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Wendy Ruhkne Interview on The Local

Apr 29, 2021
Wendy Ruhkne
Wendy Ruhkne

Wendy Ruhnke is a Duluth music superfan who missed attending shows during the pandemic and took it upon herself to making her backyard a Duluth music mecca, hosting shows featuring Twin Ports heavy hitters like Rich Mattson, Al Sparwhawk, Charlie Parr, and many more for small gatherings. She joined Marvin Themix on The Local on April 28, 2021.

Minnesota Music Reviews: Sugar on the Roof

Apr 8, 2021

Sugar on the Roof, a Duluth-based string band, has found a way to make old-time music sound fresh, new and irresistible to toe tappers and cowboy-boot dancers all across the northland.

The trio - Megan Orwig Reynolds on guitar and vocals, Jefferson Reynolds on banjo and trombone, and Clancy Ward on fiddle and vocals - released its debut album, Hat Drop, in February. The record mixes tasty originals, impeccably-sourced covers and one special ingredient to create a lively musical cookbook of country songs.

Man in a radio studio wearing a face mask and holding a guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Duluth-based singer/songwriter/guitarist was born here but grew up in Iowa. A few years back he returned to Duluth and began performing regularly. Back in December he released a new EP, Can I, showcasing his stand-out acoustic guitar skills and rich voice. Mancieri paid his first visit to KUMD for a session on March 26, 2021 to share some tunes from the EP as well as a new song and talk about his decision to return to the city where he was born and what it's been like getting involved in the music scene.

Minnesota Music Reviews: Lanue

Mar 18, 2021
Lanue
Lanue

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Sarah Morris

This Twin Cities Americana musician released an album in February of 2020, just before the pandemic shut down most live performances for a year. While hunkered down at home she's kept her creative juices flowing with a regular songwriting group and with YouTube videos recorded in her green bathroom. She's also been writing some new songs, and has recorded a handful of them with friends (remotely) for an EP called Between Here and There, due out on March 21. Sarah joined us over the internet to talk about the album and to play some tunes for this session aired on March 12, 2021.

Woman seen through a glass window playing guitar and singing.
Christine Dean for KUMD

Duluth musician Sarah Krueger joined us on March 5, 2021 to talk about her first album since 2014. To reflect the evolution of her creative vision, Krueger is calling her latest project Lanue.Her first album under that name, recorded in her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is also called Lanue. Krueger shared songs from the album, which was written and recorded before the pandemic but still somehow resonates with what we're experiencing now.

Lanue

Man seen through a glass window playing guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

  

Duluth roots-rock band The Slamming Doors has released two EPs during the pandemic, Brown Bears Volumes 1 and 2, the latter of which came out on Valentine's Day. Adam Herman of the band stopped by for a session on Thursday, February 25, 2021 to talk about the EPs (and his latest book-he's also an author!) and musican life during a pandemic and to perform some tunes from the latest EP.

The Slamming Doors

Live From Studio A: Breanne Marie

Feb 4, 2021
Woman wearing a mask while sitting in a radio studio with a guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

 

Christmas Specials

Dec 20, 2018

Tune in this weekend and over Christmas for festive episodes of your favorite programs like American Routes, Sunday Night Jazz and The World Cafe. Enjoy holiday tunes on KUMD on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with one of a kind indie, folk and jazz holiday sets. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Highlights include:

Monday, Christmas Eve

12 pm  A two-hour Christmas special from local hosts Mike & Dave

2 pm  Hol-A World Cafe; a mix of new music and old favorites.

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arethafranklin.net

When the news of Aretha Franklin's death at the age of 76 was announced on August 16, 2018, KUMD's Chris Harwood posted on Facebook, "I am absolutely devastated. Losing Sharon Jones last year was like losing a music sister. Losing Aretha Franklin to me is like losing my music mother."

KUMD's Maija Jenson shares her conversations with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

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Nate Ryan

Christine Dean of KUMD had a chance to talk with Gary Louris of Minnesota band the Jayhawks on June 29, 2018. They discussed what it was like for the Jayhawks to work as the backing band for Ray Davies of the Kinks on two of his recent albums, Americana and Our Country. Louris also talked about the

Jayhawks' next release, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, which features tunes he co-wrote with and for other bands as well as a couple of all-new songs.

Three men standing with one woman in a radio studio
Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront 7/7

Jun 5, 2018
Bayfront and Trampled by Turtles

KUMD is Proud to Sponsor Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront.

One of Duluth's most famous bluegrass/folk bands, Trampled by Turtles, performs live at Bayfront Festival Park on July 7. The concert will feature special guests including Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel, Superior Siren, and Teague Alexy Band.

Date: Saturday, July 7

Time: 4:30pm (Doors 4pm)
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Lake Ave Live 6/15 & 6/16

Jun 5, 2018
Lake Ave Live

KUMD is proud to support Lake Ave Live bringing a line-up of local and regional musicians to Canal Park during the marathon weekend. Friday's line-up is all women fronted and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to PAVSA. Stop by the KUMD table for gifts and to meet our staff/volunteers.

Friday Lineup:

AMY HZL
Superior Siren
Gramma's Boyfriend
Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses
GGOOLLDD

Gate at 7pm
Tickets - $10

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