Live from Studio A

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Live performance and interviews with local, regional, and national artists.

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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8/23 Live From Studio A: Colleen Myhre

Aug 16, 2019
Collen Mhyre
KUMD

This Mahtowa, Minnesota singer/songwriter is releasing her latest album, Boss Mama, on Friday, August 23 at Wussow's Concert Cafe, backed by her band Jebberhooch, which includes members of The Holy Hootenanners and The Brothers Burn Mountain. We looked forward to hearing some of the new tunes when she joined us in the studio that afternoon for a live session.

Colleen Myhre

Wussow's Concert Cafe

7/17 Live From Studio A: David Huckfelt

Jul 15, 2019
Christine Dean

A member of The Pines, Huckfelt recently released his first solo album, 'Stranger Angels'. It was the culmination of spending two isolated weeks as an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service on Isle Royale. He drew in friends ranging from Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles to Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso to record the album. Huckfelt performs as part of the Water is Life Festival happening on Sunday, July 21 at Bayfront Festival Park. He joined us in the studio to talk about the new album and share some tunes on Wednesday, July 17 at 2pm.

Christine Dean

This Minneapolis soulful indie pop group was founded early last year by singer/songwriter Rachelle LaNae and producer Andrew Frederick, both multi-instrumentalists. They've released one infectious EP, The Mini Album. We found out more about this new-ish band when they joined us in the studio on Tuesday, July 23 at 2pm.

Tacky Annie

Christine Dean

This local musician has evolved from a solo folk/punk performer to a plugged-in garage rocker with a backing rhythm section. A constant through this transformation is his sly sense of humor and quirky lyrics. McLean released his latest CD on Friday, June 28 at newish venue the Barbershop in Superior; we geot a preview when he joined us in the studio on Wednesday, June 26 at 2pm.

Mags David formed this women's chorus in 1999 with a small group of beginners learning how to sing. The group has since expanded to 30-plus members, have released an EP, and have performed steadily including at several Homegrown Music Festivals.

Man playing trombone and man playing sousaphone in a radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

This quartet formed when three members of the brass section of Twin Cities rock band Chooglin' broke off to start their own project, later adding drums to create a sound they call "hip shakin' beer jazz." They recently put out a second release, the EP All Day Music, recorded with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. 3/4 of the band, trumpeter Bob DeBoer, trombonist Zach Zins, and sousaphone player Hal Longley joined us in the studio on May 24, 2019 for a preview of their EP release show the same night at Beaner's Central.

Guitarist, drummer, and bass player in radio studio
Christine Dean for KUMD

Lee Peterson is a local musician known for his work with band Loup Garou and as a solo artist under the name Lee Jeffrey. He's released music with both of those projects, and now has a new album under the name Plumstar. Listen to our session with him and his band from May 10, 2019

Plumstar on Bandcamp

Bill Flannagan
KUMD

This long-time member of Duluth's music scene has been in 19 out of 21 Duluth Homegrown Music Festivals. Generally a solo artist who plays guitar, mandolin, and piano, he had a band for his Homegrown performance on May 4 at Sir Benedict's Tavern. We found out more and hear some tunes when he joined us on special edition of Live from Studio A during The Local.

Homegrown Music Festival

Black-eyed Snakes
KUMD

Led by Low's Alan Sparhawk, this long-running blues project is known for the primal energy of its live shows, which meld gospel fervor with a punk rock aesthetic . They recently independently released their third album, Seven Horses. They joined us in the studio on May 1 for a preview of their show the same night at Mr. D's Bar and Grill for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

Black-eyed Snakes on Facebook
Homegrown Music Festival

Solomon
KUMD

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.

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Sugar on the Roof
KUMD

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
KUMD

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
KUMD

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
KUMD

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
KUMD

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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