Country Music

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 21, 2019 Show 683 Hour 1

Lee Roy Parnell and Dan Mahar join In The Moment on the heels of the Tall Grass Guitar Class in Luverne, Minnesota. The three day class afforded like-minded musicians a chance to study under some of America's great guitar players.

Lee Roy Parnell had several hit songs on the country music charts like "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am," "On The Road," and "Tender Moment."

Guitarist Dan Mahar performs locally and also tours with country music artist Billy Dean.

Arts & Lifestyle: Aug 31 - Sep 6

Sep 6, 2019

Music, music, and then a little more music. This week we bring you a phenomenal live studio performance from the talented Kris Angelis, and in honor of the new Ken Burns documentary, "Country Music," we put together a mashup of a few of our favorite country performances from Moment In Sound.   

Moment In Sound: Country Music Mashup

Sep 6, 2019

Today on Moment In Sound, we bring you a mashup of country music that's been performed in the SDPB Studios.


On In the Moment, we've welcomed artists who have performed many different styles of country music, from classic country to the folk-infused country of string bands, and from cowboy music to crossover and pop-infused country.  

Dakota Life Preview

Sep 5, 2019

In the Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 1

Guitars and country music are prevalent in Thursday night's episode of Dakota Life as the new season begins at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers and SDPB arts reporter Kevin Patten join In The Moment for a look at the new episode and the upcoming season.

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 30, 2019 Show 649 Hour 1

Eric Holm' new self-titled CD is available. He joins In The Moment to discuss his mission to create "radical queer country music."

Holm and his father, Dr. Rick Holm, perform live in the Leo P. Flynn Gallery for Moment in Sound.

Moment In Sound With Dan Mahar

Jan 11, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... January 11, 2019 Show 493 Hour 1

Dan Mahar learned to play guitar by listening to radio stations like WLS and WCFL during a time when AM radio was the place to go to hear the latest hits.

He also began to see how his favorite songs were influenced by America's great blues artists.

During his career, Mahar has also played as the lead guitarist for country music star Billy Dean.

Mahar plays Friday at Fernson on 8th and Saturday at J.J.'s on 57th in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 2

Musician Eric Holm joins us for a Thursday Moment in Sound. He shares some "queer, leftist, country music," and we discuss everything from growing up in South Dakota to finding a unique sound in a NYC neighborhood honky-tonk.

In The Moment ... December 15, 2017 Show 241 Hour 1 

South Dakota's Hailey Steele now lives and makes music in Nashville. She travels the state for the "Christmas in the Country" tour this week. She joins us for live music and recorded music from "Wandering Heart." We talk about everything from her childhood good luck charm to writing songs that break listeners' hearts.

Personalities: Gloria Mackoy, a Gospel Country Heart

Jul 21, 2017
Gloria Mackoy

Gloria Mackoy, a country gospel singer and songwriter and former De Smet resident, visited Chuck Anderson in-studio during August of 1993. South Dakotans know Mackoy for her work in De Smet's "Little House on the Prairie" pageant, performances at the state fair and elsewhere. Mackoy and Anderson talked about her musical career and featured several songs from her first album, "From My Heart".

To begin the interview, Mackoy explained how she initially fell into music during her elementary and high school years, despite an inability to read music.

Personalities: Kyle Evans, a Company Cowboy

Jun 1, 2017
South Dakota Hall of Fame

Prior to his unfortunate death in 2001, Kyle Evans, a South Dakotan country music recording artist and entertainer, visited the Huron Arena in April of 1994 for an interview with local radio host, Chuck Anderson.

During his 20 years within the music industry, Evans traveled throughout the United States, playing in over 1,500 professional rodeo performances, the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Miss America Rodeo Pageants, and numerous other venues alongside Kitty Wells, Hank Thompson, Tex Ritter and many other notable country artists of the time.

South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame

A Lemmon native who has played as a session musician for other Country recording artists recently got a chance to perform on a famed national radio broadcast.

Rory Hoffman has spent the past few years helping other Nashville artists make hit records.  Hoffman has even appeared as a side musician at the Grand Ole Opry for artists such as Kathy Mattea and Ricky Skaggs.  But late last week, he got a call from Mike Snider with the Opry, inviting to perform on W-S-M Radio’s signature program.