Minnesota Musicians

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring John Magnuson

Apr 12, 2021

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features Minnesota singer songwriter John Magnuson.  John Magnuson released Barely Noticeable, a 13 song album in November of 2020.  As part of his musical journey, Magnuson played guitar with Twin Cities band The Carpetbaggers when they toured with Son Volt and shared stage with bands like Los Lobos, Alison Krauss and the Gear Daddies.

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring Jillian Rae

Apr 5, 2021

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter Jillian Rae.  Rae’s latest album I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be, came out in March 2019. The songs range from indie pop to folk/americana to some straight up rock and roll with the song Buried Alive.

Rae will perform with her whole band for the first time in over a year…Live on Facebook and Youtube from The Historic Chief Theater in Bemidji on Thursday, April 8th  at 7:30. 

More at jillianraemusic.com

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring Gaelynn Lea

Mar 30, 2021

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features Duluth musician and public speaker Gaelynn Lea.  Lea was born with a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. She travels to speak on the obstacles facing people with disabilities and accessibility in the music industry. During the pandemic, Lea began producing a weekly show on YouTube which resulted in an album, The Living Room Sessions, featuring songs recorded in her apartment.

More on Gaelynn Lea at violinscratches.com.

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring The Cactus Blossoms

Mar 23, 2021

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features The Cactus Blossoms with brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey from the Twin Cities. Their music is a mix of vintage country and early rock-and-roll, marked by tight harmonies and simple instrumentation.

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring Sarah Morris

Mar 16, 2021

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features Twin Cities musician Sarah Morris.  Over the past few years Sarah Morris has been inviting musical guests into her big green bathroom for a YouTube show called Toilet Tunes. With only 15 minutes of rehearsal and one take, the songs are filled with raw energy, mistakes, and so much fun.  To join her in her Big Green Bathroom, see her social media feeds, especially YouTube for more information.  More at sarahmorrismusic.com.

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.


Tim Cheesbrow

Ted Hajnasiewicz talked about his recent project on CenterStage Minnesota.

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.

from taylorjamesdonskey.com/press

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.