No Cover, No Minimum Radio

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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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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.

Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys

May 24, 2013

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society welcomed Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys to the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls on March 8, 2013.  Shaw's career began at the age of four as she studied classical violin.  By the age of eight, she was hooked on Cajun fiddle music.  The singer/fiddler/actress has been performing with The Cute Guys since she was 10.  Now 22, Shaw continues to perform internationally while embracing her Louisiana roots.

Electric Violinist Tracy Silverman

May 17, 2013

Classically trained at Julliard, Tracy Silverman is the world's first concert electric violinist.  He built one of the first-ever six-string violins shortly after graduating in 1980.  Silverman's unique performances demonstrate his "strum bowing" method on both fretted and fretless six-string violins.  He has recorded with a virtual who's who of the new music, jazz and rock world and established a long-standing relationship with Windham Hill Records.

This episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars Tracy Silverman in his April 26, 2013, concert at the Spearfish Arts Center.

Lee Ritenour

May 10, 2013

Jazz guitar legend Lee Ritenour put together a world class band for his 2013 tour that stopped in Sioux Falls on April 5 at the Orpheum Theater.  Ritenour was joined by long-time collaborator and 12-time Grammy Award winner Dave Grusin on piano and keyboards, Melvin Davis on 4, 5, 6 & 7 string bass and Sonny Emery on drums.  Ritenour's concert was the final show in the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2012-13 concert series.

Davina And The Vagabonds

Apr 19, 2013

Minneapolis-based Davina and the Vagabonds recently brought their rollicking New Orleans-flavored mix of blues, jazz and roots music to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls.  Singer and pianist Davina Sowers' love of punk and goth music gives the band their trademark edge.

Sioux Falls has become a favorite stop for Davina and the Vagabonds.  You can explore tour dates and learn more at

Moreland & Arbuckle

Apr 12, 2013

The Kansas duo of Moreland & Arbuckle headlined the final night of the 3rd annual American Music Festival at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on September, 23, 2012.  The two met in 2001 at an open mic night in Wichita and have been playing together since.  Raw Delta and urban blues are delivered with garage rock intensity in their live shows. 

Aaron Moreland plays guitar while Dustin Arbuckle handles vocals and the harp.  They're joined by drummer Kendall Newby who provides a rock-solid back beat.

Monophonics At JazzFest

Apr 4, 2013

This week's show harks back to the psychedelic soul and heavy funk of the late 60s and early 70s.  Monophonics are true to the San Francisco Bay Area's rich musical culture.  Fuzzy echo guitars, blistering drums, a soulful bass, powerhouse horns and a swirling organ provide the foundation for Monophonics funky psychedelia.  Though touring mightily in recent years, the group remains a mainstay at Bay Area venues like The Independent, Great American Music Hall and Sweetwater Music Hall.

Dakota Jazz Collective With Jami Lynn

Mar 29, 2013

This week, the horn-driven Dakota Jazz Collective joins forces with the wide-ranging vocal talents of Jami Lynn.  The Dakota Jazz Collective includes Jim Spiers on trumpet, Joel Shotwell on sax, Mike Srstka on piano, Andrew Reinartz on bass and Dick Bartling on drums.  Members of the Dakota Jazz Collective are also active in the Jazz Diversity Project presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Six Mile Road

Mar 22, 2013

Six Mile Road headlined the second night of the Americana Music Festival at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on September 22, 2012, delivering their fast paced, hard driven bluegrass.  Six Mile Road is Jake Jackson on guitar and vocals, Dan Cross on mandolin, Trappor Mason on banjo and Mike Brennan on bass.  Jackson, Cross and Mason are original members of the band which formed in 1998.

The Blues Bashers

Mar 8, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio comes from the second stage at JazzFest in Sioux Falls where the Blues Bashers played on July 26, 2012.  The Blues Bashers features Bobby Berge on drums.  Berge was playing with Sioux City band, The Velaires, when he met a young Tommy Bolin in the mid-1960s.  Later, Bolin would ask Berge to come to Colorado to join Zephyr.  Berge played drums for Bolin for most of the guitarist's career before his death in 1976.  Berge still calls Bolin, "one of the greatest."  Some 30 years later, Berge hooked up with Jesse Christen of Huron.  It's Christen's melodic,

Guys With Guitars

Mar 1, 2013

Guys With Guitars played the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on January 26, 2013.  Guys With Guitars is made up of Doug Wood on the six-string acoustic guitar, Darren Frate on the electric bass and Neil Jacobs on 12-string guitar.

