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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 9 CT (8 MT) for first-rate concerts by artists from South Dakota and around the world.

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The Nesters

Nov 6, 2017
The Nesters

You might say The Nesters, Eliza Blue and Jami Lynn, were destined to play music together.  They're accomplished vocalists, great writers and multi-instrumentalists who just happen to dig each other's music.  Brought together by their love of the banjo and prairie narratives, The Nesters are making an impact without having released a record.  Thanks to The Nesters for this opportunity to hear their performance at the BrickHouse Community Arts Center in Madison from August!

Richard Grewar

Oct 16, 2017
Richard Grewar

Life has a way of pulling you back towards your passion.  Richard Grewar returned to his music after a three year hiatus with the release of his album Cold Feet in March.  Grewar, now a part of Hill City's talented arts community, came to the U.S. after having lived in Australia and England.  Cold Feet largely draws from his personal life.  He shared several songs from the album during his June performance at Fernson on 8th in Sioux Falls.

Sweetwater String Band

Oct 10, 2017

The Sweetwater String Band was one of several acts to perform during the 2017 Canyon Acoustic Series in Spearfish.  Shows served as a benefit for the DC Booth Fish Hatchery and Archives with support from Spread the Tunes and the Crow Peak Brewing Company.

The Best Of JazzFest 2016

Oct 10, 2017
www.billboard.com

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's JazzFest celebrated its 25th year in 2016 with some big time talent.  Relive some of the Best of JazzFest 2016 on this special No Cover, No Minimum Radio with music from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Fray, Andra Day and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers.

Shemekia Copeland

Oct 10, 2017
NPR

Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to some gospel-fueled R&B or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.  With a multi-faceted voice that's sultry, assertive and roaring, Copeland's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

Ranky Tanky

Oct 10, 2017
www.matthewsopera.com

Gullah comes from West African language.  Translation: a people blessed by God.  Ranky Tanky's loose translation is "work it" or "get funky!"  It's in this spirit that the Charleston, South Carolina based quintet Ranky Tanky performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern sea island region of the United States. 

Janiva Magness / JazzFest 2016

Jul 31, 2017

Blues Revue calls her "a blues interpreter of the highest rank...punchy and tough," with "swaggering, incendiary vocal performances." Janiva Magness has blues in her blood. She grew up in Detroit, surrounded by the Motown sound and listening to record after record of soul and R&B's greatest. Her early experience with suicides, homelessness, and teen pregnancy brought to light the realities of life. 

Night Moves

Jul 21, 2017

John Pelant and Micky Alfano are the core of Minneapolis-based Night Moves.  Formed in 2009, Night Moves released their debut album Colored Emotions in 2012.  Three years later, the follow-up Pennied Days became available.

The beauty of Night Moves' swirling grooves can veer into every conceivable direction.  Night Moves' "freak-folk vocal style and their organ and string arrangements spin their songs into mini-epics," as described in the New Yorker.

Night Moves toured Europe in January.  They performed at Total Drag Record in Sioux Falls on May 6th.

Chubby Carrier from JazzFest 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Chubby Carrier has been called the “premier Zydeco showman." Hailing from Louisiana—the birthplace of Zydeco music—Chubby is the third generation of Zydeco artists in the Carrier family. His cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are also considered Zydeco legends.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have traveled the world and recorded nearly a dozen albums. In 2011, their album “Zydeco Junkie” won the Grammy for best Zydeco or Cajun music album. And in 2016, they brought some Louisiana flavor to the plains.

Hippo Campus / Tyler David

Jun 15, 2017

A couple of major festivals are just around the corner.  The 605 Summer Classic is June 23-24 in Sioux Falls and the Sioux River Folk Festival takes place August 4-6 at Newton Hills State Park. 

On this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio, there's music from last year's events.

