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Skipping School for Service
Originally printed in the Pine County Courier February 23, 2017
Emilee Franklin

Twelve National Honor Society (NHS) students and their coordinator Cassie Gaede last week ventured into the Sandstone United Church of Christ (UCC) during school hours. Why would such a group of students known to be studious be skipping school? The answer is to create artwork to raise money for the community. This was the groups second year helping out UCC’s Empty Bowls project.

The Empty Bowls project was started three years ago by members of the church with the goal of trying to feed people, and to also inform the community of the need. With two successful years under their belt they are hoping for another good year. Their dinner this year will be held the second Saturday in March, the 11th at two different times from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the UCC church in Sandstone. The dinner is a $10 donation and features homemade soup and bread, and patrons also get to take home a homemade “empty” bowl of their choosing. The empty bowl is to symbolize that there are people who go hungry in the world, even in our own community. According to Second Harvest an average of 1 in 10 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger. When looking at Pine County this number jumps to 11.5 percent or 3,390 people who are food insecure according to Feeding America.

Gaede said that they first became involved with the project last year after a conversation between NHS kids and Gaede. The group decided that they wanted to help out since Empty Bowls donates to the Backpack Program, which is run by NHS. The Backpack Program at East Central takes donations of money, and food and fill student’s backpacks with food for those in need. They do it discreetly before the weekends.  They are currently serving 51 kids. For perspective, this is around the same number of kids in a graduating class each year at the school.

 If anyone has any interest in donating to the East Central Backpack Program there are many different ways you can do so. One way would be supporting Empty Bowls who will give half of their donations from this years project after the dinner on March 11th. Another way is that NHS has partnered with Chris’ Food Center for the round-up program. Patrons will be asked if they wish to raise their total amount of their grocery bill to the next dollar, and the difference in change is donated to the East Central backpack program. You can also round up more than a dollar, if you wish say $5, $10, $20 or more. Another simple way for anyone is sending a donation check or cash to the school specifying the East Central Backpack program.

NHS currently has three students that pack the food for the students, and another three that deliver the food to the students. Gaede said ”It is all about serving others, find problems and coming up with solutions, and even one person can make a change.” NHS Students were excited to participate. “It is my first time doing this. I enjoy making the bowls, I will definitely be back. I get to make something that will end up raising money to go to something better,” said junior Brennyn DePaulis.

“It’s really cool,” said senior Amanda Ripley. I like to make art, and really enjoy pottery. It is really comforting that this is out here knowing that we are making a difference.”
If anyone wants to get in on the fun of making the bowls, and/or glazing them there are still a few remaining days to help make pottery. These events are free and open for anyone to come of all ages. The remaining dates are Saturday, February 25th, and Saturday, March 4th from 10 a.m. until noon.
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Welcome Back! https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2017/3/Welcome-Back Hello and Welcome to the “new” blog! You might think that is strange since many of my current posts are back dated a year, or three. This is because I have imported them off of two of my other blogs, and have decided to consolidate my blogs into one nice place with my photography page. I will still have my blog on WordPress, for those users who follow me there, but all of my posts will now also appear on my photography pag e. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I had not blogged except for one time for the newspaper or hadn’t really updated my photography website since my sexual assault from almost two years ago. Before this time I was blogging fairly regularly and was trying to post at least a photo of the week. I had a few posts already written and ready to share when I was assaulted, including one on how Ireland was one of the safest and nicest places on earth. Although I still love Ireland, and believe it is wonderful, I believe I was initially naïve in my thinking, and danger can lurk anywhere, especially for young girls. Realizing how long I have ignored something I loved to do made me very sad. So I decided to reach out and change this. I would love to share my story sometime with everyone, but the time is not now, as I am still tied into some legal cases, and do not want to cause myself any harm legally. I also want to make sure I am healed enough myself to share my story on that large of a scale first. For the time being you can expect posts about music, travel, and so much more.

I had inspiration to continue my blog and website during a short visit home to Minnesota in December, when a family friend mentioned to me that she was living through my Facebook posts, and she wished that I would post more. This alarmed me, since I had not posted anything really worthwhile in a long time. I feel as if I lost a lot of my creativity from the recent dark I have went through, and are continuing through and I know my motivation has been affected. Depression can be detrimental to ones health, and it affects the completion of  even daily activities. I am going to try and change this as much as I can and try to pursue something that I am truly passionate about. I may not be able to post or share all the time, but I realize if others are living through my posts, I should be living for myself and my interests. So please if you find something you like, give it a like, comment, share, or even private message me. So welcome to the new blog! Hope you enjoy it!

