Interviews

Song Exploder: Solange breaks down 'Cranes in the Sky'


Solange performs

In a Song Exploder segment from sister station KPCC's The Frame, R&B singer-songwriter Solange Knowles breaks down her Grammy-nominated song 'Cranes In the Sky,' one of the many highlights from her highly regarded 2016 album, 'A Seat at the Table.'

Rising artist Angelica Garcia blends country, blues and rock


Angelica Garcia

Rising singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia joined 'New Hot' host David Safar for a conversation about her debut album 'Medicine for Birds,' what it was like working with the Civil Wars' former producer Charlie Peacock and the meaning behind her captivating single "Orange Flower."

Mary Lucia: Q&A with Reed Wilkerson


Reed Wilkerson and Elle Mae

This week, Mary Lucia asks some random questions to Minneapolis singer-songwriter Reed Wilkerson, who's new band, The Revenge Wedding, will make its debut at SXSW this year. Wilkerson also runs a woodworking business and is the owner of 'the sweetest dog, Elle Mae.' Check out Mary and Reed's conversation.

Traces of Townes: exploring Townes Van Zandt's Minnesota connections


Townes Van Zandt high school 02

Although reflections on the life and career of Townes Van Zandt tend to focus largely on the singer's connections to Texas, Colorado and Tennessee, Van Zandt did spend some time in Minnesota. With January 2017 marking 20 years since the singer-songwriter's death, a search for Van Zandt's Minnesota connections unearthed some ties that run deep.

How Smokey Hormel Became The Quintessential Session Musician


Musician Smokey Hormel performs

Smokey Hormel -- whose great-grandfather founded the Austin, Minn., based meat company -- is a guitarist who has played on records by Tom Waits, Norah Jones and Beck, but at one point, he was sure he wanted to pursue a career in acting. Hear about Hormel's road to a career as a sought-after session player.

Mary Lucia: Q&A with guitarist and Pug Dad, Ryan Paul Plewacki


Ringo, Ryan Paul Plewacki, Starkey

Ryan Paul Plewacki is an insanely talented guitar player in the bands Sleep Study and The Honeydogs. Because Ryan is a Pug parent to Ringo and Starkey, Mary Lucia think the time has come to introduce the world to two of the ill-est Pugs in the Twin Cities.