This week I had the opportunity to sit down and visit with Andrea Swensson, music writer for MPR's The Current. It's been exactly one year since I sold my home on Minnesota's North Shore and moved to the Twin Cities to pursue my music more seriously. It's been one heck of an adjustment and it was interesting to take time to reflect back on all the changes in my life. Check out the interview.
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A fall updateI had a blast as a guest on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show September 13. Mountain Stage put on two shows in Grand Marais at the North House Folk School and you can listen to a recording of the show here! Trampled By Turtles, Low, and Peter Himmelman also played that night and it was an honor to share the stage with such an excellent group of musicians.
Performing on Mountain Stage is part of what has proved to be a very busy and exciting year musically. In January I received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to help produce an album of original songs. That is in process right now, thanks to Tom Fabjance, engineer extraordinaire, and Bernie Larsen, world-class producer. It was recorded at Sacred Heart Recording Studio in Duluth, Minnesota and it is now available for download online and at shows! I will be having an official album release show in Minneapolis on November 16 at Icehouse. Stay tuned for details.
This summer I received honorable mention in the Telluride Bluegrass Songwriting Contest, which was quite exciting. I also had a fun trip to Lake Superior's South Shore where I played at The Big Top Chautauqua opening for Meg Hutchinson. Last summer I won The Big Top's songwriting contest and they had me back to play. The Big Top also included a song from my performance last year in an episode of their program Tent Show Radio--and you can listen to it online!