New Music

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.

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.

Long time vibrant member of the Bemidji and Minnesota music scene, Kristi Miller, stopped by the studio during New Music to talk about the new album (and our album of the week) Jim Miller by Family and Friends.

Listen to the interview (above) to hear more about putting them album together, recruiting great Bemidji and MN musicians to be involved, plans for a Volume 2, and the part in the new album that Kristi thinks would make Jim cringe. 

Over the past few years, Minnesota indie-rock band Hippo Campus, has made it to the top of 'Bands to Watch' lists around the world. These guys came out of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and have a very educated knowledge of music. And they know how to write a hook.

Maggie Montgomery

The band Dancing Light stopped by the KBXE studio in Bemidji recently to sing a couple songs and tell a few stories. Their long career locally means there was lots to talk about. It was fun to have Greg, Kiki, and Sabbastian on the air live. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

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'Have you heard of Barbara Dane?' Since we received Hot Jazz, Cool Blues, and Hard Hitting Songs from Smithsonian Folkways in March, that's a question I've been asking everyone. And I mean everyone: my dad, music industry folks, volunteers, listeners, etc. 

At 91, she's more than willing to tell her story of activism, how society has changed over the years, and MUSIC. Take some time to get to know the woman, the legend, Barbara Dane.

Hear to the interview below.

https://www.accpublishinggroup.com/uk/store/pv/9781851498635/why-vinyl-matters/jennifer-otter-bickerdike/

Kari Hedlund: [00:00:00] We're talking with Jennifer Otter Bickerdike author of a new book out now Why Vinyl Matters: a manifesto by and for fans of the vinyl format.

Jennifer you spoke with so many people in music musicians and industry folks including Lars Ulrich, Fatboy Slim, Henry Rollins people from labels like, Beggars. Nick Hornby author of High Fidelity, Third Man Records, the co-founder of Record Store Day.

How did you figure out your interview list?

The next in the Centerstage Minnesota concerts at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids is Siama Matuzungidi.  A Congolese guitarman,  Siama, recorded hundreds of hits and toured the world with soukous greats until making Minneapolis home base.

Siama’s picking style is legendary.  He and partner Dallas sing up a sweet storm and, along with authentic drum and belafon (a calabash marimba), they perform the sounds of DR Congo and upbeat soukous of East African dance floors

www.siamamusic.com

Centerstage Minnesota finds a way to include all the usual musical genres of Northern Community Radio--even world music. Siama Matuzungidi has been heard live in studio and his CD Rivers--from the Congo to the Mississippi gets plenty of airplay on Fridays at 2 and 10. Join us every week for this and more. Here the most recent show by clicking this link - Centerstage Minnesota on PRX.

John Bauer

Minnesota artist Courtney Yasmineh started writing songs in her teens. Now, a few decades later, she's traveling the world as a singer, songwriter, and now, novelist. It's a long way from finding her way through a difficult childhood to a successful career as an artist, but Courtney's making it happen.

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