The Back Issues - 2002 News



Deb Jenkins releases autobiographical cookbook

Barking Dog Records artist Deb Jenkins has published an autobiographical cookbook, titled Not Just About Food.The public is invited to attend a complimentary cookbook release celebration at The Avalon in downtown Fargo on Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 - 10:00pm. The book will be for sale, appetizers will be served, a cash bar available, and the Deb Jenkins Trio will provide music from 8:00 - 8:45pm.

In Not Just About Food, Deb Jenkins reveals the stories behind the food and discusses the influence of food in her life. Packed with recipes, personal philosophies and photographs, the book is a delightful read and a practical addition to any cook's library.

Deb Jenkins managed and cooked at the Full Circle Café for five years and has been the owner of TSW Catering for nine years. She is also a well-known regional musician with the Deb Jenkins Band. Not Just About Food is for sale at Zandbroz Variety, The Plains Art Museum Gift Shop and by mail order online.



Brennen Leigh and Margot Wagner are home for the holidays -- come out and hear them!

Well, you would think Barking Dog Records recording artist Brennen Leigh and her performing partner and brother Seth Hulbert would head back to Fargo-Moorhead from their new home in Texas for some well-deserved holiday rest after performing nearly 70 gigs in the Midwest and Texas since the May release of their debut CD, Lonesome, Wild & Blue. But no, they are just as fired up to perform as ever, and have a full slate of gigs set in the area:

Fundraiser for Moorhead High Theatre - 7:00 pm
Moorhead, MN
25th Street Market - 8:30 pm
Fargo, ND
Country Suites Pub - 8:30 pm
Fargo, ND
Shorewood Pub - 9:00 pm
Detroit Lakes, MN
Babb's Coffeehouse (formerly Trentino's) - 8:00 pm
Fargo, ND
The Fargo Cork - 7:00 - 9:00pm
Fargo, ND

Keep track of Brennen Leigh's performances in your area by checking her touring calendar!


Margot comes back from the Twin Cities for a noon pre-Christmas performance at the Plains Art Museum:

Plains Art Museum - noon
Fargo, ND

More dates are being added soon to Margot's calendar - keep checking back in the coming weeks!


Concordia Percussion Ensemble to give holiday concert, record tracks for holiday CD

Raptor Studios recording client, The Concordia Percussion Ensemble & Marimba Choir, will present their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m in Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Concordia College. The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature the regional premier of Eric Ewazen's The Palace of Nine Perfections as well as traditional seasonal music.

Concordia senior and Moorhead native Nicklaus Peterson will be the featured soloist in John Beck's Concerto for Drumset and Percussion Ensemble. Holiday favorites such as March of the Toys, the Arabian Dance from The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, Away in a Manger, and Sleigh Ride will fill the second half of the program. The community marimba orchestra Viva Marimba! will also perform several selections. Dr. David P. Eyler will be directing all three ensembles.

Producer Mike Coates will be recording the ensemble on location before the concert for a Christmas CD to be released sometime in the coming year. He also recorded and produced their debut CD, released last year on Concordia Recordings, titled "wood * metal * skin."



Margot Wagner signed by Hello Booking

Barking Dog Records singer-songwriter Margot Wagner is now being represented for college bookings by Kris Meyer Christensen of Hello Booking of Minneapolis. Hello Booking is the only National Booking Agency based in the Twin Cities, and also represents other leading Midwestern artists including Tina (of Tina and the B-sides), Martin Zellar, Stuart Davis and Brenda Weiler.

Margot, now living in Minneapolis, has been performing at colleges and venues throughout the Midwest and has dates coming up at colleges and coffeehouses in Wisconsin, Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota - check her calendar for all the details and her reviews page for a great feature story/CD review from Hamline University!





Brennen Leigh is tearing up Texas

Barking Dog Records artist Brennen Leigh and brother Seth Hulbert, are performing all over Texas just a couple months after moving down to San Marcos. From such legendary roadhouses from Saengerhalle in New Braunfels TX and Riley's Tavern in Hunter, TX to the Red Eyed Fly in Austin and Southwest Texas State, Brennen and Seth are breaking new ground and making new fans. Keep up to date by checking out their calendar page -- but come back often because it is updated almost daily!




Harris-Coates Duo "White Peacock" CD Release

Barking Dog Records artists Debora Harris (flute) and Mike Coates (classical guitar) celebrate the release their third CD, titled "The White Peacock," with a special performance and reception:

Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 pm
Rourke Art Museum
521 Main Avenue, Moorhead, MN
Admission is free with museum admission
A reception will follow the performance with champagne, peacock-themed hors d'oeuvres and desserts - all are welcome to attend!

