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.

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Premiere Date: July 9, 2009

The Duhks are a Grammy Award-nominated (Best Country Vocal Performance) group based in Winnepeg, Manitoba. The quintet is known around the world as a pacesetter for roots music. The Duhks' unbridled enthusiasm is easy to hear in their latest release, "Fast Paced World," but to see The Duhks perform is to fully appreciate the band's soaring spirit.

Premiere Date: July 9, 2009

One of the most inventive hip-hop acts in Wisconsin, Madison-based Stink Tank is fueled by the insight and audacity of Producer/DJ Man Mantis and the multi-persona attack of MC Laduma Nguyuza. Their program often morphs into shows-within-shows and moves seamlessly from character to character, from perception to misperception.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2009

Pairing Stefanie Berecz' soulful vocals with guitarist Brendan O'Connell's talented songwriting, this Chicago-based band performed songs from their debut album.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2009

Rising Gael's youthful members serve up energetic, modern Celtic music driven with rythm that has been delighting audiences around southern Wisconsin since 2004. The Madison quartet has mastered a range of instruments including fiddle, bodhran, harmonica and Scottish bagpipes.

Premiere Date: June 16, 2009

National Beekeepers Society combine pulsing, minimalist pop-rock with worldweary lyrics. The Madison-based quartet performed songs from an eclectic catalog including selections from their critically acclaimed album "Pawn Shop Etiquette."

Premiere Date: April 14, 2009

The hardest rocking group on Eau Claire's wildly successful Amble Down label, Meridene crunches electric guitars and weaves lyrics that are high bred without being highbrow. Leader Trevor Ives writes songs filled with grit and whimsy, a paradox propelled by a smooth balance of keyboards, guitars and drums. The band features material from its new album, "You're Not Pretty, You're Worse."

Premiere Date: April 14, 2009

From Bloomington, Ill., Backyard Tire Fire has been called the country's "best kept rock secret." 30-Minute Music Hour fans are treated to a few of BTF's unreleased numbers. The band's set also features music from their sensational 2008 release, The Places We Lived, which finished in the top five of several music publications' "Best Releases of 2008" lists.

Premiere Date: April 14, 2009

From Madison, Lucas Cates is one of the state's hottest up-and-coming rockers. A prolific songwriter, Cates crafts driving electric and acoustic rock. The Lucas Cates Band is a multiple winner over the past several years at the Madison Area Music Awards. The four-piece also has garnered the unique honor of having one of their songs selected as an accompanying piece for the Cincinnati Ballet.

Premiere Date: March 3, 2009

Also known as Michael Silverman, That 1 Guy is a Berkeley, Calif.-based, classically trained string bassist. After performing with some of the nation's top progressive jazz ensembles in the 1990s, Silverman created an instrument out of wire and iron pipes that could serve his ever-expanding musical techniques. Think "gutbucket" bass with a lot more firepower. The result is an astonishing solo act.

Premiere Date: March 3, 2009

From Babcock, Art Stevenson is the Midwest's preeminent practitioner of hard driving, traditional bluegrass music. With his wife, Stephanie, on string bass, the duo sing powerful harmonies that transcend the most urgent callings of mountain music. The quartet is rounded out by Dale Reichert - a master of the five-string banjo - and Bruce King, a breathtaking rhythm and solo player on mandolin.

Premiere Date: March 3, 2009

This Madison-based four-piece makes self-styled "post-crunk" music, a sort of country-punk-rock sound. Sleeping in the Aviary has a large and devoted fan base that chases the band to its rousing live shows throughout the Midwest. On this episode the band showcases new songs from their forthcoming EP as well as slam home favorites from their latest record "Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel."

Premiere Date: January 6, 2009

"Upstream" is Madison-based musician Ritt Deitz's fifth release of original roots rock and mountain music. Deitz is an accomplished songwriter and performer who is known for richly textured story songs. The Kentucky native often performs with his sons and daughter but he appeared solo for his performance on the 30-Minute Music Hour.

Premiere Date: January 6, 2009

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Wagoner and his wife Mary Gaines are masters of string swing music. They call it "cafe jazz," but that seems too calm. Their music is equal parts Hawaiian luau and Parisian wedding party. The love they bring to their music is as apparent as the precision with which they make it. The Stellanovas also feature veteran drummer Jim Huwe.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2008

From the Twin Cities, it's our great pleasure to share the wit and warmth of singer-songwriter Haley Bonar (BON-are). Minnesotans have adopted the talented, 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer. Her new record, "Big Star," is an incandescent mix of laments, country stomp, and guitar-crunching folk.

Premiere Date: November 16, 2008

The Urban Hillbilly Quartet has played together for over a decade in Minneapolis theaters and bar rooms gathering a loyal, un-combed fan base of hipsters and grad students who crave old-school country music that carries the listener past the obligatory bender, break-up and murder. The 30-MMH set features rousing tunes from UHQ's most eclectic album yet, the brand new "Bring in The Sails."

