Jim Walsh’s Mad Ripple Hootenanny celebrated its 10 year anniversary at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on November 10th, 2016. The host of the Hoot–Jim Walsh, was there to facilitate the post-election feelings and frustrations that the players carried burdensome in their hearts. In fact, many of the people inside of the Cedar had walked along with anti-Trump protestors–Gary Louris of the Jayhawks amongst them–as they journeyed to the show. Continue reading →
When I interviewed Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris early in the Spring of 2016, I knew immediately that there would be a follow up of some sort. The “secrets” that they divulged about the US radio charts, and just how they were navigating the music industry as independent artists really resonated with people who were trying to do it DIY style. For those same folks, check out my update on what the two have been up to, and for a rock n roll read/expose; I recommend the book by Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter: So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer’s Life.Continue reading →
I wanted their secrets, just how had these two musicians from Minnesota mounted such a successful Americana radio campaign all on their own? Without a record label, or PR team, Vicky Emerson reached #58 and Sarah Morris got to #85 on the AMA (Americana) chart, amongst artists like Sturgill Simpson, Bonnie Raitt and The Avett Brothers. Emerson and Morris took the time to sit down with me, and divulge some of their secrets before crisscrossing the Midwest together on their Highways & Heartstrings tour. Continue reading →
There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts. A winner of more than a dozen songwriting awards, including the Grassy Hill New Folk Contest, Ellis has also claimed audience favorite honors at prestigious folk festivals around the US including Falcon Ridge, Moab (3 times!), and Sisters Folk Festival. Ellis has also been a three-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion. This show will feature several special guests, including Radoslav Lorković, Vicky Emerson, Desdemona and more. The Cedar. Saturday, February 6, 2016. Doors: 7:00pm, music 8:00pm. Advance: $15.00, day of show: $20.00. All ages. Seated show.
Please join us at the Icehouse for a very special evening as we celebrate the release of my newest album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down. I am so proud of this album and cannot wait to share this new collection of songs! It will truly be an evening full of Americana goodness, friendship and fun. Music begins at 5PM with the amazingly talented, Annie Fitzgerald, and then we will follow with tunes from the new album, a few of the old faves, and a couple of surprises.