Minnesota Music Notes

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Moments in the musical history of Minnesota

Moments in the musical history of Minnesota


82 Pieces

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Singer-songwriter Jeff Krause knows what other songwriters know: sometimes the simplest songs are the hardest to write. He came up with six. Britt ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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One Voice Mixed Chorus is one of the largest GLBT and Allied choruses in the nation. In the past, the chorus has used music to tell the GLBT story ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Haley Bonar has a successful music career. But something was bugging her. Britt Aamodt looks back to 2017 when Haley Bonar made the decision to cha...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Rahelle LaNae and Andrew Frederick met a musician’s party in 2015. But they didn’t form Tacky Annie, named after a dance step, until LaNae got a co...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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The ukulele originated in Hawaii in the 19th century. Britt Aamodt looks at the spread of uke clubs in the 21st century, and the Two Harbors Ukulel...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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The Swamp Kings swing Cajun style. Britt Aamodt shares the history of the Mendota Heights band with a Minnesota address and a Louisiana heart.

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
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The McNally Smith College of Music started with two guitars teachers and a dream. Britt Aamodt looks at the St. Paul music school that nurtured the...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
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Derrick Branch set himself a goal of writing 15 hip hop verses a day. Britt Aamodt looks at how that goal changed Branch’s sound and led to two alb...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Chase Manhattan didn’t want to be pigeonholed as the native rapper. But his big brother gave him some advice that, as Britt Aamodt relates in this ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Stephen Paulus’ music has played at president’s funerals and won Grammy’s. Britt Aamodt tells another story, of the organ concerto in which the St....

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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The Greycoats get their music before the public through touring and social media. But Britt Aamodt’s story examines a third route: through music pl...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Jazz conductor and composer Maria Schneider was in the midst of a new album when David Bowie rang up. Britt Aamodt tells the story behind 2014’s “S...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Phil Solem had already put out two albums with his duo The Rembrandts when the call came from a Hollywood producer came. Britt Aamodt looks at the ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Like a lot of working musicians, Lojo Russo can remember a period of life by what gig she was playing. The guitarist and songwriter gathered her li...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Chastity Brown’s last album had come out in 2012. The clock was ticking. But the singer-songwriter scrapped her new recordings to start over. Britt...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Steven Brust and Emma Bull are better known as fantasy writers. But in the 1980s, these co-founders of the Minneapolis writer’s group The Scribbles...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Boiled In Lead debuted as a Minneapolis Celtic rock band on St. Patty’s Day in 1983, an annual concert tradition their fans, the Leadheads, have co...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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David Whetstone was going to be a guitar player until he heard the Beatles and Rolling Stones use sitar. After tragedy struck, Marcus Wise went on ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Enrolled in the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Tall Paul grew in Minneapolis, listening to hip-hop and catching episodes of 106 & Park on BET. He start...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Sadik Hakim, born Argonne Thornton in Duluth around 1919, grew up in a musical family. But it was being housemates with saxophone legend Charlie Pa...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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