Minnesota’s Bluegrass Revivial
Produced by Sarah Lageson

For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebel, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor. Featured music (in order of appearance): Roe Family Singers “Elspeth’s Farewell,” Dorothy Rorick “The House Carpenter,” Bill Monroe “Uncle Penn,” Roe Family Singers “The Crawdad Song,” Koerner, Ray and Glover “John Hardy,” Pert Near Sandstone “A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One,” Dwight Diller and John Morris “Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down’” Trampled by Turtles “Ceiling Side,” Pert Near Sandstone “Wild Bill Jones,” Trampled by Turtles “The Outskirts,” Pert Near Sandstone “Liza Jane,” Trampled by Turtles “Pipe Knot,” and Pert Near Sandstone “Happy Hollow.”

Rocked it out a little this afternoon while flying solo. I can’t get enough of the new release by The Blasters. You’re gonna dig it.
Our “We Hope You’re Ready For Flo & Eddie” segment featured some surf and rock by The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” (with Flo & Eddie providing backup vocals).