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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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Mipso

Jun 24, 2016

The young players in Mipso bring so many influences into the mix that this is not your average string band.  Modern pop sounds are merged with traditional bluegrass and amazing harmonies.  The resulting textures are so attractive that Mipso's second album, "Old Time Reverie," debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart last year.  Formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mipso is Jacob Sharp, Joseph Terrell, Wood Robinson and Libby Rodenbough.  They played the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish in April.

Charlie Parr

Jun 10, 2016
Jason Rosewarne

What's not to like about Charlie Parr?  He likes to sleep in his car while on tour and, like George "Skrap Iron" Gadaski (All-Star Wresting fans will remember), he's pretty good at whipping up a healthy tin-foil meal using his car's exhaust manifold!  Maybe that's just Parr being frugal...or maybe it's his way of experiencing a slice of life that his father passed on through his stories of growing up during the depression and hopping trains to see the country.  Parr's stories are fueled by his resonator guitar - Piedmont blues style.  Enjoy Charlie P

Noah Hoehn

May 27, 2016
www.noahhoehn.com

Noah Hoehn has earned national acclaim for his harmonica playing as a two-time winner of the McNight Fellowship.  Hoehn won his third McNight Fellowship for his mesmerizing solo looping show.  His union of blues harmonica and marimba pop is a style that's unparalleled.  A disciplined classical percussionist and a fierce blues harp player, Hoehn began to work on his singing voice while attending Augustana College.  On weekends he sang rock and blues with his band.  After college, Hoehn began writing songs.  He also embraced live looping as a way to comp

Front Country

May 20, 2016
www.frontcountryband.com

What started out as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District now outshines Front Country's humble string band roots.  Lead singer/songwriter Melody Walker has a big voice that brings the emotion out of every number.  "The thing I like about this band," says Walker, "is our ability to build textures that create spaces, moods, other worlds - but with all acoustic instruments."  In the same interview with CMT Edge, Walker also states, "Maybe our genre is bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass?"  Find out what

Harper And Midwest Kind

May 13, 2016
www.harper.biz

Peter D. Harper, known to the music world as just Harper, is best known for his prolific performances on the harmonica and didgeridoo.  Combining those instruments with his strong vocals and his Detroit, Michigan-based backing band, Midwest Kind, creates their own genre, one they call "World Blues."  Harpers songs are inspired by American Indians and Australian Aborigines.  The haunting sounds of the didgeridoo enhance Harper's emotional lyrics.

Todo Mundo - Part 2

May 10, 2016
www.matthewsopera.com

Todo Mundo's mission states, "One day, all of humanity will understand that we are ONE.  Inside each of us, there is an indestructible beauty that strongly connects us, no matter where we come from, no matter what we do, believe or think.  Our diversity unites us all as equals.  We are all one heartbeat, a beating pulse in this life.  One connection...all of us are Todo Muno."

Todo Mundo - Part 1

May 10, 2016
www.sdliveevent.com

Todo Mundo, which translates to "All the World," was voted Best World Music at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.  Todo Mundo blends the flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences across the world since 2009.  Todo Mundo is led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Santiago Orozco, a native of Columbia.  The band's union came about by a leap of faith by Orozco.  Guided by a song he heard titled "I Wanna Go to San Diego," Orozco traveled to the city seven years ago and b

Billy Talbot With Ryan Holzer

Apr 22, 2016
Billy Talbot

Billy Talbot, a founding member of Crazy Horse along with Danny Whitten and Ralph Molina, began to jam with Neil Young while he was in Buffalo Springfield.  Through decades of recording and touring, Neil Young and Crazy Horse have played some of the most influential music of our time.  Talbot retired from Crazy Horse a few years ago, but remains an active musician and songwriter.  Late one night he made a connection with South Dakota native Ryan Holzer on Myspace which, as Holzer jokes, seems a little dated.  With last October's release of "Dakota," Holzer has now played on two Billy Talbot

Slim Man

Apr 1, 2016
www.slimman.com

Renaissance man Slim Man is a classically trained musician, composer, recording artist, writer of screenplays, television and radio personality, author and touring recording artist.  Did I miss anything?  He has sang for Pope John Paul II and written and recorded for Motown Records.  His 80's band BootCamp was one of the first to be featured on MTV.  His instrumental group Bona Fide has released four albums and received the Best New Artist Award at the 2001 Smooth Jazz Awards.  Slim Man seems to be getting the most out of life and he shared a small piece

Main Avenue Warehouse

Mar 10, 2016
Main Avenue Warehouse

Main Avenue Warehouse is an ensemble made up of some of South Dakota's finest musicians.  Their music is reminiscent of Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Parliament and the Average White Band.  Their roster reads like a Who's Who of the area's music scene.  Chris Miller performs on guitar and vocals.  Christina Bulatao joins him in harmonies and also steps to the forefront on lead vocals.  Andrew Reinartz, Alex Olsen and Mike Hart bring versatility on the bass, keyboards and drums respectively while the Main Avenue Wareho

