No Cover, No Minimum Radio

Saturdays at 11:00pm
Steven Zwemke

An eclectic mix of musical styles and artists that have one thing in common - performance in South Dakota. Join host Steven Zwemke on Saturday nights at 11 CT (10 MT) for first-rate concerts by artists from South Dakota and around the world.

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11:48 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Billy Lurken

Billy Lurken at SDPB's Martin Busch Studio.

Mitchell resident Billy Lurken grew up listening to the Beatles, Bob Dylan and KISS.  Seeing Prince perform "Purple Rain" during the Grammy Awards triggered his interest in musical performance.  A move to Nashville didn't turn him into a country music star, but he expanded his list of influences.  Living in Scotland (the UK Scotland!) also opened his ears to previously unheard genres.  On May 4, Lurken stopped by SDPB's Martin Busch Television studio with a couple of guitars, a banjo and a harmonica for a No Cover, No Minimum concert taping.  Enjoy the wide array of styles Lurken packs into

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7:31 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish is barely into her 20s but her blues chops are those of a veteran.  Growing up in the blues hotbed of Kansas City, Fish was more into artists like Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes.  The blues became her genre, however, after countless viewings of a Stevie Ray Vaughn video.  By the age of 17, Fish was already playing to live audiences.  Her debut came at Knucklehead's in Kansas City.  Her debut CD, "Runaway," was released in 2012.  For it, she was honored with the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut that year.  It was another feather for Fish after her

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2:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Cactus Blossoms & Nathan Edwards

The Cactus Blossoms harken back to the roots of country music with their earnest songs and pristine harmonizing.  Hearing their music is like traveling back in time to when country music started crackling on the radio for the first time.  Surprisingly, band leaders/vocalists/guitarists Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in Minneapolis and weren't even raised on country music.  But their tight-knit harmonies mimic some of the early greats.  The Cactus Blossoms enjoyed an 18-month residency at St. Paul's Turf Club.  Their second, and most recent CD, is "Live at the Turf Club."

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4:33 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Reina Del Cid And The Cidizens

From left: Toni Lindgren, Reina del Cid and Christopher Wiberg.

Reina del Cid and the Cidizens ended a 21-month residency at St.

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11:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Kris Lager Band

The Kris Lager Band.

The Kris Lager Band's mission is simple.  They're dedicated to good music and a Real Good Time!  The self-described "rock revivalists" from Nebraska groove through layers of rock, blues, soul, reggae, funk - almost everything!  Kris Lager's first time on stage was with multiple WC Handy award winner Magic Slim.  Lager was only 16!  The band leader has a longtime chemistry with keyboardist Jeremiah Weir.  Multi-talented drummer John Fairchild got behind the drums as a youngster at his Omaha church.  And Brandon Miller's bass chops are as cool as his high kicks.  The Kris Lager Band is instru

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2:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 2

Chris Gage and Christine Albert.
Credit Concert Window

More fun covers, Albert and Gage originals and a few songs penned by Tom Peterson highlight the second half of No Cover, No Minimum Radio's two-part concert recorded in July at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Special guest Kenny Putnam toured with Chris Gage during their stints in the Red Willow Band and with guitar legend Roy Clark.  Christine Albert has performed with Chris Gage for about 17 years.  They have released six full-length albums as a duo.  While their joy of making music is infectious, it only gets better when they're joined on stage by Putnam.  Enjoy this week's progr

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4:44 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 1

Christine Albert and Chris Gage.

This concert is the first of a two-part program featuring Albert and Gage with special guest Kenny Putnam, recorded July 27th at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Christine Albert and Chris Gage formed their duo in 1997 after Albert saw her future partner perform with West Texas alt-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  Albert moved to Austin, Texas in 1982.  Among her credentials are a trio of "Franco-Lone Star" fusion albums and an appearance on Austin City Limits.  Gage's roots are in South Dakota where he led the Red Willow Band in the mid-70's and early 80's.  He appear

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4:27 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Mat D And The Profane Saints

Enjoy a scorching set from Mat D and the Profane Saints this week on No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The Sioux Empire club scene regulars headlined the second stage at JazzFest 2014 (presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) in Sioux Falls on July 18.  Mat D has only been playing acoustic guitar for about 12 years.  He was drawn to the instrument after seeing Bob Dylan in concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City in 2002.  Mat D's burly vocals are perfectly surrounded by the Profane Saints; Kur

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4:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Rough & Tumble

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Nashville has a couple of rising stars in the folk music duo of The Rough & Tumble.  Scott Tyler and Mallory Graham share in the songwriting and, according to Tyler, they instantly found a common language.  Their harmonies can bemoan great sadness and celebrate peace, comfort and joy.  In 2013, they released two songes each month as part of The Rough & Tumble Holiday Awareness Campaign.  Some of the songs celebrated the 5th of July, A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales and Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You get the picture!  The Rough & Tumble performed during the Min

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2:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

No Cover, No Minumum Radio: Hank Harris

This week's concert features South Dakota-based musician Hank Harris. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental, and sometimes even silly, Harris combines heartfelt lyrics with his clear vocals and intricate guitar playing. This show was recorded on May 3rd, 2014, in celebration of his new album: Peace.

