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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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Hey Marseilles

Mar 28, 2014

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

Trampled Under Foot

Mar 17, 2014

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.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 2

Mar 14, 2014
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.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 1

Mar 7, 2014
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.


Feb 28, 2014

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

The Hegg Brothers

Feb 10, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Hegg Brothers Band, recorded live at JazzFest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 20th, 2013. Born and raised within an hour of Sioux Falls, the Hegg Brothers have spent many years performing music around the region. Their first appearance at JazzFest was over a decade ago when they were featured with a 9-piece horn band called Spooncat! In recent years, the two brothers, Jeremy and Jonathon, have played primarily as a duo.

The Moondoggies

Feb 7, 2014
Hardly Art

The Moondoggies played The Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on October 8, 2013.  It was the first concert in a 20-date run for the band from Everett, Washington.  Formed in 2005, The Moondoggies highlight dirty hooks, sweet harmonies, plaintive pleas and an electric edge.  The band has released three albums and one EP on the Hardly Art label.  Their most recent, "Adios I'm a Ghost," introduced listeners to 12 new songs last year.  Of the title, front man Kevin Murphy says he heard the phrase on a Phil Hendrie podcast!  In his high school days, Murphy played in the punk rock band The Familiars alo

John Craigie

Jan 31, 2014

John Craigie is a singer, songwriter and storyteller in the true folk artist tradition.  The Californian has been hailed as a "Modern-Day Troubador" in the style of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.  You can catch him playing in local bars and coffee shops, on radio shows or larger gatherings like Burning Man.  Craigie achieves the critical element of telling a story through song, but he also connects with his audience between songs through his keen observations and wit.  His themes range from social commentary to political satire, modern love and pop culture.

The Scott Holt Band

Jan 24, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Scott Holt band, recorded live at Jazzfest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 19th, 2013. Scott Holt was raised in Tennessee. Hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time proved to be a turning point in his life. He didn't get serious about playing an instrument until he was 19, when his parents bought him an electric guitar. A year later, Holt's father took him to see Buddy Guy. He met Guy that night and received a private guitar lesson from the blues master himself.

Burlap Wolf King

Jan 17, 2014

Sioux Falls based songwriter and performer Thomas Hentges is a veteran of many bands and genres including hardcore punk and metal.  These days, Hentges (stage name: Burlap Wolf King) is very much at home playing music that appeals to fans of folk, alt/country and indie.  The first Burlap Wolf King album, "The Middle," was recorded in Aberdeen and released in 2009.  The release was followed a year later by an honor in the Boston Phoenix as one of the 50 Best New Bands in America.  Burlap Wolf King's most recent release was a five-song EP which he unveiled last January.  It received positive

Sheryl Crow - Part 2 & Kyle Knutson

Jan 7, 2014

Hear the second part of Sheryl Crow's JazzFest 2013 concert in this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The concert happened just two months before Crow released her first country music album, "Feels Like Home," which was ranked by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Country Music Albums of 2013.  It was also Crow's first release on Warner Bros. Records.  Crow and her band were joined by another JazzFest 2013 performer, Doyle Bramhall II, for an exciting encore in this concert.

Sheryl Crow - Part 1

Dec 26, 2013

It was one hit after another when Sheryl Crow headlined JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Prior to her solo career taking off, Crow was very much in demand as a vocalist.  The Missouri native was a backing vocalist during Michael Jackson's "Bad" world tour from 1987-89.  She has also sung backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Ryan Adams.  Crow has sold over 17 million albums in the U.S.

Award winning jazz pianist and vocalist Elizabeth Doyle returned to her native Sioux Falls to headline the George B. German Music Archives fundraiser on September 12, at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. 

Hear the second half of the concert this week as Doyle is joined by Jami Lynn and the Dakota Jazz Collective featuring Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney.  Doyle performs songs such as "I Got the Sun," "My Old Flame," "Lets Eat Now," and "I Love Being Here With You."

Sioux Falls native Elizabeth Doyle came home to headline a concert at Icon Lounge, a fundraiser for the George B. German Music Archives, on September 12.  Doyle is German's granddaughter.  The vocalist/pianist/songwriter was joined on stage by the Dakota Jazz Collective (Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney).  Vocalist Jami Lynn opened the show with backing from the Dakota Jazz Collective.

Red Wanting Blue

Nov 22, 2013

"Hard working band makes good," to appropriate a line from Almost Famous!  It may have described Stillwater, but it works equally well for Red Wanting Blue, the enduring rock and roll act from Columbus, Ohio.  The band's following has grown over nine albums and 17 years of hard touring.  A three-record deal with Fanatic Records, signed in 2010, relieved the band of some of the mundane business activities while allowing them to remain fiercely independent and true to their craft.  Last year, Red Wanting Blue appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, VH1 and NPR.  Their songs, sung by S

Chubby Carrier From JazzFest 2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman," Chubby Carrier with his Bayou Swamp Band.  Carrier is a third generation Zydeco artist.  His father, Roy Carrier, grandfather, Warren Carrier and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are considered legends in Zydeco music.  Chubby began playing drums in his father's band at the age of 12.  He began playing the accordion at 15 and, by the age of 17, was touring the world with Terrance Simien's band.

Bello Spark

Oct 24, 2013

Bello Spark performed a stripped-down concert last month at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City.  Band members Rob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Tory Peterson (guitar and vocals) even played some unreleased material during the intimate show.

