Minnesota Music Notes

Series produced by Ampers

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Moments in the musical history of Minnesota

Moments in the musical history of Minnesota


82 Pieces

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Every family has traditions. In Abbie Betinis’ family, the tradition is Christmas carols. Britt Aamodt looks at how a great grandfather and great u...

Bought by KQAL, KFAI, WTIP, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Jayanthi Kyle and Wes Burdine from the group Gospel Machine were finishing the lyrics and melody of a new song hours before Kyle had to premier it ...

Bought by KQAL, KFAI, WTIP, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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If you took accordion lessons in Duluth between the 1950s and ‘70s, you probably had John Copiskey as a teacher. And if Copiskey was your teacher, ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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In 1985, the union workers at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, went on strike. When they did, Minnesota’s musicians rallied behind them. Brit...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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In the 1990s, Venus de Mars was the goddess of Minneapolis dark glam with her group All the Pretty Horses. Today, she is an icon. Britt Aamodt take...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Tou SaiKo Lee is a man of words. He’s a poet, spoken word artist and hip hop emcee. Britt Aamodt tells the story of how Lee married his Hmong herit...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The ancient Hmong culture developed a number of musical instruments. Britt Aamodt looks at the qeej, an instrument whose tradition that is kept ali...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Cornbread Harris was a Minneapolis pianist noodling around with a song recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra. Augie Garcia was a guitarist from St....

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Bruce Swedien set up his first recording studio in his parents’ basement in Minneapolis. But he’s best known for his work with Michael Jackson. Bri...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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How does a kid go from being a coffee shop guitarist to City Pages’ best new music act of the Twin Cities? Britt Aamodt unravels the legend of Thom...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 4
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The Wallets were a band in 1980s Minneapolis known for their high-energy jams and theatric performances. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how in on...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Frances Gumm was born in 1922 Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She would grow to become the singer and actor Judy Garland, star of The Wizard of Oz. Produc...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The independent music scene of Minneapolis began its ascension in the mid-1970s. This happened for a number of reasons, but, as producer Daniel Zam...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Jack Pearson was a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and storyteller devoted to sharing his talents in schools, libraries, and churches all across M...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The godfathers of the Minneapolis punk and indie rock scene are The Suicide Commandos, a trio at the center of the budding subculture in 1970s Minn...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Born and raised in Cook, Minnesota on the Boise Forte Reservation, musician Keith Secola has an intimate relationship with Anishinabe culture. As p...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Duluth, Minnesota is the birthplace of Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes the annual festival that honor...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The Minnesota radio treasure, “A Prairie Home Companion”, had its humble beginnings at Macalester College in 1974. As producer Daniel Zamzow explai...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Les Fields put a Dixieland Jazz band together at the last minute to cover for his work Christmas party in 1968 Rochester, Minnesota. As producer Da...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The accordion was a gift that kept on giving for Leonard “Skeets” Langley, who as a young adult, was crowned champion at the 1963 World Accordion C...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3