Friday, February 27, 2009

Listen to a conversation with Bill Holm on KAXE

Minnesota lost one of its great writers this week, Bill Holm.
You can click HERE to listen to Bill Holm on Realgoodwords last fall.

I hope you get the chance to listen to my conversation with Bill Holm, and that most of all, it will cause you to take a look at his award winning writings. Published works include:

The Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland
The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth
Coming Home Crazy: An Alphabet of Chinese Essays
Eccentric Islands: Travels Real and Imaginary
Playing the Black Piano: Poems

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February Fishing

Early Bird Fishing Guide, Jeff Sundin, and Chad Haatvedt talk ice fishing for trout with Michelle Brandt Thursday morning, February 26th. Michelle likes to fish some of the mine pits in the area. Here's a beautiful 22 inch rainbow Michell landed recently.

Listen on-line at

On-Air Listening Party: Float Away with the Red Balloon

by Doug MacRostie

This week on Centerstage MN (Thursday Evenings at 6 on 91.7 KAXE) I'll feature Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy present The Red Balloon - a very engaging album that was written as an alternate soundtrack to the 1957 French film "The Red Balloon." Jake Dilley will join me to talk about how he got into writing music for films (there's more to it than just watching The Wizard of Oz synced with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon...but I'm sure that helped), and he'll guide us through the musicial journey that is the Red Balloon as we listen to it in its entirity.

The Red Balloon, as an album, is an outstanding piece of work, and the CD includes not only the music, but you can put it in your computer and watch the film and listen to the music. Jake sent me some copies to give away during Centerstage MN to anyone who pledges their support (hint hint!) - it even comes in a RED BALLOON!!!!

Jake's senior thesis in college was an alternate soundtrack to a segment of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (which I think is the coolest thesis project I've ever heard of...) and before that he fronted the Jake Dilley band which played throughout the midwest. When I first listened to the CD, I had NO IDEA there was a visual aspect to it - and it blew me away and I wanted to play it all on Centerstage MN. As the weeks progressed and I learned more about Jake Dilley and The Red Balloon, I knew I had to play the whole thing on the air, and I am very excited to have Jake Dilley on Centerstage MN this week.

You can read more of my blogs about MN music at

Thanks to everyone who supports KAXE!

It's the Stay Warm fundraiser, and I'm writing this from a hot tub. Is that legal? Is that safe? These are the questions. Tonight I talked with author Hallie Ephron about her new mystery "Never Tell a Lie". The sleuth in this book is not a sleuth at all; it's a 9 month pregnant woman who suddenly finds out her husband has been lying to her. Or is he? If you want to pledge to KAXE call us - we'll get you an autographed copy of Hallie Ephron's "Never Tell a Lie" for your pledge of support. 800-662-5799. Or online!

Stay Warm Fundraiser

By Jennifer Poenix

It's been a busy morning at KAXE. It's Day 3 of the "Stay Warm" fundraiser. So far today, we've heard from 84 new and renewing members for a total of $11,630. Wow!

Our goal is to get to 400 pledges and $50,000 by 1opm on Friday, March 6.

It's so great when folks call up or pledge online, but I'd also like to acknowledge all the mail-in renewals we get too. We don't count them in our official fundraiser total, but they're just as appreciated.

However you want to do it, the most important thing to do is pledge. We can't stress it enough: KAXE's largest source of funding is our listener members.

Thank you!

Friday, February 20, 2009

where do you go online?

I'm in Atlanta, Georgia right now at the Integrated Media Conference and we're talking about WHERE it is people go online.

Did you know that YouTube is the 2nd most used search engine online? Here's some cool sites that people are talking about:

Twelve Second TV

I Report
Online Journalism Blog
Big Shed
Hollow Earth Radio
Adult Swim
Homestar Runner
43 Folders

Tell us where YOU go online!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Organic Rock, Chaos in Harmony and Bicycles on Centerstage MN

by Doug MacRostie

Yo! This week on Centerstage MN (Thurs evening at 6, streaming live on, or 91.7 in Grand Rapids, 89.9 in Brainerd and 105.3 in Bemidji) I'll be talking with Chris O'Brien of the organic roots-rock jam band Enchanted Ape. Out of Minneapolis, their latest CD "Off the Ground" strikes a balance between "acoustic and electric, blues and jazz, chaos in order" to create an earthy, yet out of this world experience. They'll be performing at Brigid's in downtown Bemidji on March 13th and 14th.

