No Cover, No Minimum Radio

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An eclectic mix of musical styles and artists that have one thing in common - performance in South Dakota. Join host Steven Zwemke on Saturday nights at 9 CT (8 MT) for first-rate concerts by artists from South Dakota and around the world.

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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

Sheryl Crow - Part 2 & Kyle Knutson

Jan 7, 2014

Hear the second part of Sheryl Crow's JazzFest 2013 concert in this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The concert happened just two months before Crow released her first country music album, "Feels Like Home," which was ranked by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Country Music Albums of 2013.  It was also Crow's first release on Warner Bros. Records.  Crow and her band were joined by another JazzFest 2013 performer, Doyle Bramhall II, for an exciting encore in this concert.

Sheryl Crow - Part 1

Dec 26, 2013

It was one hit after another when Sheryl Crow headlined JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Prior to her solo career taking off, Crow was very much in demand as a vocalist.  The Missouri native was a backing vocalist during Michael Jackson's "Bad" world tour from 1987-89.  She has also sung backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Ryan Adams.  Crow has sold over 17 million albums in the U.S.

Award winning jazz pianist and vocalist Elizabeth Doyle returned to her native Sioux Falls to headline the George B. German Music Archives fundraiser on September 12, at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. 

Hear the second half of the concert this week as Doyle is joined by Jami Lynn and the Dakota Jazz Collective featuring Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney.  Doyle performs songs such as "I Got the Sun," "My Old Flame," "Lets Eat Now," and "I Love Being Here With You."

Sioux Falls native Elizabeth Doyle came home to headline a concert at Icon Lounge, a fundraiser for the George B. German Music Archives, on September 12.  Doyle is German's granddaughter.  The vocalist/pianist/songwriter was joined on stage by the Dakota Jazz Collective (Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney).  Vocalist Jami Lynn opened the show with backing from the Dakota Jazz Collective.

Red Wanting Blue

Nov 22, 2013

"Hard working band makes good," to appropriate a line from Almost Famous!  It may have described Stillwater, but it works equally well for Red Wanting Blue, the enduring rock and roll act from Columbus, Ohio.  The band's following has grown over nine albums and 17 years of hard touring.  A three-record deal with Fanatic Records, signed in 2010, relieved the band of some of the mundane business activities while allowing them to remain fiercely independent and true to their craft.  Last year, Red Wanting Blue appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, VH1 and NPR.  Their songs, sung by S

Chubby Carrier From JazzFest 2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman," Chubby Carrier with his Bayou Swamp Band.  Carrier is a third generation Zydeco artist.  His father, Roy Carrier, grandfather, Warren Carrier and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are considered legends in Zydeco music.  Chubby began playing drums in his father's band at the age of 12.  He began playing the accordion at 15 and, by the age of 17, was touring the world with Terrance Simien's band.

Bello Spark

Oct 24, 2013

Bello Spark performed a stripped-down concert last month at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City.  Band members Rob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Tory Peterson (guitar and vocals) even played some unreleased material during the intimate show.

Mingo Fishtrap

Oct 4, 2013

While attending the University of North Texas' College of Music, Roger Blevins, Jr. asked a few dorm mates to jam on some old soul and funk tunes. Blevins quickly found himself surrounded by an eight-piece band. After a successful stint in the Live Capital of the World, Mingo Fishtrap hit the festival circuit, which carried their unique blend of music from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine and everywhere between. The band has performed with the likes of Robert Randolph, MOFRO & Galactic, and Trombone Shorty, along with legends such as Sting and Earth Wind and Fire.

Amos Slade & White Dads

Oct 1, 2013

Amos Slade's reputation in the Sioux Falls region has grown rapidly.  The band's release of "Hungry Earth," a 12 song collection of songs about living in light of death, bespeaks the work of studio veterans.  Band members Nick Engbers, Phil Mueller, Dan Ludeman and Landon Heil performed songs off "Hungry Earth" at the 605 Summer Classic in Sioux Falls on June 22.  The alternative rock band from Sioux Falls delivered a driving set at Icon Lounge as adverse weather forced the concert indoors.

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. 


Sep 4, 2013

A scheduled appearance by The Hegg Brothers band accompanied by "a star-studded array of Midwest artists" became a full blown Spooncat reunion last July at JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  Months before the show, calls were made to the Hegg's musician friends as they wanted their second stage performance to be different from the main stage show they would perform earlier in the day.  One call led to another and another - to the point that nobody wanted to be left out!

North Mississippi Allstars

Aug 23, 2013

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996.  While growing up they soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy of R.L.

Layne Putnam

Aug 16, 2013

This week, we're featuring the young and talented Layne Putnam recorded live at the Dahl Arts Center Lein Cultural Cafe in Rapid City on July 19th, 2013. Layne grew up in a family where live music and entertainment were a part of everyday life. Her father, Kenny Putnam, is a professional fiddle player and Grammy nominee. Layne began writing music at an early age, and even though she's only 17 and just finished high school, she's attended a Grammy Camp in Los Angeles and performed at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Layne plays guitar, bass, piano and different percussion instruments.

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.

Worldfest 2011-2013

Jul 26, 2013

The four bands being featured this week are Tarim from China, Yamma Ensemble from Israel, Cudamani from Bali and Wust el Balad from Egypt. They all performed as part of the Arts Midwest Worldfest 2011-2013 in Hill City. Arts Midwest provides inspiring arts experiences while instilling appreciation for diversity and acceptance of others and their cultures. Arts Midwest selects one community in each of their nine member states to participate in Worldfest and Hill City was one of those communities.


