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Podipto: Lost Recordings just Achin' to be Free!

Podipto Homemade Album cover

Josh Collins re-releases the music of Podipto and other recordings!

Podipto had already broken up by the time I was born… it really has been a window into a really important time in my father's life that I couldn't have possibly known otherwise with his passing… it's allowed me to connect with the other former members of Podipto and develop those relationships… sitting down with Jack Sundrud or Dan Lund and kind of hearing about their time on the road…just really, really powerful. – Josh Collins

The northern Minnesota band Podipto made an indelible mark on the Minnesota music scene and beyond in the early 1970s. Originating in Bemidji, they toured the country sharing stages with the likes of The Guess Who, James Taylor, the Carpenters, and Elton John. Josh Collins’ dad John Collins wrote most of Podipto’s songs, played rhythm guitar and sang vocals with the band from 1969-1975. John passed away in 1995 and shortly thereafter boxes of reel to reel tape were discovered, including several tracks Josh had never heard before. Since then, he's been restoring the long lost recordings, making them available to the public - sharing Podipto's music while honoring his dad and even growing his relationship with him in his absence.

Northern Community Radio board member and on-air programmer David John was a fan of Podipto from the beginning. In this Area Voices, he and producer Katie Carter connect with Josh Collins about the process of re-releasing his dad’s music, the fascinating history of the original Woodcut album, how the Homemade album came to be, and much more.

We found all sorts of these live recordings… It really was the uncovering of a treasure.  – Josh Collins

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.