Catherine the Great was the legendary last empress of Russia. Nobody imagined that she could rise from up from such humble origins as a princess from an obscure German principality to become the ruler of the largest country in the world of that time. Catherine's reign during the late 18th Century provides readers with a fascinating story.
Together as Duke of Owls, Aaron Maheu, Ben Johnson, Matt Wolfe, John Diamond have just released their debut EP. Here the band performs live in the WYSO studios and talks to Niki Dakota about forming the band and working toward their first recording.
An offshoot of the legendary Rhythms in Shoes, Shoefly combines old time music and dance. They recently released a new album, Six-Fifty. Here they perform live on Excursions and chat with Niki Dakota about the new album, musical influences and plans for the new year.