August 22, 2016


Ron Sexsmith
Jimmy LaFave
Mandolin Orange
Serena Ryder
John Mark Nelson






Mandolin Orange

Old Ties and Companions



There was a Time






Little Worlds


Serena Ryder




Ice Age



What I Wouldn’t Do



Heavy Love



It’s No Mistake


John Mark Nelson

Holes in Our Skin!



I’ll Give You More



Dream Last Night



That’s What You Do


Ron Sexsmith

Saint Bernard



Getaway Car



Loving You



Sneak Out the Back Door



Love Shines



Former Glory


Jimmy LaFave

Desperate Men Do Desperate Things



The Beauty of You



The Night Tribe



Queen Jane Approximately


Larry Groce & Co.

Raspberry Beret

Originally broadcast October 30th, 2015

Press Release

Ron Sexsmith - The music of Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith won acclaim not only from critics but from fellow artists like Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and John Hiatt - some of the same artists who initially inspired him. None other that Elvis Costello praised Sexsmith for an “insight into the human heart and a melodic purity unheard since the heyday of Paul McCartney.” Among the artists who have covered Ron’s songs are: Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, k.d. lang, Nick Lowe, Feist, The Brodsky Quartet, Curtis Stigers, Anne Sofie von Otter and Mary Black. In 2005, Sexsmith won the coveted Juno Award for “Songwriter of the Year.” In 2011, he issued “Long Player Late Bloomer,” collaborating with fellow Canadian Bob Rock, whose credits include Metallica, Mötley Crüe and The Cult. “Love Shines,” a documentary by filmmaker Douglas Arrowsmith about the making of the record was commissioned by The Movie Network and Movie Central. Sexsmith followed 2013's “Forever Endeavur” with “Carousel One,” his 13th release.

Jimmy LaFave - For eight years, the Texas singer/songwriter/guitarist honed his skills by hosting open mike nights in Austin before releasing his debut in 1992. With a grassroots approach that blends country, blues, folk and rock 'n' roll, LaFave was awarded the "Best Singer/Songwriter" at the Austin Music Awards. Veteran writer Dave Marsh wrote that, "Jimmy LaFave has one of America's greatest voices." LaFave was a member of the "Ribbon of Highway - Endless Skyway” tour which paid tribute to the spirit of Woody Guthrie. The resulting live, two-CD set featured some of LaFave’s versions of Guthrie tunes. In 2007, LaFave’s showed off his country side on 2007's “Cimarron Manifesto.” After issuing “Favorites 1992–2001," a collection of his favorite songs, LaFave released “The Night Tribe” in 2015. 

Mandolin Orange - Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC, by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin, and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange plays a heady mix of Appalachian folk, bluegrass and Americana. The pair issued its self-produced debut, “Quiet Little Rooms,” in 2010, followed by the double disc, “Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger” in 2011. After signing with Yep Roc, they released “This Side of Jordan” in 2013. The latest CD, “Such Jubilee,” includes a ballad that wrestles with the lack of gun reform in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

Serena Ryder - Armed with a riveting stage presence, a powerful three-octave range and intensely passionate songs, Canadian singer/songwriter Serena Ryder has been wowing audiences throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. After signing to Atlantic Records, her full-length debut, “is it o.k.,” was certified “gold” in Canada and received a 2009 Juno Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year.” Over the years, she has garnered three prestigious Juno Awards for “ New Artist of The Year” (2008), “Adult Alternative Album of The Year” (2009) and Video of The Year (2010). Her 2013 release,”Harmony,” earned her a fourth Juno for “Adult Alternative Album of The Year” and won “Rock/Alternative Video of they Year” at The 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards.

John Mark Nelson - Before he turned 21, Minnesota native John Mark Nelson had a decade of performing under his belt - and a pair of critically lauded albums of melodic, lilting folk songs. In addition to building an army of loyal fans and establishing himself as one of the stand outs of Minnesota’s new musical guard, he caught the ears of fellow Minneapolis-based musician David Simonett, lead singer of Trampled by Turtles and co-founder of GNDWIRE Records. His new release is titled “I’m Not Afraid.”