The Lowland Lakers.

Two female-fronted groups to bring roots, Americana, and country music to the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro


The Home Fires.
The Home Fires.

Lanesboro Arts is proud to present an evening with The Lowland Lakers and The Home Fires, two female-fronted Minnesota bands that specialize in roots, Americana and country music at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lowland Lakers are a trio from Minneapolis with roots in Duluth consisting of Nate Case, Haley Rydell, and Taylor Donskey. The band’s music cuts a uniquely deep groove — high and tight, bright and shining. Some bands bash their songs against the rocks through over-complication. The Lowland Lakers, on the other hand, let the subtle complexities speak for themselves, allowing their rootsy songs to soar. The Lowland Lakers have a certain relaxed charm to their sound that is respectable. They aren’t looking to blow the listener away with overstuffed arrangements or busy performances. In fact, their music is fairly minimalistic, with simple acoustic chording and reserved two-part harmonies between singers Rydell and Case.

Seasoned Twin Cities solo Americana singer-songwriters Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson became close friends not long after discovering their shared experience as both mothers and musicians, and how they juggle the everyday challenge of keeping those two entities in balance. With Morris’ clear, melodic voice combined with Emerson’s warm and weathered harmony, The Home Fires combine traditional country and Americana music with stellar harmonies accompanied by their guitars and piano. At their debut radio interview on Radio Heartland as a duo, the host Mike Pengra from Minnesota Public Radio, declared, “It’s as if Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams joined forces!” Regarding the duo’s name,  The Home Fires, “Home” represents the love they have for their families, but the “Fire” represents the continued passion that they both have for music and songwriting.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for LA members) and can be found online at, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the concert. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.

For more than 30 years, Lanesboro Arts has been working to fulfill its mission of serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages.


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