Americana

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. 

Frank Fairfield & Meredith Axelrod

May 12, 2017
www.roadwarrioragency.net

Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod take listeners to a time before the microphone.  Fairfield hails from California's San Joaquin Valley.  He plays the fiddle, guitar and banjo, and his old timey vocals flow with culture and nostalgia.

The Dead Pigeons

Mar 27, 2017
www.thedeadpigeons.com

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. 

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.

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

Condor

Jun 26, 2015

Sioux Falls string band Condor has grown by one since they released their first CD, "Deep Into the Pool," in the fall of 2013.  Founders Connor Pederson and Andy Shaw were joined by Mateo Bartlett, a friend of Shaw's, about the same time "Deep Into the Pool" was made public.  Bartlett adds banjo and vocals to Pederson's cello and vocals and Shaw's guitar and vocals to one-up the band's unique harmonies and instrumentation.  As a three-piece, Condor released "Poega" in March, 2015.  Every pluck, every strum of Condor's approach to swing, bluegrass, Americana and indie sets them apart.  Condo

Maya Van Nuys With Robert Dewan And Friends

Jun 12, 2015

Recent Rapid City Stevens High School graduate Maya Van Nuys assembled a cast of well-known and respected local players for a showcase concert last February at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Van Nuys is a classically trained violinist with a love for the blues and American roots music.  She came up through the Dahl's Emerging Artists Series.  Maya's father, guitarist Frank Van Nuys, introduced her to all kinds of music that inspired her current path as a musician.  The next stage in Van Nuys' career is taking her to Kansas where she plans to further her music career with collaborator

The Barefoot Movement - Part 2

May 28, 2015
www.barefoot-movement.com

The Barefoot Movement, a four-piece acoustic band based in Nashville, has been called "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," by CMT Edge.  They received the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for "Band of the Year."  But it's not entirely about bluegrass.  The Barefoot Movement plays a lush mix of Americana, folk, country, indie, rock - and bluegrass.  Their most recent CD, "The High Road to Linton," is a six-song EP consisting of traditional songs that have been fan favorites in their live performa

Expatriate / Burlap Wolf King

Apr 24, 2015
www.naterecording.com

Adam Nero and Thomas Hentges have traveled similar paths during their careers in music.  Both played in hardcore bands before finding was to explore their creativity through Americana and roots music.  Nero, a classically trained guitarist, was a fan of Chet Atkins, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt while his father was also introducing him to John Prine and old bluegrass music.  His band is Expatriate.  Their tight, expressive songs will have you tapping your foot.  Expatriate opened for Burlap Wolf King on April 5, 2014 at Dakota State University in Madison.

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.

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.

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps

Sep 20, 2012

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps open the 3rd Annual Americana Music Festival Friday at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  "Little Wind" is the sophomore release from the Twin Cities based band whose foundation shifts from the simplicities of gentle folk instrumentation to greater nuances of musical arrangement and soundscape rooted in modern indie rock.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke visits with singer Caroline Smith.