I lead off this episode by taking advantage of the chance to play the show’s theme music by Mike Munson from start to finish. Mike has finally released his debut full-length album and this show features two cuts from it, in addition to music from Duluth legend Charlie Parr, recent Decorah transplant Namoli Brennet, La Crosse singer-songwriter Joshua Franke, and La Crosse/Winona power-trio Click Track.
Mike Munson is a blues institution in Winona. Being such a staple for independent music in the area, I couldn’t resist the desire to make his song “Over Now” the intro and outro music for this radio show. He holds down a regular Sunday evening residency at Ed’s (no name) Bar, in addition to a steady diet of regular performances in Winona, the Twin Cities, and the greater Driftless Region. For all his accomplishments, The Munce had yet to release a proper studio album — until now. His patience certainly payed off as both the songwriting and recording quality are top-notch all the way through the album. The photo above is from his CD release show 11-9-13 at Ed’s (no name) Bar featuring guest musician Mikel Beckman (who also performed that night with Corpse Reviver). Congrats Mike!
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(traditional arranged by Munson)
We Were Born to Rise
Flaming Dame Records
Keep Your Hands on the Plow
House of Mercy Recordings