Sioux River Folk Festival

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. 

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Hippo Campus / Tyler David

Jun 15, 2017

A couple of major festivals are just around the corner.  The 605 Summer Classic is June 23-24 in Sioux Falls and the Sioux River Folk Festival takes place August 4-6 at Newton Hills State Park. 

On this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio, there's music from last year's events.

Hippo Campus of St. Paul, Minnesota, played at the last 605 Summer Classic.  The St. Paul, Minnesota, band, in their short existence, has played South by Southwest, Red Rocks and at UK festivals in Reading and Leeds.  Hippo Campus has just released their first full-length recording, "Landmark."

The Steepwater Band / Erik Koskinen

May 19, 2017
The Steepwater Band

A pair of sets from last summer's festivals take center stage on this week's program.  The Steepwater Band made their way to JazzFest from Chicago to play their blues/rock.  Their sixth studio album, Shake Your Faith, is their most collaborative effort to date.  It was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus) and had ample input from all four band members.  Since forming in 1998, The Steepwater Band has released a combined 13 studio and live albums and DVDs.

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.

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We preview this weekend’s No Cover, No Minimum Radio with music from Dusty Heart, recorded at the Sioux River Folk Festival. No Cover, No Minimum Radio airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain and Sunday at 11 p.m. Central, 10 Mountain.

The Dead Pigeons

Mar 27, 2017
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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
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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."

Jalan Crossland At The 36th Annual SRFF

Jul 29, 2016
Tess Anderson

The Sioux River Folk Festival begins Friday, August 5, at Newton Hills State Park.  No Cover, No Minimum Radio premieres a performance from last year's festival this week, and it's a hat trick, if you will, for Wyoming singer/songwriter Jalan Crossland.  This is the third No Cover, No Minimum Radio appearance for the guitar and banjo slinger whose posse includes drummer Pat Madsen and bassist Shaun Kelley.  There's plenty of songs about drinkin', fightin', hobos, roughnecks and...love.  It ain't country.  It ain't rock.  It's more like a cowboy ca

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

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!"

The Red Willow Band

Dec 24, 2014
The Red Willow Band

From 1974-1982, the Red Willow Band created music and memories to last a lifetime.  Their business card read "The Best in Country Swing."  But the Red Willow Band was much more than that.  Bouncing between rock and country, they developed a sound of their own.  Chris Gage (guitar/piano/vocals), Kenny Putnam (fiddle), Hank Harris (guitar/vocals), Marley Forman (bass guitar/vocals) and Barry Carpenter (drums) reunited as the Red Willow Band played three sets at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival hosted by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music at Newton Hills State Park this pas

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."

Carol Robertson

From the mid-1970's through the early 80's, the Red Willow Band was one of the most popular groups in South Dakota. They traveled the state and region with their modern style of country swing. The original members are reuniting for performances on Friday and Saturday at the Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.