The Roe Family Singers | Full Episode | The Lowertown Line

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. Filmed on February 9th, 2017.

Air Date 5/17/17

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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.
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