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Folk musician Drew Peterson weaves story with song

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Drew Peterson

Minnesota folk musician Drew Peterson joined Centerstage Minnesota to play a couple songs and chat with host Malachy Koons.

GRAND RAPIDS — Drew Peterson has played a lot of shows in his nearly 20-year career in Minnesota music.

The Zimmerman-based musician spoke to Centerstage Minnesota host Malachy Koons about the differences in ticketed versus free shows, ahead of a Saturday, March 25, show at Portage Brewing in Walker. Sharing the bill is fellow Minnesota musician Kelley Smith of Brainerd.

He said he enjoys the connection of a ticketed show, where he feels free to tell stories about his life and the songs he plays.

"I'm grateful to get any gig I can get," Peterson said. "But when everybody is there just to listen, it makes for super intimate and special night."

Listen above for the complete conversation, plus a preview of Peterson's live sound. He brought his steel resonator guitar with him and played two songs in our studio. One is a cover of legendary folk musician Elizabeth Cotten, and the other is from his most recent album St. Jude, A Duck, And The Crooked Line.

Centerstage Minnesota, a two-hour program of Minnesota music and interviews, airs every Friday at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KAXE/KBXE.

Drew Peterson original "Amongst the Pines"

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