Widely recognized as one of Madison's (and Wisconsin's) best guitarists, Masino has played with dozens of bands from the midwest and is featured on the Gregg Clemons LP on Nemperor CBS Records (1980). He was a finalist in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition 1999 (Memphis) and has opened for a long list of national bands. During the early 1980's John lived in New York City playing shows and worked as studio musician. We're thrilled to have him on the show!
Peter Roller has been exploring guitar styles in a variety of cultural directions since discovering music like the blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Bluegrass of Flatt & Scruggs as a teen. Over the past thirty years, while working as a professional musician and college instructor, he has written a body of guitar-led original music that leans variously towards Hawaiian slack key, bossa nova, Piedmont blues and steel guitar jazz. Roller is releasing his first full length CD of such pieces in Spring 2010, including his Dobro instrumental Rancho Mirage, the only work previously available on the widely popular Narada compilation Masters of Acoustic Guitar.
Roller is based in Milwaukee and teaches in the Music Department at Alverno College. He has played and recorded with area performers--bluesman, Steve Cohen, worldbeat band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans and gospel quartet, the Masonic Wonders. Previously, Roller was the guitar accompanist for first generation country bluesman, Yank Rachell, acting as producer and playing on his Bling Pig release Blues Mandolin Man.
Intemperance Collective is a Balkan band "playing the folk dance music of Eastern Europe and beyond with intemperate zest" and caters to folk dancers.
"The band features folk-dance and Balkan music cognoscenti, along with smoking vocals, an exciting and varied repertoire, and . . . [gasp!] . . . an instrumentalist who jumped ship to play the tuppan."
Evan Murdock, previously of the Lonesome Rogues and the Kentucky Waterfalls presents his newest band: Evan Murdock and the Imperfect Strangers, which includes members of the Cork n’Bottle String band, Count this Penny and North Country Drifters and Big Mouth Collective.
Minneapolis songwriter Mother Banjo.
Her music combines the haunting sounds of traditional folk and gospel with contemporary alt-country and Americana hooks. Poetic and rich, her songs are sad, sweet and full of the stories that inhabit the wide open prairies of the Midwest.