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: November 28, 2012

JD McPherson invited us to his Nov. 28 sound check at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. Take a seat and enjoy an exclusive performance of "Dimes for Nickels."

Premiere Date: August 26, 2012

The Pines perform "Cry, Cry, Crow" from their new album, "Dark So Gold," live in Buck Studio in Madison as part of the "Simply Folk" broadcast.

Premiere Date: July 26, 2012

The BoDeans invited us to their July 26 sound check at the Majestic Theater in Madison. Take a seat and enjoy an acoustic performance of their classic song "Good Things."

Premiere Date: July 26, 2012

The BoDeans invited us to their July 26 sound check at the Majestic Theater in Madison. Take a seat and enjoy an acoustic performance of "Jay Leno," a track from their new album, "American Made."

Premiere Date: February 25, 2012

Step backstage at the Grand Theater in Wausau to watch Randy Sabien and Mike Dowling perform "Long Tall Mama" in an impromptu acoustic jam before a Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band show.

Premiere Date: February 22, 2012

Southern Wisconsin is getting to be known as a birthplace for brave, new independent rock. Icarus Himself is a Madison-based, hard touring four-piece that is helping define that trend. Their sound rolls live tracking, loops, diamond hard singing--and the occasional trumpet note.

Premiere Date: February 22, 2012

With the ink still wet on his diploma from Kalamazoo College, Nick Brown moved to Austin to see if he could make it as a singer/songwriter. It was a move to Madison, though, that helped his music career take shape. Known locally as the bass player for Brown Derby, Brown appears solo on the 30-MMH, acoustic guitar in hand, to perform songs from Slow Boat, his first album of working man songs.

Premiere Date: February 22, 2012

From Minneapolis, Farewell Milwaukee serves up achingly beautiful new indie rock. This five-piece rumbles in and out of tough Jayhawks-style alt-country, honest lyrics and vocally hypnotic work. In addition to their energetic live shows, they've recorded in Nashville with Brad Bivens (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones).

Premiere Date: November 14, 2011

The German Art Students have been playing punk, pop and rock music in the Madison area for more than a dozen years. Known for their sense of humor as well as their musicianship, GAS have a loyal following that clamors for their satirical songs including, "Civil War Re-enactor." We're excited to have them on the 30MMH performing songs from their brand-new EP, "The Power and the Trust."

Premiere Date: November 14, 2011

Corey Hart's voice has been compared with Ray LaMontagne and Jeff (and Tim) Buckley. He can go from a growl to a soft falsetto in a flash. The perfect voice for the lush songs on his new EP, "Winter Bones." Hart is joined by fiddle player/vocalist Ida Jo.

Premiere Date: November 14, 2011

A collection of friends and family from across Wisconsin -- and the nation -- gathers together several times per year to make world music with a jam sensibility. Enjoy this rare session, which 30MMH was lucky enough to be part of in Nov. 2011.

Premiere Date: June 21, 2011

Freedy Johnston is a flamethrower of a songwriter and vocal stylist who splits his time between Madison and New York City. When it came out in 1992, Rolling Stone and Spin hailed his first record, Can You Fly, as "a masterpiece." Last year, he released the beautifully composed "Rain on the City."

Premiere Date: June 21, 2011

Katie Powderly is a Madison-based singer/songwriter who spent the past winter in Knoxville, Tenn. That's where she crafted and recorded the lovely songs on her forthcoming CD. Her music is reminiscent of 1970s country music, but with a power pop thrust that comes compliments of a killer four-piece band and their arrangements.

Premiere Date: May 10, 2011

A South Texas native, Cris Plata has been stirring up original Tex-Mex music in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest for 25 years. The veteran singer/songwriter is a storyteller who blends together norteno (Northern Mexican border), conjuto (European-influenced) and ranchera (Mexican country) styles of music into a form of his own.

Premiere Date: May 10, 2011

Jeremiah Nelson is an exciting part of a vanguard of independent songwriters who have adopted Wisconsin as home in the last several years. His newest record, Drugs to Make You Sober, represents a shift in his sound from haunting folk pop to haunting rock fusion. It's a catchy, hook-laden soundscape.

Premiere Date: May 10, 2011

Fifth-generation dairy farmer (180 Swiss cows) by day, menace on the Hammond B-3 organ by night, Jimmy Voegeli is a bona fide blues/funk hero. He's one of the most sought-after sidemen in the Midwest and has shared the stage with luminaries such as Pine Top Perkins and Guitar Shorty. Voegeli recently surrounded himself with his own band of talented musicians, which he named The Jimmys.

