Dennis Warner always knew he wanted to be a performer, but during the past decade or so, he has discovered his songs have taken on extra meaning, including one song that became the foundation of schools' curricula on diversity. Warner and members of his band stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.
Mike Pengra checked off another 'Radio Heartland Bucket List Interview' when singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier stopped in the studio. Mary's songwriting is legendary amongst her fans and peers for its honesty and grit.
Eliza Gilkyson's album 'The Nocturne Diaries' is based on a number of song ideas that came to her in the middle of the night. Eliza stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to share some of those songs in the middle of the day.
James P. Leary is a folklorist and professor at the University of Wisconsin. His new book, 'Folk Songs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946', is a treasure trove of the region's folk roots. Leary stopped by to talk about the book and to share some of its companion recordings.
A couple of area singer-songwriters have teamed up recently to form a new duo. Besides doing their own thing, Molly Dean and Barbara Jean are now playing out as a duo called Dusty Heart. They stopped in to Radio Heartland for an in-studio session.
St. Paul-based House of Mercy Recordings is releasing a new collection of songs by various artists, all about the Devil. Yep, that guy. Erik Brandt is among them, and he stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to talk about the album.
Farewell Milwaukee's Ben Lubeck has ventured out with a solo album of songs that read like a love letter to his father -- all through the eyes of someone who recently became a father himself. Ben Lubeck visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from his album, 'Rented Rooms.'
If you've seen her perform live, you already know that Ellis is totally engaging. She exhibits a true sense of joy when she sings, which you can see in her intense smile and can hear in her voice and in her laughter. Ellis brings the same energy into the Radio Heartland studio.