Harris first came to South Dakota in 1973. He soon became part of the Red Willow Band—one of the most popular national acts to ever hail from South Dakota. Since the group disbanded in the 80s, Harris has released nearly 20 albums of solo and collaborative work.

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2:54 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Zachary Lucky & John Statz

Zachary Lucky is known for simple, delicate country/folk arrangements that conjure up love and the prairie with a lyrical emphasis on storytelling.  Of the Saskatchewan native, No Depression said, "Lucky's songs have lived lifetimes.  They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self."  "The Ballad of Losing You" is the sixth release by Lucky, the grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin' Johnnie Lucky.  It hit shelves last September.

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4:10 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Sena Ehrhardt

Sena Ehrhardt.

Sena Ehrhardt is no stranger to South Dakota.  From the Twin Cities, Ehrhardt continues to perform throughout the area on a regular basis.  She was raised around the blues by her father/guitarist Ed Ehrhardt.  She performed at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls and, a year later, released "All In" on Blind Pig Records.  It was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines and yielded the song "Dreamin' of Dyin'" which received a 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year.  A new CD from Ehrhardt entitled "Live My Life" is due to be released this

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11:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Baby Mountain

Baby Mountain performs at Dakota State University in Madison.
Credit Dakota State University

Chicago-based artist, musician and teacher Tim Lowly and Tucson-based musician and teacher Karima Walker perform under the moniker "Baby Mountain."  Lowly's art exhibitions have been viewed from coast-to-coast, including the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  He creates realistic paintings of people - sometimes questioning priorities of power and prestige.  His art inspires his music while his music inspires his art.  Lowly created a portrait of Walker while she was attending North Park University in Chicago w

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1:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lynn & James / Schaefer, Peterson, Smith & Tallakson

Tom Schaefer (left), Charley Smith and Tom Peterson perform at the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival.
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Two sets from the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival make up this week's program.  First, Jami Lynn and Dylan James perform a few tunes from their April, 2013 release, "Cluck and Croon," along with other favorites.  Lynn's classically trained voice is equally suited for jazz, blues, indie and folk/roots music.  James has become an adept flatpicker in the 60's style of Doc Watson.  Then, "Doctor" Tom Schaefer joins the guitar and mandolin duo of Tom Peterson and Charley Smith along with vocalist Gayle Tallakson.  Schaefer won the South Dakota State Fiddle Championship three years in a row (1978-

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5:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part Two

Guitar Master Johnny Hastings.

This week's program is a return to the John T. Vucurevich Center at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City for the second night of Guitar Masters 2014.  Enjoy the varied styles of Guitar Masters Cary Morin, Johnny Hastings, Lawren Erickson and Josh Marquis.  Morin, a former member of The Atoll, is from Ft.

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5:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part One

Guitar Master Cary Morin performs at the Dahl Arts Center.

Backroom Productions presented Guitar Masters 2014 over two nights (February 21-22) at the John T.

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2:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

The Soul Of John Black

Performing songs from the 2013 cd "A Sunshine State of Mind," The Soul of John Black owned the stage at the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last March - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  With themes like answered prayers, the perpetual California sunshine and the love of family, "A Sunshine State of Mind" proves that the blues can lift one's soul.  The Soul of John Black is essentially the stage name of guitarist/vocalist John Bigham (JB to his friends).  Prior to forming The Soul of John Black with Christopher Thomas in 2002, Bigham played in Fishbone and a

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3:51 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box.

Two months after releasing "The Attic Sessions: Volume 1," a collection of eight new songs, The Tinder Box played most of the new tunes at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City during their Winter Music Series (March 21, 2014).  Its the third recording for brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh and cousin Jon Wallner who formed in 2010 during their scholastic days at South Dakota State University.  Gruff vocals aid to the band's distinctive sound.  Elevated banjo picking, drum kicks, well-timed trumpet fills and rich harmonies enhance the overall concept.

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3:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall II.

Texas guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II opened for Sheryl Crow at JazzFest in Sioux Falls last summer - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Bramhall II was destined to play his gritty style of blues rock as his father grew up and collaborated with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Bramhall, Sr.

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3:50 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Hamilton Loomis

Hamilton Loomis.

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Hamilton Loomis was surrounded by his parents' rock, blues and soul music.  He honed his multi-instrumental talent on the drums, piano, guitar and harmonica.  A protege of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 during a show in Houston.  Diddley became a friend, mentor and collaborator.  Loomis also points to mentors like Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Arthur Collins when discussing his musical growth and the inspiration for his latest CD, "Give It Back."

