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Live on Excursions: Shoefly

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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.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.