Brett Carter

Recorded mostly before the pandemic, Minneapolis songwriter Sarah Streitz released a new album, Cut Flowers, on October 9th. Hear her thoughts on the album and more from her interview on CenterStage Minnesota recently. Find her album on social media and streaming services, and hear more Minnesota music Fridays at 2 and 10 on KAXE/KBXE.

Here's a link to Sarah's music. 

Michele Andringa is the director of Head Start in Cass and Beltrami counties with programs from Kelliher to Pillager and from Bemidji to Walker and more. When the governor closed schools in March, Head Start faced the challenge of eight days of planning to change their classroom and home visit programs from in-person to distance-learning.

Amy Rice

Minnesota musician, Lynndelle, known for her rock fiddling, singing  and songwriting just released her debut album Gathering Flowers in April. The music comes in part from her struggle with breast cancer, and the album dropped just as the pandemic was ramping up in Minnesota. Then, the protests happened around her in the Twin Cities. The music of Gathering Flowers provides an uplifting experience in the midst of life's many challenges. Find out more about Lynndelle at her web site and on social media.


As a sideman, Taylor James Donskey has a solid reputation in the Twin Cities, playing with bands like The Lowland Lakers, Lena Elizabeth and more. Now he has his own album, Paper Over It, his exploration of life with a strong sense of identity, powerful lyrics, and a full sound made possible by calling in friends from the bands he's played in for years. Find out more on his website or on Facebook. Hear my conversation with Taylor below.

Ellis Delaney creates uplifting and powerful music in her 10th studio album "Ordinary Love" due to be released Friday, June 5th. It's the first album using her full name as she continues to provide a positive, hopeful outlook on life through her music. During the Extra Hour of the Morning Show a day after the protests in Minneap0lis passed near her neighborhood, Ellis talked about privilige, parenting, and her new album. 

Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Jonathan Edwards, who performs as Wayward, stopped by CenterStage Minnesota to talk about a new song written in the throes of the corona virus pandemic. "This song was literally written in my pajamas!" he said, which isn't a surprise since many of us are in our jammies most days. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Singer/songwriter Keith Secola talked about working on his immunity during a visit on the Extra Hour of the Wednesday Morning Show recently. Secola and his wife are sheltered at home in Arizona after a quick trip back from Northeastern Minnesota when businesses started closing in March. Hear the whole conversation by clicking here.

Listen to Keith's podcast Native American Audio Cafe on KBFT 89.9 Boise Fort Tribal Community Radio. Find it on Facebook

Mabel Amber

John Latimer stopped in via phone during the Extra Hour of the Morning Show on Friday to talk about maple leaves, pussywillow flowers, emerging critters and more. Hear his conversation by clicking below.

Listen weekday mornings at 9:00 for the Extra Hour of the Morning Show and hear John's full phenology report on Tuesdays at about 7:30.  

Brett Sayles

The normal rituals of society have been painfully altered during the pandemic. Funeral Director Kevin Cease, Cease Funeral Homes, talked about "doing what we can, within the guidelines" for funerals and services while under a shelter at home order. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Megan Sugden

Cheri Reese and Michael Swanson returned to northern Minnesota roots to create Far North Spirits, the country's most remote distillery (acccording to Smithsonian Magazine). Growing and distilling their own grains is a full-time operation which includes pourings in the middle of a wheat field near Hallock, Minnesota. 

Maggie Montgomery and Brett Carter talked with Cheri recently on the Wednesday Morning Show. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.