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50 years after: Remembering Woodstock

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2019

John Sebastian performing at Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019 - photograph by Nicole Hofer

In celebration of the 50 year anniversary of Woodstock we thought we’d collect some stories from three men who were there on stage--whether they planned it or not. We spoke to Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra of Canned Heat prior to their performance at Blues Fest in 2016. We chatted with John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful at the Winnipeg Folk Fest this year and we also had the opportunity to visit with David Crosby prior to his upcoming performance at the Fargo Theatre.

Adolfo…

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​Give Peace a Chance at Bluestem

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2019

Fifty years ago a music festival took place. Held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, approximately 400,000 people gathered for “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” alternatively referred to as the “Bethel Rock Festival."  Thirty-two acts performed despite the less than ideal weather conditions, without realizing that they were taking place in what would come to be considered a linchpin of American counterculture, and…

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​Let’s get folked up

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2019

The Dusty Boys, Will Burns and Austin Miller - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

When you think about the genres of folk and punk, the genres may seem quite different at first glance, though both were built on the spirit of DIY. I mean, what’s more punk rock than Woody Guthrie’s guitar painted with the words “This machine kills fascists?” Combine the genres and there’s a force to be reckoned with. We had a chance to check in with Will Burns, Mr. Meaner percussionist and Bindle Fest co-organizer on the two day festival featuring 20 acts from across the US…

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​Don Jamieson: comedy, heavy metal, and Zakk Sabbath

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2019

Don Jamieson

“I’ve always loved rock and comedy so my first two albums were Kiss ‘Destroyer’ and George Carlin ‘Occupation foole’ I thought these two things are so meant for each other, hard rock and heavy metal have so much humor in it,” said New Jersey based comedian Don Jamieson. He’s currently on tour with Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath cover band fronted by Zakk Wylde. We had a chance to chat with Jamieson about “That Metal Show,” what makes a good roast and...hate…

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​Center of Attention

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2019

Lost Horses at Center Fest - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

Center Fest 3 kicks off in Robinson, North Dakota this Friday and will run through Saturday night. What started as a discussion about the center of North America has taken on a life of its own and become an annual celebration.

Several years ago, Bill Bender, who owns Hanson’s Bar in Robinson, discovered that the trademark for the Geographical Center of North America – previously held by Rugby – had run out, so he was able to get it and decided to label Robinson as such.

“We…

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​Rev it up

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2019

Reverend Horton Heat - photograph by Thom Jackson

When I had the chance to catch up with the Reverend Horton Heat aka Jim Heath, I was greeted with a friendly smooth slow Texas drawl. He’s like an encyclopedia of early rock n’roll knowledge, theories and killer stories. His band has opened for everyone from shock rocker Marilyn Manson to the ORIGINAL shock rocker Jerry Lee Lewis. In fact the pianist currently on tour with Heath even plays Jerry Lee Lewis as a tribute act. After nearly 30 years in the game, Heath is also one of the…

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​Just Rambling Along at Bohemian Barn

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 31st, 2019

Photographs by Noel Strauss

Summer is the season of many things: barbecues, camping, high air conditioning bills, and of course outdoor music festivals. One of those music festivals is the Bohemian Family Ramble, in the small town of Wolverton, Minnesota. Now entering its sixth year, Bohemian Family Ramble is the brainchild of 22-year diesel technician Michael Pavlicek and Tracey Sand, who has been in the medical field for 31 years and an RN for 11 years.

“We live together, share our…

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​All together now!

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 31st, 2019

Fm Belfast at the Islenskir Tonar Icelandic Sounds - photograph by Nicole Hofer

One of the many highlights of the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF) are the Workshops. The term “workshop” may be a bit misleading to the novice folkster, they are essentially jams or may even serve as a “musical sampler platters” that unite musicians that normally may or may not have ever played together otherwise. Some may never play together again and some have actually kickstarted projects that would have otherwise never came into fruition.

Cactus Blossoms - photograph by Nicole Hofer

When asked about his experience…

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​Talking ‘The Easy Way’

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 24th, 2019

Cactus Blossoms - Page Burkum - photograph by Nicole Hofer

On the local level you may have caught The Minneapolis based Cactus Blossoms at Harold’s Fest earlier this summer in Moorhead. The group is fronted by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, who made their first appearance in Fargo in 2013 as a duo. Since then they’ve added members and instrumentation. In fact a third brother, guitarist Tyler Burkum can be spotted wielding a vintage double-neck Jerry Jones Longhorn guitar.

The Cactus Blossoms’ sound is unmistakable with their…

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​‘Driving a blues train’

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 24th, 2019

Blue Wailers - photograph by John Hutchinson

One of Minnesota’s best-kept musical secrets is the Blue Wailers. How deep into the blues do you want to go? I struggle to describe them in words. They are fundamental, defying belief, disturbing.

HPR: What can you tell me about yourselves?

Tim Jorgensen, bass: I started on guitar around1989 and switched to bass shortly after in order to make music with my friends and later band mates, the Keller Brothers. Chicago and Texas Blues are my favorite regional Blues genres.

Randy Schrenk,…

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