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Back in October of 1990, I entered a contest offered on a Milwaukee radio station - "Win Your Own Hour On Our Airwaves." The contest was simple. Write them a letter & tell them why they should pick me. So, I wrote the letter and I WON, and the rest, like they say, is history! Ten days later I would have my first radio gig. Since then I have worked in radio part-time (around my full-time jobs) in Beaver Dam, WI, Appleton, WI, Tuscon, AZ, and for the past 12 years, right here in Rochester, MN. I enjoy going to concerts and supporting live music, My absolute favorite band live is ZZ - TOP, who I've seen LIVE 29 times! Also, Eric Church (23 times), Little Big Town (25 times), plus many 100's more, and many acts multiple times. If you wish just call me >>> #theConcertGuy I enjoy my gas grill, growing Hungarian heirloom peppers, playing acoustic guitar & harmonica, along with my full time job at a local, well known garden center on 2nd St. in Rochester. Working here at Quick Country (my 12th year) is a true passion, and it is still as thrilling and fun as it was on my first day in radio. Oh yeah, I am a proud papa, grand dad, and five-year Navy aviation veteran, too! LONG LIVE THE MUSIC!
Photo Credit: Brandi Henson – TRAVELLERs Fan Club Member/Featured Photographer
Photo Credit: Brandi Henson – TRAVELLERs Fan Club Member/Featured Photographer
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Chris Stapleton Pens a Heartfelt Letter to His Fans – Rescheduled Shows

Chris Stapleton canceled the next 3-weeks of shows; he has a broken bone and a detached tendon in his right index finger. READ MORE!

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Photo: Andrew Trogstad-Isaacson
Photo: Andrew Trogstad-Isaacson
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Former Rochester, Minnesota Resident Reviews Chris Stapleton’s Recent Red Rocks Show

When I realized that I would not be able to attend Chris Stapleton's May 23rd 2017 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater due to work commitments, I knew that I'd have to find a 'proxy' to report back on what I knew would be a jaw-drop amazing show. I found my 'proxy'!

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photo: one of the culprits!
photo: one of the culprits!
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Rochester’s Number One Gardening Complaint – Garden Pests – Deer and Rabbits

Deer and Rabbits can be frustrating, and selecting plants that they will leave alone is always a challenge. Utilize these suggestions for bulletproof perennials and shrubs that deer and rabbits won’t eat. WATCH THE VIDEOS!

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photo: Steve Richards ~ TSM Rochester, MN
photo: Steve Richards ~ TSM Rochester, MN
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From Deep in the Eric Church Vaults – Unreleased Songs [LISTEN]

Eric Church fans know that 'Chief' is a song writing machine! This unreleased single DID NOT end up on an album earlier in his career during 'the Chief Era' , but is an absolute boot-tapper that I think you will enjoy. Give it a listen!

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photo: Steve Richards ~ TSM Rochester, MN
photo: Steve Richards ~ TSM Rochester, MN
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Container Gardening Tips for All Minnesotans

Once again, as Minnesotans prepare to move outside to their backyards, patios and decks, or to their northern lake cabins for the Memorial Day Weekend, many will find ways to enjoy and enhance their outdoor living spaces.

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Photo: Steve Richards ~ Quick Country Weekends - Rosemary has many uses, including repelling mosquito's!
Photo: Steve Richards ~ Quick Country Weekends - Rosemary has many uses, including repelling mosquito's!
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Six Natural Alternatives to Repel the Minnesota State Bird – the Mosquito

As Minnesotan's prepare to move outside to their backyards, their patios & decks, or to their northern lake cabins after the reality that is the long Minnesota winter, an annual nemesis, the mosquito could be around in epic proportions this year due to the extremely wet Spring we've had. WATCH THE CRAZY VIDEO! (we don't need this dude's problems!)

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Photo Credit: Brandi Henson - TRAVELLERs Fan Club Member/Featured Photographer
Photo Credit: Brandi Henson - TRAVELLERs Fan Club Member/Featured Photographer
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‘Second One To Know’ the Latest From Chris Stapleton – LISTEN to the Audio Video

Just in case you missed watching the ACM's earlier this month, here's another single from Chris Stapleton's upcoming album release 'From A Room: Volume 1'. - Out Friday May 5th!

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Photo: Dan Allgeier - @Buffalo_1966 - Church Choir
Photo: Dan Allgeier - @Buffalo_1966 - Church Choir
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Rochester Needs an Independently Owned Record Store!

Rochester wants to be hip. Rochester wants diversity. Rochester wants to be known as a 'cool' place to live and work. Rochester wants it's residents to 'Shop Local'. Rochester doesn't have an independently owned record shop in town. I Wonder why?

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Photo: Steve Richards - TSM Rochester, MN - Eric Church 'Holdin My Own Tour'
Sat April 8th 2017 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
Photo: Steve Richards - TSM Rochester, MN - Eric Church 'Holdin My Own Tour' Sat April 8th 2017 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
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Quick Recap – Eric Church – ‘Turn The Page’ – Watch the Video

Last Saturday I was on a long and lonesome highway east of Omaha, Nebraska on the way to an Eric Church concert at the CenturyLink Arena. It was like Deja-vu! -- WATCH THE VIDEO -- PHOTOS --

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