Musician as Messenger

Ryan (Rion) Liestman

The first time I encountered local recording artist Ryan (Rion) Liestman was at a Morningside After Dark event in 2017 where he closed the show with a few familiar reggae songs that had the audience swaying and singing along. Morningside After Dark is the brainchild of Rebecca Bell Sorensen, Laurie Lindeen and Jim Mahoney, and those winter evening events include a variety of local authors, poets and musicians sharing readings and songs in the basement of Edina Morningside Church. Read more about Musician as Messenger

Sweet Home Edina

They were just kids the first time they played instruments in the same city, but their passion for everything music continued for four Edina natives into their adult lives—eventually leading to the creation of their rock ’n’ roll band Medium Rustic. While they are all grown up now with families and day jobs, Andy Matysik, Joe Carpenter, Chad Lindell and Scott Thorp have found a creative outlet that has exceeded their expectations.
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Making a City Strum

Prairiewood Guitars

In a nondescript Edina workshop in a quiet neighborhood, Robert Dixon builds custom electric guitars.

They’re flown to rockers in Australia, Japan, Central and South America, Europe and elsewhere. But they start here, at Prairiewood Guitars.

Inside his soundproof workshop, stacked templates for guitar necks sit tucked away on a high shelf. Amps stand ready to test guitar tones when Robert Dixon, after four to eight months of putting one together, is ready to plug it in. Read more about Making a City Strum


Minnesota Music Roots

Edina native Johnny Lewis will have a new album released this month. Now living in New York City, Lewis has been working in the entertainment industry for quite some time. He initially worked in electronic producing in Colorado but later decided to take a look back at his roots. Gaining inspiration from Minnesota legend Bob Dylan, as well as Neil Young, Lewis is now focused on his true passion: songwriting. His new album is more full-band than his previous music has been. Read more about Minnesota Music Roots



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