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.

Gordy Pratt

Jul 11, 2013

This week's concert features the Original, Fabulous One Guy, Gordy Pratt, recorded live in SDPB's Martin Busch studio on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion on May 17th, 2013. Pratt's career in music began at an early age. When he was 12 years old, Gordy was spending summers at the Black Hills Playhouse, where he met a variety of performers and through those experiences, became hooked on the performing and entertainment industry. By age 13, he was performing professionally in Colorado.

Sena Ehrhardt Band

Jun 28, 2013

Sena Ehrhardt is considered to be one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. She was born and raised in a house full of blues and was mentored by her father, blues guitarist Ed Ehrhardt. Sena has taken what she's learned from her father and developed her own personal and intelligent take on the blues.

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Jun 20, 2013

Deadwood based blues artist Brandon Sprague has certainly gained the respect of his peers.  B.B. King said, "Brandon plays from the heart and will be part of carrying on the blues torch."  An adept performer, Sprague has mastered his Fender Stratocasters and dobro guitar.  Over the years, he's shared the stage with blues greats like Eddy Clearwater, Kenny Neal, Chris Duarte, Gene Taylor, B.B. King and many others.

Avalon Roads & Les Singes Volantes

Jun 7, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio is a two-part program featuring stringed instruments.  First, it's the Celtic artistry of Avalon Roads featuring guitarist Ken Verheecke and fiddler Katie Lautenschlager.  Then, catch the gypsy jazz stylings of Les Singes Volantes featuring JD Fiedler on lead guitar, violinist Tom Wilt, Brian Winter on rhythm guitar and Brian Winter on bass.

Both groups were recorded at the 3rd annual Americana Music Festival last September at Rapid City's Dahl Arts Center.

Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys

May 24, 2013

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society welcomed Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys to the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls on March 8, 2013.  Shaw's career began at the age of four as she studied classical violin.  By the age of eight, she was hooked on Cajun fiddle music.  The singer/fiddler/actress has been performing with The Cute Guys since she was 10.  Now 22, Shaw continues to perform internationally while embracing her Louisiana roots.

Electric Violinist Tracy Silverman

May 17, 2013

Classically trained at Julliard, Tracy Silverman is the world's first concert electric violinist.  He built one of the first-ever six-string violins shortly after graduating in 1980.  Silverman's unique performances demonstrate his "strum bowing" method on both fretted and fretless six-string violins.  He has recorded with a virtual who's who of the new music, jazz and rock world and established a long-standing relationship with Windham Hill Records.

This episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars Tracy Silverman in his April 26, 2013, concert at the Spearfish Arts Center.

Lee Ritenour

May 10, 2013

Jazz guitar legend Lee Ritenour put together a world class band for his 2013 tour that stopped in Sioux Falls on April 5 at the Orpheum Theater.  Ritenour was joined by long-time collaborator and 12-time Grammy Award winner Dave Grusin on piano and keyboards, Melvin Davis on 4, 5, 6 & 7 string bass and Sonny Emery on drums.  Ritenour's concert was the final show in the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2012-13 concert series.

Davina And The Vagabonds

Apr 19, 2013

Minneapolis-based Davina and the Vagabonds recently brought their rollicking New Orleans-flavored mix of blues, jazz and roots music to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls.  Singer and pianist Davina Sowers' love of punk and goth music gives the band their trademark edge.

Sioux Falls has become a favorite stop for Davina and the Vagabonds.  You can explore tour dates and learn more at

Moreland & Arbuckle

Apr 12, 2013

The Kansas duo of Moreland & Arbuckle headlined the final night of the 3rd annual American Music Festival at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on September, 23, 2012.  The two met in 2001 at an open mic night in Wichita and have been playing together since.  Raw Delta and urban blues are delivered with garage rock intensity in their live shows. 

Aaron Moreland plays guitar while Dustin Arbuckle handles vocals and the harp.  They're joined by drummer Kendall Newby who provides a rock-solid back beat.

Monophonics At JazzFest

Apr 4, 2013

This week's show harks back to the psychedelic soul and heavy funk of the late 60s and early 70s.  Monophonics are true to the San Francisco Bay Area's rich musical culture.  Fuzzy echo guitars, blistering drums, a soulful bass, powerhouse horns and a swirling organ provide the foundation for Monophonics funky psychedelia.  Though touring mightily in recent years, the group remains a mainstay at Bay Area venues like The Independent, Great American Music Hall and Sweetwater Music Hall.

Dakota Jazz Collective With Jami Lynn

Mar 29, 2013

This week, the horn-driven Dakota Jazz Collective joins forces with the wide-ranging vocal talents of Jami Lynn.  The Dakota Jazz Collective includes Jim Spiers on trumpet, Joel Shotwell on sax, Mike Srstka on piano, Andrew Reinartz on bass and Dick Bartling on drums.  Members of the Dakota Jazz Collective are also active in the Jazz Diversity Project presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

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.

The Blues Bashers

Mar 8, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio comes from the second stage at JazzFest in Sioux Falls where the Blues Bashers played on July 26, 2012.  The Blues Bashers features Bobby Berge on drums.  Berge was playing with Sioux City band, The Velaires, when he met a young Tommy Bolin in the mid-1960s.  Later, Bolin would ask Berge to come to Colorado to join Zephyr.  Berge played drums for Bolin for most of the guitarist's career before his death in 1976.  Berge still calls Bolin, "one of the greatest."  Some 30 years later, Berge hooked up with Jesse Christen of Huron.  It's Christen's melodic,