So if you haven’t checked it out yet, check out my updated photography page now with blog: http://www.efranklinphoto.com  With more updates and photos to come! ❤ Thank you to everyone for you ongoing support with everything!



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Doctor’s Adventures in China https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2017/2/Doctor-s-Adventures-in-China Emilee Franklin – Published in the Pine County Courier Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Doctor’s Adventures in China

During my six month stay in China, I had many “adventures,” at the hospitals. My most recent visit was the most comical, partially because it was the least serious. Two weeks to the date I made the fateful hour long journey from apartment to Hospital Number 5 via the #69 bus with my good friend and co-worker Ellie. I had been putting off going to the doctor due to my last few experiences. I do not know how all of the hospitals are in China. I can only speak about the ones I came to know from experience. The ones that I had been fortunate enough to visit did not have English speaking staff, and the one that did, only did during limited non-convenient hours, and not for emergencies. This meant my translating app, “Pleco,” was my best friend as my Chinese is 不好 Bù hǎo, (Not good.) Even with the app, a friend, and our combined minimal Mandarin it was still very hard to communicate with hospital staff, and some were easily frustrated with foreigners.

I had really been putting off this last visit because of my poor past experiences, and the sheer stupidity I felt with the medical “reason,” I had for coming in. After my last experiences in the hospitals I vowed I would not be back, so when I managed to get the minor malicious end of a cotton swab stuck in my ear two weeks after my last visit I was less than impressed. Yes, I know the old saying “Never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear”, but I would add to that by saying although nobody is supposed to use Q-tips to clean their ears, if you are going too don’t use cheap ones. This wasn’t due to “shoving it in there”, as some may think, it simply fell off as these were very cheap cotton swabs, and they certainly were not Q-tip brand. Naturally after trying to get it out myself and probably shoving it in further, a Skype session with my Mom was in order. After some quick Google research on her I-Pad she gave me a few different methods to try and get it out on my own, as she too, did not want me to go back to the hospital. Her ending advice, “go ask your friends if they can get it out, “which I reluctantly did, after three days of trying to ignore it. I waited until it was starting to really bother me. My friends, although freaked out, were very cordial about the situation. They could see the end of the Q-tip but did not want to dare take it out. So, off to Hospital Number 5, my friend Ellie and I journeyed.

Despite having frequented the hospitals in Zhuhai where I lived the registration process was still confusing. After a half an hour of wandering around and being directed to other buildings, floors, wings, and rooms we met a very nice Chinese girl who was at the hospital for the same reason. She had something stuck in her ear. She had very good English and offered to take us to registration, which we were thrilled with. While at registration I was asked the normal questions, name, age, nationality, why are you here? Then our nice Chinese translator, turned to me and asked, “Would you like the regular doctor, or the professional one?” “Excuse me,” I stammered in shock and exchanged glances with my friend Ellie, “What does that mean?” Neither the receptionist nor our new translator friend could answer this question, but I was forced to choose a level of service before continuing. I was just going to say the regular doctor before I thought, what is the price differential between the two. I mean, if it is not a whole lot of money wouldn’t anyone want the professional doctor over the regular one? Our translator replied the regular doctor is “17 Kuai”, roughly 3 USD, and the professional doctor is “30 Kuai”, roughly 5 USD, a mere 13 Kuai, or 2 USD separating the care of the two. After a careful decision and a lot of laughter I decided to splurge and go all in with a $5 doctor visit to see the professional.

There were five people waiting for the same care in front of me, but I was delayed no more than 10 more minutes in a waiting room. All of the people in front of me went in the same door to the same doctor, which made me wonder if they had all paid for the premium service?, or if there was only one service? When I sat down in the doctor’s office I was surprised to find an English speaking doctor, which I had found rare. When she peered in my ear, she laughed to herself, and said, “Ha, easy.” She got the small bothersome end of the cotton swab out with no problem. With her enthusiasm and comment I wondered of the things she may have seen in people’s ears, but for my own sake I did not dwell on that thought.

So the question remains …. The next time I go to the doctor in the U.S., should I ask to see the “professional” doctor or the “regular” doctor?

