Folk Music

Rural Traditions Revive with New Generations

Jun 30, 2017

At the lonely junction of two country crossroads sits a tall white church. It’s a typical rural South Dakota scene but there is something different going on here….    A large parking lot overflows; a line of people trails from the main entrance, and the prairie wind carries the sound of Swedish folk songs.

It’s the 148th Midsommar celebration at Dalesburg Lutheran Church north of Vermillion.  Ron Johnson is a longtime member of the Midsommar Church Committee.

Hank Harris and Jeff Severson join Dakota Midday for live music and musings on everything from the influence of nature to the nature of South Dakota music. They perform together Friday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) a the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Artist bios:

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

Olivier Demers is a founding member of Le Vent du Nord, a progressive folk band out of Québec. The group is in residence this week in Brookings, for Arts Midwest World Fest. 

Demers talks with Dakota Midday host about traditional music, the culture of Québec,  and how the referendum to claim sovereignty for Québec changed the course of his musical life.

Jill Cohn plays Rapid City tonight, but first she stops by Dakota Midday. Cohn's most recent album is called "Heartstrings Touching Ground." She plays live from the SDPB studios in Rapid City and talks with host Lori Walsh about everything from finding confidence as a singer to the nuances of telling the truth through song in the midst of a culture of social censorship.

Mark O'Connor is a composer, fiddler, teacher, and innovator. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about American classical music, the art of improvisation, and how to raise the next generation of American performers/composers.

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.

Dirk Lammers is a journalist and author of "No-Hit Wonders: More than a Century of Baseball's Greatest Feats." Baseball's poet laureate Chuck Brodsky plays original songs crafted from the traditions of  storytelling and folk music.

Lammers and Brodsky join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about baseball and a few of the most compelling tales of legendary pitchers and legendary games. 

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

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.

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

Dakota Midday: Sarah McQuaid

Oct 1, 2015
www.sarahmcquaid.com

Sarah McQuaid's most recent album, "Walking Into White," is her most adventurous work to date.  With a voice that's been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine," McQuaid can smoothly segue from Celtic and medieval numbers into Appalachian folk and popular music.  Her current U.S. tour brings her to the Rapid City Public Library for a free concert on Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m.  McQuaid, who lives in Cornwall, England, joined SDPB's Steve Zwemke to discuss her music and her concert tour.

Sweet Wednesday

A reviewer for No Depression magazine wrote that If Natalie Merchant and Neil Young were to form a band, the result wouldn’t be distant from Sweet Wednesday’s harmonious mélange of folk, country, and roots rock.

Kenny Putnam

Kenny Putnam, Tom Schaefer and Owen DeJong are fiddling friends who have known each other for some forty years. Kenny Putnam is a member of the legendary Red Willow Band and toured the country as a member of Roy Clark’s band. Tom Schaefer is a former South Dakota State Fiddle Champion and a member of several regional bands. Owen DeJong plays around the state with the Poker Alice Band and the Public Domain Tune Band. He’s also host of SDPB’s Morning Classics.

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.

Joe Tlustos SDPB

For the past 25 years, Gordy Pratt, the “Original, Fabulous One Guy,” has been entertaining audiences in the Black Hills and beyond.  His motto is: make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em laugh so hard they cry. "People ask me what I do," he writes in his blog. "I tell 'em I drive. So far, I've logged 783,4523 miles; 4,037 shows; 8,045 jokes that no one laughed at (and, luckily; 24,000 they did); a gazillion notes plucked; 2 bazillion hours of humbling practice; and more songs sung than you can shake a sticky note at."

Photo by Dario Acosta

Homegrown singer/songwriter Jami Lynn's new album, Fall is a Good Time to Die, is filled with songs that  musically and lyrically reflect the landscape and culture of South Dakota. She says the songs on the album are the best she’s written, many of which had been around for years waiting for the perfect home. 

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.

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.

SHEL

Feb 20, 2015

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

Hill City Slickers

The Hill City Slickers first met in church choir and were brought together by their mutual interests in singing, playing music and telling bad jokes. Their music is perfect entertainment for sitting around a campfire. During summer months they frequently perform at campgrounds in the Black Hills.

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."

The Living Sisters is a folk band made up of four members: Alex Lilly, Becky Stark, Inara George, and Eleni Mandell. They started their musical journey together in 2006 as a folk group with ties to country, harmony and pop. Living Sisters recently created a new music video surrounding the small town of Kadoka, South Dakota. The song is themed around the holiday season on the groups newest album, "Harmony is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday."

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

Jack Klatt & Cat Swingers + Trout Steak Revival

May 2, 2014

Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers and Trout Steak Revival each played three sets during the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival presented by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music.  The event was held at Newton Hills State Park near Canton.  Throwback Jack Klatt of Minnesota has traveled hither, thither and yon to play in bars, cafes, living rooms, theatres and on the street corners of America, Canada and Europe.  Klatt formed the Cat Swingers in 2009.  The Cat Swingers include Patrick Harrison on accordion and washboard and Edwin Scherr on the upright bass.  Klatt's 2011 project, "Mississi

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 Preview New CD

Mar 11, 2014
Kickstarter

The Union Grove Pickers, a Sioux Falls based folk/American band, are set to release their second album, "Great Plains Driftin'," at a cd release concert on Saturday, March 22 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Band members Tim Jewell, Josh Rieck, Megan DeBoer, Erin Castle and Travis Jamison talked about the upcoming release and performed live at SDPB's studios at the University of Sioux Falls on Tuesday.

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.

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 Copoetics Play Sioux Falls

Dec 19, 2013

Indie/folk duo, The Copoetics, perform at Latitude 44 on Friday, December 27.  Louisa Soli-Holt and Dan Finch are former educators who met in January at a Sioux Falls coffee shop.  A rapid romance later, their stories took to  writing and weaving themselves together.  For much of 2013, they've been on a tour they call "The Tour of Impossible Dreams."  Their time performing together has provided The Copoetics with enough material and energy to create their EP entitled "Finding the Four," which they released over the summer.

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