Live from Studio A

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
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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.  

Man playing and acoustic guitar and singing into a microphone
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

Woman wearing headphones and singing into a microphone while playing a keyboard
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.

5/2 Live From Studio A: The Latelys on the Local

Apr 23, 2018

This soulful rock trio played their first Homegrown last year. They've drawn attention for their unconventional configuration that features bass, drums, and piano, and for the distinctive voice of lead singer Jenna Harting. We welcomeed them to the studio on May 2 during the Local. They performed for this year's Duluth Homegrown Music Festival on May 4 at the Rex Bar.

5/2 Live From Studio A: The Fontanelles

Apr 23, 2018

 Duluth native Dave Mehling has busied himself with several projects since moving to the Twin Cities, including the band Portage, his duo MR DR, and performing in Gaelynn Lea's band. It's been three years since he's put out an album with his indie rock band the Fontanelles, but two singles released earlier this year may be a sign of more to come. We found out when they joined us in the studio on May 2. They performed the same night at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

5/1 Live From Studio A: The Old Smugglers

Apr 23, 2018

Superior native Erik Pearson is best known for his work as an artist (you may have seen his murals at the Red Mug Coffee Shop and the Spirit Room) but he's always kept music as a sideline. His most recent project is this duo that includes fellow Wisconsinite Joshua Murray; they recently released album number three, Hard Pan to Chaos. In last year's Homegrown blog we described their sound as, "Tom-Waits-meets-sea-shanties," but you can judge for yourself when you listen to their performance from our studios on Tuesday, May 1.

5/1 Live From Studio A: Boreal Forest

Apr 23, 2018

These Minneapolis transplants have been making dream pop/rock with synths and guitars since 2015. They released a debut album, Terraform, in 2017. They performed a Homegrown set at Blush on May 4; we got a preview when they joined us in the studio on May 1.

Boreal Forest

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

Back in 2016, when they were still known as Medical Underground, these local alternative indie rockers were voted by users of local blog, Perfect Duluth Day, to be the band that "won" Homegrown that year. After a name change, the band got to work on its first album, Paradise, which was released on April 20. They performed tunes from that album and we found out what they had planned for this year's Homegrown show when they joined us in the studio on April 30.

Nudecolors 

4/20 Live From Studio A: Johnny O'Brien

Apr 19, 2018

This Minneapolis singer/songwriter returned to our studios April 20. He gave us a preview of his latest album, due out in June. He had a show at Beaner's Central later that night.

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

Johnny O'Brien

Beaner's Central

4/9 Live From Studio A: Jason Vieaux

Apr 5, 2018

This renowned, Grammy-winning classical guitarist joined us in the studio on April 9. Vieaux, whose repertoire spans classical and contemporary music from around the world, has been described by NPR as "...perhaps the most precises and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." He performed a solo recital, presented by Matinee Musicale, on April 10 at Duluth's Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Jason Vieaux

Matinee Musicale

4/6 Live From Studio A: Georgia Rae Family Band

Apr 2, 2018

  

Fiddle champion Georgia Rae was joined by her sisters, lead singer and ukelele player Kelly Jo and banjo and mandolin player Quin. The Illinois trio headlined this years Cabin Fever Bluegrass Festival at Duluth's Radisson Harborview Hotel April 6-8th. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on April 6.

Georgia Rae Family Band

Cabin Fever Festival

Miller is a member of Twin Cities orchestral indie rock band We are the Willows. He be performed at a songwriter showcase at the Red Herring, then the full band joined hime at the same venue on that same night. He dropped by our studios on April 5 for a preview of both sets.

We are the Willows 
Red Herring Lounge

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