Also tonight I'll be debuting a new release from Prophis - its part electronica, part hip hop, part rock all twisted together into an album called "Harmony in Chaos."

Plus, Mark Olson and Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks) collaborated and released "Ready for the Flood." It was the classic Jayhawks feel, but new material and a fresh presentation.

Other featured music includes Duluth's Yeltzi and Sparta's The Tisdales.

Next week on Centerstage MN I'm hosting a listening party with Jake Dilley. We'll be listening to Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy present The Red Balloon. Along the lines of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon syncing up with The Wizard of Oz, Jake writes music as alternate soundtracks to films (his first project syncing up to a segment of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). The Red Balloon is a 1957 French Film that is about a kid and (you guessed it) a red balloon. Its really engaging music (with and without the visual aspect) and Jake will join me next week to guide us along the musical path that is The Red Balloon.

Oh, and the latest Binary Boys review of Ultimate Band for the Wii is available at MYspace: (the same place you can find more of my blog posts...just like this one :D).

Award Winning Food

By Jennifer Poenix

One week from today is going to be a great day at KAXE. I can feel it!

It will be Day 3 of KAXE's "Stay Warm" Fundraiser, but it is also Hot Dish Challenge Day!! We're hoping to get some fine folks to bring in their favorite hot dishes (or casseroles, if you're not from these parts) at lunchtime to share with KAXE's staff and volunteers. Of course, you are welcome to stay and eat and help pass judgment on other hot dishes.

But wait! There's more! We're also having:
  • a chili challenge on Friday, February 27
  • a hot dessert challenge on Monday, March 2
  • a hot and spicy challenge on Wednesday, March 4, and
  • a soup challenge on Friday, March 6 (the last day of the fundraiser)
All participants are sure to win an award. Please contact KAXE if you are interested in making food for any of the challenges.

Also, there are still ample opportunities to answer phones during the fundraiser. Let us know if you can help.

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The world around us on Phenology today

Staff Phenologist John Latimer talked about how winter affects the critters and mentioned Bernd Heinrich's "Winter World - The Ingenuity of Animal Survival". We love to hear what you are seeing in the natural world around you - email us or call our talkback line 218-999-9876.

Phenology-related programs happening in the listening area - this Thursday at the Forest History Center from 6-8pm:

Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly with Carrol Henderson-DNR

They soar and they glide, they flap and they flutter, they swoop and they plummet. Solo or en masse, in formation or pas de deux, birds in flight are in their element, their airborne behavior as varied and distinctive as their plumage.
Join us for a special family program, to learn insights into spotting and identifying birds with flight with special guest, Carrol Henderson-DNR. This will be a great opportunity to see Henderson's exquisite close-up photographs of airborne birds, as well as detailed information based on firsthand research. Participants will appreciate hearing about the beauty of an iridescent hummingbird pollinating a flower, the majesty of a condor soaring above the Andes, the impressive spectacle of migrating geese in Minnesota, black storks in Kenya, or Swainson's hawks in Bolivia. The program will deepen our appreciation of the beauty of birds, and the fascinating science of how, precisely, birds fly.
Carrol Henderson has been the supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program since 1977. He Has a Bachelors of Science in zoology from Iowa State University (1968) and a Master of Forest Resources degree in ecology from the University of Georgia (1970).
During the past 32 years Henderson has developed a statewide program for the conservation of nongame wildlife that has received both national and international recognition. He has helped plan and carry out restoration of peregrine falcons, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters and trumpeter swans in Minnesota. He is involved in promoting wildlife tourism, and he has provided leadership in promoting nature tourism projects in Minnesota, Manitoba, Costa Rica and the Amur region of eastern Russia. He and his wife Ethelle have led 47 birding trips during the last 20 years throughout Latin America, New Zealand, Kenya and Tanzania.
Henderson is the author of eight books including Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife, Wild About Birds, the DNR Bird Feeding Guide, and the Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica. He is Co-author of the Travelers Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality. Recent books include Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs and Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly.
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Info and Registration: University Extension Office-Itasca County 218-327-7486

