Local musicians Eric Frost & Bill Hansen visited Studio A Feb. 6 to play both covers and originals (Eric on guitar, Bill on dobro) and chat with Buck and Dick. Conversation ran the gamut from the recent TV taping at Papa Charlie's to falling through lake ice.
Local bluesman Gordon Thorne stopped by Studio A Jan. 9 to talk about the guitar workshops he's offering at Moondance Coffeehouse in Lutsen, Tuesdays through March from 5 to 7 p.m. All are invited to learn to play or just enjoy the music. And mark your calendar for this year's fingerstyle masters weekend, April 11 and 12. Of course Gordon played a few tunes, too.
Dick Swanson & Bob Carter welcomed all six members of the Black River Revue, a Duluth/Superior-based band, into Studio A Dec. 5. It was a crowded fun time featuring high-energy music mixing bluegrass instrumentation and their own unique sound. You can learn more about Black River Revue and their performance schedule here.
Singer-songwriter Michael Monroe dropped by The Roadhouse Nov. 28 for a delightful visit with Bob Carter and Ann Possis. Hear about his latest projects and log cabin concerts...not to mention some wonderful music. You can learn more about Michael and his performance schedule here.
Dave TerSteeg and Dick Swanson welcomed Eau Claire-based group the EverGreen Grass Band to Studio A Nov. 21 for fast bluegrass picking and great harmonies. They were in town to play at the Gun Flint Tavern. You can learn more about the band's music and schedule here.
Bob Carter, Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed local bluesman Gordon Thorne for an hour of delightful music and chat during WTIP's "Many Thanks" membership drive. Learn about Gordon's Fingerstyle Guitar Masters weekend coming in April, and lots more.
Ann Possis & Will Moore were delighted to welcome the Emory Lester Set (Emory Lester, mandolin; Al Smith, guitar; and Kene Hyatt, bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 31. They were in town for the 24th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Lester is considered one of the most accomplished mandolin players in the country. You can learn more about Emory Lester here.
Ann Possis & Will Moore welcomed new local band Angel Hair Rasta to Studio A. They played a Halloween reggae concert at the American Legion in Grand Marais on Halloween night to raise money for the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a nonprofit organization created to support music in Grand Marais.
Ann & Dick welcomed Grand Rapids-based group the Clearwater Hot Club (Sam Miltich, lead guitar; Mike Miller, rhythm guitar; Matthew Miltich, upright bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 24 for wonderful music and interesting conversation about the origins and current state of the music known as gypsy jazz. You can learn more about their music here.