Live from Studio A

11/17 Live From Studio A: Josh Harmony and Co.

Nov 13, 2017
Josh Harmony & Co.
KUMD

In addition to writing and performing psychedelic rock, this Minneapolis musician is also a pro skateboarder and a visual artist. He and his band performed at the Rex Bar in Duluth on November 17 at the afterparty for Prove Collective's Plys with Purpose event, an exhibition and silent auction featuring skateboard decks. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards building a state-of-the-art skate park in Gary New Duluth. They joined us in the studio for a preview that same afternoon.

Josh Harmony

Thomsen lead her Echoes of Peace choir at the annual Duluth Sister Cities International fundraising concert, One Village Many Voices, on November 3 at St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium. This year's guest performers included Wheeler, who's best known as the actress who portrayed Janice on TV's Friends. Wheeler is also a singer, songwriter, workshop facilitator. Hassan Dyer is a vocalist, percussionist, vocal improviser, and storyteller who was raised in France and Senegal and has been influenced by the music of West Africa.

10/13 Live from Studio A: Mississippi Jake

Oct 4, 2017
Mississippi Jake
Mississippi Jake

This Midwestern singer/songwriter plays Americana heavily influenced by his rock and punk background. In 2015 he released his first album and currently has a new EP in the works. He joined us in the studio on October 13 for a preview of his show the following night at the Barrel Room in Fitger's.

Mississippi Jake on Facebook 

The Barrel Room on Facebook

Rich Mattson and the Northstars
KUMD

Mattson has left his mark all over the Minneapolis, Duluth, and Iron Range music scenes through the years in bands including the Glenrustles and Ol' Yeller and as a producer and owner of Sparta Sound Studio. His latest project, which also features his partner Germaine Gemberling, releases its third album, Aeroplane Mode, on Friday, October 13 at the Cedar Lounge in Superior. We got a preview when the band stopped by for a session that same afternoon at 2:30.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars

Coyote in Studio A
KUMD

Local musicians Jerree Small and Marc Gartman have been making beautiful acoustic music together as Coyote for 10 years now. Along the way they added bass player Matt Mobley and released a handful of albums. In honor of the band's anniversary, they performed at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth on September 29. We got a preview when Small and Gartman joined us in the studio the same day.

Black River Revue Live in Studio A
KUMD

This local bluegrass-influenced four-piece releases its third album, Just Can't Win in style with back-to-back shows at Pizza Luce, September 29 and September 30. They also squeezed in an in-store performance at the Electric Fetus and a session with us on September 29.

Black River Revue

Pizza Luce

This Hibbing indie rock trio has been around since 2011, releasing one album along the way. They joined us in the studio on September 28. They performed the same night as part of Beaner's Central's One Week Live and on September 30 at the Rex Bar in Duluth.

Average Mammals

Rex Bar

Beaner's Central

Woman and four men posing in front of a wall of cd's
Ryan Ueki for KUMD

This native of Northern Minnesota's Leech Lake Indian Reservation has a new album combining her environmental activism and her music. The release, The Beast and the Garden, features veteran musician Mark Shark of the late John Trudell's Bad Dog band among others. Humphrey joined us in the studio on September 19, 2017 with The Long Hairz Collective; they all perform on Friday, September 22 at the AICHO Galleries in Duluth.

Annie Humphrey

9/15 Live From Studio A: The She Shells

Sep 15, 2017

Singer/songwriters Thea Ennen and Lisa Kane have teamed up to form this harmonizing, eclectic country folk duo. Based in the Twin Cities, they performed in Duluth on Friday, September 15 as part of the first ever FEmnFEST, an all female music festival happening all weekend. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on on September 15, 2017.

The She Shells

FEmnFEST

Woman playing guitar and singing in front of shelves of CD
Christine Dean for KUMD

Breanne Tepler has been performing in Duluth's music scene since 2010, most recently with her band the Front Porch Sinners, which includes her husband, Evan Tepler, on guitar. She stopped by our studios on September 14, 2017, with pedal steel player Johnny "Blaze" Peterson to perform and talk about her latest album, Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds. While her first two releases were marked by family tragedies, she told us this one is more lighthearted.

Man playing a guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Rick McLean joined us for a session  of offbeat punky folk rock on September 8 . He had a release show the following night for his first full-length album, Here's Another Fine Mess.

Rick McLean Bandcamp

Blush

8/31 Live from Studio A: Robinson and Rohe

Aug 25, 2017
Man on left playing banjo, woman on right playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Brooklyn-based duo features Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson, who co-write original songs influenced by folk traditions. They accompany their female/male harmonies with guitar, banjo, and accordion. The duo joined us in the studio on August 31, 2017. We found out a bit about their musical backgrounds and about writing and recording their debut album as a duo.

Robinson & Rohe

This Minneapolis group plays gypsy jazz with smooth female vocals. They recently released their second album, Masquerade. We found out more when they joined us in the studio on August 11, 2017.

Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League

The Red Herring Lounge

This Minneapolis musician fronted The Bill Mike Band and has collaborated with Haley Bonar and Carnage, among others. In 2013 he developed tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity), which threatened to end his ability to make music. After several years of seeking effective treatments, Michel has found relief from a combination of medication and mindfulness techniques. His latest album On the Mend, is his first studio album in seven years and his first all-acoustic album.

This Seattle-based singer/songwriter/guitarist got his start in his native Minnesota. He's released several albums of rootsy, guitar-driven material including his latest, RC, and has also scored TV shows and indie films. We welcomed him to the studio on  August 4, 2017; he performed the same night at the Boat Club in Fitger's and also had a show the previous night (August 3, 2017) at the Cedar Lounge in Superior.

Randy Casey

Cedar Lounge

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