Friday, October 4 at 8:00 pm
Concordia College, Moorhead
Recital Hall in the Hvidsten Music Building
Free and open to the public

Friday, October 18 at noon
South Dakota State University, Vermillion
recital on Noon Concert Series
Free and open to the public

This CD came out just in time for the 2002 National Flute Association convention in Washington, DC. This album includes three new compositions which the Harris-Coates Duo performed at last year's NFA Convention in Dallas: "Tre Divertimenti" by Spanish composer and featured convention guest Salvador Brotons (who leapt to his feet in enthusiastic applause as they finished their performance,"You have given the best performance of all my pieces performed at this event!" he beamed, adding, "No one has performed this piece as well as you have just done - bravo to you both!"), "Quatre Facettes" by French composer Jean-Michel Damase and "Serenade to Eve, After Rodin" by American composer Daniel Dorff. This annual convention draws between 3,000 and 4,000 professional flutists from around the world and to be selected to perform a full recital program before this audience is a singular honor and accomplishment.

Other works on the CD include a new transcription of American composer Charles T. Griffes' "The White Peacock." This piece, originally written for piano in 1915 and later scored by Griffes for full orchestra, was transcribed and arranged by Mike Coates for flute, guitar and bassoon -- this recording features guest artist Russell Peterson on bassoon.

Upcoming performances planned for fall include a CD release concert at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, faculty recitals by Debora Harris and Russell Peterson at Concordia College (both of which will include pieces with Mike Coates on guitar) and a return engagement by the Harris-Coates Duo to the Shrine to Music Museum at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.




Fargo-Moorhead Symphony releases CD of Russell Peterson's compositions

Russell Peterson, whose classical saxophone solo CD American Breath was released by Barking Dog Records last year, is also an outstanding composer and bassoonist. He is currently principal bassoon in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and, as a composer, has had works performed by the FMSO as well as by the FM Area Youth Symphony, Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, and many Concordia College ensembles. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony commissioned and premiered two of Russ' compositions within the past two years: "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra" and "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra."

These two pieces, which feature Russ and Dr. David Eyler as the respective soloists, were recorded live at the time of their premiere performances and will be released on CD later this fall. Pictured are (l to r) David Eyler (timpani soloist), Russ Peterson (saxophone soloist and composer) and FMSO conductor Joel Revzen at the gala reception following the performance. This April concert was the final performance of the 2001-2002 season and Maestro Revzen's final concert as the FMSO's music director.

Mike Coates of Raptor Studios again post-produced this project for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony -- he also produced the FMSO double CD which was released this past spring. The album included the unforgettable September 2001 performance of Brahms' "German Requiem" plus highlights of previous seasons including "Overture to "La Forza del Destino" by Verdi, "Péllease et Mélisande Suite" by Fauré and "The Pines of Rome" by Respighi. These double CDs are available at retail locations throughout the Fargo-Moorhead are and at the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony office.



Barking Dog Records releases Brennen Leigh debut CD

"A passionate 18-year-old with long auburn hair and penetrating eyes, Brennen Leigh Hulbert growls, yodels and purrs like a young Tanya Tucker channeling the ghost of Hank Williams." (Sarah Henning, The Forum, 1/6/02)

Barking Dog Records is pleased to announce the release of "Lonesome, Wild & Blue," the debut recording of Moorhead artist Brennen Leigh. Recorded at Raptor Studios and produced by Mike Coates, this marvelous CD showcases Brennen on vocals and mandolin, brother Seth Hulbert on guitars, and virtuoso guests on fiddle, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel, upright bass and more.

Sibling duo Brennen Leigh and Seth Hulbert are bringing their eclectic mix of americana roots music to enthusiastic audiences from Minnesota to Florida. Armed with a mandolin and a voice as strong as railroad tracks and as smooth as a mint julep, Brennen Leigh breathes fresh life into bluegrass, country western, Texas swing, Irish folk and Mississippi Delta blues standards, as well as adding distinctively northwoods images to her well-crafted original songs.

Brennen and Seth are spending a quick couple days in Nashville - they opened for Matt Raum's band at the Corner Pub (across the street from the famed Bluebird Cafe) on Tuesday, June 4. Donnie Herron of BR549 sat in with them, after telling them how much he liked their new CD! They will be performing Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Bluegrass Inn on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Check out Brennen's new website and bookmark her calendar for performances in your area! Also, check out the recent issue of the High Plains Reader which featured Brennen and Seth as the cover story! You can see the cover illustration and read the entire story here.




