Heartland In Studio

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.

Who Needs A Drink? Gillian Welch (and Her Stop-Motion Friends)


Still from Gillian Welch's 'Dry Town' video

For her latest video, singer Gillian Welch is stranded in a dry town with 'no beer, no liquor for miles around.' The song 'Dry Town' is on Welch's latest release, 'Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg,' and the video uses stop-motion animation to tell the story.

Radio Heartland In-Studio Highlights from 2016


Billy Bragg, Mike Pengra and Joe Henry

Radio Heartland Program Director Mike Pengra conducted more than 30 in-studio sessions during 2016, and as the year draws to a close, Mike shares a few in-studio highlights from Radio Heartland's most recent trip around the sun.

Dead Horses perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Dead Horses in studio

Roots band Dead Horses have recently relocated from Osh Kosh, Wis., to Milwaukee, recorded and released a new album, 'Cartoon Moon,' and are launching a prolonged winter tour that will take them across the U.S. While in town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Dead Horses stopped in the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.