The special concert was recorded in Appleton's historic Opera House and is a part of an ongoing series of broadcasts featuring the musicians of Minnesota. Past On Stage in Western Minnesota concerts have featured Granite Falls musician Jerry Ostensoe and Janelle Faiman of Olivia.
Roth grew up in Madison, Minnesota and graduated from the Madison High School in 1974. He is known for his unique blend of Americana, Folk, Blues, Country and Celtic music. He is a prolific songwriter and has produced 5 solo CDs. He performs all over the United States and Europe and has recorded with Sam Bush, Michael Bland, Bruce McCabe, and many others. In addition to featuring his foot stomping harmonica and guitar based music, Pioneer's On Stage program features Roth talking about growing up in Madison as he drives the gravel roads of Lac qui Parle County.
Funding for On Stage is provided in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Pioneer is currently seeking suggestions for other musical acts from the Pioneer broadcast area (which extends from Luverne to Detroit Lakes) for consideration for future broadcasts of On Stage. For more information call 800-726-3178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.