Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster, Interim Station Manager

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

Ways to Connect

Man playing standup bass, man playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Stevie Twining for KUMD

  It’s getting harder to tell a Monday night of the Homegrown Music Festival from a Friday night. Both have live music all up and down a part of Superior Street, food trucks out in force, a shuttle to whisk fans between venues, and capacity crowds. It’s fair to say that if a mostly Lincoln Park-centered night was an experiment, it was a huge success.

Woman wearing glasses, playing guitar, and singing into a microphone with bearded man to her right looking at her
Christine Dean for KUMD

  Homegrown 2019 opened with a new location for the Children’s Showcase, the Lake Superior Zoo. The weather cooperated and the venue proved to be just spacious enough to accommodate a good-sized crowd of littles and their grownups without feeling packed.


Solomon Witherspoon is a Duluth native who's been making music since he was a kid singing in the church where his father was the Reverend. In the early 2000s he and brothers Sebastian and Stephan formed an R & B band; Solomon later moved to the Twin Cities and continued to perform in a funk and soul project. He recently returned to Duluth and performed at the Red Herring's fourth annual Super Big Block Party. He performed at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on April 29 at Duluth Cider; we got a preview when he joined us in the studio at 2pm the same day.


Sugar on the Roof

This group first drew our attention with a performance on last year's Homegrown Music Festival trolley where the snappily-dressed trio played an old-time music set to an appreciative audience. Formed after a Tamarack Dance Association event, the group features Hibbing residents Megan Orwig Reynolds and Jefferson Reynolds as well as Duluth fiddler Clancy Ward. This year they got to play a stationary stage, with a Homegrown set at Amazing Grace on May 3; we got a preview when they joined us in the studio that afternoon.

Fearless Moral Inventory

This Duluth, band, whose sound has been described as garage rock with elements of blues, psych, and even ska, has been around in one form or another for around a decade, releasing a debut album in 2016. Currently a 5-piece, they released a second album, American Standard, on April 5. We found out more and heard some tunes when they joined us in the studio on May 2. They performed at the Reef Bar the same night as part of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival.

Glen's Neighbor

Blake Shippee fronts this 7-piece Duluth rootsy rock band. They released a debut album in 2015, followed up by two more including 2018's Ice Cream. We found out more when they joined us in the studio on April 30th for a preview of their Homegrown Music Festival performance the same night at The Sports Garden in Canal Park.

Glen's Neighbor
Homegrown Music Festival

Rachael Kilgour in Sutdio A

This native Duluthian recently released a new EP, Game Changer, which has been nominated for two Independent Music Awards. As the singer/songwriter has continued to expand her fanbase, spending time on the Boston music scene and touring regularly, she's played fewer hometown shows, so we were looking forward to her vinyl release show at the Duluth Folk School on April 27. We got a preview when she joined us in the studio on April 24.

Siama Matuzungidi

This Minneapolis-based guitarist and singer/songwriter is originally from the Congo, but has lived in various places around the world. He got his start playing soukous, a popular Congolese style of dance music, and has branched out to encompass Central African blues, rhythmic folk music, and more, featuring his intricate acoustic guitar playing and spirited singing and incorporating traditional African instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and balafon (marimba). Matuzungidi has released several albums, including a recent one for children, and regularly teaches music workshops.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

This Duluth singer/songwriter's powerful vocals were always a highlight of her previous bands, which included Lookdown Moon and Mayfly. In recent years she's struck out on her own, writing and performing her own songs on keyboard, her distinctive voice still at the forefront. She'll release her debut album on Friday, April 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth; we'll got a preview when she and bassist/guitarist George Ellsworth joined us in the studio on April 10, 2019.

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Apr 5, 2019

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Barley Jacks

This Minnesota four-piece plays a virtuosic, bluegrass-inspired mix on fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums, bringing in classical, Celtic, R & B, and bebop influences. This year they plan to release their third album, their first in seven years. They headlined this 2019's Cabin Fever Festival, that happened March 29-March 31 at the Radisson Hotel in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio that March 29.

Wax Lead
Chris Harwood for KUMD

This indie rock band from Minneapolis released its debut EP in 2018. They joined us in the studio on March 22. They performed later the same night at Blush in downtown Duluth.

Edward Ojard

At 10 years old, this Two Harbors pianist might be the youngest person ever to grace our studio. He's been playing piano since age 3 and composing his own music since he was 4. In addition to his originals, his repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime (he's been a member of The Lake Superior Ragtime Society since he was 7) to pop covers. He released his second album on March 2 at Beaner's Central in Duluth; we got a preview when he joined us on March 1.

Big Wu

This legendary Minnesota jam band got its start in Northfield in the early '90s and went on to earn a devoted fanbase. They recently released a new album, We are Young We are Old. We found out more and heard some tunes when band members Mark Joseph, Terry VanDeWalker, and Chris Castino joined us for a stripped-down session on March 1. They performed a full-band CD release show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth and on March 2 at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen, plus an acoustic trio show at Papa Charlie's March 3.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

This singer-songwriter was born in Tennessee and spent time in Ohio before making her way to Minneapolis. She released a strong debut album, Company of Now, in October; featuring indie folk with a hint of jazz. Stine will performed her first Duluth show on March 8, 2019 at Beaner's Central; she gave us a preview when she joined us in the studio with guitarist Robert Bell the same afternoon


Anna Stine
Beaner's Central