Hello people of Earth,
We’re SO EXCITED to be heading down to Austin TX for SXSW next week, so if you are around come check one of these Minor Planets shows out:
The Minor Planets Unofficial SXSW Showcases
Thursday, March 14 — House Wine 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 — Cedar Park Farmer’s Market 11:00 am
Saturday, March 16 — Waterloo Ice House on 38th St 6:30 pm
Full band including Ram Zimmerman on the drums with Jeff Joiner on bass!
Hello people of Earth…
Guess what? We decided to try to freak ourselves out a little bit by entering the duet competition at the MN State Fair, and boy was it tough sledding. We had a tiny palpitation when our names were called as finalists, and we wound up taking second place! Not too shabby, right? There are some fun pictures on our Facebook site. You can view a video of our final song here.
Join us for an evening of more duets, both originals and some classics, this Friday, September 14th at the 318 Cafe in lovely Excelsior. Music starts at 8pm. And as always, reservations are a good idea (952.401.7902).
If you can’t make it this week, we’re playing a little farther down the highway at The Tavern, a very cool little lounge in downtown Northfield.
Friday, September 21st from 8-11:30.
And if you happen to be in Osceola, WI on Saturday, October 13th we’ll be playing a really fun set opening for Tangled Roots at the St. Croix Art Barn at around 8:00. Should be a foot stomping good time, and it would be great to have a drink with you there.
Hope to see you soon!
Dana and Eric
Lots of irons in the fire now.
For starters, we’ll (Dana and Eric with drummer extraordinaire Richard Medek) be returning to the 400 Bar playing a CD release show with the fabulous Shiny Lights and Little Man at the 4oo Bar on Friday, May 4th. The 400 Bar is one of our old haunts from back when we used to rock ‘n roll (or at least play really loud!), and the Shiny Lights and Little Man are amazing bands both, so we’re really looking forward to this one!
And speaking of CD releases, Eric will be celebrating the release of his fiddle CD, In the Quiet Night, Dreamland Arts in Saint Paul on May 11 at 7:30pm. Funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, In the Quiet Night is a collection of fiddle tunes from the Upper Midwest and features Dean Magraw, Marty Marrone, Anthony Ihrig and, of course, Miss Dana Thompson. And all of those folks will be at the release party. Come on down!
Later in the month, Dana and Eric (along with a laptop, a grand piano and whole lot of guitar pedals) will be scoring a ballet performance by the Cities Classical Dance Ensemble. This will be happening May 17-20 at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Tickets and info at www.citiesclassicaldanceensemble.com.
MPR just aired a great (and long!) piece by Chris Roberts about The Minor Planets and our new album Shadow in the Water (download the first track of the album and hear it here).
The piece is also available to stream here, on the Minnesota Public Radio website.
We’re always grateful when someone, anyone, really listens to and connects with our music, especially when that someone hears what you were trying to get at when you were locked away all those long hours in the studio.
And when that somebody happens to be a music journalist who can really write — I mean, really write?
And when said writer calls your album a “masterpiece”? That’s awfully nice, too.
Let’s just say we got a little verklempt reading Jim Walsh’s beautifully written review of Shadow in the Water on MinnPost this morning.
Eric and Dana
Our new CD dropped just about two weeks ago and now the reviews are starting to come in…
Like a lot of our fellow musicians, Dana and I can be a little sensitive to criticism (there, we said it), so reading reviews tends to give us that standing-on-the-high-dive feeling. But this time, we’re pleased to announce, the reviews are good. They’re really, really good.
First up, a review by Paul Riley from Country Music People in the UK. Here’s the teaser:
“[★★★★★] There is nothing minor about The Minor Planets. This is a band who write incredible songs, have a unique feel for music, and are doing something a bit different. [Shadow in the Water] is a disc I will return to many times. It is special.”
And here’s the complete review.