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Minnesota’s Women Of Song #7

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Joni Peterson produces this monthly spotlight that focuses on some of the many women singers, songwriters, and musicians who have roots in Minnesota.

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The Astronomers: Guess it’s Just Life/Sinking Ships and Story Tales

Tonight on The Sound, we dive into the alternative pop sounds of The Astronomers. This duo band, based out of Oshkosh WI, released their newest album “Guess it’s Just Life” in April 2021 after their previous album “Sinking Ships and Story Tales”. Their track “Bad Type” focuses on a toxic relationship filled with lies. Alternatively, their track “All in” speaks about how they would go All In for their partners. So get ready to move and groove with a new style of pop music, my name is Maxwell Ackman, and up next is KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg who dives into the electronic sounds of “Guess it’s Just Life” and “Sinking Ships and Story Tales” by The Astronomers, tonight on The Sound.
Original air date: 06/01/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


The Federales: Honkytonks and Hangovers

Tonight on The Sound, we dive into Honkytonks & Hangovers released in 2020. The Federales, based out of Minneapolis are an Americana band with it’s roots firmly planted in old school country. Tonight we’ll figure out how 18 wheelers, Brad Paisley and The Ryman Auditorium all tie together with The Federales. So get your ears on and buckle up for a wild ride through Honkytonks and Hangovers. I’m Max Ackman and here’s KQAL’s Bill Stoneberg with The Federales, tonight on The Sound.

Original Air Date: 5/25/22.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Gregg Hall: Echoes From The Treetops

Today on The Sound we check out the latest album from Gregg Hall titled Echoes From The Treetops. Gregg, a staple in the regional music scene has played in numerous bands over the years from The Smokin’ Bandits, The White Iron Band and his own band Gregg Hall and the Wrecking Ball just to name a few. Echoes From The Treetops was recorded at the legendary Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls and was produced by Chad Staehly who plays keys in Great American Taxi and High Hawks and has worked with the likes of Todd Snider. With Echoes From The Treetops we hear Gregg continue to evolve, this time with a more classic rock sound that’ll get you movin’. I caught up with Gregg with a phone call as he was driving to Minneapolis to pick up his bass player for a gig. Typical right? Hmmm, did I just make a bass player joke? Who knows, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for some old school rock n roll with Echoes From The Treetops, the latest album by Gregg Hall, Tonight on The sound.
Original air date: 05/18/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


New Rocket Union: Twin Cities Breakdown

Tonight on The Sound we turn it up with Twin Cities Breakdown, the latest album from Minneapolis punk rock duo New Rocket Union. New Rocket Union is John Ensley banging out guitar riffs and singing with Bruce Gustafson banging out the beat and backing vocals. The band describes themselves as garage punk and their straight ahead no frills style on this album grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go until the end. So, crank it up, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for some high energy rock without the high falutin’ fluff, with Twin Cities Breakdown from New Rocket Union, tonight on The Sound.
Original air date: 04/20/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Early Eyes: Look Alive!

Tonight on The Sound we get down to the smooth pop sounds of Early Eyes. Early Eyes is a five piece indie pop group from Minneapolis. Their latest album titled, Look Alive! Was released in Feb 2022 on Epitaph Records. The album was written during the pandemic and social justice uprisings in Minneapolis and takes you on a journey through a myriad of emotions and relatable themes. So put your headphones on and relax, I’m Bill Stoneberg, get ready for a delightful romp through the unique sonic textures that is Look Alive!, the latest from Early Eyes, tonight on The Sound.
Original air date: 05/11/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Swashbuckler: Auditory Pleasure Pods To Satisfy Your Lust For Nihilism

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the debut album, Auditory Pleasure Pods To Satisfy Your Lust For Nihilism from Swashbuckler. The Winona band is comprised of four members who would describe this album as a reflection of their own personal growth. They want listeners to experience a dimension like never before and immerse themselves in an auditory exploration of pleasure. I’m Brylee Harris, stick around to hear more about Swashbuckler’s debut album tonight on The Sound.
Original air date: 04/27/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Becky Kapell: In It To Win It

Tonight on The Sound we bring you the latest album from Becky Kapell titled, In It To Win It. Becky is a country and americana musician out of St. Paul, MN whose path to the Minnesota music scene has been a unique and interesting journey. In fact, the Minneapolis Star Tribune called Becky a “late-bloomer country crooner” because of her unique path and what some might call her late arrival, but we’re glad she’s here now. In It To Win It is Becky’s 3rd album since the release of her debut titled “For Now” was released in 2012. Produced by Paul Bergen and featuring Erik Koskinen, Jeremy Johnson, Nate Gamb, In It To Win It takes us on a delightful journey through some true blue Minnesota country music. Or as Ms. Kapell’s bio says, “Groovy, swampy, honky-tonky, heart-breaky, sassy, kick-assy original music from America’s midwest.” Well, I think that pretty much sums it up. Better than I can anyway, so I’m gonna stop talkin, kick back, and check out some great Minnesota music and I encourage you to join me and do the same. Here’s Becky Kapell with In It To Win It, tonight on The Sound.
Original air date: 04/13/22.
The Sound is written and produced by KQAL 89.5FM on the campus of Winona State University.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Amateur: Every Little Thing

A conversation with Rochester based band Amateur about their latest album, titled Every Little Thing.
Rochester, MN based Alternative/Indie Rock band. ? Amateur is: Chris Tauzell (Vocals/Guitar) Brody Heinzel (Guitar) Alex Ortberg (Bass) Justin Tauzell (Drums/Vocals) Jonathan Tauzell (Keys)

Original Air Date: 05/04/22.
The Sound is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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