The Photos in the slideshow of are Hospital Number 5 in Zhuhai, China.

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Red Tide ‘Rising’ https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2015/1/Red-Tide-Rising  

Red Tide ‘Rising’

By: Emilee Franklin

Originally posted January 9th, 2015

Background about the band

Red Tide Rising first erupted into the national music scene circa 2012, having formed a few years earlier. The lineup was initially formed while the original band members were still in high school. After the band released their first six-track EP, The Inferno, they were invited on their first national tour, the “Blood Tour” with the band, In This Moment.

After the tour wrapped up, the band started work on their first album The Rising, which was released with 13 intense tracks in October 2013. On Red Tide Rising’s website, the band talked about how they chose to premiere the album on Itunes. Three singles were chosen to be released off the album before it premiered; “The Rising,” “Cold,” and “2:13.” According to the Red Tide Risings website, front man Matthew Whiteman says, “The ‘tastemaker’ singles were released because we wanted to give a preview of the album that was in the works. We chose to release three songs that would showcase the different intensities of the album.” The band has since released a music video for “The Otherside,” off the album, which has been received very well.

In July 2014 there was a brief lineup change, and Michael Lebois joined the band on Bass. He would go on to support the band in the fall of 2014, which included a 30-date national tour opening for Drowning Pool. Red Tide Rising current members include Matthew Whiteman (vocals), Andrew Whiteman (guitar), Matt Guerin (Drums), and Michael LeBois (Bass).

Red Tide Rising and the rest of the Unlucky 13 Tour made a stop in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota this past November, and that is where we met up with the band. The band was gracious enough to brave the freezing temperatures for an outside interview, since the tour bus was full.

Motivation to make music/cause

So how does a young band like this have such drive and the motivation to continue to make music, and push for the future, other than the dream of being rock stars? We believe that the answer lies partly with the area that they grew up in. The band hails from Denver, Colorado, not too far away from the famous 1999 Columbine school shooting, as well as the 2012 mass shooting inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during the release of The Dark Knight Rises. Now these events may not seem like they could be connected to something like motivation, but in many ways they have proven to be for Red Tide Rising.

Suicide and the things that may proceed it like depression, and drug or alcohol abuse, and mental illnesses are a problem around the world but seems to be especially prevalent, and in the news in this particular area. Suicide is one challenging concern that nobody ever wants to have to deal with, yet all of the band members have had to cope with it, and still do in their lives. As somber as it may sound, it is also one of their prime motivators. Matt and Andrew Whiteman , and Matt Guerin had classmates while in high school commit suicide, that the three of them knew. Not too long after the three had the idea to write a song in their honor, and play it for their high school talent show. Part of the talent show proceeds went towards the national suicide prevention organization “The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention with the Out of The Darkness” walks in their honor. At the time of the show, they hadn’t recorded the song yet. They went on to record the song and make a music video for the track “Finding Home,”and have continued to make donations off the sales of the song. Andrew Whiteman went on to say “It’s the least we can do to help out. So that’s where that kind of stems from, trying to honor them and to help the program to try and prevent more situations like that. I think that’s a big part of it yeah, it’s all personal to us you know.”

The organization that they donate to, “The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention” every years hosts “Out of the Darkness” walks around the United States to help with “understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy.” The walks happen in local communities around the country in effort to raise awareness about suicide, and to provide some comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. Most of the walks are somewhere between three to five miles, and the walkers include friends and family who may have lost someone to suicide, and other people who may not have experienced the loss but those who are in support of the cause.

Bassist Michael LeBois also has his own story with the subject having his brother pass away five years ago from suicide. Lebois says, “For me personally with this situation, I actually didn’t know that until right now (band members in the background in the interview said “welcome to the band.”) I am very public about my situation with that. I lost a brother five years ago. So knowing that was what that was about makes it ten times better.” He went on to say that “He is the reason that I am here,” playing music. The band members have found some light through their shadowy situations, and want to make this raise awareness of this issue to prevent more tragic stories.

Where they see the music industry, is live music dead?

In light of the recent controversial statements made by American rock God Gene Simmons bassist of Kiss, we asked Red Tide Rising what they thought of his comments on how “Rock is finally dead?” As expected, the band mates really didn’t appreciate his recent comments, as he is still touring with Kiss, and making these claims. They even went as far as to say that he is an idiot. Matthew Guerin chimed in that “I more or less agree that the music industry is in somewhat of a hiatus, but it is not dead at all. We play with so many bands and so many people.”

