Heartland In Studio

Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra perform in the Radio Heartland studio


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Cafe Accordion Orchestra have been playing shows throughout the Midwest for nearly 22 years, regaling audiences with music that transports listeners to another place and time. As the Cafe Accordion Orchestra prepare to release their tenth album, they stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a variety of tunes and to talk about the new record.

First Listen: John Prine, 'For Better, Or Worse'


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On the cusp of his 70th birthday, the revered singer-songwriter sets down his pen to explore country classics with some stellar duet partners. Stream 'For Better, Or Worse,' in its entirety before it releases on Sept. 30.

Dean Magraw performs in the Radio Heartland studio


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Dean Magraw is master guitarist, and he is headlining the first concert in the Red House Live at the Landmark Center concert series, on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., with special guests Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet and vocalist Prudence Johnson. Before the show, Dean stopped at Radio Heartland to play a few tunes and to chat with Mike Pengra.

Chris Cunningham and Wes Kirkpatrick perform at Radio Heartland


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Chris Cunningham, formerly of the duo Storyhill, is out with a new solo album called 'If You Knew All Along'. He's on the road promoting that release with touring partner Wes Kirkpatrick, a Nashville songwriter with Colorado roots. Cunningham and Kirkpatrick are trading off songs at duo gigs around Minnesota this weekend, and they took the time to bring their touring show into the Radio Heartland studio.

John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning'


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John Gorka's career-catapulting album, 'I Know,' was released in 1987, but he had actually recorded an earlier version in 1985, which Gorka didn't feel was quite right. Fast-forward to 2016, and Gorka has a different opinion about that earlier session; the older recording has now been released as 'Before Beginning - the Unreleased I Know'. Gorka stopped in to Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the two albums and to compare versions of a few tunes.

Miss Tess performs in the Radio Heartland studio


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Miss Tess has been writing, performing and recording her own songs for more than a decade now, and with a recent move to Nashville, she has released a new album called 'Baby We All Know'. She shares some of those songs in this session at Radio Heartland.

Darrell Scott performs in the Radio Heartland studio


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Darrell Scott's latest album is 'Couchville Sessions,' a collection of songs recorded in Scott's living room. Scott stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to play a few tracks from the album and to talk about how he was able to record his pal, the late Guy Clark, on one of the album tracks.

Cary Morin performs in the Radio Heartland studio


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Fingerpicking guitar player and singer-songwriter Cary Morin is almost always on the road, except when he's busily working on his latest album. Despite his busy schedule, Cary was able to stop in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a few songs and to talk about his latest project.