Local Music

Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Local artist Charlie Parr released his 14th album, Stumpjumper​, during the week of the 17th annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. The release marks his debut on St. Paul's Red House Records and the first time he's recorded a solo project with the support of a backing band. We asked him about this career move into new territory when he joined us Live from Studio A on April 27, 2015. 

Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Local actor and tax preparer Curran leads this laid-back, roots-rock trio. They've been performing regularly around the Twin Ports for the past few years, although they have yet to release an album. Listen to our session from April 27, 2015 in anticipation of their Thursday 11pm slot at the Tower Avenue Tavern for Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival.

Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Listen to our session with this young Duluth singer/songwriter/guitarist from April 27, 2015. A former Music Resource Center student, he plays bluesy indie rock either solo or with a drummer, and also builds hand-made string instruments. He performed the same night for the Homegrown Music Festival at 8:30 at Fitger's Brewhouse.

2/20 Live From Studio A: Space Carpet

Feb 19, 2015

  Listen to our session with Rory Isakson and Jen West of this Duluth pop-rock band from February 20 at 2pm. They released their long-awaited debut CD the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Listen to our session from February 12, 2015 with this local husband and wife folk duo. They performed a Valentine's show the same night at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

Listen to our session from February 6, 2015 with this Duluth native who has pursued music as a singer/songwriter on and off through the years while serving in the Navy and now, preparing for a stint in the Peace Corps.

Listen to our session from November 5, 2014 with this local singer/songwriter. He releases his latest album, Where is My Rumspringa Darling? Saturday, November 8.


Listen to our session from October 13, 2014 with this northern Minnesota Americana duo who are releasing their debut CD in October.

Pushing Chain

Listen to our session with these Minnesota roots musicians from September 11, 2014. They are teamed up on a split 7" released on Duluth's Chaperone Records.

Listen to our session from August 29, 2014 with this duo that features local musician James Moors. They have a new CD produced by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. We'll hear a few tunes and chat abut their recent album.

Moors & McCumber

Listen to our session from August 21, 2014 with this young Duluth indie folk/rock band. They play us a few tunes and chat with us about the future of their band.


Listen to our Live from Studio A session from May 1, 2014 with an artist from this year's Homegrown Music Festival. George Ellsworth has performed at the festival previously with many local bands, including James & Younger and Snobarn, but this is his first year as a solo artist.

George Ellsworth
Brother George

During Homegrown Week on KUMD we had a session with this progressive guitar rock group made up of local music veterans from April 30, 2014. They talk about how they all got together to form the band and play a few of their songs.

Thunder Brothers on Reverbnation

We kicked off our Homegrown week session on April 28, 2014 with this local singer/songwriter. Formerly in the band Sight Like December, he now primarily performs as a solo artist.

Steve Johnson

Listen to our session with this acoustic ska duo featuring Jason Wusso and Veikko Lepisto from April 30, 2014. They joined us during Homegrown week and talked about how they connected up to start playing together.

Wood Blind Homegrown