Matthew Whiteman responded quickly. “When he quotes, I live an average lifestyle, where is the validity of that? Really so being married to playboy model, living in the hills, having like 20 car garage spaces, that’s the average life?” asked Whiteman. “I think too what he’s speaking too is that no band will ever again reach Kiss status ever, which I completely agree with, but you don’t need to, you do not need to be that big to be successful,” Lebois added. With confident answers like those, it begged me to ask the question of “So you guys don’t care if you don’t make it to Kiss status?” Once again confidently in unison the whole band answered “No.”

“Go back to In This Moment right now,” said Whiteman. “They are doing well. The Fillmore for Denver is like 3500 capacity and they are doing that every night, and it’s selling out. That means that they are making some good money. Keep in mind that the ticket sales go to them partially then the merch is really where they make the money. “They have made it, so no they do not have to be at Gene Simmons level but they are going to find a lot of success and they are probably not going to have to work another day job in their life.” Guerin then piped in “Rock isn’t dead. It’s more of how hard are you are willing to pursue the life of rock, how hard are you going to work.” With comments like these it is clear that Red Tide Rising is willing to go the distance in order to pursue their dreams of “making it.”


Band members don’t think they have “made it” yet. The band mates went on to say that this is merely a stepping stone in their career. When will they feel they made it big? “Probably when the crowd actually knows who you are when you get on the stage,” said Matt Whiteman. “When my name is on top of the ticket I will feel satisfied not saying that opening up for touring bands and being on tour isn’t satisfying, it’s just that would be the ultimate.”“Part of the mindset of making it, I think we will all agree in this The first day on tour, we’re sharing the bus with Drowning Pool, we never expected at this point in our career that riding on a tour bus for a tour was a thing,” added his brother Andrew.“This has been a life changing experience for me,” said Lebois. “We all took a lot of risk to come out here too. I mean some of us left jobs and family behind to be here. We hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship that leads to craziness.” “It’s hard to define what making it really is to me,” said Guerin. “It’s more like alright what’s the next stepping stone, where’s the next mark in which we can get. For a while it like alright let’s get 2,000 fans on Facebook. We did that. Then 5,000 fans. We did that, now let’s get a cd label, and agency request.” “If you look at it as I want to being playing the state,” said Andrew Whiteman, “you’re not going to get there, because you have to think of how do you get there.”

Where do they see themselves in 10 years? Most of the band answered in unison, and all smiles, “Retired,” they joked. Within 10 years they would love to be seeing Fillmore-type venues (big concert auditorium in Denver that Marilyn Manson, Seether, and Papa Roach have headlined just to name a few), playing festivals, or world tours. Within this time they would also like to see themselves having the freedom to do the things that they want to do with their music, such as starting a new album at a particular time, or choosing to push it back.

Red Tide Rising is a bright young band full of energy, passion, and desire. If you don’t choose to join the rising now, be on the lookout for them in the next few years, and do not be surprised if they headline a show near you. Hopefully within that in 10 years, we will see them touring on the big circuit with a lot bigger bands, and headlining their own tours. It is only a matter of time with the level of dedication, and talent these musicians have.

One thing we already know: Minnesota wants you back!

#livemusicisdead #supportlocalmusic #supportplayinginstruments #rocknrollisdead #mnlovesmusic #coloradobands #denverscene

Please check out these links to learn more and support local artists, like Red Tide Rising!

Bands Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedTideRising

Bands Twitter: https://twitter.com/redtiderising

Band Website: http://www.redtiderising.com/

Finding Home Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b_qtrgNQnM

The Otherside Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxxj2dzEML4

More Photos: http://www.efranklinphoto.com/p42214780

Out of the Darkness: http://www.afsp.org/out-of-the-darkness-walks

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Whiskey rocks, hasn’t missed a beat https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2014/11/Whiskey-rocks-hasn-t-missed-a-beat Whiskey rocks, hasn't missed a beat

(Originally Published in the Moose Lake Star Gazette July 31, 2014)

Emilee Franklin


So what led to the Whiskey River reunion that was a major focus of the all-school reunion in Moose Lake a few weeks ago?

