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L’ Etoile du Nord!

A most lovely songbird from the northern woods of Minnesota ~ Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul, MN. A student of Suzuki music at 5 yrs. old, she studied piano until the age of 12. She grew up in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. In 1989 at the age of 17, Germaine started her 1st Band. She fronted the all-girl punk band SMUT, who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later…Germaine left the Twin Cities for the peace, quiet and beauty of northern Minnesota. Since the move, she began writing songs on acoustic guitar and formed the rock group “Darn Losers” who eventually morphed into “Shotgun Daisy.” Shotgun Daisy released one album on SMA Records before eventually morphing into “Junkboat,” her latest folk-rock incarnation. When not fronting Junkboat, Germaine performs acoustically, accompanied by Rich Mattson, a guitarist/singer who also records her albums at his Sparta Sound recording studio way up north, in Minnesota. Germaine performed with Ol’ Yeller as her backing band, in support of her new LP. She is excited to announce it will be released April 23, 2013 on Chaperone Records. Currently, a new project is in the works too. A new collaberation, Rich Mattson & The Northstars!


Germaine has had the pleasure of playing music and recording with some of these talented fine folks:

~ “Baby” Grant Johnson: (The Bitter Spills) Finger pickin’ and slide guitarplayerextrodinaire!!!

~ Grant Young: ( Soul Asylum) Played Drums for me in Darn Losers and Shotgun Daisy!

~ Keely Lane: (Ol’ Yeller ) ┬áDrums! Currently performs with me in support of our new LP

~ Dale Kallman: (Ol’Yeller) Bass! Currently performs with me in support of our new LP

~ Mike Randolph: (George Jones) “BEST” Pedal Steel player ever! plays on my new LP

~ Al Schroeter: ( Blue Hippos, Otto’s Chemical lounge) My Bass player in Junkboat.

~David K. Loy : ( The Widgets, Urban Guerillas) My Drummer in Junkboat.

~ Eli Bissonett : A most talented Violin/ Fiddle player (Has performed with Cory Chisel & Trampled by Turtles & many more….) plays on my new LP

~ Jennifer Markey and (the Tennessee Snowpants): I got to sing Backup Vocals on her awesome album!

~ Dave Rave: Singer/ Songwriter and Canadian Grammy Nominee! I got to sing Backup Vocals for him & I am on his 2013 release!!!

~ Billy Bulinski: (The Electras!) I co-wrote and performed a song with Billy!!!