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Local musicians Seth Porter (at left) and John Wendland joined Tuesday's talk show ahead of Twangfest 23.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

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.

Amanda Doyle (left) and Steve Pick (right) wrote "St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline," which tells the rich history of music out of St. Louis.
Tom Lampe

Alongside contributions to the world such as beer and baseball, St. Louis also has a rich history of generating great music. The region is not only home to bands of various genres such as jazz, rock, Americana and hip-hop — but also to world-class institutions such as the St. Louis Symphony and the Fox Theatre.

Many well-known — and not-so-known — performers are included in a brand-new pictorial history of St. Louis and its music titled “St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline.”

Blowing some horn for Gabriel

Aug 5, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 5, 2010 - This Saturday, Aug. 7, at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, the St. Louis jazz and blues community will gather together to raise funds for one of its own - Gabriel. A fire in June severely damaged the East St. Louis home of the man who has been a legendary DJ, musician, record producer, club owner and concert promoter in the metro area for more than half a century.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 7, 2010 - The St. Louis area has a long, distinguished musical heritage. From the ragtime era in the late 19th century, through 20th-century legends such as Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Josephine Baker, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Oliver Sain, Henry Townsend and a host of other musical artists, St. Louis has contributed more than its share of legendary musicians and entertainers to the rest of the planet.