Hadden Sayers

Feb 22, 2013

When you experience a Hadden Sayers concert its hard to believe that, at one point, he walked away from his craft.  That's exactly what Sayers did after a series of setbacks that included losing his Uncle Rick, who collapsed and died after a show in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Frye was the band's drummer.

The Tinder Box

Feb 1, 2013

This week, we're featuring the stark Americana, folk and self-described blues-grass of the Sioux Falls trio The Tinder Box. The Tinder Box came together in 2010 - brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh met up with their distant cousin Jon Wallner when all three were at South Dakota State University in Brookings. The band takes its name from a Han Christian Andersen fairy tale about a poor soldier who finds a magical tinderbox that summons three magical dogs to do his bidding.

Jami Lynn, Dylan James & Ryan Kickland

Jan 25, 2013

Three Rapid City singer/songwriters star on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Recorded September 21, 2012, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, Jami Lynn, Dylan James and Ryan Kickland took turns entertaining the American Music Festival Crowd in a warm up slot for Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps.

Enjoy the powerful vocals of Jami Lynn, the flat-picking skills of Dylan Smith and the "wrong side of the tracks" guitar and singing of Ryan Kickland.

Joe West And The Santa Fe Revue

Jan 18, 2013

This week, you'll get to listen to a very special reunion concert of sorts - Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue recorded in the SDPB Martin Busch Studio in Vermillion on September 4th, 2012.

Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers

Dec 21, 2012

In tonight's show, we're featuring Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers - they play new arrangements of traditional Christmas carols and hymns, standard holiday pop and jazz tunes and original songs, too. They also throw in songs that have a message appropriate for this time of year. The performance we're listening to tonight was recorded at Sioux Falls' Washington Pavilion and Orpheum Theatre on December 17th and 18th, 2011.

South Dakota Acoustic Christmas

Dec 14, 2012

It's the holiday season, and every family has their Christmas traditions. For many years a holiday tradition here in South Dakota was a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. From 1990-2008 this dedicated group of musicians, friends and spouses traveled the state sharing all kinds of music fit for the season. Every year they'd have a special musical guest or two, and the concerts would raise money for local charities. Back in 1997, SDPB Television recorded a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas concert in Yankton and broadcast it the following year as a two-hour special.

Paper Bird Part Two

Dec 7, 2012

This week, we're featuring the second half of the Paper Bird concert recorded at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on November 3rd, 2012. Paper Bird's sound has been called joyful, their music has been described as Indie-folk, Americana and baroque Pop. They've been performing since 2007, and they're making a mark on the flourishing indie music scene in their hometown of Denver.

Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps

Dec 4, 2012

This week it's Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps recorded in Rapid City on September 21st, 2012. They were the headlining band for the first night of the Americana Festival that took place at the Dahl Arts Center.

Paper Bird

Dec 4, 2012

Bands from the Twin Cities regularly play in Sioux Falls, and the Black Hills seem to get a fair amount of bands from Denver. One of those bands is Paper Bird - they performed at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on November 3rd, 2012. Paper Bird was featured on All Things Considered and has been named one of the best local bands in Denver for several years in a row. They've shared the stage with Glen Campbell, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more.

Roomful of Blues Part Two Revisited

Dec 3, 2012

This week, it's the second hour of Roomful of Blues recorded back on August 11th, 2011 in Sioux Falls. Roomful of Blues has been around for 45 years. They've played with so many musical legends and at so many legendary festivals, the list would take minutes to get through. They've racked up several national blues awards and been nominated for numerous Grammies over the years. This is a repeat of the show that aired on August 11th, 2012. To listen to the show, click here -

Deadwood Songbook

Oct 19, 2012

This week we're doing something a little different - we're airing an SDPB Television documentary called The Deadwood Songbook. It features a concert recorded before a live audience at the Homestake Opera House in Lead on July 11th, 2008. The Deadwood Songbook project was spearheaded by the Adams Museum in Deadwood and South Dakota musician Hank Harris several years ago. The project resulted in two CD's and many, many performances around South Dakota - that was before this TV production.