Margot Wagner and Brennen Leigh on tour this summer

From Chicago to Spokane, Wichita to Wyoming, Barking Dog Records artists Margot Wagner and Brennen Leigh are putting on the miles this summer touring in support of their new releases. Visit their websites for more information and up-to-date gig calendars, sound clips and photos, and leave your thoughts on their guestbooks! Here are Margot and Brennen appearing as a co-bill as the two featured artists at this year's Cass County Summerfest on July 13. For more pictures of Brennen and her bluegrass band, check out her pictures page - go also to Margot's photo page for new pictures of recent gigs.

Margot is currently on a solo tour of the western states with performances in Montana, Washington, Wyoming and South Dakota - check out her calendar for all the details.

Also, check out the recent issue of the High Plains Reader which featured Brennen and Seth as the cover story! You can see the cover illustration and read the entire story here.

NEWS FLASH - Brennen Leigh, along with guitarist Seth Hulbert and fiddler Trevor Krieger, will be performing between acts at WE FEST on Friday, August 2 at 6:15 pm!





Deb Jenkins Band to perform again at Fargo Blues Festival

It's an annual tradition - the beloved Deb Jenkins Band starts the day off with a bang on Sunday, August 18, the second and final day of the Fargo Blues Festival. This year's event includes headliners Indigenous, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Musselwhite (Saturday) and James Solberg, Walter Trout and Deborah Coleman (Sunday).

The Deb Jenkins Band will again welcome back their guest horn section for this show as they did last year - here they are pictured at the 2001 Blues Fest: (l to r) Mike Jenkins on keyboard, John Pederson on trumpet, Russ Peterson and Matt Patnode on tenor and bari sax, Jeremy Cahill on bass, Deb Jenkins, and guest backing vocalists Patty McVane and Linda Coates (hidden - Frank McDaniels on drums and Ron Meier on guitar).

Also, watch for the release later this summer/fall of Deb Jenkins' writing debut, an autobiographical cookbook titled "Not Just About Food..." featuring recipes, personal photos and inspirational writings. There will be book signing events in the region featuring Deb's fabulous food - stay tuned for details!




NEW RELEASE on Barking Dog Records - "Firefly" by Margot Wagner

It's finished, it's fantastic, and it's hot off the presses -- read what reviewers are raving about Margot's new release! This from the NDSU Spectrum:

"When Margot Wagner released her debut album, Open Blue Sky, last year, many listeners were taken aback that such mature, perfect songs could come from an 18-year-old. With the follow-up, Firefly, perhaps people can just enjoy the music. With softer hooks and more challenging lyrics, Firefly plays like a sequel that deepens the themes of the original.

As Wagner fans will expect, the new album is a seemingly effortless lyrical and instrumental journey through various stages of relationships, with lots of weather metaphors and worldliness thrown in. While Open Blue Sky included two tracks sung in French, Firefly takes the world tour a step further, with songs about Kindred, North Dakota and China along with two France-oriented songs (Wagner hasn't figured out how to sing in Chinese yet--see, she's not as flawless as you thought)." Read the entire feature story here!

Read more on Margot's press page. Find more information about the album on Margot's music page, bookmark her calendar for dates near you, and say leave your thoughts on the guestbook!



Harris-Coates Duo and Russell Peterson perform live on Minnesota Public Radio Morning Show

Barking Dog Records artists Debora Harris and Mike Coates and saxophonist Russell Peterson (with the Hard Bop Saxophone Quartet) got up before dawn on April 5 to perform live on the stage of the Fargo Theatre when Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole of Minnesota Public Radio's legendary Morning Show broadcast their show live from Fargo! Pictured above are Jim Ed Poole, Deb, Mike, and Dale Connelly at the close of the 6:00 - 9:00 am show. The Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet (l to r Matt Patnode, Russ Peterson, Harley Sommerfeld and Paul Liversage) and the Harris-Coates Duo each performed four times throughout the three-hour show, along with Minnesota artists Peter Ostroushko, Dirk Freymuth and Becky Schlegel. Read more about it and hear sound clips of the show on the MPR page here!



5th Annual "Celebration of Women and their Music" is a lively success!

Barking Dog Records and Raptor Studios were well represented at the 5th Annual Celebration of Women And Their Music concert event at the Fargo Theatre on Saturday, February 23.