Hippo Campus of St. Paul, Minnesota, played at the last 605 Summer Classic.  The St. Paul, Minnesota, band, in their short existence, has played South by Southwest, Red Rocks and at UK festivals in Reading and Leeds.  Hippo Campus has just released their first full-length recording, "Landmark."

Blind Boy Paxton

Jun 15, 2017

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton draws from blues and jazz music before World War II.  Influenced by Fats Waller and "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Paxton's talent for playing the piano, violin, banjo, guitar and other instruments sets him apart.

Paxton lost all of his eyesight by the age of 16.  Now in his 20s, he relates to his audience with wisdom far beyond his age.  His smile brings his audience even closer.

The Steepwater Band / Erik Koskinen

May 19, 2017
The Steepwater Band

A pair of sets from last summer's festivals take center stage on this week's program.  The Steepwater Band made their way to JazzFest from Chicago to play their blues/rock.  Their sixth studio album, Shake Your Faith, is their most collaborative effort to date.  It was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus) and had ample input from all four band members.  Since forming in 1998, The Steepwater Band has released a combined 13 studio and live albums and DVDs.

Frank Fairfield & Meredith Axelrod

May 12, 2017
www.roadwarrioragency.net

Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod take listeners to a time before the microphone.  Fairfield hails from California's San Joaquin Valley.  He plays the fiddle, guitar and banjo, and his old timey vocals flow with culture and nostalgia.

The HillBenders Part 2 / Dusty Heart

May 12, 2017
The HillBenders

The HillBenders are featured with the second part of their concert at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They perform some originals and a few of their favorite covers.  The HillBenders claimed the prize at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.  The band has gained critical acclaim for their "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" recordings and performances.

The HillBenders "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

Apr 21, 2017
www.hillbenders.com

The HillBenders have been pushing the envelope of bluegrass music since forming in 2008.  From Springfield, Missouri, the HillBenders share a wide array of musical interests and influences.  One of their shared interests has taken on a life of its own.  On this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio, hear how the HillBenders came to perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, in addition to their performance at the Matthews Opera House in January.

Alicia Olatuja

Mar 27, 2017

Praised by the New York Times as "a singer with strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage," Alicia Olatuja has been captivating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and charming demeanor. 

V The Noble One And Knights Tempo

Mar 27, 2017
V the Noble One

V the Noble One (Vaney Hariri) is recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop - at least in the Upper Midwest.  It was a scene the mostly didn't exist when V the Noble One moved to Sioux Falls from Buffalo, New York, some 20 years ago. 

Over the years, he has produced his own shows, sometimes losing a few dollars, in order to grow the local hip-hop movement.  He's now working on a follow-up to his third album, Pray for Reign, which was released in 2014.

The Dead Pigeons

Mar 27, 2017
www.thedeadpigeons.com

The South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music welcomed The Dead Pigeons to headline the 37th annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.  The Dead Pigeons delighted fans with their mix of original barroom bluegrass and cover songs like Alice in Chains' "Rooster" and "Seven Nation Army" from the White Stripes catalog. 

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Mar 27, 2017
www.consideritcorrespondence.com

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (brothers Teague and Ian Alexy) share a common love of American roots music.  They've toured the country since 2005 as to which Teague Alexy says, "It has made us better musicians and heightened our awareness and instincts in playing together."

Tab Benoit

Mar 27, 2017
www.tabbenoit.com

Tab Benoit loves Sioux Falls and JazzFest fans love him back.  Benoit was tabbed to headline the opening night of JazzFest 2016 at Yankton Trail Park.  The blues guitarist and vocalist was a hit as the 25th JazzFest got underway.

Benoit is a Grammy Award winner and a BB King Entertainer of the Year.  He also owns two Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Male Performer of the Year (2012 & 2013).

Brian Masek & Friends / JazzFest 2016

Jan 31, 2017

Brian Masek & Friends celebrated the release of their 2016 CD, Fourth Coming, by performing on the main stage during the 25th JazzFest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Brian Masek & Friends make brilliant, sharp turns from blues to jazz to hard rock and back.

