Although Erik Koskinen has released many of the songs on his live record on previous albums, it's hard to match the energy of a live performance. To celebrate the release of 'Erik Koskinen: Live at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour,' Erik stopped by Radio Heartland to talk about the album and to spin some tracks from it.
Classically trained musician Olivia Chaney has been as influenced by Joni Mitchell and Prince as she has by Edvard Grieg. Chaney visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from her debut album, 'The Longest River.'
Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have dozens of solo albums to their names. Now, finally, they're together as a duo, calling themselves the Pine Hill Project. Their new album is called 'Tomorrow You're Going' and they stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from the record.
Josh Rouse lives in Spain these days, but has a Midwestern background. His latest album is The Embers of Time, out on Yep Roc Records. During a recent tour, he passed through the Radio Heartland studio with his Martin guitar and his harmonicas for a chat and some live music.
The latest project from Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard is a collection of 18 tunes by George Gershwin. Prudence and Dan stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to perform some songs from their new album, Gershwin.
A fantastic musician, Rhiannon Giddens is also a great juggler: Fronting the Carolina Chocolate Drops, working with T Bone Burnett on film scores and on 'The New Basement Tapes', plus supporting her new solo album, 'Tomorrow Is My Turn', keeps Giddens busy. 'I am tirelessly promoting this obscure, forgotten music that is worthy of so much love and energy and attention,' she says. Listen to her full in-studio session, hosted by Mike Pengra.
Charlie Roth lives in Central Minnesota; he's got a following in the region as well as in the U.K. Charlie joined Mike Pengra by phone to talk about his new album, 'Oh My Stars', and to share a few tracks from it.
Between family life, touring and performing, and teaching classes at Wesleyan University, Dar Williams has also recorded a new album, 'Emerald', which comes out May 5. She spoke to Radio Heartland's Mike Pengra ahead of her gig in Minneapolis on April 26.