Heartland In 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


Darrell Scott performs in the Radio Heartland studio.

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


Cary Morin performs in the Radio Heartland studio.

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.

Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley Dies At 89


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Ralph Stanley was one of the early leaders of bluegrass music, and enjoyed an unexpectedly broad following after he sang a song for the Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou.

Kalispell perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Shane Leonard of Kalispell in the Radio Heartland studio.

Following the release of their 2016 album, 'Printer's Son,' the guys from Kalispell -- a music project headed by Shane Leonard -- stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio.

Karen Choi performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Karen Choi (right) and her producer and musical collaborator Matt Patrick, in the Radio Heartland studio.

Karen Choi's first album was recorded in Nashville, but for her second album, 'Through Our Veins', Karen looked to Minneapolis. Karen Choi visited the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from her new album.