Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Pengra http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30558 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:21:19 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Pengra http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 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 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 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -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