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Local musicians Seth Porter (at left) and John Wendland joined Tuesday's talk show ahead of Twangfest 23.
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For the 23rd year in a row, Twangfest is gathering musicians from around the country in St. Louis this week for a several-day-long celebration of Americana music.

Described by its all-volunteer organizers as “the big top of a musical three-ring circus,” the nonprofit festival is this time around bringing in everyone from the Columbia, Missouri-based Burney Sisters and The Delines of Portland, Oregon, to the rock band Superchunk.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy D. Goodwin talked with John Wendland, one of the organizers of Twangfest 23 as well as a member of Rough Shop, and with Seth Porter of the St. Louis-based Essential Knots.

Jack Grelle's album cover. (Nov. 2, 2016)
Provided by Jack Grelle

Jack Grelle wrote some of his first country songs as he hitchhiked across the Midwest, meeting people from around the country with life experience far beyond his own. Nearly a decade ago, he spent time with strangers in cramped cars — sometimes for days — and gained a strong sense of compassion for a shared, but diverse, humanity.

Local musicians remember Anne Tkach at tribute concert

Jul 10, 2015
Anne Tkach performs with The Skekses
Courtesy of the band

It seems as though everyone in the St. Louis music scene knew Anne Tkach. In April, Tkach died tragically in a house fire. Ellen Herget, 30, played with Tkach in the band The Skekses. She said Tkach’s loss was felt throughout the music community.

“It was immeasurable,” said Herget, “she was everywhere, she was so active, and she was so enthused.” 

(From L to R) Roy Kasten, Lynn Cook and Adam Reichmann
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Twangfest celebrates American roots, rock 'n' roll and country with its 19th annual festival featuring four nights of performances at Off Broadway.

Beginning June 10, each night of the festival will include performances by 3 bands from a variety of musical genres. Cracker, a band that combines rock, psychedelia, country, blues and folk, is scheduled to headline on opening night, followed by Philadelphia-based band Marah and local folk-rock band Grace Basement.

Vice-president Roy Kasten, who calls the organization a group of “hardcore music fans,” founded Twangfest in 1997.

Bruiser Queen Releases Its Second Album, Sweet Static

Oct 8, 2014
Morgan Nusbaum of bruiser queen
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Bruiser Queen is a pair of St. Louis residents that play catchy, scuzzy, rock music that lands somewhere between 1960s girl groups and 1990s riot grrrl punk. Morgan Nusbaum fronts the band, commanding both microphone and guitar.

She’s backed by Jason Potter on the drums. The duo practices in an old doctor’s office off Cherokee street. The walls are a faded bubble-gum pink and plastic bins for charts are still screwed to the wall near every exam room. The duo rehearsed for Friday’s record release show promoting their newest album Sweet Static.

Open Highway festival brings musical genres together

Aug 2, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For some bands, the tour highway doesn't run through St. Louis. The Open Highway Music Festival is trying to put the city on the maps of more musicians.

John Henry of the St. Louis band John Henry and the Engine, and Steve Pohlman of the Off Broadway nightclub on Lemp Avenue came up with the idea for the festival last year, and they initially planned to focus on a fairly narrow genre of music. But by the time the curtain went up on the first of three nights of music last fall, their scope had widened.

SXSW inspires South by South City music festival

Mar 5, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Music fans are beginning to fill up the hotels in Austin, Texas, for next week's sprawling South by Southwest festival. Here in St. Louis, the first steps are being taken for what backers hope will be an annual series of concerts inspired by SXSW.

The inaugural South by South City festival kicks off Friday for a three-day “weekend of STL bands, beers, print, record stores & radio,” as the event poster proclaims. Eighteen local bands will play over the three nights at Off Broadway in the Marine Villa neighborhood.

This articl first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 1, 2012 - An old proverb states: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Like most proverbs, there seems to be a hard kernel of truth behind the familiar words.

But at a time when the cell phone you buy is overtaken by a newer model every two months, the truth within that saying may seem to be shrinking as fast as download times for songs on iTunes.

Yet, there are some interesting examples of a deja vu effect in this modern world. One of them involves the St. Louis band, Troubadour Dali, and its upcoming residency at Off Broadway every Sunday evening this January.