Mingo Fishtrap

Oct 4, 2013

While attending the University of North Texas' College of Music, Roger Blevins, Jr. asked a few dorm mates to jam on some old soul and funk tunes. Blevins quickly found himself surrounded by an eight-piece band. After a successful stint in the Live Capital of the World, Mingo Fishtrap hit the festival circuit, which carried their unique blend of music from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine and everywhere between. The band has performed with the likes of Robert Randolph, MOFRO & Galactic, and Trombone Shorty, along with legends such as Sting and Earth Wind and Fire.

Amos Slade & White Dads

Oct 1, 2013

Amos Slade's reputation in the Sioux Falls region has grown rapidly.  The band's release of "Hungry Earth," a 12 song collection of songs about living in light of death, bespeaks the work of studio veterans.  Band members Nick Engbers, Phil Mueller, Dan Ludeman and Landon Heil performed songs off "Hungry Earth" at the 605 Summer Classic in Sioux Falls on June 22.  The alternative rock band from Sioux Falls delivered a driving set at Icon Lounge as adverse weather forced the concert indoors.

The Barley Jacks With Brian Wicklund

Sep 19, 2013

The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund headlined the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park near Canton.  Fronted by internationally known fiddler Brian Wicklund, the Barley Jacks blend an energetic mix of original bluegrass, Celtic and roots music.  The Minnesota band also features Joe Cruz on guitar, Kevin Rowe on the upright bass and Joel Arpin on percussion.  All members are learned in several musical styles.  The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund have recorded two albums.  Their most recent recording, "The Lighthouse," was released in 2011. 


Sep 4, 2013

A scheduled appearance by The Hegg Brothers band accompanied by "a star-studded array of Midwest artists" became a full blown Spooncat reunion last July at JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  Months before the show, calls were made to the Hegg's musician friends as they wanted their second stage performance to be different from the main stage show they would perform earlier in the day.  One call led to another and another - to the point that nobody wanted to be left out!

North Mississippi Allstars

Aug 23, 2013

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996.  While growing up they soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy of R.L.

Layne Putnam

Aug 16, 2013

This week, we're featuring the young and talented Layne Putnam recorded live at the Dahl Arts Center Lein Cultural Cafe in Rapid City on July 19th, 2013. Layne grew up in a family where live music and entertainment were a part of everyday life. Her father, Kenny Putnam, is a professional fiddle player and Grammy nominee. Layne began writing music at an early age, and even though she's only 17 and just finished high school, she's attended a Grammy Camp in Los Angeles and performed at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Layne plays guitar, bass, piano and different percussion instruments.

John Statz

Aug 2, 2013

Denver-based singer/songwriter John Statz tells a pretty good story.  Whether it's about hiking in the mountains of Colorado or sitting in his favorite Wisconsin diner to playing in Slovenia or riding a train to Budapest, Statz paints the picture through song.  His most recent release, "Old Fashioned," came out in January, 2012.  It was produced by Bo Ramsey who has played with and produced music for Lucinda Williams.

Worldfest 2011-2013

Jul 26, 2013

The four bands being featured this week are Tarim from China, Yamma Ensemble from Israel, Cudamani from Bali and Wust el Balad from Egypt. They all performed as part of the Arts Midwest Worldfest 2011-2013 in Hill City. Arts Midwest provides inspiring arts experiences while instilling appreciation for diversity and acceptance of others and their cultures. Arts Midwest selects one community in each of their nine member states to participate in Worldfest and Hill City was one of those communities.


Kelley Hunt

Jul 18, 2013

Kelley Hunt brought her powerhouse live blues show to JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls.  Hunt, an independent pianist and singer, developed her hip, burly sound as a result of listening to her jazz and blues singing mother and Gospel singing grandmother.  She was also influenced by artists like Ruth Brown, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles along with legendary pianists Toots Washington, Professor Longhair and Johnnie Johnson.  Hunt's live performances have drawn critical acclaim while she remains a fiercely independent artist.

Gordy Pratt

Jul 11, 2013

This week's concert features the Original, Fabulous One Guy, Gordy Pratt, recorded live in SDPB's Martin Busch studio on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion on May 17th, 2013. Pratt's career in music began at an early age. When he was 12 years old, Gordy was spending summers at the Black Hills Playhouse, where he met a variety of performers and through those experiences, became hooked on the performing and entertainment industry. By age 13, he was performing professionally in Colorado.

Sena Ehrhardt Band

Jun 28, 2013

Sena Ehrhardt is considered to be one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. She was born and raised in a house full of blues and was mentored by her father, blues guitarist Ed Ehrhardt. Sena has taken what she's learned from her father and developed her own personal and intelligent take on the blues.

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Jun 20, 2013

Deadwood based blues artist Brandon Sprague has certainly gained the respect of his peers.  B.B. King said, "Brandon plays from the heart and will be part of carrying on the blues torch."  An adept performer, Sprague has mastered his Fender Stratocasters and dobro guitar.  Over the years, he's shared the stage with blues greats like Eddy Clearwater, Kenny Neal, Chris Duarte, Gene Taylor, B.B. King and many others.

Avalon Roads & Les Singes Volantes

Jun 7, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio is a two-part program featuring stringed instruments.  First, it's the Celtic artistry of Avalon Roads featuring guitarist Ken Verheecke and fiddler Katie Lautenschlager.  Then, catch the gypsy jazz stylings of Les Singes Volantes featuring JD Fiedler on lead guitar, violinist Tom Wilt, Brian Winter on rhythm guitar and Brian Winter on bass.

Both groups were recorded at the 3rd annual Americana Music Festival last September at Rapid City's Dahl Arts Center.