Songwriter

Richard Grewar

Oct 16, 2017
Richard Grewar

Life has a way of pulling you back towards your passion.  Richard Grewar returned to his music after a three year hiatus with the release of his album Cold Feet in March.  Grewar, now a part of Hill City's talented arts community, came to the U.S. after having lived in Australia and England.  Cold Feet largely draws from his personal life.  He shared several songs from the album during his June performance at Fernson on 8th in Sioux Falls.

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In The Moment ... September 1, 2017 Show 169 Hour 1

Sioux Falls based singer/songwriter Meriweather Raindelay is featured in this week’s Moment in Sound.  It’s a favorite segment from February 3.

SDPB’s Chynna Lockett visits with a Sioux Falls oil painter – a renaissance artist.

Chris Laughery

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.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 14, 2017 Show 072 Hour 1

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 

Robert Ellis

Nov 21, 2016
www.robertellismusic.com

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
www.ajcrocemusic.com

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

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."

Charlie Parr

Jun 10, 2016
Jason Rosewarne

What's not to like about Charlie Parr?  He likes to sleep in his car while on tour and, like George "Skrap Iron" Gadaski (All-Star Wresting fans will remember), he's pretty good at whipping up a healthy tin-foil meal using his car's exhaust manifold!  Maybe that's just Parr being frugal...or maybe it's his way of experiencing a slice of life that his father passed on through his stories of growing up during the depression and hopping trains to see the country.  Parr's stories are fueled by his resonator guitar - Piedmont blues style.  Enjoy Charlie P

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

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
www.sarahmcquaid.com

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
www.justintownesearle.com

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

Reina Del Cid And The Cidizens

Nov 7, 2014

Reina del Cid and the Cidizens ended a 21-month residency at St.

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 Hank Harris

Apr 29, 2014

Hank Harris is in concert Saturday evening at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish to celebrate his latest CD, "Peace."  Harris has encompassed and assimilated a wide range of musical genres into his own distinct style.  His telling of the story behind each song creates a relaxed atmosphere - honest, informal, genuine and vulnerable.  "As a songwriter, I've been chasing down songs for thirty-odd years.  The things we walk by and miss every day, I make that my business," said Harris.  Many brilliant musicians and friends from Nashville to Sioux Falls to Van Nuys to Redwood City collaborated

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.

California Folk Singer John Craigie

Nov 7, 2013

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world.  A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century.  With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home.  Craigie performs at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City Saturday night (11/9) at 8:00 p.m.

  

  

Bill Jamerson Performs Musical Tribute To CCC

Jun 5, 2013

Michigan-based author, filmmaker and songwriter Bill Jamerson makes history come alive with music and storytelling. He's currently in South Dakota delivering his program about the Civilian Conservation Corps with a musical tribute called "Dollar-A-Day Boys." Jamerson's upcoming performances are:

June 5 - Mitchell, SD Public Library 2 pm

June 5 - Yankton, SD Public Library 6:30 pm

June 6 - Wayne, NE Senior Center noon

June 6 - Vermillion, SD Library 6:30 pm

June 7 - Hawarden, IA Public Library 1 pm

June 7 - Sioux Center, IA Public Library 4 pm

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.