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The Lowertown Line. : P.O.S.

Celebrating the dynamic Minnesota music scene, the Emmy award-winning THE LOWERTOWN LINE showcases emerging musical acts performing concert-style for a studio audience, as well as at several venues in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. Episodes also include interview segments and "day in the life" scenes with the artists. The 21-part music series features a wealth of talent across an array of genres, including indie rock, hip-hop, folk, country, jazz and R&B, with several episodes hosted by rapper, singer, essayist and hip hop artist Dessa. Singer and songwriter Chastity Brown, who's opened for Ani DiFranco, performs before a live audience,and sits down for an intimate conversation with Dessa, discussing "porch culture" in Brown's native Tennessee, spirituality in singing, and storytelling through music. Three-piece garage rock band The Blind Shake performs live at The Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul,and talks about their aesthetic, their penchant for old school recording techniques, and Minnesota's connection to surf music. Band Davina and the Vagabonds blow the roof off the studio as they mix classic jazz standards with contemporary originals. In between song performances, Davina discusses the many hats she wears as bandleader, road manager and business-person, and talks about her songwriting technique and insatiable need to collect items from the past. Filled with dynamic performances and insightful conversations, THE LOWERTOWN LINE aims to capture the depth, variety and inventiveness of the musicians and bands that call the Twin Cities home.

Songs at the Center

Artists: NBC's The Voice Semi-Finalist Emily Keener, Thor Platter, Laurie Caner (with Eddie Caner) of Hey Mavis, and hosted by songwriter Eric Gnezda. EMILY KEENER is a young woman with an old soul. Since her exciting journey into the Top 12 on NBC's The Voice, Emily has been writing and recording diligently in an effort to capture the energy of this most transformative year. Emily started playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and began writing songs almost immediately. She writes and performs music that springs from a place of beauty and pure emotion. Based in Wakeman, Ohio, she plays the six-string acoustic guitar with a folksy, nostalgic groove, and collaborates frequently with the Womack Family Band. THOR PLATTER, originally from Buffalo, NY, writes and performs music that Scene Magazine hails as "Americana roots rock and soulful good vibes." Now based in Cleveland, Thor sports gentle, affecting vocals - which have earned him numerous comparisons to Willie Nelson - carried along freely by the accompaniment of rollicking banjo and harmonica. "The tradition and history of American music have influenced me my entire life; it encompasses many sounds and styles from many different eras," he explains. "Above all, it is just good music to your ears." Thor approaches song craft without specific genre boundaries, choosing instead to allow his music to evolve instinctually. LAURIE MICHELLE CANER is "a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Garrison Keillor with a killer voice, a killer banjo, and a killer band," according to one articulate fan. She's also a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and Ms. May in the 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar. She has been hailed as a role model for mothers who strive to honor their own artistic vision while continuing to raise a healthy family. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Laurie's songwriting tells the story of life-with all of its beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy-weaving a musical tapestry that speaks the truth of love, life and the human condition. As the lead singer in the band, Hey Mavis, she has worked extensively with Don Dixon, who has produced the last few recording projects for the band. She is joined by her husband, Edward Caner.