Season 3

Episode #24

“Snowed In”

Despite a case of the post election blues, the gang is in high spirits on their favorite day of the year: “Double Holiday!” But when a blizzard hits Duluth it leaves them no choice but to stay the night at the tavern. As the temperature drops they’re faced with some tough decisions… and everybody has an opinion.

We welcome special guest Brian Schanzenbach of Blacklist Beer, plus a very special appearance from Don Ness, and we celebrate the music of Leonard Cohen.

Recorded on November 15th, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and Edited by Blake and Nick.

Episode #23

“The SHT Witch Project”

On our third annual Halloweeny episode the gang must survive a night in the deep dark woods… Boo!!!

We welcome special guest Gia Bellamy of Duluth Loves Local. More info at duluthloveslocal.com

Recorded on October, 18th 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Andy Bennett and Katy Helbacka. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Edited, mixed and mastered by Blake and Nick.

Episode #22

“Soup De Resistance”

On the night of the harvest moon, Lil’ Angie foretells of a culinary battle that could change the future of food forever. The only problem? It’s happening right there at the bar. So, what side will the gang be on? Lettuce find out…

We welcome special guest Adam Swanson who paints live during the show! See the final work at takeitwithyou.org/painting

Recorded on September, 20th 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Don Ness and Blake Thomas. Story by Don Ness. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Edited, mixed and mastered by Blake and Nick.

Episode #21

“Dark and Stormy”

When a water-logged stranger appears in the tavern Blake and Rick have little choice but to let him tell his tale of adventure on the high seas…

We welcome special guests Abigail Mlinar of Tall Ships Duluth and Nicholas Pascuzzi of Vikre Distillery. Plus appearances from the Mayor of Duluth, Emily Larson, and Don Ness (as the storyteller).

Recorded on August 16th, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Blake Thomas. Story by Blake, Ryan Nelson and Mary Fox. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Edited, mixed and mastered by Blake and Nick.

Episode #20

“DUL’EXIT”

When a rumor circulates about the mayor of Duluth leaving town, Zach proposes a drastic plan that divides the bar in half. But with a little help from Tom Brokaw the gang just might pull through. We welcome special guest Candace LaCosse of Hemlocks Leatherworks and we celebrate the music of guitar legend Scotty Moore.

Recorded on July 19th, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Ryan Nelson. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Edited, mixed and mastered by Blake and Nick.

Episode #19

“Boys and Girls”

Blake, Zach and Andy head to the woods to train for an ultra-triathlon while Mary and Katy hold down the bar. A new hire, a tap malfunction, and a surprise inspection put the ladies in a tight spot. In the woods things aren’t going much better for the gents.

We celebrate some of our favorite female songwriters and we welcome special guest Jessie Erickson of Runa Yoga, plus an appearance from Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson.

Recorded on June 21st, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Blake Thomas. Story by Blake Thomas and Mary Fox. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and mastered by Blake and Nick.

Episode #18

“Purple Wormhole”

A discussion about Prince’s legacy leads to a spat and, tricked by Lil’ Angie, Blake finds himself in an alternate reality where everything is just a little different. Will he ever make it back to see the old gang again? It may all come down to some good old fashioned lesson learnin’.

We celebrate the music of Prince and we welcome special guest Dave Grandmaison of The Duluth Experience, plus an appearance from Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson.

Recorded on May 17th, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Andy Bennett & Katy Helbacka. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Edited by Blake Thomas. Mastered by Nick Gosen.

Episode #17

“Carpe Diem”

The snow has melted. The birds are singing. Andy is overcome with spring fever. But the mood takes a somber turn when a mysterious note forewarns of impending doom. What is the gang going to do with their last few hours on earth? Seize the day, of course.

We welcome special guest Eric Faust of Duluth Coffee Co. and appearances from Don Ness and Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson.

Recorded on April 19th, 2016 in The Underground theater in Duluth, MN. Written by Mary Fox & Blake Thomas. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and Edited by Blake and Nick.

