Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Post #264: Kid Dakota

***Minneapolis artist playing at the Cedar Cultural 
Center this Friday.***

I have mentioned this before, but I am a huge fan of local artist John Hermanson.

You could say that I have an obsession with his main project Storyhill.  If you aren't familiar with Storyhill, you can check out my post of them HERE.

It is through that obsession that I became aware of Darren Jackson.

During the last 10 years, John has been involved in various side projects with other local musicians.  Two of which are The Hopefuls and Alva Star, which included Darren Jackson.  (If you didn't catch it, I included Alva Star on the mix I posted a couple weeks ago HERE).

Kid Dakota would be Darren's solo project.

He chose Kid Dakota for two reasons:  as a parody of Kid Rock's name and as an homage to his home state of South Dakota.

He would move to Minneapolis and release his first EP, So Pretty, in 2000.  This caught the attention of Alan Sparhawk, founder of the band Low, posted HERE, whom would re-release the album in 2002.

Since then, Kid Dakota has released three additional albums, including Listen To the Crows As They Take Flight, which came out in 2011.  That is where you will find "Phantom Pain".

I thought I would also post "10,000 Lakes" from his 2nd album, 2004's The West Is the Future, since that was my first Kid Dakota experience.

If you like this, I also recommend you check out "Pine Ridge" and "Winterkill" from the same album.

Please support this artist!!!

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