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Willy Porter

August 31, 2016

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Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. He and singing partner, Carmen Nickerson, bring their brand of righteous indie-folk for a night of high-test tunes and tons of fun. Willys signature finger-picking guitar work and rich songwriting creates a one-of-a-kind musical ride that has energized audiences all over the world from stages shared with icons such as Jethro Tull, Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jeff Beck. 

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The Pines

September 14, 2016

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Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Frontmen Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to the sound that Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called quietly gripping stark-country. The mysterious sound of The Pines fuses Bensons ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with Davids earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Bensons brother Alex Ramsey, the core of The Pines sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Various touring configurations keep The Pines live show fresh and dynamic, from the full band with rhythm section to the versatile essence of the Ramsey, Huckfelt, Ramsey trio.

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The Pines

September 15, 2016

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Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Frontmen Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to the sound that Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called quietly gripping stark-country. The mysterious sound of The Pines fuses Bensons ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with Davids earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Bensons brother Alex Ramsey, the core of The Pines sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Various touring configurations keep The Pines live show fresh and dynamic, from the full band with rhythm section to the versatile essence of the Ramsey, Huckfelt, Ramsey trio.

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Paul Fonfara & Jim White

September 21, 2016

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"I've been what they call a professional musician going on fifteen years now.  Prior to that I'd been a secret musician most of my grown life, writing songs just to fend off the loneliness, trying to make sense of my nonsensical existence.  I wrote slowly, carefully working my way across a good-sized minefield of worrisome psychological issues.  The songwriting helped, like a form of therapy.  I wrote hundreds of truly terrible songs in a long procession of dismal apartments and hotel rooms, scattered across the USA and over in Europe.  Wretched song after wretched song I wrote.  The few people who heard them ran from the room when I started playing, but I didn't really care.  It was therapy.  I was trying to get better, doing what one friend called "the talking cure"."  Jim White

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The Flat Five

September 28, 2016

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Chicagos roots-pop gene pool has been skimmed, and the group calling itself The Flat Five is the happy result. With the natural gift to blend into almost any musical terrain, these five young-ish masters roam at will from the Beach Boys to the Magnetic Fields, ancient country to neo-cabaret, gently melodic originals to gruesome old Americana. Left to their own devices, they get busy translating feeling into tone, improvising gorgeous harmonic structures and grooves, and poking curiously into posteritys dusty little corners.  Robbie Fulks

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Charlie Parr

October 04, 2016

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An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

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Charlie Parr

October 05, 2016

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An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.