Premiere Date: October 6, 2008

"Put Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, St. Francis, Amelia Earhart and Earl Hickey in a blender," Marques Bovre says, describing his band. "Shake with fire and ice. Pour into the broken vessels of humanity (salt on the rim to taste). Drink." Eclectic, yes, but full throated rock 'n' roll as well. Bovre's precision guitar style is complimented by another Madison icon, the legendary Jim Schwall.

Premiere Date: October 6, 2008

Two-time Grammy nominee Loudon Wainwright III has performed in virtually every nook and cranny of American popular culture. For all his artistic versatility, music is Loudon's bread and butter, and his knucklehead-savant lyrics have set him in a class all his own. He performs solo on guitar and banjo in a set that draws from his 25-album career, including songs from his latest, "Recovery."

Premiere Date: September 27, 2008

From the Twin Cities and in the tradition of the late Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo, the Get Rites make twang with a bang. With Snare drum, cymbal, guitar and double bass, the stripped-down trio makes a big country sound. Dirty Linen Magazine describes the group as, "masters of the no-excuses, no-holds-barred, folk-blues-roots, Americana music."

Premiere Date: September 27, 2008

The Daredevil Christopher Wright is one of several Eau Claire-area indie-rock bands rising in Midwest and national acclaim. Brothers Jon and Jason Sunde form two of the band's three corners, though they didn't begin making music together until they left home to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Their friend Jessie Edgington completes the trio.

Premiere Date: September 27, 2008

From Chicago, Dietrich Gosser has been quietly amassing a Midwest underground following with his lush - sometimes haunting - compositions. He plays and records with percussionist Dan Kuemmel who also accompanied him for this performance. The Onion AV Club describes Gosser: as "folk-y bedroom pop that sounds big and inviting, often with the help of drummer and avant-percussionist Dan Kuemmel."

Premiere Date: August 27, 2008

At the center of a rising group of nationally recognized Madison musicians is Pale Young Gentlemen. This five piece dances and dices the lines between indie-pop, chamber-rock, and high gloss Americana.

Premiere Date: August 27, 2008

Josh Harty is a Madison-based singer songwriter who is part of a growing clutch of traditional country songwriters bringing national attention to Madison's alternative music scene. Performing solo, he's also one of the fastest finger-style guitar pickers in the Midwest.

Premiere Date: August 27, 2008

From Iowa City, Iowa, Pieta Brown is the prolific daughter of folk music giant Greg Brown. In addition to her own work, Pieta recently supplied vocals on a new album by Calexico - the sensational border music band out of Tucson. On the 30-Minute Music Hour Brown performs with her trio which includes guitarist Bo Ramsey.

Premiere Date: June 17, 2008

For 13 years Natty Nation has been glorifying, adapting, and spreading the music of the Rastafarian movement to audiences all over the country. Based in Madison, Natty Nation has become known as our state's most talented ambassadors of reggae, funk, dancehall and dub. The five-piece brought the same intense energy to our sound stage that they're known for at festivals and clubs.

Premiere Date: June 17, 2008

The pride of Neenah, Wis., The Blueheels proudly defy description. Blueheels co-founder Robby Schiller - son of an airplane mechanic - grew up in Neenah listening to his father's Merle Haggard records. While his music with the Blueheels is more rock (with a bit of dance) than country these days, you can still hear the voice of the low down working man in Schiller's lyrics.

Premiere Date: June 17, 2008

"Existential party rock designed to make you think about the head you are banging," is how Awesome Car Funmaker describes their own sound. One of the hardest working punk-rock-dance outfits in the state, Awesome Car Funmaker is at the top of Madison's very active indie-rock heap.

Premiere Date: May 12, 2008

Montreal's most ferocious garage band rocks the Badger State while proving Americans haven't cornered the market on guitar distortion. The lyrics are all in French, but you hardly have to understand the lyrics of Les Breastfeeders' songs to appreciate the band's colossal grip on rock's fury. The band's colorful, irreverent videos are among the most popular in Canada.

Premiere Date: May 12, 2008

From Los Angeles, Dengue Fever creates psychedelic surf-rock overlaid with traditional Cambodian melodies that Paste Magazine calls, "the maturing, polyglot sounds of America's urban future." Cambodian Chhom Nimol fronts the band and sings mostly in her native language. She's backed by a hurricane ensemble that includes guitar, farfisa (a small, Italian-made organ), bass, drums, and saxophone.

Premiere Date: April 22, 2008

Irish rock purveyors the Kissers are one of Wisconsin's best-known and hardest-working music exports. The rowdy five-piece group is led by bassist/lead singer Ken Fitzsimmons and includes banjo, mandolin, fiddle, drums and electric guitar. The Kissers started out nearly ten years ago as a Pogues cover band. Their latest album, "Live Candy Ratz," was recorded over a two-night pub stand.

Premiere Date: April 22, 2008

"One of the purest musicians touring the country today," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune, Baltimore's Victoria Vox is a recovering rocker who now puts the four string ukulele front and center in her music. At the time of this performance Vox was touring with songs from her new album, "Chameleon," a tour that took her from all over the East Coast to Madison and to the Paris Ukulele Festival.

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