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In The Moment ... April 28, 2017 Show 082 Hour 1

Singer/songwriter Maddie Todd joins Moment in Sound today. She recently entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Paradox" and was selected as a South Dakota fan favorite. She's a student at Augustana University, studying religion and sociology.

Two Eisenhower Fellows are traveling the country with a stop in South Dakota. The Fellowship is an exchange program for international leaders. Anita Ahmad from Malaysia and Chevaan Daniel from Sri Lanka spoke with SDPB's Chynna Lockett about their travels.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 10, 2017 Show 047 Hour 1

The state basketball tournaments are underway and, no surprise, a winter storm is making news at the same time. In the moment producer Chris Laughery caught up with meteorologist Todd Heitkamp for an update on not one but 2 systems affecting South Dakota.

Kealey Bultena is out of the office next week, but this time she's not hitting the road for SDPB. She's on a mission to deliver wheelchairs to those in need.

Chris Laughery brings you an update from this week's SDPB Arts Calendar.

In The Moment...January 13 2017 Show 010 Hour 1

Guests: Theodore Wiprud, composer; Delta David Gier, music director South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; David Dondero, singer/songwriter;  Anna Taylor and Evan Kaler, members of the band 35th & Taylor

In The Moment...January 6 2017 Show 005 Hour 1

Guests: Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota Matt Michels; Burlap Wolf King, SD singer/songwriter 

Rachel Ries

Dec 13, 2016
Rachel Ries

Singer/songwriter Rachel Ries got her start in Freeman and, through her travels and experiences, she has become a worldly artist, crafting sly and compassionate songs.  As the daughter of missionaries, she spent time in Zaire, sharing music of faith.  Ries has lived in Chicago and New York City, where apartment living made her feel trapped.  Living in Vermont helped solve that problem. 

Ries made her recording debut in 2005 with For You Only.  It was captured on vintage analog equipment and included piano, accordion, banjo, fiddle, pump organ and percussion. 

Robert Ellis

Nov 21, 2016
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Not happy with life in south Texas, Robert Ellis dropped out of high school during his junior year and relocated to suburban Houston.  He found an arts-friendly pocket where he was able to write songs and play clubs and eventually meet fellow musicians Will Van Horn and Geoffrey Muller.  "Whiskey Wednesday" shows helped Ellis and his mates hone their skills.  After two CD releases, country and bluegrass influences gave way to more pop, rock and experimental sounds.  Jacquire King, who had produced for Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, found Ellis m

Dakota Midday: A.J. Croce

Sep 26, 2016
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When Jim Croce died in a plane crash en route to Austin, Texas, in 1973, he left behind a wife and son. His son, A.J. Croce, followed in his footsteps as a recording and touring musician and songwriter. A.J. Croce's career has already spanned over 20 years as he's headlined concerts and festivals worldwide. He began his career as a solid blues musician and singer, but as he explained to SDPB's Steve Zwemke prior to his performance at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish, he had to deal with challenges in his life that made him change course.

John Mark Nelson

Sep 2, 2016

Though just 22 years old, Minnesota singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson has already released four full-length recording projects.  His 2011 debut, "Still Here," was released independently while Nelson was still in high school.  Four years later, a fourth CD, "I'm Not Afraid," was released to critical acclaim.  The album took on an entirely different approach as Nelson explains in this week's program.  Nelson's work has caught the attention of many satisfied critics and he has appeared on public broadcasting favorites like World Cafe and Mountain Stage.  John Mark Nelson played The Garage in

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Layne Putnam's new EP (as the indie rock duo LAYNE) is called The Black Hills. Putnam joins Dakota Midday to discuss her current tour, the inspiration of her childhood home, and the energetic music scene of Los Angeles.

LAYNE plays The Seed Theater in Rapid City on Monday, August 22.

Haley Bonar Releases "Impossible Dream"

Aug 17, 2016

Rapid City native Haley Bonar released her new CD "Impossible Dream" earlier this month. In early September, she embarks on a tour that takes her through the Midwest and North Eastern United States, followed by 13 dates in Europe. Recently, she returned to her childhood home and sat down with SDPB News Director Charles Michael Ray to discuss her new CD and where she's at in her career as a singer, songwriter and musician.

Jill Cohn

Jul 22, 2016
Jill Cohn

A full-time musician since 1996, Jill Cohn is on her 11th independently released CD, Heartstrings Touching Ground.  Michael Sikorsky of Country Music News International Magazine wrote, "Heartstrings Touching Ground could easily be subtitled Textures or Tapestry.  With melodies steeped in Seattle coffee house folk, lyrics as caressing as the melodies, and Jill Cohn vocals making you think Joni Mitchell meets Emmylou Harris, put this CD in your player and let it repeat over and over again."

Sarah McQuaid - Part 2

Jan 15, 2016

Sarah McQuaid's second set from her October, 2015 performance at the Rapid City Public Library included songs from her first three CDs, "When Two Lovers Meet," "I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning," and "The Plum Tree and the Rose."  A champion of DADGAD guitar tuning (she has even written The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book), McQuaid's voice is the perfect partner for her many numbers that delve into the Celtic, medeival and Appalachian folk sounds.  McQuaid was a tourning member of the Chicago Children's Choir

Sarah McQuaid - Part 1

Jan 8, 2016
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Cornwall, England, based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is a captivating performer.  Her echoing voice and artful guitar ring out between stories of her life, places and experiences.  McQuaid was born in Spain and raised in Chicago.  At the age of 12 she was already touring with the Chicago Children's Choir.  Her most recent U.S.

