Episode #11: The Festival

Originally Released Aug 07, 2015

In episode #11 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

Originally Released Jun 30, 2015

In episode #10 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 theatre (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. Original music performed and written by Mary Bue.

Episode #09: Everything’s Coming Up Ruses

Originally Released May 03, 2015

In episode 09 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 theatre (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.

Episode #08: A Thankful’Ness’ Thanksgiving

Originally Released Feb 28, 2015

In the final episode of Season 01 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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Mary Fox & Don Ness. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #07: Allhallowtidings

Originally Released Feb 20, 2015

In episode 07 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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Andy Bennett & Katy Helbacka. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #06: A Case Of The Grass Is Always Greeners

Originally Released Feb 13, 2015

In episode 06 “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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Katy Helbacka, Andy Bennett & Blake Thomas. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #05: The Hoosegow

Originally Released Feb 06, 2015

In episode 05 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 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 theatre (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 #04: A Day At The Beach

Originally Released Nov 08, 2014

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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Mary Fox, Blake Thomas & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #03: Zach In A Hole

Originally Released Sep 01, 2014

In the third episode 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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Episode #02: Things As They Appear

Originally Released Jul 15, 2014

In the second episode 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 theatre (Duluth, MN). Written by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox & Andy Frye. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.