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Leah Thomas plays accordion live on The Roadhouse by Annela Rova

Local musician Leah Thomas wins songwriting award

Local musician & songwriter Leah Thomas is well-known for her distinctive voice, killer accordion and clever lyrics, and has played with and fronted many groups, including the SplinterTones. Her talent was recognized by the SongDoor 2017 International Songwriting Competition, with an honorable mention for her song "Slick Back," which was recorded by the SplinterTones for their 2017 release "SplinterTones II." Leah joined Jay to talk about her songwriting process, including the inspiration she gets from travel. 

Briand Morrison

Briand Morrison stops by Studio A

Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison stopped by The Roadhouse on his way to a gig at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. He shared his smooth jazz music, as well as some very interesting conversation about music, math, and more. You can learn more about Briand and his music and schedule here. 

Rich Mattson & the Northstars

Rich Mattson & the Northstars return to Studio A

A few of our favorite musical guests, Rich Mattson & the Northstars, stopped by Studio A to share some cosmic folk and chat about what they're up to recently at Sparta Sound. The band is Rich, vocals & guitar; Germaine Gemberling, vocals & guitar; and Kyle Westrick, bass. You can learn more about them here

"The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen" by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley

Sean Sherman, author of "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," on The Roadhouse

Sean Sherman is an Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. His new cookbook, "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," shares award-winning recipes, stories and wisdom, and was named one of the best cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. Jay spoke recently with Sean about his book and his work. 

Jim McGowan in Studio A

Jim McGowan wraps up 2017 with great music on The Roadhouse

One of our favorite musical guests, Jim McGowan, stopped by Studio A for the last show of 2017. He shared delightful music to start your new year off right. 

Author Gail Francis on The Roadhouse

Gail Francis is an author and outdoor enthusiast based in Duluth.  Her book, "Bliss(ters): How I Walked From Mexico to Canada One Summer," chronicles her adventure on the

SisterTree in Studio A

Celtic-Americana duo SisterTree makes Roadhouse debut

The Celtic-Americana duo SisterTree made their Roadhouse debut. Listen for beautiful harmonies from Dee Brust (guitar & vocals) and Kerri Joy (fiddle & vocals).

the new book by Roberta Walburn

Roberta Walburn writes fascinating biography of crusading federal judge Miles Lord

Judge Miles Lord was a unique man who went from modest roots on the Iron Range to being one of the most colorful and prominent judges in the country. Roberta Walburn, a Minneapolis attorney who served as one of the judge's law clerks, has written a portrait of Lord as a man and a judge. She talked with Ann Possis about the book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice."


Gillis & Thorne play The Roadhouse

Local favorites Gordon Thorne (guitar) and Chris Gillis (cornet, scratchboard)  stopped by Studio A to chat and play some great music, including Christmas tunes, before their gig at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.