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."

Black Hills Singer Ryan Kickland

Apr 29, 2013

Black Hills singer/songwriter Ryan Kickland's gritty music is often filled with a haunting ambience of loneliness and heartbreak. He tells stories about characters from the dark side of the tracks, sometimes depicting life in western South Dakota. He's released nine albums, the most recent is 2011's "Songs to Stare Wildly By." His songs have been featured on the FX series "Justified" and he's been featured on the SDPB Radio programs "On Record" and "No Cover, No Minimum."

Amanda Shaw Performs In Sioux Falls

Mar 7, 2013

Singer and violinist Amanda Shaw performs Friday night at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's concert series.  Shaw has toured internationally since the age of eight.  Now 22, Shaw is a powerful performer, composer and arranger.  Her latest album is "Good Southern Girl."

Deadwood Songbook

Oct 19, 2012

This week we're doing something a little different - we're airing an SDPB Television documentary called The Deadwood Songbook. It features a concert recorded before a live audience at the Homestake Opera House in Lead on July 11th, 2008. The Deadwood Songbook project was spearheaded by the Adams Museum in Deadwood and South Dakota musician Hank Harris several years ago. The project resulted in two CD's and many, many performances around South Dakota - that was before this TV production.

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.