30 Minute Music Hour

30-Minute Music Hour

In response to the thriving independent music scene, 30-Minute Music Hour offers a free-form stage where artists from around the state and country perform music that might otherwise go unheard. "Colonel" Andy Moore hosts.

Contact us: 30mmh@wpt.org

Watch Previous Recorded Sessions Online

Premiere Date: February 21, 2017

One of the state’s top up-and-coming indie-pop acts, Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz. The composer / performers blend guitar and electric keys for music that soothes and challenges—with precision vocal harmonies. Says OnMilwaukee.com: "Seasaw’s brand of folk-pop reflects a wide range of musical influences, from Beirut to Calexico to Fleet Foxes to Noah and the Whale, and more."

Premiere Date: February 21, 2017

French-Hawaiian guitar sorcery. This duo’s band name comes from the French translation of “Mal aux doigts” meaning, “my fingers hurt.” They describe their sound as “what happens when French Manouche-Roma-Gypsy-Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt meets Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii.”

Premiere Date: February 21, 2017

Themes of social injustice flow throughout Michael Penn II's (aka CRASHprez) performances. Watch him perform with DJ knowsthetime on 30 Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: November 23, 2015

Sarah Lee Guthrie is touring the country celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." The folk and country-rock singer took a moment to share some music with Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.

Premiere Date: November 23, 2015

Sarah Lee Guthrie is touring the country celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." The folk and country-rock singer took a moment to share some music with Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2015

Madison-based hip-hop ensemble that combines the intense beats of a classic urban house party with the sweet expressions of a gospel choir.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2015

Ten-piece disco music revivalists from Madison, WI playing original songs from their new album titled "Dance Originality" with funk, jazz and Latin influences.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2015

Simon Balto is a writer of folk and alt-country songs from southern Wisconsin. His music draws from a range of influences, both musical and not. More than anything, the style and storytelling are especially informed by the hills of southwestern Wisconsin that were his early home, and by the people he’s met there and in travels around the country.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2015

Dale Watson invited Wisconsin Public Television into the High Noon Saloon in Madison for an exclusive acoustic performance of "Burden of the Cross," from his new album, "Call Me Insane." With a catalog filled with raw emotion and plenty of red-dirt soul, Watson has preserved the genre's outlaw traditions as he has even coined a whole new name for these classic country sounds - Ameripolitan.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2015

The Secret Sisters - Laura and Lydia Rogers - invited us onto the stage at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wis. for a beautiful acoustic performance of "You've Got it Wrong," a song that appears on the Deluxe Edition of their new T-Bone Burnett-produced album, "Put the Needle Down" - available at Cracker Barrel or http://crackerbarrel.com.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2015

Dale Watson invited Wisconsin Public Television into the High Noon Saloon in Madison for an exclusive acoustic performance of "Call Me Insane," the title track from his new album. During the past two decades, the Alabama-born artist has become one of Texas' most enduring country music voices.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2015

Mandolin Orange - Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin - invited us in to an exclusive pre-show performance of "Hey Adam" as they toured through Madison in 2014. The North Carolina duo blend an engaging mix of bluegrass, folk and country sounds into the music that they have carried across the highways and byways of the United States and beyond since their 2010 debut.

Premiere Date: October 21, 2015

Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, HHG plays something like progressive high-energy Old-Time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed it's own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band.

Premiere Date: October 21, 2015

Pudge was formed in the small town of Stockbridge, Wisconsin. They play music that is catchy, original and is a style all their own. No local band has stayed as true to themselves as this band.

Premiere Date: October 21, 2015

Blending country harmonies and slithery slide guitars, Wrenclaw captures the longing and redemption of one-horse towns and whistlestop childhood memories.

Premiere Date: September 15, 2015

Webster X is at the top of Milwaukee’s exploding hip-hop scene.

Premiere Date: September 15, 2015

WiFEE and THE HUZz BAND, an explosive ten-piece band from Door County, blends old school soul, rock-n-roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rockabilly.

Premiere Date: September 15, 2015

Hailing from Milwaukee, Chris Porterfield is one of Wisconsin’s most inventive singer / songwriters.

Premiere Date: July 13, 2015

Very few singers harmonize as dramatically as Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. This episode features a dreamscape of original songs that both update but respect the country and western music of the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s. “The brother duet that America is waiting for,” says Garrison Keillor.

Premiere Date: July 13, 2015

From Lafayette, Louisiana, Feufollet is pushing Cajun music into new territory with each new album. The group’s 2011 record, En Couleurs, was nominated for a Grammy for best Cajun / Zydeco. The band’s latest effort, Two Universes, is every bit as strong; rocking hard but never abandoning their traditional Cajun roots. Songs from the hard rocking Two Universes are featured in this episode.

Premiere Date: July 13, 2015

Heartache, break ups, boredom, rebellion and doctor visits. Those are just some of the themes in Trapper Schoepp’s poignant, clever, full throttle rock and roll songs. The songwriter has surrounded himself with some of the best pop musicians in Milwaukee. No wonder they’ve been recruited to open for Old 97’s, The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks, and Soul Asylum.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2014

Madison-based percussionist Jordan Cohen is a musical alchemist who creates base line beats, loops them and then pours them into trancelike experimental electronica.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2014

Charlie Parr is a self-taught guitarist from Duluth, Minnesota who has performed his Piedmont-style blues and American country music everywhere from Appalachia to the Australian Outback.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2014

Madison's William Z. Villain stuns audiences with an eclectic style that darts between Balkan groove, early American jazz and bossa nova with jagged mathy precision.

Premiere Date: April 1, 2014

A lively and melodious hip-hop experience erupts when these two emerging acts join forces.

Premiere Date: April 1, 2014

The music veterans from Madison spread the gospel of New Orleans brass band music.

Premiere Date: April 1, 2014

Hear Midwestern Americana with a sense of sass from this country band out of Madison.

Premiere Date: March 22, 2014

Drums are front and center in this Oshkosh trio's '70s inspired rock and roll.

Premiere Date: March 22, 2014

Vocalist and member of the '80s power-pop band The Producers leads a set of blues rock.

Premiere Date: March 22, 2014

Hear the jazz master lead his trio through a set of experimental, courageous jazz.

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