Monday, February 16, 2009

What's For Breakfast's Laundry Recipe

Last Friday (2/13/09) we featured Lisa Randall from Blackberry on What's for Breakfast. Among other things, she gave us a recipe for homemade laundry detergent:

Shave a bar of soap into a quart of water. Boil until the soap dissolves.

Put this liquid into a 5 gallon bucket. Add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda (can be found in the laundry aisle at stores - NOT baking soda)

Mix these together with 2 1/2 gallons of hot water.

Let this sit overnight.

When it cools it will turn into a soft, jello-like substance. Mix really good (lisa used a hand mixer). It will make a thick liquid. Use 1 cup per load of laundry.

You can hear Lisa's What's For Breakfast here!

Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent or homemade soap? Post your comments here.

If you'd like to be a guest on what's for breakfast, email us!

Tornado Bob's Forecast for week of 2/16/09

Slightly snowier... maybe.

First of all, many thanks to the trail groomers for getting to Legion Park and Sugar Hills after the rain last week. It's nice to have the season continue after such dismal weather.

An area of low pressure will be slowly organizing over the next couple days in the central United States. Also, an upper level weather disturbance will be moving across southern Canada. Eventually, these two systems will merge into one large storm system over Michigan. As this happens, scattered areas of light snow will be present over the area through Wednesday. The heaviest amounts will be (of course) along the international border, where 3" will likely fall. Another band of 3" or so will be found across northern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Overall, the heaviest snows this week will be well to the east in Michigan. In the KAXE listening area, this week has a better chance than any of the last four weeks for a snowfall in the 1-2" range. Still, I'd rate that chance at only 50% in Grand Rapids. The storm system will depart our area Wednesday night.

On Friday, a fairly intense but moisture-starved low pressure system will drop south out of Canada and bring more light snow to the area. Amounts will most likely be in the 0.5" range.

Temperatures will be mild Monday and Tuesday with highs in the upper 20s and lows generally no colder than about 20, but as the storm system departs, it will pull in colder air, and highs will be mostly in the low-mid teens with lows near zero. The weather for the Birkie on Saturday looks breezy (northwest winds) with highs in the mid teens.

We're entering what typically is our "second season" for snowfall. As I'm looking into the "dreamland" portion of the numerical model prognostications, I'm starting to see indications for significant snow somewhere in the Upper Midwest in the February 23-26 time period.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Marshall Helmberger gets his Valentine's wish!

Marshall from the Timberjay was so excited to talk with us today about finally getting a photograph of a white-winged crossbill, a bird he hardly ever sees, let alone photographs. This is NOT his photo included here, hopefully he'll send that in. Marshall was out skiing when he say the crossbills, so he skied home and got not only his camera, but his ipod and an external speaker, to play the bird call of the crossbill. No better gift Marshall could have given himself!!!

Another story Marshall talked about today on The Border News Roundup was about protecting upland white cedars woods around Tower from clearance by power companies. For the full story see The Timberjay.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Independent, emotional and edgy - all of that and more on Centerstage MN...

Centerstage MN is on 91.7 KAXE everything Thursday evening starting at 6 (and rebroadcast Sunday mornings at 6 - you can listen live online, or on the radio). It's our program where we showcase the talents of MN musicians - Hi, I'm Doug MacRostie.

Tonight I'll start off with a feature of local, independent musicians starting with native flutist Ann Aitkin, a senior at Cass Lake - Bena Highschool. That will be followed by Holly Simons Newton from Grand Rapids and her piano improvisation and Emily Antonson's "Solo Demo" piano/vocal release - she grew up in Pengilley and is attended school at the U of M.

Then, I'll be talking with Thea Ennen and Lisa Kane. Both of them are singer songwriters, Thea plays Piano (and you might recognize her from Thea and the Algorhythms from the late 90 Twin Cities music scene) and Lisa on guitar. I'll talk with them about songwriting and performing in MN.

