Bluegrass

Tree Party/Pert Near Sandstone

Feb 26, 2018

The Sioux River Folk Festival has been a South Dakota tradition for thirty-eight years.  Every August, Newton Hills State Park is filled with the sounds of all the different kinds of music that encompass the generous genre of "folk". We're featuring Tree Party and Pert Near Sandstone, the two headlining bands from the second night of the festival. Both bands played Folk Fest earlier in their respective careers, both bands are based in the Twin Cities - and they highlight how different two bands playing at the same folk festival can have very different sounds. 

The HillBenders Part 2 / Dusty Heart

May 12, 2017
The HillBenders

The HillBenders are featured with the second part of their concert at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They perform some originals and a few of their favorite covers.  The HillBenders claimed the prize at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.  The band has gained critical acclaim for their "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" recordings and performances.

South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association

In The Moment ... April 21, 2017 Show 077 Hour 1

South Dakota music legend Nick Schwebach joins us as we celebrate his induction into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll talk music and friendship as Schwebach plays live for our weekly Moment in Sound segment.

The HillBenders "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

Apr 21, 2017
www.hillbenders.com

The HillBenders have been pushing the envelope of bluegrass music since forming in 2008.  From Springfield, Missouri, the HillBenders share a wide array of musical interests and influences.  One of their shared interests has taken on a life of its own.  On this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio, hear how the HillBenders came to perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, in addition to their performance at the Matthews Opera House in January.

The Dead Pigeons

Mar 27, 2017
www.thedeadpigeons.com

The South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music welcomed The Dead Pigeons to headline the 37th annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.  The Dead Pigeons delighted fans with their mix of original barroom bluegrass and cover songs like Alice in Chains' "Rooster" and "Seven Nation Army" from the White Stripes catalog. 

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Mar 27, 2017
www.consideritcorrespondence.com

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (brothers Teague and Ian Alexy) share a common love of American roots music.  They've toured the country since 2005 as to which Teague Alexy says, "It has made us better musicians and heightened our awareness and instincts in playing together."

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.

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

The musicians of Mipso have been called "renegade traditionalists," and they don't mind that label at all. Jacob Sharp and Joseph Terrell talk with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about songwriting, touring, and how putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours of performance helps the band create melodies and rhythms that are fresh and intelligent.

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

Hope River Entertainment

After playing in other bands and their own impressive solo careers, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk  formed a new group together two years ago. It wasn’t anything they planned, though. They just started writing together and enjoyed the chemistry that resulted. Their debut album, Adkins and Loudermilk, was released in March.

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

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.

CMT Edge called the Barefoot Movement one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.  In October, the Nashville-based quartet received the Momentum Band of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

The River Liffey Boys

Oct 10, 2013

The River Liffey Boys perform tomorrow night at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City as part of their Emerging Artist Series.  The River Liffey Boys, based out of Rapid City, play a blend of traditional Irish, bluegrass and original music.  They call themselves a “blue-Irish-grass” band.  Members are Peter Roth (guitar, vocals, Bodhran and washboard), Bruce Wiens (guitar,banjitar and vocals), Brian Hemen (fiddle and mandolin) and Nick Huntington (banjo, bass and vocals).  Their concert at the Dahl is being recorded for a future episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio on South Dakota Public Broa

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. 

The Tinder Box

Aug 28, 2013

The Sioux Falls band, The Tinder Box, recorded a set for the White Wall Sessions' first season. The Tinder Box, formed in 2010 while members were attending South Dakota State University, offer a uniquely cohesive blend of folk, blues and bluegrass. Brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh and their cousin, Jon Wallner, make up The Tinder Box.

The Special Consensus To Perform In Sturgis

Jun 24, 2013

The Special Consensus plays June 28 & 29 at the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival at Elkview Campground in Sturgis. They'll also play June 27 at 5:30 pm at Main Street Square in Rapid City. The Special Consensus received a 2012 Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for "Scratch Gravel Road." Greg Cahill plays banjo and sings baritone and tenor harmony vocals. Chicago born and bred, he has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s.

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.