Live from Studio A

3/28 Live From Studio A: Dusty Heart

Mar 20, 2018

Minnesota Americana singer/songwriters Molly Dean and Barbara Jean had established solo careers before forming this duo just a couple of years ago after being invited to open a Colorado tour for Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles. The two released their self-titled debut album on March 16; we found out more when they joined us in the studio for a session on March 28. They played the same evening at Glensheen as part of that venue's March Unplugged series.

Dusty Heart

3/22 Live From Studio A: Nat Harvie Trio

Mar 19, 2018

Duluth native Harvie drew attention with their high school band, Vivielle, which eventually broke up after the members went off to college. After putting out some solo material, Harvie formed this "100% queer" solo project that also features bassist Becca DeBoer (Red Mountain) and drummer Sam Williams (Chase Down Blue). The trio put out its first album, Nat Harvie's Broken Record, on March 23. They joined us for a preview of the show on March 22.

Nat Harvie Trio on Facebook

Teague Alexy and Erik Berry
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Teague Alexy's Irish immigrant grandparents inspired his love of Irish music, while one of mandolinist Erik Berry's pre-Trampled by Turtles bands was called Father McClanahan and His Irish Snake Stompers. The two found themselves comparing notes about Irish music for years before joining forces to perform and record in the genre. They released an album, Irish American, in late 2017. They joined us in the studio on March 14 to give us a preview of a run of shows they have scheduled for St.

3/14 Live From Studio A: Fox and Coyote

Mar 13, 2018
Fox & Coyote
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We welcomed this Minneapolis indie folk/rock group back to our studios on March 14. They performed the same night at Sound in Duluth.

Fox & Coyote

Sound

2/13 Live From Studio A: Reina del Cid

Feb 12, 2018

This Twin Cities indie folk/rock artist recently released her third album, Rerun City. She and her longtime guitarist Toni Lindgren join us in the studio on Tuesday, February 13 at 2pm. They perform the following night at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen.

Reina del Cid

Papa Charlie's

1/24 Live from Studio A: Charlie Parr

Jan 18, 2018
Charlie Parr
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This local favorite joined us in the studio on January 24. He released his album Dog, back in September and gave candid interviews about how his struggle with depression influenced the making of the record. He's currently doing a January residency Wednesdays at the Cedar Lounge in Superior and will take the stage the same night at 8.

Charlie Parr

Cedar Lounge

Four women standing with instruments in front of a wall of CDs
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Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone and woman standing playing accordian
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We had a great session with this duo, which features Wisconsin native Jason Dae West and Arizona native Aurelia Anne Cohen, on January 5, 2018. Both were wanderers before they had a child and settled down in their current home in small-town Oregon; West traveled the country, sometimes hopping trains, and Cohen was (and still is) a circus performer. The two, who describe their sound as "original Western folk music," still tour regularly and have released four albums.

Two men standing playing guitar and singing into microphones
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This Brooklyn-based indie pop/rock performer recently released a new album, Flickering Light. We found out more about it and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2017.

 Benjamin Cartel  

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone
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Listen to our session with this Wisconsin native, formerly of Hugh Bob and the Hustle, who recently released a solo EP, Lost + Found. After moving to Nashville to explore more music opportunities, the singer/songwriter has had the chance to tour with Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and other Nashville-based performers. He joined us in the studio on December 18, 2017.

Hugh Masterson

Four men and one woman standing in front of shelves of CDs
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We were excited to host this all-star lineup of string musicians in our studios on December 15, 2017.  They were in town for what was billed as a "String Summit" at Duluth's newest venue, Sound.

Man playing banjo and a woman playing guitar
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Husband-and-wife duo Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin make up this Americana folk/grass group. Originally from Mankato, the pair traveled around the country as glass artists at Renaissance Fairs before making Duluth their home base for most of the year while still spending a few months at festivals in North Carolina and Arizona. We welcomed them back to the studio on December 15, 2017 to talk about their new album, Son of the Machine, and share some tunes.

Mama's Stolen Horses

Four kids standing in front of a wall of CDs
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If you've seen the Mahtowah, Minnesota country gospel band the Holy Hootenanners, you know they sometimes bring their kids onstage to contribute to a tune or two. Now some of those offspring, ranging in age from 11 to 14, have formed their own group and recently recorded an album with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. They have a release show for that disc, American Hippie, on Saturday, December 16 at Beaner's Central in Duluth and joined us in the studio on December 14, 2017 for a preview.

Woman playing a djembe and singing into a microphone, man playing a dulcimer and singing into a microphone
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Listen to our session with Minnesota native and co-founder of the Jayhawks Olson, who returned to our studios with his wife and musical partner Ringvold (a native of Norway) on December 13, 2017.We talked about the making of their latest album, Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, which they recorded at their home in Joshua Tree. We also heard about their time in Albania, where Ringvold learned to play a folk instrument called the qanon, which plays an important part on the new disc.

 

12/12 Live From Studio A: Eira

Dec 12, 2017
Eira
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Fiddler Liesel Wilson of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Orchestra joins Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun of Celtic bands Willowgreen and McGinnis' Kitchen in this group that performs music from around the world. Last year the trio put out a holiday album,Glen Tidings; this year they'll be performing a holiday show on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm at Duluth's Peace United Church of Christ. They'll bring some holiday cheer to our studios and give us a preview of that show on Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm.

 Eira

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