In 2005, three friends formed a band and called it The Brass Kings. Now in its sixth year, the trio is going strong, exploring new sounds, and even talking about regular rehearsals. Hear the players describe how their different paths led them to this unique, acoustic sound.
Recorded for MinneCultu Honeydogs perform new material before heading into the studio to record its new CD, “What Comes After” (November release on Grain Belt Records).
Written in earnest and recorded in less than six days, “What Comes After” blends roots pop with orchestral and soul arrangements. From the brash title track to the psychedelic “The Devil You Do,” the Honeydogs are an inspired ensemble. With shades of Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake and Tony Joe White, the new CDis a soul folk and country record tracked with minimal overdubs.
Adam Levy – guitars/vocals
Brian Halverson – guitars/vocals
Darren Jackson – guitar/vocals/banjitar
Trent Norton – bass
Peter J. Sands – keyboards/accordion
Peter Anderson – drums
Stephen Kung – trumpet
Matt Darling – trombone
Octogenarian Cornbread Harris still gigs around in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he’s also renowned for his famous son—music producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist. He is currently the subject of a documentary in production titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher.
KFAI captured this live performance of Rogue Valley last November at the Cedar Cultural Center for the band’s CD-release of “Geese in the Flyway”—the third of four music projects by this prolific ensemble. Members include: Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, and Joey Kantor.
Meet members of Eclectic Ensemble: Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance. This improvisational group runs on solar power and transports its gear by bicycle. Tonight’s show was recorded at Minnehaha Falls, and includes commentary from the band. To learn more about Eclectic Ensemble and where they will be playing, follow them on facebook or visit their website: the Eclectic Ensemble.