The Copoetics / The Kickback

Mar 3, 2016
www.axs.com

The 6th annual 605 Summer Classic witnessed some great moments on stage.  We captured a couple of sets to include in this week's program.  The Copoetics love to take their "old soul folk" on the road.  However, this was a "home game" for the husband/wife duo.  Louisa Soli-Holt learned to play the ukulele while the two lived in Hawaii.  At the same time, Dan Finch was transitioning from bass guitar to the six-string.  The Copoetics released "The Way of the Spirit Trail" during the summer of 2014 - a sound effort lyrically and nice on the ears.  The 11 song album includes updates to their fir

Marcia Ball

Feb 26, 2016
www.npr.org

Marcia Ball's mantel is getting to be cluttered, but she doesn't mind.  As a pianist, Ball has been honored with six Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Awards and four Living Blues Awards for Outstanding Musician.  There are many other awards and nominations too numerous to mention.  Plus, Ball has been inducted into the Gulf Coast Music and Louisiana Music Halls of Fame.  Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Ball's piano style includes elements of zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues and boogie woogie.  Her chief inspiration is New Orleans vocalist Irma

You Knew Me When / Meredith Axelrod

Feb 12, 2016
You Knew Me When

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio features two national acts that played at the 36th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival presented by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music. 

You Knew Me When has been touring constantly since hitting the road in 2012.  The Nashville-based two-piece husband and wife duo (Cie and Karisa Hoover) brags an attractive fusion of folk and indie rock rich with pulsing and stirring beats.  Their latest CD, "We Found Roads," is featured prominently in their set.

The Dana Leong Trio

Feb 5, 2016

Dana Leong's music spans multiple genres.  The two-time Grammy Award winner, often referred to as the "high-def Yo-Yo Ma," creates mesmerizing sounds that combine jazz, funk, hip-hop and classical music.  The electric cellist and trombonist studied at the Manhattan School of Music.  At the same time, he got involved with studio work in New York, improvising with artists like Kanye West, Lil' Kim and Marc Anthony.  His first CD, "Leaving New York," worked in jazz, funk and rock.  His sophomore effort in 2007, "Anth

The Record Company

Jan 29, 2016
The Record Company

Chris Vos missed his circle of music mates after moving from Wisconsin to Los Angeles.  So he formed a new circle of music lovers which became the three piece rock 'n roll band, The Record Company.  On the strength of just two EP's, The Record Company has already played at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Napa Valley's Bottlerock, Ottawa Folkfest, the Quebec City International Summer Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.  Signed to Concord Records, The Record Company celebrates the release of their first full length CD, "Give it Back to You," on February 12. 

Sarah McQuaid - Part 2

Jan 15, 2016

Sarah McQuaid's second set from her October, 2015 performance at the Rapid City Public Library included songs from her first three CDs, "When Two Lovers Meet," "I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning," and "The Plum Tree and the Rose."  A champion of DADGAD guitar tuning (she has even written The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book), McQuaid's voice is the perfect partner for her many numbers that delve into the Celtic, medeival and Appalachian folk sounds.  McQuaid was a tourning member of the Chicago Children's Choir

Sarah McQuaid - Part 1

Jan 8, 2016
www.sarahmcquaid.com

Cornwall, England, based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is a captivating performer.  Her echoing voice and artful guitar ring out between stories of her life, places and experiences.  McQuaid was born in Spain and raised in Chicago.  At the age of 12 she was already touring with the Chicago Children's Choir.  Her most recent U.S.

Town Mountain

Dec 31, 2015
Jamie Shepard

Town Mountain headlined the 36th annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.  Town Mountain was formed out of Asheville, North Carolina's blossoming music scene.  With songs that sound like unearthed classics, Town Mountain focuses on creating a unique sound and brand while still giving the traditional side of bluegrass its due.  The band earned the International Bluegrass Music Associaton's Momentum Award for Band of the Year in 2013.  Vocalist Robert Greer also took the IBMA Vocalist of the Year prize in 2013.  Town Mountain's visit to South Dakota was part of their 2015

John Nemeth

Dec 18, 2015
Aubrey Edwards

Born in 1975, John Nemeth has become a decorated electric blues and soul harmonica player, singer and songwriter.  East Bay Blues says, "Nemeth is with little doubt the most accomplished male vocalist of his generation traveling the blues highway today."  His career has taken him on the road with guitar great Junior Watson along with fronting his own band.  Nemeth's most recent release, "Memphis Grease," embodies the sould scene that he fell into during his time in the Bay Area and the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys.  The Bo-Keys, earlier in their careers, performed wi