Justin Townes Earle

Dec 4, 2015
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Justin Townes Earle laughs about not knowing what Americana means anymore and he scoffs at what is described as country music today.  But if you think "heart and soul," you have a pretty good idea of how to describe Earle's style - whether he leans Americana, country, folk, blues or any other direction.  Son of the well-traveled Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle is an equally gifted singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed "Single Mothers" release (September, 2014) was followed up in January by the companion album "Absent Fathers."  They cou

Banjo Babes

Aug 28, 2015
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Banjo Babes is a grass roots collective of professional women banjo players organized by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish.  The Banjo Babes release a calendar and album every year to celebrate the music of the women who play the instrument.  The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City hosted Banjo Babes Erin Inglish and Jami Lynn along with Mary Temple in February in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe. 

Hank Harris / Reuben Sinnema

Aug 3, 2015
South Dakota Arts Council

This week's program includes separate sets from Hank Harris and Reuben Sinnema recorded at the 35th annual Sioux River Folk Festival last year at Newton Hills State Park.  Hank Harris can stitch rock and roll, country, ethnic folk, Americana, gospel, bluegrass, cowboy songs and so many other genres together into a delightful live show.  Of the flexible singer/songwriter, Black Hills Magazine said, "Hank may be the hardest working man in show-biz now that James Brown is no longer with us!"

Kyshona Armstrong

May 8, 2015
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Though she has only released two CDs, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong has plenty of stories to tell.  Some of her songs are about family and legacy.  Much of her inspiration comes from her time as a music therapist.  The role helped her in overcoming a fear of performing in front of a live audience as she was using music to tap into emotion - something that is very prevalent in her writing and performing.  Once a fixture in the Athens, Georgia music scene, Armstrong now calls Nashville home.  Her latest CD, "Go," was released in June, 2014.  Armstrong has been named one of the "Top 5 Ro

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.

New CD From Haley Bonar

May 28, 2014

South Dakota native Haley Bonar released her new CD, "Last War," on May 20.  Stereogum premiered "Kill the Fun" from the album and said, "It's a fervent yet ornate folk-pop tune whose title belies its upbeat disposition."  NPR said, "She's a remarkable performer, with a terrific ear for details and a gift for masking melancholy observations with hooks that stick."  Bonar is currently on tour and hopes to play her new music for fans in South Dakota later this year.

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.

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

Jazz/R&B Vocalist Performing In Sioux Falls

Jan 13, 2014

Jazz/r&b vocalist Jane L. Powell brings her acclaimed soul, humor and vocal prowess to the Mary W. Sommervold Hall in Sioux Falls on Friday (1/17) at 7:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Kansas-Based Singer To Perform In Aberdeen

Jun 26, 2013

Kansas-based singer/musician Shantel Leitner performs at The Ward Plaza in Aberdeen on Thursday evening. Leitner was quite young when she began singing, following the footsteps of her grandfather, mother and aunt who comprised a family country/western band. Leitner's style could best be described as pop/folk infused with a bit of soul as her voice floats above her guitar, harkening a raw quality reminiscent of an old blues record.

Layne Putnam

Apr 30, 2013

17-year-old Layne Putnam, the daughter of fiddler Kenny Putnam, began writing songs at an early age. Her composition skills were recognized early in an elementary school creative program called Reflections when her song was chosen for a state finals competition. In the summer of 2011, she was selected from high school students nationwide to attend Grammy Camp held in Los Angeles, CA. Grammy Camp is a program offered by the Grammy Organization to teach music career skills to high school students. Last year she released her debut CD of original songs, "Better Than Me."

Black Hills Singer Ryan Kickland

Apr 29, 2013

Black Hills singer/songwriter Ryan Kickland's gritty music is often filled with a haunting ambience of loneliness and heartbreak. He tells stories about characters from the dark side of the tracks, sometimes depicting life in western South Dakota. He's released nine albums, the most recent is 2011's "Songs to Stare Wildly By." His songs have been featured on the FX series "Justified" and he's been featured on the SDPB Radio programs "On Record" and "No Cover, No Minimum."

Amanda Shaw Performs In Sioux Falls

Mar 7, 2013

Singer and violinist Amanda Shaw performs Friday night at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's concert series.  Shaw has toured internationally since the age of eight.  Now 22, Shaw is a powerful performer, composer and arranger.  Her latest album is "Good Southern Girl."

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.

Minnesota Singer Alison Scott

Oct 4, 2012

Alison Scott was raised in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. She started piano lessons at the age of five, but quit five years later. She took up the piano again a decade later when she started writing her own songs. Her music is rooted in soul and R&B. Scott has sold out the Dakota Jazz Club (an upscale original music venue in the Twin Cities) over a dozen shows in a row and with her band, she has performed at benefits, corporate functions and opened for several national acts such as Bon Jovi, Chris Isaak, Marc Cohn, Boz Scaggs, and Nanci Griffith.