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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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Trampled Under Foot - 2014

Apr 9, 2015

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

Pert Near Sandstone

Apr 2, 2015

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.

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

Mar 27, 2015
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

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

Mar 20, 2015

"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. 

Haley Bonar At The Garage

Mar 13, 2015
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.

Union Grove Pickers & Tree Party

Feb 27, 2015

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

SHEL

Feb 20, 2015

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

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Feb 20, 2015
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.

Brian Masek & Friends

Jan 23, 2015
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

Jalan Crossland Band

Jan 15, 2015

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

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Jan 8, 2015
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

The Red Willow Band

Dec 24, 2014
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

Billy Lurken

Dec 12, 2014

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

Samantha Fish

Dec 5, 2014

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

The Cactus Blossoms & Nathan Edwards

Nov 21, 2014

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."

Reina Del Cid And The Cidizens

Nov 7, 2014

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

The Kris Lager Band

Nov 7, 2014

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

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 2

Oct 20, 2014
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

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 1

Oct 10, 2014

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

Mat D And The Profane Saints

Sep 26, 2014

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

The Rough & Tumble

Sep 19, 2014
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

No Cover, No Minumum Radio: Hank Harris

Aug 19, 2014

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.

Zachary Lucky & John Statz

Aug 15, 2014

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.

Sena Ehrhardt

Aug 5, 2014

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

Baby Mountain

Aug 1, 2014
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

Lynn & James / Schaefer, Peterson, Smith & Tallakson

Jul 14, 2014
World News Network

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-

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part Two

Jul 3, 2014

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.

Guitar Masters 2014 - Part One

Jun 26, 2014

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

The Soul Of John Black

Jun 20, 2014

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

The Tinder Box

Jun 13, 2014

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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