Musician Talk is an exciting new show on KYMN Radio, airing Wednesdays at 6:30pm. It is an interview show with musicians you know, you've heard, or perhaps just heard about. When you tune in, you’ll hear host Pauline Shuster Jennings conduct casual, candid and lively conversations with local area musicians about how music matters in their lives, our community and beyond. Interviews include a few of their favorite songs – occasionally played live for the show. Tune in each week to hear up and comers and those that have been performing for years…and for a lot of fun. Don't worry if you miss an on-air episode, archived episodes will appear on this page.
Pauline Jennings has been on stages as an actor and/or singer for almost 40 years. She's worked in theater as producer, educator, director, writer, stage manager and (primarily) an actress. She also spent 15 plus years as singer in a number of pop/country/rock bands that performed throughout the region. She is married to drummer Steve Jennings, has two grown children, Chris and Sam, and lives in Northfield.
Episode 1: Craig Wasner Listen Now
At heart, Craig Wasner is a musician. He plays keyboards and guitar with equal skill, sings, composes, arranges and records music. He studied music at the University of Minnesota/Duluth and at Berklee College of Music in Boston, touted as the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. He has performed with national recording artists such as John Hiatt (Capitol Records) and Hal Ketchum (Curb Records), and Grammy award winners Deana Carter (Arista), Shelby Lynne (Capitol), and Larry Carlton (Warner Brothers). Craig's musical talent is a gift he has shared freely. Through his 15 annual Craig Wasner & Friends Benefit for World Vision concerts, he has raised over $500,000 from ticket sales and donation commitments to World Vision. As band leader for the Over & Back benefit shows, these sold-out performances produced significant cash donations for 55 Northfield-area charities. Craig also loves working with aspiring young musicians, and serves as the music coordinator for the Northfield High School's Rock 'n' Roll Revival concerts. Craig lives on a small farm near Northfield with his wife, Linda. He has three children: Lahna, 32; Maren, 31; and Casey, 30. He also has two grandchildren: Nyah and Kysen, both are 20 months old.
Episode 2: Sam Ryden Listen Now
Sam Ryden's music is distinctively unbound by traditional stylistic category and gives glimpses of the possibilities for this young singer/songwriter. His performances feature hook-filled tunes uniquely pressing together folk, acoustic blues, pop and gospel.
Episode 3: Jon Manners Listen Now
Jon Manners is the dean of the Southern Minnesota music scene, with a sound that is unmistakable. Combining the bounce of funk, the passion of soul, the thoughtfulness of jazz, the storytelling of folk and the joy of rock ‘n’ roll, Manners is the very model of a great folk troubadour.
Episode 4: Curt Johnson Listen Now
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