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.
Northern Isolation is a DIY experimental music festival based in Duluth supporting music and art of all kinds from punk to electronic, metal to anything that challenges the status quo. Led by longtime KUMD student DJ Dean Berlinerblau of Loud Noise, Northern Isolation serves as a vehicle of free speech and expression.
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.
This Oklahoma native has released two widely-praised albums including his latest, The Very Last Day which came out in early 2017. He's performed his character-driven Americana tunes on Austin City Limits and Conan, and has been nominated by the Americana Music Association for album of the year, Millsap joined us August 2nd 2017 Live in Studio A.
This Fort Worth, Texas, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer joined us in the Studio on July 27, 2017. In addition to releasing three solo albums, Niosi has also written and released music for film scores. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.
Back in December, we met the members of the Minneapolis collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance, performing as 26Bats! The drummer of that group, Warren Thomas Fenzi, is the creative force behind this band. We found out more about the project and heard some tunes when they joined us Live from Studio A on July 21, 2017. They performed the following night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.
This Minnesota four-piece string band melds influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to metal and features a blend of male and female vocals. 2016 was a busy year for the group; they toured nationally, signed to a record label, and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. We were happy to welcome them to the studio on July 7, 2017. They performed the same night at the Red Herring in Duluth.
This 10-piece gospel band, formed in a country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota, returned with its third album, The Rumble, just in time for the fifth annual Mahtowah Hootenanny on July 8, 2017. The new disc sees the band adding more soul to their country gospel sound. We welcomed six band members to the studio on July 7, 2017.
Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Soundset kicked off at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Sunday, May 28th. From its humble roots as a showcase of local label Rhymesayers Entertainment’s impressive roster of independent and underground hip-hop artists in the Metrodome parking lot in 2008, the festival has grown into an all-access pass to all things hip-hop, expanding into more commercial and big name acts, while still retaining a strong roster of local and independent talent.
When this indie folk duo from upstate New York passed through Duluth several months ago, they left anyone who was lucky enough to catch them live wanting more. In 2016 they released their sophomore EP, In the Altogether, showcasing their beautifully-crafted songs and rich male/female vocal harmonies. They returned to Duluth on June 13, 2017 for a show at the Red Herring Lounge and joined us in the studio that afternoon.
When this duo joined us in the studio last year, we learned how North Shore native Kat Axtell and Argentinian Julian Hernandez came together in Buenos Aires to form this pop soul project. Still based in Argentina, they returned to KUMD on June 8, 2017. They perform the same night at Dubh Linn in Duluth and June 10, 2017 at the Red Herring Lounge as part of a U.S. tour. We'll find out more about their second EP, Traveler, due out on June 16, 2017.
Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, The Majesty of Beasts. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.