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By day, Erik Brandt teaches high school English. But when he's not in front of the class, he's often performing music -- either as a solo act, or with his band, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Back with their first recording of original music in a decade, Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet stopped in to our studio to play some of the new tunes.
'It's a truly unique venue,' says Barbara Jean of Dusty Heart, describing Oak Center General Store. 'The room itself feels like a cross between an old saloon and a barn loft -- everything from the ceiling to the creaking floor boards is wooden, with an old potbelly stove crackling and cranking out heat from the back of the room.' How much longer the venue will continue to operate is the big question.
The venerated songwriter discusses learning to love his voice and how years of scribbled lyrics on yellow legal pads became 'The Tree of Forgiveness,' his first album of new material in over a decade.
Caroline Cotter's new release, 'Home on the River,' hit shelves in February, and Cotter slowed down her tour long enough to stop in the Radio Heartland studio, along with singer-songwriter Michael Howard, to play a few songs from the new record.