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Ziegler, Anderson to collaborate on live CDs

John Ziegler and Eric Anderson have teamed up to develop one of the most exciting music projects in the Northland today -- CDs of some of the best live performances at the KUMD music studio.

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John Ziegler and Eric Anderson have teamed up to develop one of the most exciting music projects in the Northland today -- CDs of some of the best live performances at the KUMD music studio.
Ziegler is a master at interviewing and encouraging musicians to tell their stories on-air as well as give extraordinary performances of their music.
Anderson is a virtuoso sound man, the best in the Twin Ports, Ziegler said.
Together, the two are working on a project to select the best music from the hundreds of hours of tapes that Ziegler has accumulated since he first started interviewing musicians on KUMD almost one-quarter of a century ago.
To be called "In Studio Sessions: Live from the KUMD Music Room," the first CD will feature 10 to 12 musicians who played Ziegler's show.
Martin Sexton, Lynn Miles, Ellis Paul, Cheryl Wheel, Willowgreen, Chance -- the musicians who have played in KUMD's studio represent an extraordinary cross section of local, regional and national talent, Ziegler said.
"I have hundreds of hours of digital tapes of wonderful performances," he said. "I have six hours of Martin Sexton alone."
Catch 22, Big John Dickerson, John Gorka, Low, Gild ... the list goes on and on. In fact, Low will be on-air Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., he said.
But that's not all Ziegler and Anderson are planning to do.
They're also working with Tim Nelson to create a CD of live performances of musicians that perform at the Brewhouse.
Performers like Dave Snakey Ray, Stuart Davis, Ballyhoo and more have been interviewed by Ziegler and played live on the air, Nelson said. "Whenever we get enough tracks to put out a record, we will."
And, like the "Sessions" CD, the Brewhouse recording will be used as a fund-raiser for KUMD.
Ziegler's interviews educate people about live music, Nelson said. "People are educated about new music, not just what's on commercial radio. For me, that's really important," he said.
The interviews are really a win-win, Ziegler said. Not only do they introduce the music, they also let the listening public learn more about the musician and give them a preview of what they will hear when they attend a concert or gig. It helps everyone, he said.
His show also captures a moment that is totally unique.
"These are little gems," he said of the recordings made during the interviews. "There's something that makes them unique. It's something that happened in the KUMD music room that isn't going to happen again."
Capturing that moment has to be done well, however, which is why he's so excited that Anderson has joined him in the studio when the program is being recorded.
"He's the best sound guy in the area. Somewhere along the line, he offered his services, and I took him up on it in a heartbeat," Ziegler said.
To Anderson, who is responsible for sound at the Norshor and at most productions at the DECC as well as other venues in town, the CD projects will document the vitality of the music scene in the Northland.
"There's an awful lot of good music in this town," he said. "It's interesting because it's not all the same -- all the bands are different. They're doing a variety of sounds. It's healthy."
Hopefully, the first "Sessions" CD will be out in time for the membership drive this fall, Ziegler said. But that won't be the last, by any means.

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