Barbara Jean performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Barbara Jean performs "Siren Song" live on Radio Heartland in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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  • Barbara Jean - Wishing Well (Live on Radio Heartland) 04:18
  • Barbara Jean - Siren Song (Live on Radio Heartland) 04:03
  • Barbara Jean - What's Right (Live on Radio Heartland) 03:00

Barbara Jean could have been a painter, I think. Some of her lyrics on her new album, Darker Than Blue, stir up such images as stars dancing on the water, or waves lapping on to the shore at night. Get the picture?

A good chunk of the new songs were written on the North Shore and brought to the Twin Cities, where Barbara Jean now lives. She enlisted the help of a core of fine musicians from the area and created her second album of songs about heartache, healing and happiness.

Barbara Jean brought her producer, Erik Koskinen, into the Radio Heartland studio along with a band of seasoned players from the area to chat and to play songs from Darker Than Blue.

Songs performed:


"Wishing Well"
"Siren Song"
"What's Right"

Musicians:


Barbara Jean - banjo and fiddle

Erik Koskinen - electic guitar

Dave Gustafson - acoustic guitar and banjo

Crystal Myslajek - keyboard

James Buckley - bass

Jeremy Hanson - drums



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    Erik Koskinen plays with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Dave Gustafson performs with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Crystal Myslajek performs with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Jeremy Hanson performs with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Barbara Jean performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Jeremy Hanson on drums with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    James Buckley performs with Barbara Jean in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
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    Barbara Jean performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)

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