The Celebration of Women and their Music is the brainchild of Deb Jenkins, Fargo, renowned blues singer (with two releases on Barking Dog Records), chef and caterer. The show featured regional women performing a variety of musical genres from popular to classical. Many newcomers performed on this annual concert, as well as select returning favorites from previous years. Some of the returning artists this year performed tribute music to the late Billie Holiday, while first-time artists performed a variety of music, including original songs.

Included on this year's show were Barking Dog Records artists Deb Jenkins (blues vocalist), Margot Wagner (singer-songwriter), Debora Harris (flutist), Brennen Leigh (bluegrass/country singer-songwriter) and Linda Boyd Coates (vocalist/arranger) as well as Raptor Studios artists Sarah Morrau (vocalist), Mandy Brakel (contemporary Christian singer-songwriter), Susan Ekberg Risher (author, master of ceremonies), Jane Linde Capistran (violin) and Jennifer Peterson (oboe). (pictured backstage: Mandy Brakel, Deb Jenkins, Sarah Morrau).

The money raised at this event goes into an endowment fund established with the F-M Area Foundation. This endowment provides the funds for an annual award, which is awarded to a local high school female artist each year. The fourth annual Women's Show Award was presented to winners Brennen Leigh and clarinetist Mary Beth Huttlin during the concert.



Russell Peterson guest performances

Barking Dog Records recording artist Russell Peterson has some exciting performances coming up this spring, in addition to his teaching schedule at Concordia College and his jazz performances around the Fargo area.

Tuesday, December 18 he was a guest performer and composer with the Robert Asp Elementary Orchestra from Moorhead who are performing, under the direction of Brian Cole, at the Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago, an international conference known as the "Super Bowl" of public school music programs. The orchestra was one of seven orchestras selected to perform out of thousands who applied.

Russ, also Principal Bassoonist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, will reprise his performance from the 1990-2000 FMSO season on February 28 with the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Meyers, Florida, in the unforgettable "Dead Elvis" by contemporary composer Michael Daugherty.

March 10 will find Russ in Madison, Wisconsin, as the soloist in his own composition, "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra" with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony percussion section. This fabulous piece has been released on two recordings: Russ Peterson's American Breath on Barking Dog Records and the Concordia Percussion Ensemble's new release "wood * metal * skin" released on Concordia Recordings (produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Coates at Raptor Studios, see below).

The percussion connection continues as Russ puts the finishing touches on a new major composition, Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, which will be premiered April 13-14 by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, with soloist Dr. David Eyler, under the direction of FMSO Music Director Joel Revzen (who will be conducting his farewell concert at this performance).


Deb Jenkins Band to headline 5th Annual Duluth Midwinter Blues Reunion

Make plans to road trip to the lovely Radisson in Duluth, MN as they present the 5th Annual Midwinter Blues Reunion on Saturday, March 9, 2002, with none other than Barking Dog Records two-time recording artist Deb Jenkins Band as the headliners! Also on the roster are Duluth hometown favorites Azure du Jour, who have played with Deb and Mike Jenkins on many occasions in Duluth, particularly during Bayfront Blues Festival weekends in August.

The band will stay through Sunday, performing Sunday night at Bev's Juke Joint in Superior, Wisconsin. Go to the Radisson's Blues Reunion web page for more information, and check the Deb Jenkins Band calendar for updated gig info.

The band also performs in Fargo on Thursday, March 7 at the Plains Art Museum as part of the Rush Hour Concert Series - 5:30 -7:00pm. Come on out and check out the band's spiffy new t-shirts!



Margot Wagner back in the studio

After touring throughout the summer and fall, after putting off a full-ride scholarship to Macalester College and deciding to keep touring another year, after an eagerly anticipated month-long return to France and England in November and December, Barking Dog Records newest recording artist Margot Wagner heads back into the studio in January and February to record her second CD, set for spring release.

STUDIO UPDATE - Tracking is going smoothly with new rhythm section Steve Roux on drums and Mike Olson on bass - great work, guys! Margot has twelve wonderful songs lined up for this album, including audience favorites "Cup of Kindness," "Cinnamon & Sugar," "Thin Ice," "The Birds in Paris" and many more. Leave your thoughts on her new guestbook pages and don't miss her performances this weekend in St. Paul and Battle Lake, Minnesota:

Friday, February 1 - 9:00 - 11:00 pm
Dunn Brothers on Grand - St. Paul, MN

all ages - free admission

Saturday, February 2 - 7:30 pm
Royal Broberg Auditorium - Battle Lake, MN
all ages - $5

Read more about Margot on her web pages, check out her new press clippings, bookmark her calendar and sign her new guestbook...


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