Justin Townes Earle

Dec 4, 2015
www.justintownesearle.com

Justin Townes Earle laughs about not knowing what Americana means anymore and he scoffs at what is described as country music today.  But if you think "heart and soul," you have a pretty good idea of how to describe Earle's style - whether he leans Americana, country, folk, blues or any other direction.  Son of the well-traveled Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle is an equally gifted singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed "Single Mothers" release (September, 2014) was followed up in January by the companion album "Absent Fathers."  They cou

Tweed Funk

Dec 4, 2015
www.tweedfunk.com

Formed in Milwaukee in 2010, the six-piece soul and blues revue known as Tweed Funk plays a funked up, sexy live show that leaves fans screaming for more.  Tweed Funk is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70s.  As a member of Tweed Funk, Holman was honored as the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry's Male Vocalist of the Year.  As a band, Tweek Funk has captured WAMI Awards for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.  With seven originals and four covers, "First Name Lucky" became Tweed Funk's thi

Cloud Cult

Sep 18, 2015
www.605magazine.com

Cloud Cult started 20 years ago as a studio project of Craig Minowa.  In 1999, Craig and Connie Minowa formed Earthology, which created the first 100% postconsumer CD packaging in the U.S.

Banjo Babes

Aug 28, 2015
www.banjobabescalendar.com

Banjo Babes is a grass roots collective of professional women banjo players organized by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish.  The Banjo Babes release a calendar and album every year to celebrate the music of the women who play the instrument.  The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City hosted Banjo Babes Erin Inglish and Jami Lynn along with Mary Temple in February in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe. 

Communist Daughter

Aug 21, 2015
www.communistdaughter.com

Twin Cities indie band Communist Daughter opened the first ever Black Hills Music Festival, presented by Ginger Gray Entertainment, on May 23.  Band leader Johnny Solomon began to assemble a group of Twin Cities musicians in 2009.  As Solomon explains, when Molly Moore (who married Solomon in 2013) joined the band, Communist Daughter had found the sound they wanted.

Hank Harris / Reuben Sinnema

Aug 3, 2015
South Dakota Arts Council

This week's program includes separate sets from Hank Harris and Reuben Sinnema recorded at the 35th annual Sioux River Folk Festival last year at Newton Hills State Park.  Hank Harris can stitch rock and roll, country, ethnic folk, Americana, gospel, bluegrass, cowboy songs and so many other genres together into a delightful live show.  Of the flexible singer/songwriter, Black Hills Magazine said, "Hank may be the hardest working man in show-biz now that James Brown is no longer with us!"

Guitar Masters 2015

Jul 10, 2015
www.journeymuseum.org

The 18th annual Guitar Masters concerts were held February 27-28 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.  The 2015 Guitar Masters are Bruce Neubert, Steve Gardner, Jake Anderson and Jeff Severson.  Neubert received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.  The self-taught player has been active in the Black Hills music scene since the early 70s.  Gardner played in several popular Sioux Falls bands before moving to Custer.  He's adept at flat picking and finger style.  Young gun Jake Anderson has been playing for over 10 years.  He enjoys studying t

Condor

Jun 26, 2015

Sioux Falls string band Condor has grown by one since they released their first CD, "Deep Into the Pool," in the fall of 2013.  Founders Connor Pederson and Andy Shaw were joined by Mateo Bartlett, a friend of Shaw's, about the same time "Deep Into the Pool" was made public.  Bartlett adds banjo and vocals to Pederson's cello and vocals and Shaw's guitar and vocals to one-up the band's unique harmonies and instrumentation.  As a three-piece, Condor released "Poega" in March, 2015.  Every pluck, every strum of Condor's approach to swing, bluegrass, Americana and indie sets them apart.  Condo

Maya Van Nuys With Robert Dewan And Friends

Jun 12, 2015

Recent Rapid City Stevens High School graduate Maya Van Nuys assembled a cast of well-known and respected local players for a showcase concert last February at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Van Nuys is a classically trained violinist with a love for the blues and American roots music.  She came up through the Dahl's Emerging Artists Series.  Maya's father, guitarist Frank Van Nuys, introduced her to all kinds of music that inspired her current path as a musician.  The next stage in Van Nuys' career is taking her to Kansas where she plans to further her music career with collaborator

The Barefoot Movement - Part 2

May 28, 2015
www.barefoot-movement.com

The Barefoot Movement, a four-piece acoustic band based in Nashville, has been called "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," by CMT Edge.  They received the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for "Band of the Year."  But it's not entirely about bluegrass.  The Barefoot Movement plays a lush mix of Americana, folk, country, indie, rock - and bluegrass.  Their most recent CD, "The High Road to Linton," is a six-song EP consisting of traditional songs that have been fan favorites in their live performa

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

May 21, 2015
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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