Live from Studio A

Eli Gardiner
Eli Gardiner

This native of Michigan's U.P. is now based in Minneapolis, where he recently recorded a fourth album, The Fire and the Medicine, due out this spring. We'll find out more when the Americana singer/songwriter joins us in the studio on Wednesday, February 26 at 2pm. He performs the same night at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth.

Eli Gardiner
Bent Paddle Brewing

Tender Ness
KUMD

Duluth musician Peter Witrak performed his own blend of Brazilian-inflected jazz/lounge under the name Tender Ness. He released an album in 2016 and, rumor has it, is working on a new EP. We found out more when he and his band joined us in the studio on February 12th. They performed a Valentine's Day show on February 14th with Superior Siren at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

Tender Ness
Sacred Heart Music Center

Mark Joseph
KUMD

This Twin Cities singer, songwriter, and guitarist was last in our studios as part of The Big Wu. This time around he has a new solo blues album to share, The Musician & the Muse when he joined us on January 31st. He had a release show the same night at The Caddy Shack in Duluth's Lincoln Park.

Mark Joseph
The Caddy Shack

Key Kids
KUMD

This garage-pop duo from Northfield, Minnesota, recently released its debut album, Townie. We got to know them and they performed songs from the album when they joined us on January 31st. They had a show the the same night at Blush in Duluth.

The Key Kids on Facebook
Blush on Facebook

Man playing a guitar and singing into a microphone in front of a wall of CDs on shelves
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minneapolis-based songwriter and performer got his start in music as a teenager in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He's performed in Twin Cities bands including the Lowland Lakers, and released his debut solo album, Paper Over It, in January, 2020. He joined us in the studio on January 17, 2020, to talk about the album and share some tunes.

Taylor James Donskey

Woman playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean

This long-time local folk singer, community choir director, and activist is releasing her sixth solo album, Song Like a Seed, on Sunday, December 22nd at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. We found out more and heard songs from the album when Thomsen joined us in the studio on December 19, 2019; listen to the session below.

Sara Thomsen
Sacred Heart Music Center

 

Tuck & Patti
KUMD

Fazio is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist whose latest album, Let's Go, was produced by renowned jazz duo Tuck & Patti. They joined us in the studio on December 5 for a preview of their show the same night at the West Theater in West Duluth.

Sam Fazio
Tuck & Patti

West Theater

Frankie Lee
KUMD

Listen to our session with this Minnesota musician recently released a new album named after his hometown, Stillwater. We found out more and heard songs from the release when he and local musician Sarah Krueger joined us in the studio on November 22, 2019.

Frankie Lee
Sacred Heart Music Center

Charlie Parr
KUMD

We are delighted to welcome back this local favorite to our studios on November 20th. He's doing a residency Wednesdays in November at the Cedar Lounge in Superior. We chatted with Parr about his latest, self-titled, album and heard some tunes.

Charlie Parr
Cedar Lounge

Pert Near Sandstone
KUMD

This Minnesota quintet has been making high-energy, foot-stomping string band music (complete with percussion from a clogger) for over a decade. They founded the Blue Ox Festival, have appeared at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and since their last visit to our studio did their first tour of Europe. We caught up with them when they joined us in the studio on November 15; they performed later the same night at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth with dobro legend Jerry Douglas and Useful Jenkins.

Jim Hall at KUMD's Live From Studio A
KUMD

In his 50 years playing music in the Twin Ports, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has performed in a long list of projects that includes Azure du Jour, Blue Healer, Spotted Mule, and Jim's Country Laundry. He's released numerous albums, both solo and with groups, and has written many much-beloved tunes, including "Beast in the Yard." Truly a Duluth treasure, Hall played a 50th anniversary show on November 16 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth; he joined us in the studio for a preview on November 14.

Sacred Heart Music Center

Robb Justice
KUMD

This Minnesota native recently moved back to the state after years spent in Alaska. The singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose influences rock, blues, and country, recently released a second album. He joined us in the studio on October 25 for a preview of his show the same evening at Wussow's Concert Cafe in West Duluth.

Robb Justice
Wussow's Concert Cafe

Dan Israel
KUMD

This Twin Cities singer/songwriter recently released his 15th album, Social Media Anxiety Disorder. We found out more when he joined us in the studio on October 10; he has a show the same night at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth's Lincoln Park.

Whale House
KUMD

This psychedelic rock band from Madison, Wisconsin, has been together since 2007 but just released their first full-length album this year. They joined us for a stripped-down session on September 27; it was a preview of their set the same night as part of Wussow's Concert Cafe's One Week Live.

Whale House
Wussow's Concert Cafe

Life Parade
KUMD

Life Parade is the brainchild of Cameron Mathews, who recorded the project's pop-rock debut album, Suburban Life, by himself. When the album started getting some local airplay and positive reviews here. Mathews put together a band for live performances. We found out more about Duluth's latest came-out-of-nowhere musical sensation when Mathews and company joined us in the studio on September 25.

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