Also, a Valentines Day tribute from The Limns and new music (to the show) from Wookiefoot (crazy happy hoppin' jam band from Minneapolis) and Kritical Kontact (crazy hip hoppin' rap group out of Duluth).

If you miss this, or any other Centerstage MN you can find archived interviews at (and click on Centerstage MN on the left) or check out my blog

Soup and Pickles

Christie from East Bethel MN sent some recipes and a hand-written note with stories about the recipes to KAXE. Here’s what she said:

“I am an avid fan of KAXE and listen mostly over the Internet. I try to catch most weekday morning shows and have long enjoyed the Local Food Scene report. I wished I could’ve crunched on your pickles like Scott Hall. I wanted to share a family recipe sure to be crunchy, but I believe that is because they are refrigerator pickles (their only drawback, in my opinion). My great aunt would slice them. I prefer spears. She lived and worked in a small town drugstore in central Wisconsin. She would make them in a 5-quart bucket and take them to work. Word would get our and the local business folks would stop in at the store for their coffee-pickle break. She’d bring home an empty bucket the same day.

Great Aunt Olga’s Refrigerator Pickles

2 quarts water
1 quart white vinegar
3 cups sugar
1 cup salt (can use ¾ cup)

Bring above to a boil and pour over layered onion, dill and cucumbers. Store in refrigerator. Can eat after 24 hours. Last at least 6 months.

Please pass this soup recipe on to Heidi. I was sorry to have missed that show [Between You and Me, talking about soup] but hope to catch up on the submitted recipes. Sorry the recipe [below] is vague, that was how it was shared to me and it always tastes great and can be prepared fairly quickly for soup.

Red Lentil Soup

1 cup red lentils
5 cups broth

Saute onion in butter, add lentils and broth, season with cumin and bay leaves and a couple slices of lemon. Juice rest of lemon to add at the end.

Cook/simmer until lentils are soft, 25-35 minutes

KAXE is a true treasure and everyone deserves kudos for helping deliver its pleasures. Thank you—Christie from East Bethel MN (a KAXE member)"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

KAXE, May I Take Your Pledge?

By Jennifer Poenix

91.7 KAXE is holding its Spring Fundraiser from February 23-March 6. You can call it the Winter Fundraiser if you want, since it won't really be spring. In fact, our theme is "Stay Warm."

We chose this theme because it may be cold, but also because it's a greeting that conveys care and support among people. It's going to be hot, hot, hot! (Get used to the heat puns.)

KAXE's fundraisers are a great time, but we can't pull them off without help from volunteers. We need folks to answer phones and take pledges during the evening hours and over the weekend (that would be Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1st).

It's an easy job, but it's so important to our success. If someone calls to make a pledge and the phone just rings, what are the chances that that person's going to call back? Plus, you can even hit the gong when we get a pledge!

If you are interested, please call KAXE to sign up for a shift, or you can send me an e-mail: Shifts are typically three hours, but if you want to cover just an hour, we'd be happy to have you.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Binary Boys - They put the "f" and "u" in fun!

Hello - this is Doug MacRostie. From Macedelic Studios I produce The Binary Boys; two guys who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of the "perfect video game" (a.k.a. to avoid standard social interaction).

Regularly heard Monday mornings around 8a on 91.7 KAXE's Morning Show, The Binary Boys review video games (and stupid people, current events, politics and food) with a healthy dose of editorial asides, insightfully insightful insights and unnecessary crudeness with an over-the-top descriptivenessessness.

One critic from Texas said, "it's the same kind of funny as 'the Daily Show w/ John Stewart'" while another from Minnesota said, "I’ve never heard anything so disgusting in my lifetime."

What do you think?

