Recorded in TPT‘s studios with a live audience, The Lowertown Line pairs concert-style musical performance with insightful conversation with the artists. These dynamic performance specials are made possible by the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Upcoming Air Dates
Sunday, Sep 24 at 11pm
Sunday, Sep 24 at 11:30pm
With a sound that conjures up old school country and folk music, The Cactus Blossoms perform live at TPT studios in Lowertown, St. Paul. The Blossoms discuss their connection to Prairie Home Companion, their fondness for German electronic music, and the harsh realities of the entertainment business.
Sonny Knight and the Lakers bring their exciting brand of soul and R 'n' B to a packed house at the Twin Cities Public Television studios. Sonny recounts his early years in music, coming home from the war in Vietnam to become a long haul truck driver, and gratitude around his second chance at show business.
Watch Davina and the Vagabonds blow the roof off during a live performance at the Twin Cities PBS studios in Lowertown, St. Paul. The band performs a mix of classic jazz standards with contemporary originals; and Davina talks about the many hats she wears as a bandleader, her love of collecting "old" things, and her songwriting technique.
Three singer songwriters are featured on this special compilation episode. Mayyadda is a recent college graduate who performs Periscope shows to hone her live performance techniques, Barbara Jean uses violin and banjo to connect to her childhood love of Americana music, and Mayda creates unique stage experiences using avant-garde theatrics.
Communist Daughter performs in front of a live studio audience at Twin Cities PBS studios in Lowertown St. Paul. Singers Johnny and Molly Solomon reminisce about how they met, their struggles with addiction and recovery, and the art of licensing music.
Angry harmonic punk band Bruise Violet performs live at Twin Cities PBS' studios. The band talks about what makes them so angry: letting phone calls go to voice mail, sketchy dudes, and people refusing to pay for their music.
Old-time Hillbilly band The Roe Family Singers perform live at TPT studios in Lowertown St. Paul. The band recalls their origin story, their fondness for circus instruments, and the economics of being modern day musicians.