Guyal Nelson, Moose Lake’s Riverside Arena manager, first thought about it when he began planning for Moose Lake’s 125th anniversary party, and the 100th Anniversary all class reunion.

Whiskey River is a traditional country/rock group that was formed in Minnesota in the summer of 1973, by the four original members “LJ” Johnson Jr., Greg Snyder, Dick and Larry Fadness.

In the fall of 1974 Whiskey River relocated to the Moose Lake area where the Fadness brothers were from. They rocked and toured the area for many years. After performing hundreds of gigs around Moose Lake and becoming widely known, the band decided to expand their line up for a fuller sound. They added Dale Lings on steel guitar, Pete Macartney on fiddle, and Danny Naslund on rhythm and acoustic guitar. Judd Erickson was added as a second vocalist, who eventually would replace Johnson. Norm Steffen went on to replace Greg Snyder on drums.

Whiskey River released independent LP’s in 1978 and 1980, and in the early 1980s the band began to gain radio airplay. After a long road of touring, records, line-up changes, and becoming national recording artists, the band finally called it quits in the mid 1980s until July 4th in Moose Lake.

Last December, Tony Tracey and Nelson were brainstorming and thought it would be great to bring Moose Lake talent back to the all-class reunion. They immediately called Erickson and the rest of the Whiskey River band. Other bands and artists on the bill for the all-class reunion included other Moose Lake graduates, the legendary Paulette Carlson, of Highway 101, and Tony Tracey, of Uncle Lucky.

Nelson said it was it was a matter of “getting all of the guys on board.” He knew it was possible and said it was about time.

Nelson may have had an easier time getting the band back together than others, having grown up and been friends with many of the band members from the beginning. Although Nelson never played with Whiskey River, he played with many other local bands of the time including, The Morticians, The Remnants, and Cruze, ths gave him a better connection and understanding to try and get the band back together.

Nelson was in charge of scheduling the bands, getting a stage, making the arena look good for the show, as well as being the go-to guy during the celebration, and big show.

Although all four original members of Whiskey River have passed on, Guyal was able to get Judd Erickson, Norm Steffen, Peter Macartney, Danny Naslund, all of Whiskey River back on stage together. For the shows they also added Greg Fadness, the youngest brother of Larry and Richard Fadness, Trent Boldt on bass, and Kurt Stone, on guitar.

Whiskey River also agreed to play at Duluth’s Bayfront Park, opening for country stars Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans.

Nelson said he thought it was possible to bring the band back together, but quickly credited others to making it happen.

One of Whiskey Rivers main writers, and later band member who received a phone call from Nelson is Barnum graduate Danny Naslund.

Naslund joined Whiskey River in 1978 right after their first album. He had wrote a few songs on the first album, but was just considered a writer.

Although it is difficult to join a band after their original line up is set, Naslund said that he was added more as a supplement for Judd Erickson, and that he was a mainly as a writer.

“When I joined Whiskey, It was like me being invited to ride along in a Cadillac, a smooth machine,” he said.

At the time he joined Whiskey River, the line up was set, their set list and instruments carefully tuned and the band had already begun to build a good reputation not only in Minnesota where they were based, but also across the states where they were touring.

Naslund’s first memory of Whiskey River was when the band was playing a show and during a break, their manager, “Frenchy” Carlson, took him backstage.

“I went backstage and sang an original song for them. Whiskey then proceeded to cover it at their next show,” he said.

Naslund said his favorite memory was just working with the other members, along with the Scruggs family, Earl and Randy Scruggs were famous producers in Nashville Tennessee.

In 1980, after a few years of playing 300 plus nights on the road, Naslund made the tough decision to stop touring with the band, although he did continue to write new material for them. He said he mainly left the band because he was having trouble with writing on the road.

Naslund went on to graduate from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth with a teaching degree, and is currently teaching English at Cloquet Senior High School. Naslund said much of what he has learned from writing is from singer/songwriters. Jackson Browne and James Taylor who heavily influenced him as a writer.

“The professionalism I learned from Whiskey River carried over into teaching,” said Naslund.  “Larry and Dick Fadness were serious about what they did and that follows every day when I teach.”

“They taught me to be a professional, not just in music but in whatever you do, they taught me to do things consistently and well.”

Naslund said that he has failed many times as a writer, and shares that with his own students, in efforts to help their own writing.

