Live from Studio A

Weekdays during Music Through the Day

Live performance and interviews with local, regional, and national artists.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Wednesday, Novemember 21 at 1pm | Gaelynn Lea
Wednesday, November 21 at 2pm | Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners

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In May this Duluth country band went to Nashville to record 5 songs for their new EP, Salt in the Snow. They'll release the EP on Wednesday, November 21st at Bent Paddle Brewery in Duluth. We'll get a preview when they join us in the studio at 2pm the same day.

Breanne Marie on Bandcamp

Bent Paddle Brewery

Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea

The past two years have been a whirlwind for this Duluth native. After winning the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Contest in 2016, she's toured nationally and internationally, performed with a variety of artists including The Decemberists, and given talks about disability, music, and finding inner freedom. She recently released Learning How to Stay, her first album backed by a full band. She has a release show for the album on Saturday, November 17 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, and she'll join us in the studio the following week, on Wednesday, November 21 at 1pm.

Zenith City Groove collective

Todd Garland, Jake Jonker, Keith Bower, and Nick Glass have been laying down jazz grooves in the Twin Ports for the past year. Garland found his way to Duluth after time spent in the Atlanta and Chicago music scenes. The group mixes covers of modern groove tunes from artists like John Scofield and Charlie Hunter with unconventional versions of pop and rock tunes. They celebrated their one year anniversary with a show at Beaner's Central on November 16. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on November 12.

Brothers Burn Mountain
John Heino for KUMD

Brothers Ryan and Jesse Dermody make up this duo, who've been playing music together for nearly two decades. Their expansive, blues-and-folk-influenced rock belies the simplicity of their drums and guitar setup. On their latest album, Blue Spruce, they flesh out their sound with help from special guests including Colleen Myhre on backing vocals and Trampled by Turtles' Ryan Young on fiddle. The disc was recorded at their own off-the-grid studio in the woods of Northern Minnesota. We found out more and heard tunes from the album when they joined us in the studio on November 9.

Static Panic

This Minneapolis trio released its debut EP, Chrome, this year. Their soulful synth-pop grooves recently landed them on the City Pages annual "Picked to Click" list. They joined us in the studio on November 8 and gave us a preview of their show happening the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Static Panic on Soundcloud

Five people standing together in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Twin Cities performer and composer joined us in the studio on  October 22 on the first-day of her week-long residency in Duluth that culminates in a show with Eric Mayson at Sacred Heart Music Center on October 26. Their project, Champagne Confetti, has been described as "Blurring the lines between ambient neo-minimalism, chamber music, and electro-R&B..."

Aby Wolf on Facebook

Aby Wolf

John Mark Nelson
Mike Mayou for KUMD

This St. Paul-based indie folk singer/songwriter is working on a new project set for release in 2019. He joined us in the studio on October 5 for a preview of his appearance the same night at Prøve Collective in Duluth.

John Mark Nelson

Prøve Collective

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Cascade Crescendo

This Portland, Oregon-based band plays jam influenced bluegrass and features former Duluthian and Tin Can Gin member Harrison Olk. The band is preparing to release its second album, Chasing the Sun; they shared more about that project and played live when they joined us in the studio on September 28th. They performed later the same night at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Cascade Crescendo

Red Herring Lounge

Red Tail Ring at KUMD

This Michigan duo features Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, whose close harmonies backed by spare acoustic instrumentation and blend of traditional tunes and original compositions create a distinctive folk sound. The pair, who play banjo, guitar, and fiddle, recently released their fourth studio album, Fall Away Blues. They joined us on September 27 and gave us a preview of their show at Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth that same evening.

Red Tail Ring

9/14 Live from Studio A: Low

Sep 11, 2018
Low at KUMD
Mike Mayou for KUMD

This veteran Duluth band (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year) continues to push boundaries with their latest album, Double Negative. They joined us in the studio on September 14, the album's release date, to share some tunes and tell us more about this latest effort.


Double Negative on SubPop Records

9/5 Live From Studio A: Jim's Country Laundry

Sep 4, 2018
Jim's Country Laundry at KUMD

This trio is the latest project from Duluth music scene veteran Jim Hall. The group joined us in the studio on September 5 and kicked off an every-Wednesday September residency at the Cedar Lounge in Superior the same night. They also performed on September 7 at Sir Benedict's Tavern in Duluth.

Cedar LoungeSir Benedict's TavernJim Hall

9/5 Live From Studio A: Satsang

Aug 27, 2018
Satsang playiing at KUMD

This Montana trio plays a blend of folk-rock, soul, and hip-hop. They joined us in the studio on September 5 for a preview of their first-ever Duluth show at the Red Herring Lounge that same night.


The Red Herring Lounge

8/23 Live From Studio A: The Fish Heads

Aug 17, 2018

Husband and wife team Mike Monson and Kim Curtis-Monson have been performing as the Fish Heads for over 25 years, with other musicians taking part along the way, including current member Paul Jones on dobro, pedal steel, guitar, and banjo. The eclectic folk/rock/bluegrass trio had an album release show for their latest CD, Time to Run August 24 in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on August 23.

Fish Heads

Teatro Zuccone


This acoustic singer/songwriter is back in her native Northern Minnesota after returning from 2 years in Northern Ireland. She released her debut album in 2016 and has a second in the works. We welcomed Nickolay to our studios on August 17, 2018.

Maria Nickolay

Man seated holding a guitar with another man standing behind him holding a guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local entertainer is known for his charismatic performances covering everyone from Elvis to the Rat Pack to the Everly Brothers. He's now channeled those influences into his own compositions for his first album, Out of the Blue, which he'll release on Sunday, August 19 at Clyde Iron in Duluth. We found out more about the album, why it was so long in the making, and heard some tunes when Eckart joined us in the studio with guitarist Jimi Cooper on August 16, 2018.

Todd Eckart