Heartland In Studio

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.

Mandolin Orange perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange in studio

It seems impossible to want to improve on the sound of Mandolin Orange, but that's exactly what Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz did when the duo added more musicians to the mix. Playing songs from their new album 'Blindfaller,' Mandolin Orange stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

A conversation with Richard Shindell


Mike Pengra and Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell's songs are so full of imagery, they could be novels, films or paintings. 'Careless,' Shindell's latest album, continues in that mold. Shindell stopped by Radio Heartland to chat with Mike Pengra and to share a few tracks from the new album.

Gurf Morlix performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Gurf Morlix

Gurf Morlix has produced and arranged for a veritable Who's Who in Americana Music, but he also has his own recordings and original songs. On a tour of the central U.S., Morlix stopped at Radio Heartland to chat with Mike Pengra and to play a few songs, including a couple from his forthcoming 2017 album, 'The Soul and the Heal.'

Courtney Marie Andrews performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Courtney Marie Andrews on Radio Heartland

Courtney Marie Andrews' new album, 'Honest Life', contains songs influenced by regulars for whom she poured drinks at a neighborhood bar in Washington state while trying to make a living as a singer-songwriter. Now touring in support of her album, Courtney Marie Andrews found time to sing some of her songs for us in the Radio Heartland studio.

The O'Connor Band perform in the Radio Heartland studio


The O'Connor Band in studio

The O'Connor Band centers on esteemed violinist Mark O'Connor and his son, Forrest. Add Mark's wife Maggie, Forrest's fiancee Kate Lee, plus a couple top-notch Nashville session players. During an extended run at a club in Minneapolis, the O'Connor Band stopped at Radio Heartland for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

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.