We talked with Katy Tessman Stanoch about her new (and first!) children’s book “Our Mama is a Beautiful Garden.” Katy is a longtime songwriter and musician based in the Twin Cities, but her life took a different direction when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She found no books to be able to guide her two young sons through the experience as she worked through treatment and side effects of treatment. So, she wrote one! It was fun to have Katy in the studio not only to celebrate her health, but also to hear her picks for her “Songs of Strength and Support” soundtrack that got her through treatment. We also welcomed The Roe Family Singers to the studio for a live Round-Up and heard new music from Amos Lee and the new Red Hot + Fela tribute.
Thank you so much for your support during this first fall pledge drive edition of PWB! Jahny D from Groovin’ Plenty joined us for new music from Willie Nelson, Morcheeba, Anna Calvi and Basia Bulat. We also heard a couple great songs paying tribute to our great metro—do you remember That Dog’s “Minneapolis” and “Breakfast Down at Mickey’s”?
The multi-talented bundle of energy Ellen Stanley joined us this morning for our second fall pledge drive show. You know Ellen from Womenfolk. We did hear some fabulous women today, too: Dolly Parton’s new duet with Willie Nelson, Neko Case, Lucy Wainwright Roche and the fab group from Winnipeg Chic Gamine before their gig at the Dakota later in the week.
We heard a lot about musical connections, incredible music in all genres and what it means to be a working musician of color today from Vernon Reid in our interview from 11:15 to about 11:40am. What a great opportunity to talk with one of the best guitarists in popular music. Living Colour is on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough album “Vivid,” and each show runs through the album and incorporates musical surprises. They opened the show in Minneapolis with a Robert Johnson number. They closed another recent first set with Lou Reed. Vernon had wonderful words to say about Reed and a mentor of his, Ronald Shannon Jackson. There was no doubt that everyone in the Minneapolis audience was there to see Vernon Reid and to keep up with his work not only with Living Colour but also jazz, electronic music and solo guitar, follow him on Twitter: @vurnt22.