Folk Music

Michael J. Miles is a tecaher, and a renowned clawhammer banjo player, and has worked alongside some of the masters of the instrument like Bela Fleck and Pete Seeger. Our album of the week, Mississippi River Suite, which features beat poet Zahra Glenda Baker throughout, uses the river that 'divides the nation' as the foundation for this project about our divided nation. 

After a week of talking about hope and new life during our Spring Member Drive (pledge here!), Hat Drop by Sugar on the Roof, fits right in. Hope about the revival of music from long ago, hope about the future and new life of that music, hope about local musicians because they've brought so much joy, hope from musicians who think thoughtfully about covering that old time music and how to bring it into a world so different from when it came. 

After getting into three car accidents in three months, Samantha Crain was left without the use of her hands, and bedridden for a year and a half. A life experience like that can leave you drained and forever changed.  Since she couldn't write, Crain started an audio diary with her phone, which turned into lyrics for the 2020 album, A Small Death. Typically after recording and releasing an album, she feels creatively exhausted, unable to write new songs and get her head back into that space. But this time was different.

The phrase, 'room enough, time enough', comes from the name the Navajo used to describe their ancestral homeland in northern Arizona and New Mexico, not far from where this record was made. 

Minnesota lost a music legend last week, Peter Ostroushko, at the age of 67. He was a fiddler and mandolinist, playing with greats of all kinds during his lifetime. 

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for Part 2 of an intimate concert with Ostroushko, recorded on June 11, 2004 at the Davies Theater in Grand Rapids. Ever the storyteller, he explains how he ended up on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, why he played with his eyes closed, and many other gems along with some incredible playing. 

The KAXE/KBXE album of the week comes from Steve Earle & The Dukes called J.T. It pays tribute to Steve's late son, Justin Townes Earle, who died unexpectedly of a drug overdose in August 2020. Steve has said J.T. is an album he 'never wanted to make'.

Violinist and Iron Range native, Jillian Rae talked with us during New Music this week in anticipation of our first CenterStage MN Concert of 2020.

We talk about her new album, I Can't Be the One You Want Me To Be, how she joined Two Many Banjos ('Hey, you have a violin!'), getting weird, cold medicine, and everything in between. Listen below.

Jillian Rae will be at the Mary Ives Studio Theater with her band on Thursday, January 16th. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm. Tickets here.

One of the founder of The Pines, David Huckfelt, is out with a solo album Stranger Angels. If you've listened to The Pines, or heard the new album, you know the beautiful works from this man. Joined by many of his great musical friends, the album covers the natural world, love, and the human connection.

Today on Live and Local, our Saturday morning program at 9am,  we featured a group that stopped by our studios yesterday - a group of 16 and 17 year old Swedish musicians Vikarbyns lillia spelmanslag

No matter how old they get, some daughters still have their dads wrapped around their little fingers.