Premiere Date: April 9, 2011

In February, The Carolina Chocolate Drops won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy Award for 2010's "Genuine Negro Jig." The band has been a one-band revival of a twice forgotten art form: North Carolina Folk music in the African-American tradition. Rolling Stone describes the band's music as, "dirt floor dance electricity."

Premiere Date: April 9, 2011

Count This Penny performs self-styled "Appalachian Pop" - a blend of country and mountain soul. The core of the band is husband and wife team Amanda and Allen Rigell. The couple moved to Madison last summer from Johnson City, Tenn. when Allen began his medical residency at UW Hospital. They'll be performing cuts from their new cd, "Gone." They will be joined by John Ray on five-string banjo.

Premiere Date: April 9, 2011

Madison-based Optometri is a band that started in the former Soviet Union. Not. Or did they? The story goes that they disappeared from the Soviet Union after the fall. The six Russian immigrants reappeared in the Midwest about six years ago and picked up, musically speaking, where they left off. This tongue-in-cheek outfit is one part performance art and one part rock music awesomeness.

Premiere Date: January 29, 2011

Madison-based Ida Jo began playing the violin as a seven-year-old in her hometown of Duluth. She took her classical training at UW-Madison and turned it on its head by updating an old mountain fiddle technique called "chopping," a percussive, intense style of playing. Her range is vast and aggressive and includes Texas swing as well as most Celtic genres.

Premiere Date: January 29, 2011

Described by MOJO Magazine as one of the hottest soul acts in America, Chicago's J.C. Brooks is a sexy soul man of the highest order. He and the Uptown Sound are among the new vanguard of groups reacquainting an entire generation to the music of James Brown, Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield. They're not a revivalist act, though. "Think Otis Redding fronting the Stooges," is what Brooks says.

Premiere Date: January 29, 2011

From Milwaukee, Kings Go Forth has just returned from a European tour. Newly signed with David Byrne's label, Luaka Bop, the Kings have become the country's standard bearer for all that is hip and soulful. The band was the subject of a New Yorker profile last spring and their song, "High on Your Love" was one of the Washington Post's picks for the 25 best singles of 2010.

Premiere Date: December 8, 2010

In this set, Primitive Culture features special guest, Jimmy Voegli, one of the Midwest's finest Hammond B-3 organ players. The band's newest CD, Fantasy, won multiple awards at the 2010 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMA). The band's leader and founder, guitarist David Hecht, has shared the stage or opened shows for artists including Elton John and Los Lobos.

Premiere Date: December 8, 2010

Rapper F. Stokes was born in a single-mother family in Chicago. At 12 his family re-started their life in Madison. He began rapping and making videos in Madison before moving to NYC "with fifty dollars in my pocket." He's worked as a doorman, a dishwasher, a porter and a bus boy. Despite the extreme circumstances of his youth, or perhaps because of it, Stokes is a generous, positive, intense poet.

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

Willie Nelson knew exactly what to do when he heard Madison-based country singer Whitney Mann's recordings. He booked her to open two of his recent Wisconsin performances. Easily among the midwest's most talented female singer/songwriters, Mann appears on the 30-MMH with her full band, featuring some of the best alt-country players north of Nashville.

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

Madison/Beloit-based rapper Rob Dz blends soul, rap, gospel and jazz to create hip-hop with a heart of gold. Rich production, provocative rhymes, and glorious effects come together, all fueled with the artist's passion for life and justice. Rob Dz performs with his producer and a full live band.

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

East Coast-based but with deep Wisconsin roots, Dorothy Scott has shared the stage with performers including Carole King, Joan Osborne, Jeff Buckley, and Joan Armatrading. Scott can bellow and blast, mellow and amuse, all the while showing her strengths as a first-rate guitarist. She performs a solo set on acoustic guitar for this episode.

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

Anna Laube creates beautiful music at the intersection of folk, indie, and country. A product of Iowa City and Madison, she has also lived and performed in Belgium, Minnesota and California. NPR calls her songs, "intimate and heartfelt." Anna performs solo on acoustic guitar for 30-Minute Music Hour.

Premiere Date: February 27, 2010

With his music, 25-year-old Joe Pug carries on the rich Chicago folk legacy of artists like John Prine and Steve Goodman. A veteran of Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival, Pug spent last fall opening up for Steve Earle on a European tour. Pug's recently released record "Messenger," is filled with his delicate musical sensibility and razor-sharp wordplay.

Premiere Date: February 27, 2010

Now based in Chicago, the deeply talented Cuba City, Wis. native Ernie Hendrickson's work reflects his views of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Jerry Garcia. Jambase.com says Hendrickson's work "easily justifies the mention of his name in the same context as Ryan Adams." His newest album, "Walking with Angels," was produced by Grammy winner Bo Ramsey.

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