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 started rapping as a teen but his music suddenly went viral when he incorporated the Ojibwe language into the lyrics of “Prayers in a Song.” Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story.
The Greycoats get their music before the public through touring and social media. But Britt Aamodt’s story examines a third route: through music placement on popular television shows, like Orange Is the New Black.
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 genesis of a TV theme hit.
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 lifetime of experience on her 2013 solo album No Scars, No Stories. Britt Aamodt takes a listen.
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 Aamodt has the story on the Brown’s 2017 album Silhouette of Sirens.
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 come to expect. In 2008, Boiled In Lead celebrated their 25th anniversary with an album a song about Death’s visit to a popular Minneapolis avenue. Britt Aamodt has the story.
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 a journey that led him to becoming a master tabla player. Britt Aamodt looks at how these Minnesota musicians ended up sharing the stage with one the state’s greatest poets.
Sadik Hakim, born Argonne Thornton in Duluth around 1919, grew up in a musical family. But it was being housemates with saxophone legend Charlie Parker that brought him in as piano player for one of the first recording sessions for bebop jazz. Britt Aamodt has the story.