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The High 48s perform in the Radio Heartland studio


The High 48s perform in the Radio Heartland studio

Bluegrass band The High 48s release their latest album, 'Daddy Was a Bank Robber,' on Friday, June 16. They stopped at Radio Heartland to talk with host Mike Pengra and to play some songs off the new record -- all the while wearing matching suits in the grand bluegrass tradition.

Joan Shelley performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Joan Shelley performs at Radio Heartland

If you're a fan of Joan Shelley, saying her new album is similar to her last one is a compliment. The main difference on the new one is Shelley got to work with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy as a producer. Joan Shelley stopped in the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few songs from the new record.

Watch new video of Peter Mulvey performing 'Are You Listening?'


Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey

Celebrating 25 years as a touring musician and more than a million miles traveled doing so, singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has released a video of a performance of the title track from his 2017, Ani DiFranco-produced album, 'Are You Listening?' The video was recorded at a coffeehouse in Mulvey's hometown of Fort Atkinson, Wis.

The Last Revel make the leap to full-time musicians


The Last Revel on Radio Heartland

The Last Revel are out with their third full-length album, but that's not the only milestone for the Minnesota-based string trio; they've also transitioned to being full-time musicians. 'It's definitely an exciting place to be,' says the band's Ryan Acker. In the run-up to the release of their new album 'Hazard & Fate,' the Last Revel visited Radio Heartland for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

Teague Alexy talks about his new album, 'Circuit Sessions'


Teague Alexy

Teague Alexy's new album, 'Circuit Sessions,' releases April 7, 2017. The Duluth-based singer-songwriter (and also author and podcaster) joined Radio Heartland's Mike Pengra in the studio to talk about the making of 'Circuit Sessions' and to spin a few tracks from the new record.

Spider John Koerner is 50 years into a career that's not ending any time soon


Spider John Koerner portrait

The legendary Spider John Koerner will be appearing at a show on Sunday, April 9, at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Koerner is quick to emphasize that this is not a retirement party, though. Spider John Koerner stopped in the Radio Heartland studios to chat about a 50-plus year career in music that's not ending any time soon.

Mipso share three songs from their new album, 'Coming Down the Mountain'


Mipso perform in the Radio Heartland studio

As a fairly new band, Mipso continue developing their sound. On their new album, 'Coming Down the Mountain,' Mipso have added pedal steel, electric guitar, keyboards and drums, but underneath lies their strong harmonies and excellent string playing. The band stopped by Radio Heartland to play some songs from the new record.

Noam Pikelny breaks banjo boundaries on new solo effort


Noam Pikelny performs at Radio Heartland

Noam Pikelny is a Chicago native best known as the banjo specialist with The Punch Brothers, but during the stretches when the band isn't recording or touring, Noam has found time to record a new album, 'Universal Favorite,' which also presents Noam's skills as a guitarist and as a singer. Noam performed four songs from the new album on a recent visit to Radio Heartland.

Rose Cousins performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Rose Cousins Band

Having just released her highly acclaimed new album, 'Natural Conclusion,' Rose Cousins is back on the road, and her tour brought her to the Twin Cities for an evening at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. While in town, Cousins and her band visited the Radio Heartland studio, and they were joined by local singer-songwriter John Gorka for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

First Listen: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Freedom Highway'


Rhiannon Giddens

In her new work, the Carolina Chocolate Drops vocalist speaks for the truly silenced: slaves; those murdered during the civil rights movement; young men felled by police bullets in city streets today. Before its Feb. 24 release date, listen to Rhiannon Giddens' 'Freedom Highway' in its entirety.