You can hear recent episodes and get regular Binary Boy Updates at (including the new reviews of SOCOM Confrontation and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe). Or, check out the full archive at

Monday, February 9, 2009

Weather Big Picture for February 9-15

We'll be getting some rain this week in addition to a 36-48 hour period of melting snow. The high temperatures in the 30s on Friday and Sunday did not do much damage to the ski trails because the clear skies, low humidity, and brief period of warmth kept prevented much melting. This time, however, the persistent, cloudy, drizzly/rainy weather we are about to experience will definitely diminish the snow pack. I'm not sure how the groomers deal with this type of situation, but my best estimate is the temperature will climb above freezing Monday morning and hover in the 34-38 degree range until Tuesday night when it drops back to around freezing, but it could be as long as Wednesday evening before the temperature drops enough to refreeze things. Total rainfall will probably be about 0.5" in Grand Rapids. My guess is the snow depth in the woods will diminish from about 15-18" now to about 9-14" by Tuesday night. I'm not great at predicting snow melt, but I think there may some opportunity to groom the trails after this system if one gets out shortly after freezup and before the slush gets too hard. (FYI, I skied Suomi this weekend, and Boomer and company did a fantastic job there on Friday).

Thereafter, the rest of the week should be dry. Temperatures will fall to slightly below average by this weekend with highs in the teens and lows near zero. Looking farther ahead, the large scale pattern looks unfavorable for new snow.

Do be careful driving over the next couple days. Even if the air temperature is warm, the roads are still cold after a lot of subzero weather this winter, so driving may be quite icy-- especially on side roads.

For more information on Cross Country ski conditions, check out the KAXE Ski Talk blog!

Short Story Confession

This week Anthony Bukoski joins me on Realgoodwords.

Anthony Bukoski is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a critically acclaimed short-story writer. If you are scoring at home, he was also our friend Aaron Brown's mentor!

I knew all of these things and yet I wan't thrilled to read his books. Nothing against Anthony Bukoski, but for some reason I've never been a huge fan of short stories. I am confessing that here, and now.

But here's the thing: Anthony Bukoski changed my tune on short stories. Or he cleaned my clock. Wait, I take that back. He didn't clean my clock. But plenty of his characters cleaned clocks (if you know what I mean). I was so thoroughly and pleasantly surprised by his writing, that I was a little nervous to actually talk to him.

I know that sounds strange - that if I liked a book I'd be nervous to talk to the author. What I've come to learn over the years is that liking a book doesn't mean that my conversation with them on Realgoodwords is going to be good. A lot of times I'm dissappointed. It might be me on this one, because I suspect that if I like an author I somehow think that I don't have to prepare as much for our interview.

Anyway, enough of my blog confessional. Anthony Bukoski did not disappoint. For me, the best moment of the interview was when I asked him WHERE he does his writing. I have never had an answer quite like Anthony's before.

Yes, I'm going to keep you hanging! Tune in live on Wednesday night from 6-7pm or Sunday Morning from 9-10. Or, after Wednesday you can listen to the archived interview here.

Here's a bio of Anthony:
ANTHONY BUKOSKI is the author of four other story collections,
including Children of Strangers (SMU, 1993), Polonaise (SMU, 1999),
and Time Between Trains (SMU, 2003), which was a Booklist Editors'
Choice. His stories have been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio,
National Public Radio, and in live performance in the "Selected Shorts"
series at Symphony Space in New York City. He teaches at his alma
mater, the University of Wisconsin in his hometown of Superior, where
his Polish émigré grandparents settled early in the last century.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dr. Michael Fox and Pet Food

Many of the questions that come up during Dr. Michael Fox's monthly call-in segment on KAXE's Morning Show end up having to do with food and the pet food industry.

This morning Dr. Fox talked about a new resource, Two Bit Dog. Check it out.

You can hear Dr. Michael Fox the first Friday of every month at 8:15. Email us your questions or comments.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The MN Music Rolls On

by Doug MacRostie

Featured tonight at 6 on Centerstage Minnesota (on 91.7 KAXE, streaming online at I'll be featuring Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy and Preemptive Strike.

Jake Dilley's CD is called "Le Ballon Rouge" (the Red Balloon) and its a well crafted audio journey somewhere - I'm not sure WHERE yet, but I really enjoy it! I'll start off the show tonight with a set of music from it, and I'm thinking about having Jake on for an On Air Album Listening Session - more details on that in the near future.

