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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5:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

The Barefoot Movement (from left: Alex Conerly, Noah Wall, Tommy Norris and Hasee Ciaccio.
Credit www.barefoot-movement.com

Young and shoeless, The Barefoot Movement has gained much attention and acclaim in a very short time.  The diversity of The Barefoot Movement draws in fans of bluegrass, folk, indie and rock and roll.  Singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall began to piece the band together when she met mandolin player Tommy Norris in high school.  Wall found an upright bass player in Hasee Ciaccio when they were classmates at East Tennessee State University.  Just last week, Ciaccio completed her BA in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music with a minor in App

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7:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy.

Listening to Trace Bundy is one thing, but seeing the "Acoustic Ninja" play live can confound even the most accomplished music fans as to how he can manipulate the fret board with his hands and fingers.  Surprisingly, Bundy is self-taught.  He uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos and his unique finger tapping skills to deliver jaw-dropping performances.  His most recent project, "Elephant King," was released in May, 2012.  It includes an 11-song studio CD and a live DVD disc.  Bundy performed at the Dahl Arts Center

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2:19 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Kyshona Armstrong

Kyshona Armstrong.
Credit www.kyshona.com

Though she has only released two CDs, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong has plenty of stories to tell.  Some of her songs are about family and legacy.  Much of her inspiration comes from her time as a music therapist.  The role helped her in overcoming a fear of performing in front of a live audience as she was using music to tap into emotion - something that is very prevalent in her writing and performing.  Once a fixture in the Athens, Georgia music scene, Armstrong now calls Nashville home.  Her latest CD, "Go," was released in June, 2014.  Armstrong has been named one of the "Top 5 Ro

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7:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Jennifer Keith Quintet

Jennifer Keith.
Credit www.jenniferkeith.com

The Jennifer Keith Quintet brings the golden age of lounge entertainment to life.  Though they're from Los Angeles, the Jennifer Keith Quintet perform the songs that put Las Vegas entertainment on the map.  They have regular gigs at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where vocalist Jennifer Keith shines in her throwback role.  Her quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Mando Dorame who is also the co-founder of the world renowned Royal Crown Revue.  As a matter of fact, the Jennifer Keith Quintet began as a side project of the Revue.  World class musicians

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3:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Expatriate / Burlap Wolf King

Adam Nero of Expatriate.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Adam Nero and Thomas Hentges have traveled similar paths during their careers in music.  Both played in hardcore bands before finding was to explore their creativity through Americana and roots music.  Nero, a classically trained guitarist, was a fan of Chet Atkins, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt while his father was also introducing him to John Prine and old bluegrass music.  His band is Expatriate.  Their tight, expressive songs will have you tapping your foot.  Expatriate opened for Burlap Wolf King on April 5, 2014 at Dakota State University in Madison.

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2:45 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Trampled Under Foot - 2014

Trampled Under Foot (from left): Mike Sedovic, Danielle Schnebelen, Nick Schnebelen and Jan Faircloth.

When Trampled Under Foot played the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last November it was already known that it would be one of the band's final shows together.  Siblings Danielle, Nick and Kris Schnebelen had performed as Trampled Under Foot for about a dozen years when drummer Kris announced he was leaving the band.  Bassist Danielle and guitarist Nick soldiered on and added veteran Kansas City musician Jan Faircloth on drums.  The addition of keyboardist Mike "Shinetop, Jr." Sedovic turned the band into a four-piece.  Faircloth and Sedovic helped Trampled

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5:16 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Pert Near Sandstone

Pert Near Sandstone.

A favorite of A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keilor, Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates the American stringband sound with raw energy and tightly crafted music that lends itself to the modern audience while being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions.  The band's unintentional formation emerged from weekly picking sessions at an old house in St.

