Yay!!! 2016 is here & we are ready to ROCK this Year!!!!

Full Speed Ahead! This year is off to a busy start. Rich & I keep writing more songs and we are back in the studio recording again. We have lot’s of shows coming up! So, catch us if you can….

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2o15 in a nutshell

2015 was a whirlwind of a year! Rich Mattson & The Northstars put out our 1st. single/45  “vinyl” late Fall of 2014 and we would spend the whole Winter of 2015 recording our full length album to be released in June. We played tons of shows & had tons of fun! We continued throughout the year to promote the new album. To see where we were & what we were doing you can click on the “shows” bar. :)

It was a great year!!!

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We are opening for The Jayhawks!!!


Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00pmAdd to Calendar
Turf Club

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Summer 2014

It has been a wonderful and very busy Summer. Lot’s of fun gigs and recording. Rich Mattson & The Northstars have been working in the Studio and we have also compiled a collection of “Live” recordings from shows. We keep writing more new songs and we can’t wait for you to hear them! JUNKBOAT has been Rockin’ alot this Summer too! We had the extreme pleasure of teaming up with some of our ol’ buddies “Run Westy Run” who recently reunited this past year and played a couple of great shows with them in Mpls. and Duluth. Rich & I also continued to perform as a Duo this Summer and enjoyed playing anywhere and everywhere…


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Great Northern Radio Show heads to Ely

Great Northern Radio Show
June 6, 2014 by  Leave a Comment

 The Saturday, June 14 Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio!

This Ely show has been a happy face on my day planner for a long time. Ely is a fun town and weird enough to make great radio. I was up there taking notes yesterday and we are all jacked up for next week’s show. Please, join us in the Vermilion Community College theater, at the after party or through the magic of radio and internet broadcasting.

ELY, Minnesota — The Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio (KAXE.org) brings its unique blend of music, storytelling and comedy for the first time to Ely Saturday, June 14th at the Vermillion Community College Theater.

The Great Northern Radio Show is written, produced and hosted by Iron Range author Aaron Brown, of Balsam Township in Itasca County. Brown grew up near Zim and Forbes and teaches at Hibbing Community College. He founded the show in 2011 to showcase the talent, creativity and unique stories of northern Minnesota for a broader radio audience.

“You’ll recognize the format from popular variety shows like the Grand Ol’ Opry, Lawrence Welk, Wits and Prairie Home Companion” said Brown. “But we bring something different. We are a big show that brings high quality, contemporary entertainment to the mid-sized cities and small towns of northern Minnesota. These places become part of the show; every episode is a love letter, an album for the place where we broadcast.”

The "first couple" of the Iron Range music scene, Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, will be among the featured performers in the June 14 Great Northern Radio Show live in Ely, Minnesota. Also in the show: The Surf Monkeys and Whirled Music, who are holding a CD Release Party in Ely after the show.The “first couple” of the Iron Range music scene, Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson, will be among the featured performers in the June 14 Great Northern Radio Show live in Ely, Minnesota. Also in the show: The Surf Monkeys and Whirled Music, who are holding a CD Release Party in Ely after the show.

The show airs live from 5-7 p.m. on June 14th. Free tickets are available for those attending the live broadcast. You must be seated by 4:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended by calling KAXE at 800-662-5799.

Northern Community Radio is excited to bring Great Northern Radio show to the vibrant town of Ely. It will feature musicians Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson plus The Surf Monkeys, Whirled Muse and Nickolai Koivunen is back on keyboards. The Great Northern Radio Show players include Jason Scorich of Duluth, Sara Breeze of Bemidji, Erika Kooda of Grand Rapids, Britt Aamodt of Elk River, Lynn O’Hara of Ely, and Matt Nelson of Washington D.C. originally from Hibbing.

Guests for the Ely Great Northern Radio Show include Mike Hillman, Amy Freeman, Jason Zabokrtsky, Brian and Andrea Strom of Ely and Cory and Doris Kolodji from Hibbing.

The 5 p.m. June 14th show will air live on 91.7 FM KAXE on the Iron Range, 103.9 FM in Ely, and on 90.5 FM KBXE in Bemidji and Bagley and 89.9 FM Brainerd. The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a podcast at www.kaxe.org.

The Great Northern Radio Show After Show Dance Party will be at the Ely Community Center immediately following the show featuring a CD release party for Whirled Muse featuring Eli Bissonett, Joey Kenig and Robin Anders. For tickets call Music Outfitters in Ely or online at www.musicoutfitters.com.

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KAXE interview Part 2

In studio interview on KAXE Northern Community Radio


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Spring has sprung!!!

It has been a very busy Spring thus far…Lot’s of gigs! Rich Mattson & the Northstars have been playing out as a full band and we are having a blast! We are a 5 piece now!!! JUNKBOAT is still Rockin’ and we have some really fun shows coming up this summer! Rich & I continue to perform as a duo and we are always working on new material for your listening pleasure.

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SXSW was a blast this year! We took our act to Austin, TX. and performed as a trio at The Hole in The Wall. We had the extreme pleasure of sharing the bill with the legendary John Doe!!! Other highlights included me joining Kven Kinney (Drivin’N’ Cryin’) for a a song “Down & Outlaw” and meeting Rodney Crowell and giving him my new CD! Good times…

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2014! Off to The Races!!!

2014 is gonna be a great year folks! Rich & I are very excited to announce and debut our newest collaboration! “Rich Mattson & The Northstars”  featuring Rich’s nephew Curtis Mattson on percussion. You can look forward to hearing lots of new songs with lush & dreamy harmonies as well as some of our older familiar favorites. We hope to be rolling tape and recording a new record this Summer too! Otherwise…You can still catch Rich & I perform as an Acoustic Duo or with our Rock ‘n’ Roll Band JUNKBOAT. Stay tuned for more updates and check out our Calendar for upcoming shows in a town near you…

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Rock for the Rules! In loving memory of our dear friend Leah Rule

So honored to be a part of this lovely compilation, In loving memory of our dear  friend Leah Rule. Rich & I contributed Track. #6 – Here’s to Happiness http://rockforrules.bandcamp.com/album/rock-for-the-rules-volume-2
Rock For The Rules Volume 2, by Various Artists
56 track album

from Rock For The Rules Volume 2 by Various Artists

Rock For The Rules Volume 2 cover art



A song Rich & I wrote about finding True Love and Happiness.Leah & Rob Rule spread so much Love and Happiness into the world, and everyone around them could feel it. Leah’s attitude in life inspired me to contribute the song Here’s to Happiness.


from Rock For The Rules Volume 2, released 21 December 2013
Music & Lyrics by Germaine Gemberling & Rich MattsonGermaine Gemberling: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Rich Mattson: Guitars & Vocals
Dale Kallman: Bass
Keely Lane: Drums
Eli Bissonett: ViolinRecorded in 2013 by Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound
Produced by Rich Mattson© 2013 L’Etoile Du Nord (BMI) & Esper Music (ASCAP)


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