Arts & Culture

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Two Many Banjos plays Studio A

Marc Gartman, bouzouki & banjo, Lefty Johnson, percussion, and Matt Mobley, upright bass, make up Two Many Banjos. They joined Buck and Bob Nov. 11 during membership drive.


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Frank Moe on Legacy Destination Weekend Nov. 17-20 in Cook County

Bob talked Nov. 11 with Frank Moe, local dog musher and former MN legislator, about the upcoming Legacy Destination Weekend in Cook County, and the origin and use of the Legacy Funds designated by MN voters in 2008.


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The Pines live on WTIP's The Roadhouse

The Pines have honed their musical craft to near perfection with a sound that wavers on the edge of traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music.


Members of Unnamed Stream get ready for their live in-studio performance / photo by Patrick Knight

Members of Unnamed Stream on WTIP

Members of Unnamed Stream, Bill Hansen on Dobro, Bump Blomberg on guitar and vocals, Barbara Jean Johnson on viola, fiddle, banjo and vocals and Jessa Frost on fiddle, played live in studio A during W


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Bluegrass Masters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley play Studio A

Bob chatted Nov. 4 with musicians & songwriters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley on the eve of the 21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.


A class full of school children at the Birchwood School in Mineral Center/photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society

Moments In Time: Growing up in Mineral Center

Although not much is left of the town of Mineral Center these days, it was once a bustling settler village full of homesteaders, many of whom came from Wisconsin in search of a better life.


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Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa on his new memoir, "Blue Guitar Highway"

 Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed Paul Metsa to Studio A Oct. 28. His memoir, "Blue Guitar Highway," was just published by the U of MN Press.


Bob, with Kelly (Photo by Carah Thomas)

Behind the Work: Bob Brandt, Driving Instructor

Bob Brandt has served as Cook County's Drivers Education instructor for 14 years.


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Barbara Jean Johnson wins Big Top Chautauqua Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Bob and Buck welcomed WTIP News & Public Affairs Director Barbara Jean Johnson to Studio A Oct. 14. BJ is an accomplished musician and recently won the Big Top Chautauqua Singer/Songwriter of the Year contest with her song, "The River." Bump Blomberg accompanied her on guitar.


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'For the Birds' producer, birder and author Laura Erickson visits The Roadhouse

Buck spoke Oct. 14 with birder, author and radio producer Laura Erickson. She has a new book, "Twelve Owls," which is illustrated by Betsy Bowen, and appeared in Grand Marais Oct. 15 for a book reading and signing.