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3:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

(From left) Dalton Coffey, Jami Lynn and Andrew Reinartz.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Singer/songwriter Jami Lynn (guitar and banj0) began a collaboration with Dalton Coffey (dobro) and Andrew Reinartz (bass) last fall.  The fruits of their labor is a ten track CD of original music called "Fall Is a Good Time to Die."  The CD is set for release at a pair of concerts: April 10 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish and April 11 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  "Fall Is a Good Time to Die" was recorded at Dalton Coffey's Sioux Falls studio.  It was mixed in Nashville by Ed Faris, an artist who is know for his work with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  The trio of L

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4:38 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer.

"Don't let the geography fool you: the Midwest can be soulful too."  That's what Emilia Fredlick of Paste Magazine said in reference to Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers - a six piece, nine member project straight from the legendary Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Fredlick went on to praise Hoyer's ear for how to get all of the group's instruments to flow together with his powerful voice. 

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3:02 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Haley Bonar At The Garage

Haley Bonar.
Credit www.haleybonar.com

Forever attached to the Black Hills, Haley Bonar returned home to play a show at The Garage in Rapid City just after Thanksgiving.  The Twin Cities based Bonar is proud to have grown up in the Mt.

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4:23 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Union Grove Pickers & Tree Party

Tree Party.

A pair of performances from the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival highlight this week's show.

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2:22 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

SHEL

SHEL.

Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook form the acronym SHEL, a folk/pop powerhouse from Ft.

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2:11 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Brandon Sprague
Credit www.b1027.com

The music of the Brandon Sprague Blues Band can pick you up and drop you right in the middle of a rib cook-off or a summer music festival.  Their blues menu ranges from Texas swing to New Orleans, from Kansas City to electric and beyond.  The Deadwood-based Sprague has played the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since his teens.  He started playing guitar before the age of 10.  B.B.

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4:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Brian Masek & Friends

Brian Masek and Friends: (from left) Chuck Case, Steve Grimes, Chris Borchardt and Brian Masek.
Credit Brian Masek

Brian Masek is no stranger to JazzFest.  His band, Brian Masek and Friends, played the second stage last summer.  It's hard not to find something to like about the group's fusion approach which combines jazz, rock, blues and funk.  The bass guitar is the band leader's instrument of choice.  Masek played in rock bands like Ivory, Closet Monster, Leghorn and the Toby Kane Band.  He eventually became intrigued by the improvisational aspects of jazz.  The other players in Brian Masek an

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5:11 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Jalan Crossland Band

Jalan Crossland.

This is the second appearance for Jalan Crossland on No Cover, No Minimum Radio - but the first with his full band.  The singer/songwriter from the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming draws in music fans with his homespun appeal.  He writes songs that are relatable to the listener whether the tune's lyrics are funny or thought provoking.  His latest CD, "No Cause For Despair," was released last summer.  Eleven new compositions highlight the project.  Longtime collaborator and bass player Shaun Kelley and drummer and percussionist Pat Madsen joined th

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11:59 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Jeff Lorber in the studio.
Credit Jeff Lorber

With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and traditional jazz, Jeff Lorber Fusion set the table for the late 70's jazz fusion movement.  Lorber began playing the piano at the age of four.  The Philadelphia native took a liking to jazz while attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He formed Jeff Lorber Fusion in Portland, Oregon after his schooling.  The group quickly released five albums from 1977-81 and rose to the top of the jazz fusion scene.  Lorber would release over a dozen more solo studio albums

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1:54 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

The Red Willow Band

The Red Willow Band (from left) Chris Gage, Barry Carpenter, Kenny Putnam, Marley Forman and Hank Harris.
Credit The Red Willow Band

From 1974-1982, the Red Willow Band created music and memories to last a lifetime.  Their business card read "The Best in Country Swing."  But the Red Willow Band was much more than that.  Bouncing between rock and country, they developed a sound of their own.  Chris Gage (guitar/piano/vocals), Kenny Putnam (fiddle), Hank Harris (guitar/vocals), Marley Forman (bass guitar/vocals) and Barry Carpenter (drums) reunited as the Red Willow Band played three sets at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival hosted by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music at Newton Hills State Park this pas

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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

Credit Miner Brewing Company

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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