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

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Premiere Date: June 28, 2017

Hayward Williams has been recording music and touring the globe for the better part of 15 years. His latest record "Pretenders" is yet another dive into the Americana Roots Rock deep end. Watch him perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: June 20, 2017

Cribsh*tter is an absurdist rock super-group from Madison, Wisconsin. The group self-describes their music this way: "Smack a snake in its head with a wooden spoon while it's eating garbage. That's what we sound like." Watch them perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: June 20, 2017

Multifaceted Chicago singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks performs live on 30-Minute Music Hour.

Premiere Date: April 25, 2017

Wilder Deitz Group, based out of the American Midwest, performs improvisational music steeped in world, hip-hop, and jazz music traditions. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: April 25, 2017

Ethan Jackson is, first and foremost, a soul singer. But, his music blends the velvet smoothness of soul with the contemporary grit of hip-hop. Watch him perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, recorded live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: April 25, 2017

Tona Castañeda has led Latin jazz ensembles in Madison for three decades. For this set, the conga master will be joined by an all-star group of musicians. Watch the group perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, recorded live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 21, 2017

Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses crafts a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by traditional roots music. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 21, 2017

Redshift Headlights is a six-piece indie rock band from Oshkosh, performing songs from their debut album INSIDE VOICES, which introduces 10 different characters each telling their own part of our united American story. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 21, 2017

J. Hardin is a Madison-based songwriter whose lyrically driven craft has drawn comparisons to "the pioneer instincts of Levon Helm with the rapture and intelligence of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy." Watch him perform with Hayward Williams on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

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.

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