Live from Studio A

Live from Studio A: Maria Nickolay 8/17

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This acoustic singer/songwriter has 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 welcome Nickolay to our studios on Friday, August 17 at 2pm for a preview of her show later that night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Maria Nickolay

Beaner's Central

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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'll find out more about the album and hear some tunes when Eckart joins us in the studio on Thursday, August 16 at 2pm.

Todd Eckart

Clyde Iron Works

Live From Studio A: The Fish Heads 8/23

Aug 2, 2018
The Fish Heads

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 has an album release show for their latest CD, Time to Run on Friday, August 24 at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth. We'll get a preview when they join us in the studio on Thursday, August 23 at 2pm.

Fish Heads

KUMD

This male/female folk-pop group recently released its second full-length album, From the Light. The upstate New York act dropped by our studios on July 30, 2018 to share some tunes and talk about the new album and their transition from a duo into a four-piece.

The Sea the Sea

KUMD

This Minnesota acoustic trio recently released its second album, Like Kings. With an eclectic, folk-based sound that also brings in influences ranging from jazz to metal, they've toured nationally, including performances at SXSW for the past two years. They'll join us in the studio on Friday, August 3 at 2pm for a preview of their show later that night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Good Morning Bedlam 

Beaner's Central 

KUMD's Maija Jenson shares her conversations with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our sessions with this young Duluth musician, known for his unvarnished solo folk performances, his fiddle playing at traditional dances, his occasional collaborations with Charlie Parr, and his work with local band Yester. He'll release his first full-length solo album of American folk songs at Amazing Grace on Saturday, June 23. He joined us on  June 19, 2018 to talk about the album and share some tunes.

6/14 Live From Studio A: King Cardinal

Jun 1, 2018
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Christine Dean for KUMD

After releasing a pair of EPs, this Denver, Colorado-based Americana band recently put out its first full-length album, Great Lakes. Band founder Brennan Mackey joined us along with drummer Scott Roush, pedal steel player Ben Waligoske, bassist Andrew Porter, and vocalist Texanna Dennie for a harmony-laden full band session on June 14, 2018. We found out more about the new album and what the band's been up to since their last visit to our studio.

King Cardinal
 

Man playing guitar and woman singing into a microphone in radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

We were happy to welcome this husband-and-wife duo back to our studios on June 13, 2018.  The Seattle twosome was awarded Best Jazz Act 2017 by the Seattle Weekly. They shared tunes from their recently-released fifth studio album of vintage jazz with a modern twist, When You're Smiling and talked about the making of the album.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl 

5/23 Live From Studio A: Courtney Yasmineh

May 23, 2018
KUMD

This Chicago native has also spent time in the Twin Cities and New York City. Since the pop/rock singer/songwriter last joined us, she's released a book and a new album. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Wednesday, May 23 at 1pm along with producer Rob Genadek. They perform the same night at The Rex in Duluth as part of Duluth Dylan Fest.

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

Okeh/Sony Masterworks

The Bill Frisell Trio played at Sound in downtown Duluth on May 18th, 2018. Bill Frisell is a renowned guitarist, composer and arranger who has made a variety of recordings over the past few decades, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator with many different types of musicians.  

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with Michael Ferrier of this Minneapolis indie folk/rock band from May 11, 2018. They've released three albums, most recently 2017's Asilomar. We chatted with Michael about the making of that album and he shared solo versions of a couple of songs from it live in the studio.

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

Fathom Lane

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Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

  Von Agassiz has been a breath of fresh air on Duluth's music scene in the past few years, creating whimsical electro-folk with her keyboards, looping pedal, and sampler. She recently released her much-anticipated debut album, O Giver of Dreams. We're happy to welcome her back to our studios on Friday, May 4 at 2pm for a preview of her Duluth Homegrown Music Festival show the following night at Blacklist Artisan Ales.

    Abts was one of the performers at the very first Duluth Homegrown Music Festival twenty years ago. She performed solo and as part of indie rockers The State Champs in her years on the Duluth music scene before moving away. Although serious medical issues through the years have hindered her ability to perform regularly, Abts had always come back to music, recently releasing her first solo album in seventeen years. We looked forward to welcoming her back to the studio on May 3; she performed on May 5th at RT Quinlan's Saloon as part of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

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