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5:15 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Emerging Artists Series

El Dub

The Emerging Artists Series celebrates the talents of different artists around South Dakota and provides a nurturing place for them to be seen, heard, and to grow. On November 15th, 2013, the series featured Under the Bus and Chris Cady and on June 22nd, 2013, the 605 Summer Classic featured El Dub.

Under the Bus

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5:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Jack Klatt & Cat Swingers + Trout Steak Revival

Trout Steak Revival.

Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers and Trout Steak Revival each played three sets during the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival presented by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music.  The event was held at Newton Hills State Park near Canton.  Throwback Jack Klatt of Minnesota has traveled hither, thither and yon to play in bars, cafes, living rooms, theatres and on the street corners of America, Canada and Europe.  Klatt formed the Cat Swingers in 2009.  The Cat Swingers include Patrick Harrison on accordion and washboard and Edwin Scherr on the upright bass.  Klatt's 2011 project, "Mississi

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11:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Dotsero

Dotsero saxophonist Steve Watts.

The Colorado-based contemporary jazz band Dotsero have developed a following in this region by way of their Jazzfest performances in 2005 and 2010.  The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society brought them back to Sioux Falls for the 2013-14 "Let the Good Times Roll" Concert Series as Dotsero played at the Orpheum Theater on January 24. 

Dotsero's most recent release, "Steppin' Outta Th' Boat," came out in 2012.  It features their jazzed-up versions of songs by artists like The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Chicago and Fine Young Cannibals.

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10:09 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Good Lovelies

The Good Lovelies

This week, we're featuring the Canadian trio, The Good Lovelies, recorded live at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on January 25th, 2014. How the Good Lovelies got together is a bit of a mystery. Each member has a different story on how the band met, but whatever the story, the group realized that they had formed something special in 2006. Part folk-roots, part Western Swing, the trio relies on three-part harmonies, clever songs, and on-stage banter drawn from an endless succession of comedic adventures on the road.

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5:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

River Liffey Boys

The River Liffey Boys.

The Rapid City-based River Liffey Boys performed during the Dahl Arts Center's Emerging Artists Program last October.  Established in March, 2010, the River Liffey Boys began playing lots of traditional music along with Celtic, country and bluegrass.  They melded the genres into their own sound which they call "blue-Irish-grass."  In discussing the appeal of Irish music, the members of the River Liffey Boys joked that they know they'll always have a gig on St.

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4:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Hey Marseilles

Hey Marseilles.

Don't get the wrong impression when you hear that Hey Marseilles is a Seattle band.  Based in Seattle - yes.  But Hey Marseilles swirls from indie/folk to orchestral-pop as Matt Bishop's vocals embrace an instrumental pallete.  The band released their first album, "To Travels and Trunks," in 2008.  It was re-released two years later with an additional song.  In October, 2010, Hey Marseilles performed on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" podcast.  NPR called their record "sublime and heartfelt."  Their second album, "Lines We Trace," was released last March to critical acclaim.  The band logged seve

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11:37 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Trampled Under Foot

Trampled Under Foot

This week, it's the Kansas City based blues group, Trampled Under Foot, recorded live at Jazzfest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 18th, 2013. Siblings Danielle, Kris, and Nick Schnebelen grew up with the blues. Their parents, Bob and Lisa, were active in the thriving Kansas City blues scene, playing in local bands and competing in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. Unfortunately, Bob and Lisa's band didn't make it to the International Blue Challenge in Memphis - but their kids did.

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1:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Union Grove Pickers - Part 2

Credit No Depression

More music and conversation with the Union Grove Pickers on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Hear the second half of the Union Grove Pickers performance at the 4th Annual Americana Music Festival held last November at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Also, band members Tim Jewell, Erin Castle and Josh Rieck visit about the band's new album, "Great Plains Driftin," great South Dakota venues and the Sioux Falls music scene among other topics.

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2:25 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Union Grove Pickers - Part 1

The Union Grove Pickers.
Credit Orpheum Theater

According to Josh Rieck, the sound of the Union Grove Pickers could've gone any number of different directions when the group formed.  Their new cd, "Great Plains Driftin'," which is scheduled for a March 22 release during a special show at the historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, demonstrates that the band still likes to dabble in several genres.

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1:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

BeauSoleil

Cajun music specialists BeauSoleil of Lafayette, Louisiana, performed at JazzFest on July 20, 2013 - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  BeauSoleil take the rich Cajun traditions of their home state and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and rock and roll into a delectable musical recipe.  Founded in 1975, BeauSoleil has released 25 albums.  Their most recent cd, "From Bamako to Carencro," came out in 2013.  The band has won two Grammy Awards and received several other Grammy nominations.  Plus, they have been honored many tim

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