Naslund said he agreed to the reunion out of respect for the Fadness family, Larry and Dick, and the Fadness family was the foundation of what you heard at the reunion the other night. He felt honored to be a part of the big Moose Lake celebration.

As for current plans for another Whiskey River show, as of right now Naslund says he is not aware of any, but “Never say never.”

Naslund also stated that “It was an absolute honor working with Greg Fadness, the youngest brother of Larry and Rick Fadness, who helped play at the Moose Lake gig. He as well as others, commented it felt right playing with a Fadness on stage.

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Firehouse 2014 https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2014/11/Firehouse-2014  

-Emilee Franklin

I was blessed enough to see Firehouse this past September for Grand Rocktember 2 @ Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. They put on an amazing show filled with many of their hits! Firehouse started up in 1989, and has been going strong ever since. It was really cool seeing an “Old Rock Band” with so many of the original members. Three out of the four current members were original so the start of the band: C.J. Snare (Vocalist), Bill Leverty (Guitarist), and Micheal Foster (Drummer).Years ago they added Allen McKenzie, a very decorated musician, who has played with many different bands on bass in 2003. I had a personal connection with seeing this band because “Love of a Lifetime” was my parent’s wedding song! The set this past frigid September was as follows

1. Shake & Tumble

2. All She Wrote

3. You’re Too Bad

4. Rock On The Radio

5. When I Look Into Your Eyes

6. Door To Door

7. Drum Solo

8. Hold Your Fire

9. Don’t Walk Away

10. Overnight Sensation

11. Love of a Lifetime

If you get a chance go out and see Firehouse on tour! They still rock


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Rock N’ Roll Prosecutor https://www.efranklinphoto.com/blog/2014/7/Rock-N-Roll-Prosecutor Article from the Pine County Courier dated 8/1/13

Emilee Franklin

Rock N’ Roll Prosecutor

This past spring Hinckley native, Mike Bjerke accomplished something very noteworthy that few in the area have ever done, he put out his own album with all of his own, new songs. This album is titled “Live Music is Dead,” as it seems too many to be. In recent years the music industry has gone away from the raw guitar, and vocals which we are all sure to know and have opted for computers to digitally fix mistakes with the instruments, and voice. There are not many mistakes on albums today, and that is what is wrong. Artists are not robots, and should not be able to play perfectly on every album, every song.  Mike Bjerke has decided to produce his own album to prove the fact that live music is not dead.

Bjerke graduated Sandstone high school in 1981. His first band was a high school band as some of you may remember called  “Late for Supper.” It featured  Mike Bjerke (vocals/guitar), Jim Lundorff(bass/vocals), Doug Mcghee (lead guitar), Chris Fish (Drums). This band eventually evolved into the S.S. Rockers, and with the help of Doug and Jim, Bjerke wrote a song called “Scream Bloody Murder”, which is the 13th song featured on the new Album. He played with the S.S. Rockers for another four years until he went to law school in 1990.

Bjerke currently plays in a co Mike Bjerke lead singer of Bjerke and the Ripsters verband “The FishTone rockers”. The Current members are Mike Bjerke, Jim Lundorff, Kevin Smith, and Lee Anderson.  They only play one song off the new CD”Live Music is Dead” by Bjerke & The Ripsters. That song is “It’s Rainin’ Outside”, the first track on the CD. “The FishTone Rockers” will be featured as the headlining act this year at Quarry days, they play Saturday night from 9 til music, and if you like good live music, you won’t miss it.

Anyone is able to pick up the CD at Bjerke Law Offices, LLC, Pine City, Chris’ Food Stores in Pine City and Sandstone, Wanna Video in Hinckley and other retail locations yet to be determined. It is also available at www.bjerkeandtheripsters.com, ReverbNation, CD Baby, I Tunes, Band Camp, Amazon, and there are videos for “It’s Rainin’ Outside” and “Live Music is Dead” on You Tube. One can go to “Live Music is Dead”Facebook page to download CD as well. The CD can be purchased for $9.99 @ www.bjerkeandtheripsters.com.

I encourage anyone and everyone to  check out Mike Bjerke’s new CD “Live Music is Dead.” I believe it is important to support local artists, because without support live music doesn’t exist. Bjerke’s new album features a classic rock blues sound, that is sure to impress both young and old.

Photos provided by: Mike Bjerke

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