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Edge Center for the Arts, Big Fork, MN

Edge Center for the Arts, Big Fork, MN

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Grant Frashier travels to the Edge Center for the Arts in Big Fork to see the exhibit "First They Cut Your Hair: Remembering Indian Boarding Schools".

Cruisin the Blues EP 109 Studebaker John’s Maxwell Street Kings

Cruisin the Blues EP 109 Studebaker John’s Maxwell Street Kings

John Grimaldi has been performing music for over 40 years and has over 18 albums under his belt.
Today we explore one of his earlier projects, The Maxwell Street Kings and their album “That’s The Way You Do”.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 108 Jontavious Willis

Cruisin the Blues EP 108 Jontavious Willis

Jontavious Willis is a young musician in his 20s who is a multi-instrumentalist on a mission to keep the blues alive by following in his mentors (Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’) footsteps.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 107 Rosie Flores

Cruisin the Blues EP 107 Rosie Flores

Rosie Flores of Austin, Texas is a great guitar player, songwriter and vocalist who also is a keeper of the “women in music” flame. She paved the way in the 8o’s for “new tradionalists”in the Country genre and also women in the Rockabilly genres like Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson who made a great mark in early rock “n” roll. Now going back to her personal roots, she has recorded a Blues album.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 106 The Delta Blues Museum

Cruisin the Blues EP 106 The Delta Blues Museum

This show highlights the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. I had the opportunity to interview the Active Executive Director, Shelley Ritter to find out more about this unique museum.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 105 Christone Kingfish

Cruisin the Blues EP 105 Christone Kingfish

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has made it to the “big Leagues” of the music industry with his talents. He just released his first major label album on the infamous “Alligator Records” Label in May of 2019. He’s a young artist with a traditional-yet “current” sound.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 104 Rockin’ Johnny Bergin

Cruisin the Blues EP 104 Rockin’ Johnny Bergin

Johnny Burgin has earned his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago’s West Side with Howlin’ Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and today is well known by all in the blues community as a modern day corner stone of the blues genre of music.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 103 Tribute to Otis Rush

Cruisin the Blues EP 103 Tribute to Otis Rush

On September 29 of 2018 the Blues world lost one of it’s Iconic artists of the West-side Chicago Blues sound Otis Rush. Although he had not performed or recorded since 2003 due to a stroke that robbed him of his ability to perform, he was always considered a cornerstone of the blues development in Chicago for his almost 50 year career in performance and recording.

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Blackberry Farm Show, Blackberry, MN

Blackberry Farm Show, Blackberry, MN

Close to Home visits the North Central Farm & Antique Association show in Blackberry and host Grant Frashier contemplates technology.

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The Untold Story of the 2019 Common Roots Festival in Downtown St. Cloud

The Untold Story of the 2019 Common Roots Festival in Downtown St. Cloud

What makes for a vibrant music scene? In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with a couple of folk who’ve got a pretty good idea. Dawn Yilek and Zachary Dorholt are both part of the organizing force behind the 2019 Common Roots Festival in downtown St. Cloud, and they are here to let us know where the festival came from, what is in store for this weekend, and how we can expect the future of live music in St. Cloud to continue to develop.

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The Untold Story of Dealing with Racism and Xenophobia in St. Cloud with Mayor Dave Kleis

The Untold Story of Dealing with Racism and Xenophobia in St. Cloud with Mayor Dave Kleis

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis to talk about racism, xenophobia, and the perception of the city of St. Cloud on the national stage. In light of somewhat recent negative attention generated by an article in the New York Times, there is a discussion to be had about what actually goes on here in the Granite City, as it is very different from what a small, fearful group of people would have us believe. In fact, an opposing force works against racism and xenophobia. It’s called community, and as Mayor Kleis will tell us, it starts in our back yards but can grow to affect the nation.

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