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: 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

From Lafayette, La., the Red Stick Ramblers are a dynamic five-piece band that pushes every edge of contemporary Cajun and Louisiana dance music. The band plays selections from its latest Sugar Hill Records release, "My Suitcase is Always Packed."

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.

Premiere Date: January 25, 2010

Jentri Colello, an extraordinary Madison-based talent, fronts this four-piece that recently changed its name from Flatbear. Their album "Flying Days" topped the list of Isthmus' 2009 best albums by Madison bands. On this episode of the 30-Minute Music Hour, the band treats viewers with the debut all new songs.

Premiere Date: January 25, 2010

The Pines are a roots quartet based in the Minneapolis featuring David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, son of alt-country music legend Bo Ramsey. The Pines' distinctive somber sound fuses today's indie music with traditional roots/acoustic styles. Bo produced the Pines new album, Tremelo, on Red House Records.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2009

From Portland, Ore., Vagabond Opera is an old world Yiddish theater experience gone mad. Featuring trained operatic voices and lyrics in 13 languages, the six-piece bohemian cabaret act is described by the Washington Post as, "a band of ceaseless charisma, boundless energy, impeccable musicianship, and more than a touch of both the naughty and the erotic."

Premiere Date: November 17, 2009

Sean Michael Dargan is a Madison-based guitarist, singer and songwriter of extraordinary range and emotion. He channels the Pogues, Richard Thompson, R.E.M., Van Morrison and Elvis Costello in his latest record, The Big Picture. Dargan has performed in a number of popular Wisconsin groups including a long stint with beloved Irish-rock punkers, The Kissers

Premiere Date: November 17, 2009

Singer, songwriter, social activist and children's book author Peter Yarrow is best known for his work in the seminal folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. In and out of his original musical group, Yarrow has performed on more than 60 albums. In 2000, Yarrow founded Operation Respect, a nonprofit organization designed to promote civility and conflict resolution into U.S. school curriculum.

Premiere Date: July 9, 2009

Owen Temple wrote the songs on his critically acclaimed fourth album "2,000 Miles" while living in Madison during the winter of 2006 and 2007. The songwriter now lives in Austin, Texas and his albums include support by some of the best musicians from the Lone Star State. Owen performed solo on the 30-MMH, all the better for viewers to immerse themselves in his cow-punk charm and clever lyrics.

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

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: 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: 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

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: 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: 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.

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