Kenny Putnam

Moment in Sound: "Back in the Saddle!"

Oct 16, 2020
Gordy Pratt "Back In the Saddle"

In The Moment … October 16, 2020 Show 922 Hour 1

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 3, 2019 Show 672 Hour 2

Kenny Putnam joins Lori Walsh in the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City to discuss his new album, Odd Numbers. Putnam recorded in Austin, Texas at MoonHouse Studio, owned and operated by Chris Gage and Christine Albert.







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

Arts Special: Festival of Books

Oct 4, 2019

We have a very special arts podcast for you this week. You'll hear music from Kenny Putnam and conversations with a wide range of authors attending this year's Festival of Books in Rapid City.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... August 24, 2018 Show 408 Hour 1

Back by popular demand, Fiddles & Friends returns to the performing Arts Center in Rapid City tonight and Strawbale Winery in Renner Saturday.

Proceeds benefit Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Get your tickets at

Today's Moment in Sound features Owen DeJong, Kenny Putnam, and SDPB's Larry Rohrer. They were live from SDPB's Black Hills Studio. 


In The Moment ... July 25, 2018 Show 386 Hour 1

It's a one-time Black Hills concert experience. The Red Willow Band reconvenes to play at the Homestake Opera House in Lead.

Sarah Carlson, Executive Director of the Historic Homestake Opera House, joined In The Moment with a preview in addition to Red Willow Band original members: Kenny Putnam and Chris Gage.

The Red Willow Band Reunion Concert: Live at the Homestake is this Friday night at 7:30pm.  A few tickets are still available.


In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 1

Tonight at the Rapid City Civic Center Fine Arts Theater, join musicians Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow, Jami Lynn and Andrew Reinartz for a special performance.But first they join us live in SDPB's Black Hills Bureau.

SDPB/Lori Walsh

It's Owen DeJong Day in South Dakota. The Morning Classics host was showered with adoration this morning during a live on-air retirement party. Dakota Midday kept the party going with stories of Owen you might not have heard.

Larry Rohrer, Nick Schwebach and Kenny Putnam have traveled and played music with DeJong for decades. They say he's deeply talented and original, musically fearless, and delightfully mischievous.

Kenny Putnam

Kenny Putnam, Tom Schaefer and Owen DeJong are fiddling friends who have known each other for some forty years. Kenny Putnam is a member of the legendary Red Willow Band and toured the country as a member of Roy Clark’s band. Tom Schaefer is a former South Dakota State Fiddle Champion and a member of several regional bands. Owen DeJong plays around the state with the Poker Alice Band and the Public Domain Tune Band. He’s also host of SDPB’s Morning Classics.

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.

Paul Larson's CD Release

Oct 17, 2013

Deadwood singer/songwriter Paul Larson performs Friday night at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead as part of a CD release party and concert. Larson is being joined by Black Hills musician Kenny Putnam and  Sioux Falls musician Boyd Bristow. The show also serves as a benefit for the Opera House's Stage Design Fund. Larson's new CD is dedicated to the late Ricky Jacobsen. Paul Larson discussed his new CD release titled, "Home." Learn more about Paul Larson's music at

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.

Layne Putnam

Apr 30, 2013

17-year-old Layne Putnam, the daughter of fiddler Kenny Putnam, began writing songs at an early age. Her composition skills were recognized early in an elementary school creative program called Reflections when her song was chosen for a state finals competition. In the summer of 2011, she was selected from high school students nationwide to attend Grammy Camp held in Los Angeles, CA. Grammy Camp is a program offered by the Grammy Organization to teach music career skills to high school students. Last year she released her debut CD of original songs, "Better Than Me."