minnesota music

Open Door Policy is the 8th and latest album from The Hold Steady, filled with stories about  mental health, the destructive influence of wealth in society, food, and other human stories. Giving those stories a voice is the sing/talking style of Craig Finn, who has a way of conveying the human spirit better than most. 

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. 

It's really a different kind of music...you learn Irish music all by ear. All the music is just in the musicians’ memories...And I loved that about it...I also love the rhythm and the drive to it... and it’s so joyful...I'm really attracted to that drive and groove and rhythm… - Norah Rendell


Our album of the week comes from Minnesotan and blueswoman, Annie Mack, who has released an EP titled Testify

​Many bands are making the best of our pandemic situation by offering ticketed virtual events. Starting this Thursday, check out Trampled by Turtles new virtal series, Trampled by Thursdays. 

Tim Cheesbrow

Ted Hajnasiewicz talked about his recent project on CenterStage Minnesota.

Amy and Mark, known professionally as Amy and Adams stopped in the KBXE studios to chat and sing few songs from their 8th album, Something Different. The husband and wife team have spent more than two decades making, performing in all the usual venues and even on a movie soundtrack. They describe their music as Eclectic/FolkRock/TinPanAlley/BluesGrass. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Penny Holcomb

From the far end of Minnesota, Six Mile Grove, stopped in the KBXE studio recently to talk about music, the Smithsonian art exhibit of Aunt Atlanta Sampson, and their 21 years of being in a band together. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

CenterStage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Join host Brett Carter, Fridays at 2:00 and 10:00 on KAXE/KBXE.

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.