Heartland In Studio

Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris perform on Radio Heartland

Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson

Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris have led parallel lives for the past several years, but they hadn't met until recently. Now, the duo have combined their talents and their playlists, launching a new duo under the name the Home Fires. Emerson and Morris stopped at Radio Heartland for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put down railroad tracks in the studio

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have just released an album of railroad songs recorded at a number of train stations between Chicago and Los Angeles. 'It's certainly not about nostalgia,' Henry says. 'This is a part of our living heritage.' Bragg and Henry stopped in to the studio to play some songs and to chat with host and producer Mike Pengra.

Sara Watkins performs in the studio

Sara Watkins performs in The Current studio.

Touring in support of her new album, 'Young In All The Wrong Ways,' Sara Watkins visited our studio for a session heard on Radio Heartland and on The Current's 'United States of Americana.'

Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra perform in the Radio Heartland studio

Cafe Accordion Orchestra at Radio Heartland

Cafe Accordion Orchestra have been playing shows throughout the Midwest for nearly 22 years, regaling audiences with music that transports listeners to another place and time. As the Cafe Accordion Orchestra prepare to release their tenth album, they stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play a variety of tunes and to talk about the new record.

First Listen: John Prine, 'For Better, Or Worse'

John Prine

On the cusp of his 70th birthday, the revered singer-songwriter sets down his pen to explore country classics with some stellar duet partners. Stream 'For Better, Or Worse,' in its entirety before it releases on Sept. 30.

Dean Magraw performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Dean Magraw

Dean Magraw is master guitarist, and he is headlining the first concert in the Red House Live at the Landmark Center concert series, on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., with special guests Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet and vocalist Prudence Johnson. Before the show, Dean stopped at Radio Heartland to play a few tunes and to chat with Mike Pengra.

Chris Cunningham and Wes Kirkpatrick perform at Radio Heartland

Wes Kirkpatrick and Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunningham, formerly of the duo Storyhill, is out with a new solo album called 'If You Knew All Along'. He's on the road promoting that release with touring partner Wes Kirkpatrick, a Nashville songwriter with Colorado roots. Cunningham and Kirkpatrick are trading off songs at duo gigs around Minnesota this weekend, and they took the time to bring their touring show into the Radio Heartland studio.

John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning'

John Gorka

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

Miss Tess performs at Radio Heartland

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.