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Cornmeal's Chris Gangi plays a 5-string electric upright bass

Cornmeal's Chris Gangi on the Scenic Route

Cornmeal is a 5-piece band from Chicago that blends bluegrass instrumentation with rock, blues, and jam elements into a creative sound and enticing technical showmanship.


Joe Paulik

Joe Paulik stops by Studio A

Local singer/songwriter Joe Paulik stopped by Studio A to chat with Dave and CJ, and to play a few songs, both covers and original compositions. Listen for some wonderful whistling, too. Joe's new double album, "Zaspalo Je Siroce," can be found at Birch Bark Books and at Joe's performances around the region.


Rebekah Novinger & Aidan Driscoll, MN SkyVault Theater

Minnesota SkyVault Theater brings Shakespeare to life, 21st-century style

The award-winning Minnesota SkyVault Theater, from Rochester,  was in town for Shakespeare week to perform at Voyageur Brewing. Troupe members Aidan Driscoll and Rebekah Novinger, along with director Daved Driscoll and coordinator Charis O'Neill, stopped by The Roadhouse to preview their delightful original music and chat about their work.


from left: Kyle Westrick, Rich Mattson, Germaine Gemberling

Rich Mattson & the Northstars bring high-energy music for membership drive

Sparta, Minn.-based Rich Mattson and the Northstars joined us in Studio A during membership drive for great original music.


Frozen Britches in Studio A

Celtic duo Frozen Britches celebrates St. Pat's Day in Studio A

Local duo Frozen Britches (Erik Hahn, flute and whistle; Tom van Cleve, fiddle) stopped by the Roadhouse to observe St. Patrick's Day and make delightful Celtic music for the Grassroots Radio membership drive. 


Plucked Up String Band

The Plucked Up String Band returns to The Roadhouse

Local favorites the Plucked Up String Band made a return appearance on The Roadhouse recently, this time playing all covers. The band is: Amanda Hand, guitar & vocals; Elliot Noyce, mandolin & vocals; Will Moore, upright bass & vocals, Matt Nesheim, banjo & vocals; and Bill Hansen, dobro. (Drummer Kieran Scannell was away).  


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Thea Ennen & Dave JaVue return to The Roadhouse

River Falls, Wisc.-based singer/songwriters Thea Ennen and Dave JaVue visited The Roadhouse after a long absence. We were delighted to have them back and hear their moving, original folk music. 


Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee of The Lowest Pair.

The Lowest Pair's Kendl Winter on the Scenic Route

Kendl Winter is one-half of the group The Lowest Pair, playing banjo and guitar.


Pushing Chain, Boyd Blomberg (l.) & Adam Moe

Pushing Chain plays The Roadhouse

Pushing Chain, the award-winning duo of Boyd Blomberg (guitar & vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle & vocals), plays Americana roots music. They stopped by The Roadhouse recently to chat about what they've been up to, and played an all-Bob Dylan set. You can learn more about Pushing Chain and their performance schedule here


Paul Imholte on the hammered dulcimer

Folk musician Paul Imholte uses wide variety of string instruments to create his sound

St. Cloud-based musician Paul Imholte plays a wide variety of string instruments, including hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, and many more. He joined Dave TerSteeg and Ann Possis in Studio A to play original music and discuss his tour through the Arrowhead bringing music to libraries and schools. You can learn more about Paul's music and schedule here.