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Album of the Week: Way Up In the Hills by Sad Daddy


When the world shut down music gigs during the pandemic, artists found new ways to express themselves. Minnesota-connected band Sad Daddy headed to rural Arkansas to collaborate on all aspects of a new album, something new for them—writing, recording, arranging, and producing together. The resulting album Way Up In the Hills, reflects on the the way things were going in the world and a desire to go back to simple ways and self-sufficiency.

Sad Daddy is a combination of four solo artists who have worked hard alone and in many bands including The Buffalo Gals Band, The Austin Steamers and The Carper Family. Brian Martin, Joe Sundell, Rebecca Patek and Melissa Carper combined their creative talent to create this, their third album, released in January 2022. Way Up In the Hills highlights the variety of styles from bluegrass to Americana creating a true mix of American roots music.

Working with what they had at a cabin in the woods, the album includes bacon sizzling, hamboning, scatting, porch stomping and insect noises...oh, and amazing musicianship and singing.

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Brett’s first and last radio jobs just happen to be in the same town where it all started four days after high school graduation (with a lot, a lot of other jobs in between). From playing country hits in 1979 to hosting CenterStage Minnesota now, Brett continues to enjoy making a personal connection with a listener in ways only small-town radio can do. As volunteer coordinator, Brett gets to offer that same privilege of hosting a radio show to amazing people from northern Minnesota and beyond. When not at work, Brett and his wife, Wendy spend time traveling to visit kids and grandkids, finding space for yoga and reading, and always enjoying another cup of coffee--with some cats in their laps.