Music From The Midwest & New Releases

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

I recently returned from a vacation on the prairie in America’s Heartland — Urbana/Champaign, Illinois, to be precise — and brought back some fine music. I volunteered at the 3rd Annual Urbana Folk and Roots Festival (to assist my son run one of the festival stages) and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I decided to devote more than half of this program to music from folk performers based in the Midwest, including Matt & Tom Turino, the Mean Lids and Pokey LaFarge who were among the lengthy list of performers at the festival.

Although Mustard’s Retreat — David Tamulevich and Michel Hough — are based in Ann Arbor, Mich., David grew up in nearby Branford, CT and crafted the marvelous song below about the Thimble Islands off the Branford shore in Long Island Sound.

The show opened with selections from new albums by two of my favorite performers, John McCutcheon and Kate Campbell, and concluded with selections from Rhode Island’s Marc Douglas Berardo, a past guest on Profiles, and Milford’s Stephen Bennett, both of whom offer concerts in our broadcast area this weekend.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Means Lids, “Glenn’s Triumph”, Kalyx, Independent


  • John McCutcheon, “Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done”, “This Land Is Your Land”, This Land: Woody

  • Guthrie’s America, Appalsongs, ,


  • Kate Campbell, “Crazy In Alabama”, “Rosa’s Coronas/Lanterns On the Levee”, Two Nights In Texas, Large

  • River Music, , ,


  • Matt & Tom Turino, “Crissa Ma Sissa”, “Jane’s Birthday”, Here And Faraway, Independent

  • Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, “Ain’t The Same”, “Coffee Pot Blues”, Middle Of Everywhere, Free

  • Dirt Records, , ,


  • Mean Lids, “Adrienne’s Waltz”, Kalyx, Independent


  • Mustard’s Retreat, “The Thimble Island Ghost”, “Blow The Candle Out”, Living In The Dream, Yellow Room

  • Records, , ,


  • Kitty Donohoe & The Yellow Room Gang, “The Last Of The American Cowgirls”, Live At Big Sky, Yellow

  • Room Records, , ,

  • Matt Watroba & The Yellow Room Gang, “How Will I Leave?”, Live At Big Sky, Yellow Room Records


  • Joel Mabus, “Drunken Hiccups”, “A Closer Walk With Thee”, American Anonymous. Fossil Records


  • Stephen Bennett, “Beale Street Blues”, “Aunt Lu’s Waltz”, Good Wood, Independent

  • Marc Douglas Berardo, “Ruby”, “Quiet Places”, Downhauler, Horizon Music Group

  • Stephen Bennett, “November”, Beyond Six Strings, Harp Guitar Music