 

Season 2

Episode #16

“All Good Things”

In the season 2 finale it’s the grand opening night of Blake’s new bar, but things take a turn when the Mayor of Duluth, Don Ness, goes missing. Zach, Rick, Andy, and Katy split off to search. But will they find Don in time to and save the day? Only time will tell… Featuring music from Charlie Parr & The Boomchucks, with special guest Don Ness in his last appearance as Mayor.

The show was recorded on November 17th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Story by Blake, Mary and Ryan Nelson. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and Edited by Blake Thomas.

Original music from Charlie Parr & The Boomchucks. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” written by Jim Steinman.

Episode #15

“Murder With A Cherry On Top”

When Cherry is found murdered, Damien calls in two hardboiled detectives to take on the case. But when Blake becomes their #1 suspect it’s up to Zach and Rick to uncover the truth and restore the gang’s Halloween cheer. With special guests: Duluth City Councilor Elissa Hansen and Dan Smith of Duluth Firefighters Operation Warm.

The show was recorded on October 20th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN). Written by Andy Bennett & Katy Helbacka. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and Edited by Blake Thomas.

Episode #14

“Back To School”

When fat cat investor Dirk Dobblestock gives the gang a million dollars to start a folk school, they jump at the chance. But as time goes by they start to suspect that Dirk’s agenda might not be so philanthropic after all. Will they get to the bottom of it all and save the day? Only with the help of special guests Bob Monahan and Southwire of Chaperone Records.

The show was recorded on September 15th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Recorded by Nick Gosen. Mixed and Edited by Blake Thomas.

Episode #13

“Follow your field of dreams”

Blake and the gang take to the baseball field when Cherry & Damien throw down a high stakes challenge. Sportsing Gary whips the crew into shape with his unique coaching style. Zach finds the secret weapon. Don Ness unveils his plan for the future & Mrs. Delicious sells ice cream (and make’s Blake blush).

The show was recorded on August 18th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Recorded by Jon Brophy. Edited by Blake Thomas & Nick Gosen.

Episode #12

“Into the woods”

Blake’s backwoods vacation quickly takes a turn when he discovers that Zach has signed them up for a reality television show. The crew dukes it out against their rivals from Cherry’s Place and they discover what’s really lurking in the deep dark forest… With special guest Tom O’Rourke, executive director of The Hartley Nature Center.

The show was recorded on July 21st, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN). Written by Mary Fox & Blake Thomas. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Blake Thomas & Nick Gosen.

“Trouble In Mind” (R. M. Jones, arr. Blake Thomas), “Sitting On Top of the World” (traditional), “Stones in the Water” written and performed by Brianna Lane. All other songs by Blake Thomas.

Episode #11

“The festival”

Zach takes the crew to a beer festival where they offer up samples of “Mystery Beer.” Blake goes for a trip into the woods. Mary and Katy discuss Hemingway. Bent Paddle Brewing Co. starts asking questions and the Mayor steps up to the plate.

We welcome special guests Karen & Bryon Tonnis and Colin & Laura Mullen, founding members of Bent Paddle.

The show was recorded on June 30th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Blake Thomas & Nick Gosen.

“White Freightliner Blues” written by Townes Van Zandt. “Sitting On Top of the World” traditional. All other songs by Blake Thomas.

Episode #10

“Everything Is Alright”

Zach hires himself and starts serving a new beer with mixed results. Cherry’s Place across the street is hosting a block party with Mary Bue and Her Band. Rick meets a new old friend. And Matthew Barthelemy & Michael McLean of Doggie Brew Bites stop in to save the day.

The show was recorded on May 19th, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Ryan Nelson. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Blake Thomas & Nick Gosen.

“Flowers” written by Blake Thomas. All music performed by Mary Bue written by Mary Bue. “Sitting On Top of the World” traditional.

Episode #9

“Everything’s coming up ruses”

Rick & Mary return from “winter break” as Blake deals with new competition from across the street. Zach prepares for the apocalypse after reading Tom Isbell’s book The Prey. Tom and Don talk fonts, Zach gives us a lesson in communication and Mary’s new friend pitches his web-series.

