Special mid-week treat today, as celebrated journalist & musician Jim Walsh stopped by All-Wheel Drive to chat with Jessica in advance of his appearance tonight at Content – Purveyors of New and Used Books — and later he’ll perform along with Northfield favorites Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders at The Contented Cow. Great conversation about Jim’s two recently published collections of essays — “Bar Yarn & Manic Depressive Mix Tapes” and “Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s” — both chronicling the bands and musicians (including the late great Prince) behind the legendary “Minneapolis sound.”
Always a treat to wrap-up another great week of music with an in-studio appearance by a revered Minnesota musician. And this time, we welcomed Joe Carey to the KYMN studios, celebrating the release of his third solo venture, “Comeback,” recorded and co-produced by veteran musician Rich Mattson at the legendary Sparta Sound studio near Eveleth.
I love the clever duplicity of the album title (Comeback/Come Back) and Joe’s signature vocals and sweet guitar licks are the perfect accompaniment to his original narratives. Joined by fantastic fellow musicians Rich Mattson, Jessica Carey, Brent Saari, Keely Lane, Craig LaSart, Jillian Rae, Shane Akers–even members of Sonny Knight & The Lakers’ horn section!– it’s a great recording from start to finish. So nice to chat with Joe and listen to him perform acoustic versions of tracks from the new album.
Joe performed four songs, all from “Comeback”:
Levon At The Helm
East To West Mindset
Before The Cold
Julida and Sean Alter, two of the members of the Minneapolis pop/folk ensemble The Blacksmith’s Daughters, stopped by for a live in-studio session this evening — always a great way to wrap up the week on All-Wheel Drive.
Along with Annella and Brent Platta (the “other” blacksmith’s daughter and her husband), the four believe that music should inspire the best in each other. That is why they create music aimed to make people happy, with songs featuring soaring melodies and intense harmonies, and intertwined guitar and ukulele.
Julida and Sean performed:
All I Ask Of You
You’re My Man
Listen to the segment here.
On the January 27 edition of All-Wheel Drive, Jessica was joined by musicians Elizabeth Ghandour & Johnny Kovarik, in advance of their performance that evening at the Tavern Lounge here in Northfield. The three chatted a bit — and Elizabeth and Johnny performed acoustic versions of three songs:
Like They Used To
Set Me Free
Another great session featuring live music performed right here in the KYMN Radio studios! Listen to the entire segment here.
Learn more about Elizabeth (who, according to Jessica, maintains a great website and blog — even featuring videos as she tours and performs across the nation) here — you can also find Elizabeth performing frequently with the rest of her band, The Heighburners.
Elizabeth Ghandour will appear Feb. 5 at Icehouse MPLS (Jessica reports a great menu and fantastic acoustics!) and with The Heighburners Feb. 9 at The Warming House, also in Minneapolis (and one of Jessica’s favorite listening room spaces). She and the band will also perform April 28 in Winona as part of the 2017 Midwest Music Fest.