Preemptive Strike are a hard rock band out of Floodwood. I'll talk with them about how the band started, why they went from covers to originals and how it feels to finally finish their debut CD "1st Shot."

I'll also be adding a new feature tonight - MN Music News; I've got announcements about both Trampled by Turtles and Charlie Parr (important better tune in to find out!).

Other featured songs will be:
Uncle Shurley - an experimental rock group out of Bemidji
Swing Dogs - an american rock group out of Virginia, recorded at Sparta Sound
Wookiefoot - You've got to be the change you want to see in the world...
Kritical Kontact - 3 MCs and a DJ out of Duluth
The Gyspy Prophets - Form the Iron Range, also recorded at Sparta Sound
John Wilber & Timmy Haus - acoustic roots from McGregor, now out of St. Cloud

Next week my guests will be Lisa Kane and Thea Ennen - both well respected MN musicians (remember Thea and the Algorhythms?) . I am looking forward to talking with them (will definitely be a different perspective than the interview happening tonight, hehehe).

Tune in an enjoy on 91.7fm in Grand Rapids, 89.9 in Brainerd and 105.3 in Bemidji, or streaming live online at

Thanks for reading along, and as always ROCK ON!

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Programmed to Eat

By Jennifer Poenix

There's usually a staff meeting at KAXE every Thursday morning. We didn't have one this morning because Maggie Montgomery had to go out of town for a meeting.

Most of the staff doesn't mind missing a meeting, but we do mind missing out on treats. Each week, it is somebody's responsibility to bring treats for the staff meeting. Sometimes we have normal things like bagels or cookies. Last week we had french fries and gravy (thanks Doug!). If there is no meeting, there are no treats.

Well, last night I had a dream about cinnamon rolls. I was spreading icing on them and they looked so delicious. When I woke up, I couldn't stop thinking about them. I even mentioned them in my facebook status. Doug MacRostie saw this and said that since I mentioned them, he wanted them too. So, I went to the store and bought two tubes of rolls with icing. Fifteen minutes later, they were ours to eat.

Some Thursday morning traditions just can't be broken.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Centerstage MN this week – Vampires and Red Balloons…

by Doug MacRostie

This week on Centerstage MN I’ll be talking with the Floodwood hard rock band Preemptive Strike about their debut CD “1st Shot.” These guys are old school rockers (not OLD school, but…something like early 80’s hard rock) and its fun having them on to represent Floodwood :D Loud guitars, pounding drums and attitude.

I’ll be starting the show with a new CD from Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy. When I “befriended” Jake on myspace and asked him to send a copy of the CD – he said, “Sure – it’ll be the one in the red balloon.” I didn’t think he was actually serious, but low and behold a CD arrived IN a balloon with instructions to inflate and pop to get the CD. The album is called “Le Ballon Rouge,” a.k.a The Red Balloon (I get it… :p) and its amazing!!! I’ve listened to it a few times through and its hard to pick a song to start with – SO, I’ll be playing 3 songs off it (they go together) to start Centerstage MN this week. They are definitely future guests, seeing as I’ve already listened to the entire album 3 or 4 times. I don’t know how to describe the music, some kind of mix between NIN (without the screaming-scariness) and Coldplay (without the “biggest band that isn’t U2”-ness). I asked Jake how they got the CDs in the balloons and he told me they have magic elves…which is good enough for me.

Also, I’ve added some previous interview highlights to The first one if from my conversation with Sam Miltich about his CD with the Clearwater Hot Club feat/ Dave Karr called “Just You, Just Me.” Sam talks about the evolution of jazz and the inherited experimentation and inspiration. You can also check out a highlight from my conversation with Marc Gartman (of Two Many Banjos) talking about The Marc Gartband’s CD “Me and My Big Ego.” Check ‘em out!!!

Next week I’ll be joined by Lisa Kane and (hopefully) Thea Ennen (remember Thea and the Algorhythms?) for some live music and conversation – they’ll be performing at Brewed Awakenings in Grand Rapids on Sat. the 14th and we’ll do a miniature preview of the performance :D

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