with Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/05/mustered-courage-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0500 Get a preview of Classical MPR's State Fair artists Classical MPR's Mike Pengra joins Steve Staruch in the studio to talk a bit more about the artists who are performing at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and to play some samples of their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/06/get-a-preview-of-classical-mpr-s-state-fair-artists?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Cary Morin performs in the Radio Heartland Studio Blues guitarist Cary Morin and his wife rented out their house in Colorado, packed up their RV and their dog and set off across country to see where his music would take them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/cary-morin-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:55:00 -0500 Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison perform in the Radio Heartland studio For their latest album, 'Our Year', Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison spent many weeks perfecting their acoustic sound with their band to get a true, "front porch" jam-session sound -- and that's exactly what they did in the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/02/kelly-willis-and-bruce-robison-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Tim Sparks performs in the Radio Heartland studio Local guitarist Tim Sparks visits the Radio Heartland studio to talk about his new album, 'Chasin' the Boogie', and to play a few songs from the new release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/17/tim-sparks-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:45:00 -0500 For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th birthday Listen to the audio from 'For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday', a live program of musical tributes that took place at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., on May 3, 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/for-pete-s-sake-celebrating-pete-seeger-s-95th-birthday?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 The Falderals perform in the Radio Heartland studio Leading into their CD-release party and a multi-week, multi-city tour in support of their new album, 'Witness', the Falderals visit the Radio Heartland studios for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/28/the-falderals-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan perform in the Radio Heartland studio Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are currently touring as a duo. That's right; just fiddle and banjo. But they're no average players. In town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, they stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/21/noam-pikelny-and-stuart-duncan-perform-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Ray Bonneville performs in the Radio Heartland studio Ray Bonneville's latest album, 'Easy Gone', is his eighth full-length and his fourth on Red House Records. This award-winning singer-songwriter stopped by the Radio Heartland studios to play a few songs and talk about his newest album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/09/ray-bonneville-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 11:45:00 -0500 Whirling with Claudia Schmidt - live in the studio Claudia Schmidt has released her 19th album this spring, <i>New Whirled Order</i>, is a collection of 12 new, original songs, plus one she co-wrote with guitarist Dean Magraw. Claudia and her friends stopped by for an in-studio session at Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/24/whirling-with-claudia-schmidt?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Erik Koskinen performs in the Radio Heartland studio You can't walk into a music club somewhere in the Twin Cities without seeing Erik Koskinen playing the heck out of his guitar. Koskinen now has a brand-new album of original material that comes out on Feb. 20, and he stopped into the Radio Heartland studio to give us a preview of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/10/erik-koskinen-performs-in-the-radio-heartland-studio?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Remembering Ray Price On Monday, songwriter and performer Ray Price passed away at the age of 87. Radio Heartland program director Mike Pengra shares some thoughts about Price. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/17/remembering-ray-price?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:30:00 -0600 David Francey in studio David Francey and his band play songs from his latest album, <i>So Say We All</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/david-francey?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0600 The Gospel According to the Roe Family Singers The Roe Family Singers play music from their new gospel album, "Heaven Send Us Better Times." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/roe-family-singers?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Farewell Milwaukee Live In Studio Farewell Milwaukee perform songs from their new album, <i>Can't Please You, Can't Please Me</i>, live in the studio on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/15/farewell-milwaukee?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Meg Hutchinson: "Beyond That" Meg Hutchinson performs songs from her new album, <i>Beyond That</i>, out on Red House Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/02/meg-hutchinson?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Ann Reed's new album: "Eventually" Ann Reed and Joan Griffith perform songs from Ann's new album, <i>Eventually</i>, live in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/24/ann-reed-eventually?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:00 -0500 John Gorka on Radio Heartland John Gorka performs on Radio Heartland in advance of Barnfest 2013 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/31/john-gorka?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Vicky Emerson: Dust and Echoes Singer songwriter Vicky Emerson performs songs from "Dust and Echoes" on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/28/vicky-emerson?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Jake Armerding In Studio Jake Armerding performs songs from "Cosmos In The Chaos" on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/05/jake-armerding?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Maud Hixson Sings Michael Leonard Jazz singer Maud Hixson talks about her new disc, "Don't Let a Good Thing Get Away." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/24/maud-hixson?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Natalie Nowytski "Amerikana" Natalie Nowytski talks about her new album, "Amerikana." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/17/natalie-nowytski?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Andrea Beaton and Friends Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold and Dirk Freymuth play Cape Breton fiddle music in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/andrea-beaton?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin Singer songwriters Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin perform together on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/schmidt-elkin?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Hounds of Finn and the Laws of Physics Hounds of Finn play song and chat about their new album, "Gravity Pulls." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/hounds-of-finn?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Barbara Jean In Studio Barbara Jean performs music from her album, The Great Escape. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/02/barbara-jean?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Mother Banjo: The Devil Hasn't Won Ellen Stanley talks about her new album with the Mother Banjo Band, "The Devil Hasn't Won." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/22/mother-banjo?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Dakota Dave Hull and Ragtime Guitar Dakota Dave Hull talks about his new CD and book, "Ragtime Guitar in the Classic American Style" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/18/dakota-dave-hull?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Michael Johnson Back in Minnesota Michael Johnson talks about songs from his new album, "Moonlit Deja Vu". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/02/michael-johnson?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 08:25:00 -0500 Claudia Schmidt In Studio Claudia Schmidt talks about her reunion album with Sally Rogers, "Evidence of Happiness." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/19/claudia-schmidt?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Chris Smither on Radio Heartland Chris Smither plays songs from "Hundred Dollar Valentine" on Radio Heartland http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/07/chris-smither?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Charlie Roth In Studio Charlie Roth plays music from "Tartan Cactus Heart" in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/27/charlie-roth?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Woody Reflected Local folk icons disuss Woody Guthrie on the centennial of his birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/woody-reflected?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Tim Eriksen on Radio Heartland Tim Eriksen performs live on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/26/tim_eriksen?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Pat Donohue's Blues Profiles Pat Donohue, Guy Davis, Jearlyn Steele and friends perform at the Fitzgerald Theater March 24, 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/13/pat_donohue_blues_profiles?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings on Radio Heartland Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings perform music from their new album, "Machine". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/19/brass-king-2012?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Neal and Leandra "A Hundred Years From Now" Neal and Leandra perform material from "A Hundred Years From Now" on Radio Heartland http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/15/neal-and-leandra?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0600 Scott Alarik's "Revival" Scott Alarik talks about and reads excerpts from his new novel, "Revival" on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/09/scott-alarik?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0600 The Minor Planets on Radio Heartland Dana Thompson and Eric Christopher, AKA The Minor Planets, perform songs from their new album, "Shadow In The Water." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/minor_planets?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:00:00 -0600 Mary Jane Alm In Studio Mary Jane Alm and friends perform music on Radio Heartland from her new record, "Me and the Wild Blue." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/mary-jane-alm?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Flower Pickin' with Mary Flower Mary Flower performs live in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/20/mary-flower?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Tim O'Brien on Radio Heartland Tim O'Brien performs live in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/14/tim-o-brien?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 08:30:00 -0500 Preserving Irish Music Paddy O'Brien and Erin Hart talk about "The Sailor's Cravat" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/23/paddy-obrien?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Getting To Know Justin Roth Justin Roth performs in the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/15/justin-roth?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Paddle the Mississippi? Okee Dokee! The Okee Dokee Brothers talk about their trip down the Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/okee-dokee-brothers?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Pat Donohue In Revue Pat Donohue and Friends in concert at the Fitzgerald Theater March 12, 2011 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/19/pat_donohue_in_revue?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Mother Banjo's Stray Songs Ellen Stanley, aka Mother Banjo, talks about her new EP, "Stray Songs" on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/05/mother_banjo?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Ray Bonneville In Studio Ray Bonneville performs live in the Radio Heartland studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/28/ray_bonneville?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:00:00 -0500 Jonathan Byrd Is From Where? Jonathan Byrd plays songs from "Cackalack" in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/20/jonathan_byrd?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem discuss their newest record, "Ranky Tanky". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/08/rani_arbo?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 The Eelpout Stringers In Studio The Eelpout Stringers perform in studio on Radio Heartland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/02/11_eelpout_stringers?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Norah Rendell And The Outside Track Norah Rendell talks about latest album from The Outside Track http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/23/norah_rendell?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Rock Bend Folk Festival 2010 Highlights from the 2010 Rock Bend Folk Festival in St. Peter, MN. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/17/rock_bend_2010?refid=0 Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Leandra Peak: The Honeysuckle Vine Neal and Leandra perform songs from their new lullaby album, The Honeysuckle Vine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/09/neal_leandra_lullabies?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The Brothers Frantzich In Studio Tim and Paul Frantzich promote their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/25/brothers_frantzich?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The Ericksons The Erickson sisters perform in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/12/the_ericksons?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Wise Magraw In Studio Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise perform in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/09/wise_magraw?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 John Gorka In Studio John Gorka performs songs from "Red Horse" in studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/03/john_gorka?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Darryl Holter and "West Bank Gone" Darryl Holter talks about the recording of "West Bank Gone" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/14/darryl_holter?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Meg Hutchinson In Studio Meg Hutchinson sings songs from "The Living Side" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/meg_hutchinson?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Peter Ostroushko Celebrates Anniversaries Peter Ostroushko talks about anniversary of first recording and about recording with Dylan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/30/peter_ostroushko?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Reynold Phlipsek And All The Things He Is Reynold Philipsek talks about his latest album, "All The Things You Are." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/25/reynold_philipsek?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500