The show was recorded on April 21st, 2015 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Ryan Nelson. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Blake Thomas & Nick Gosen.

“World of War” & “Flatlands” written by Blake Thomas.
“I Truly Understand,” “Sugar Hill” & “ Sitting On Top of the World” traditional.

 

Season 1

Episode #8

“A Thankfull’Ness’ Thanksgiving”

In the final episode of Season 1 the crew is invited to The Mayor’s house for Thanksgiving. Don deals with unexpected visitors on the campaign trail, Zach goes on “the ultimate adventure,” Mary tap-DANCES, and Charlie Parr & Sarah Krueger trade songs.

Charlie Parr: 12 sting guitar, Vocals
Sarah Krueger: Guitar, Vocals
Blake Thomas: Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Vocals
Lane Prekker: Washboard/Percussion

The show was recorded on November 18th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Mary Fox & Don Ness. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #7

“Allhallowtidings”

Halloween is upon us and folk duo Count This Penny return from the grave to play the show “they never got to play.” Andy & Angie have their hands full in the basement. Lady Alchemy [hunts] ghosts & the women of zStudio stop by to talk Zumba.

The show was recorded on October 28th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Andy Bennett & Katy Helbacka. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #6

“A case of the grass is always greeners”

“The most important night of the year” is ruined when Zach, Rick & Bill try to fix a problem. Josh Harty plays a show, Andy finds a mentor, Joel & Emily Vikre talk booze, and Don Ness uses an “old mayor trick” to be in two places at once.

The show was recorded on September 16th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Katy Helbacka, Andy Bennett & Blake Thomas. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #5

“The hoosegow”

Bill & Rick hold down the fort while the gang is in the clink. Zach tries to escape, Mary & Andy have places to be, Justin & Sarah Steinbach talk maritime amusement, Don Ness goes down memory lane, and the jailbirds get “scared straight” by two unfortunately named corrections officers.

The show was recorded on August 19th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Andy Bennett, Katy Helbacka, Blake Thomas & Mary Fox. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #4

“A day at the beach”

In episode 04 the crew goes down to the beach as Blake hunkers down in the bar. Zach sets out to swim across Lake Superior. Rick & Bill do beach yoga. Don Ness fulfills his campaign promises, and Scott Laderman (surfer, professor & author) saves the day.

The show was recorded on July, 22nd 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Mary Fox, Blake Thomas & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #3

“Zach in a hole”

Blake, Bill and Rick talk love & marathons. Zach runs into his nemesis. Mary wrangles chickens with some help from a new friend. Andy hires a manager from the big city. Don “wins” a trophy. And we find out what’s really down in the basement.

We welcome special guests Lucie Amundsen of Locally Laid Egg Co. (locallylaid.com), Kellie Nitz on the upright bass, Lane Prekker on washboard/percussion, and the mayor of Duluth, MN, Don Ness.

The show was recorded on June, 17th 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #2

“Things as they appear”

Blake and Rick talk war & whiskey. The bees get in somehow. Songwriter Brianna Lane plays a show. Mary shows up on her day off. Andy writes a new song. Zach plans a hiking adventure. And a couple enjoys “date night.”

We welcome special guests Jonathan Otis of Lake Superior Honey Co. (lakesuperiorhoneycompany.com), Kellie Nitz on the upright bass, Lane Prekker on washboard/percussion, and the mayor of Duluth, MN, Don Ness.

The show was recorded on May, 20th 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #1

“Things to look forward to”

In the debut episode Blake & Bill talk snakes. Mary deals with a bachelorette party. Andy applies for a job. Zach goes to the ice caves. Steve & Jamie discuss “hip” new trends in music. And Blake & co. sing songs.

We welcome special guests Brian Schanzenbach of Blacklist Brewing (blacklistbrewing.com), Kellie Nitz on the upright bass, and the mayor of Duluth, MN, Don Ness.

The show was recorded on April 15th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground (Duluth, MN).

Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.