Burlap Wolf King At Icon Lounge

Jan 9, 2017

Burlap Wolf King is Thomas Hentges' stage name.  It's also the name of the powerful band which he fronts.  In its full band form, Burlap Wolf King also includes Megan DeBoer, Adam Jones, John Myers, Phil Mueller and Alex Olsen. 

The Sioux Falls based group was recorded live, in one of their very first shows together, at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on September 10, 2016.  Fans were treated to new music which Burlap Wolf King will release in May on an album titled Bitter Honey.

Rachel Ries

Dec 13, 2016
Rachel Ries

Singer/songwriter Rachel Ries got her start in Freeman and, through her travels and experiences, she has become a worldly artist, crafting sly and compassionate songs.  As the daughter of missionaries, she spent time in Zaire, sharing music of faith.  Ries has lived in Chicago and New York City, where apartment living made her feel trapped.  Living in Vermont helped solve that problem. 

Ries made her recording debut in 2005 with For You Only.  It was captured on vintage analog equipment and included piano, accordion, banjo, fiddle, pump organ and percussion. 

Robert Ellis

Nov 21, 2016
www.robertellismusic.com

Not happy with life in south Texas, Robert Ellis dropped out of high school during his junior year and relocated to suburban Houston.  He found an arts-friendly pocket where he was able to write songs and play clubs and eventually meet fellow musicians Will Van Horn and Geoffrey Muller.  "Whiskey Wednesday" shows helped Ellis and his mates hone their skills.  After two CD releases, country and bluegrass influences gave way to more pop, rock and experimental sounds.  Jacquire King, who had produced for Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, found Ellis m

Coco Montoya

Nov 11, 2016
Alligator Records

Like his inspiration Albert King, blues great Coco Montoya is a left-handed guitar player who plays with a right-handed neck.

Lincoln Durham / Andrew Billion

Nov 4, 2016
www.lincolndurham.com

Born and raised in Texas, Lincoln Durham started playing fiddle at the age of four. Nirvana inspired him to switch to electric guitar while he was in high school. Durham would later switch to acoustic guitar and working on his slide guitar style. He developed his one-man band neo-country blues sound with his cigar box guitar, mandolin, blues harps, stomp boards and whatever else he could manage to play. Durham's latest album, Revelations of a Mind Unraveling, was released in March.

Bad Bad Hats

Oct 21, 2016
Bad Bad Hats

Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge and Noah Boswell, the members of Bad Bad Hats, met while attending Macalester College in St.

The Claudettes

Oct 3, 2016
www.theclaudettes.com

The Claudettes mix Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville, and the sultriness of '60's pop-soul to write a new chapter in American roots music. The band loves to push the boundaries, and Johnny Iguana's piano is the antagonist.

The Claudettes also include Sioux Falls native Zach Verdoorn on bass and vocals, Berit Ulseth on vocals and Matt Torre on drums.

Cracker

Sep 22, 2016

Cracker is one of America's seminal alternative rock bands.  David Lowery and Johnny Hickman wasted little time in putting the band together after the breakup of Camper Van Beethoven.  In no time, Cracker was signed to Virgin Records.  Their debut release, Cracker, had "Teen Angst" and "Happy Birthday to Me" find plenty of airplay.  The follow-up release, Kerosene Hat, gave us "Low" and "Get Off This."

John Mark Nelson

Sep 2, 2016

Though just 22 years old, Minnesota singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson has already released four full-length recording projects.  His 2011 debut, "Still Here," was released independently while Nelson was still in high school.  Four years later, a fourth CD, "I'm Not Afraid," was released to critical acclaim.  The album took on an entirely different approach as Nelson explains in this week's program.  Nelson's work has caught the attention of many satisfied critics and he has appeared on public broadcasting favorites like World Cafe and Mountain Stage.  John Mark Nelson played The Garage in

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