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The Radio Stars

"Magic" Merrill Piepkorn - guitars, harmonica, vocals; Gregg "Smokey" Temple - guitars, including pedal steel, vocals; Roger "R.P." Sell - Bass guitar, vocals; Loy Larson-fiddle, mandolin, guitar and vocals .

The Radio Stars roots reach back to 1972 when Temple and Piepkorn began playing together while students at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN where they performed at local coffee houses and bars. They continued their musical relationship in the regionally popular band Skunk Hollow, founded in 1974 and headquartered in the Twin Cities. Piepkorn left the group in 1978, returning to Fargo where he hooked up with Roger to form the popular club band, Wang Dang Doodle. In the time between then and now, RP, Smokey and Magic have reunited several times, most recently as The Radio Stars. Since 2005 they have been performing regularly, playing a variety of special events and venues in the region. Loy Larson recently replaced Alex Rydell as the primary fiddle player in the band, although Alex will join the fellas as his schedule permits. Loy is an accomplished and experienced musician who wows the crowd with his high-flyin’ fiddle licks. You haven’t heard “The Orange Blossom Special” until you’ve heard Master Fiddler, Loy Larson’s version. Although The Radio Stars play a variety of music, fans seem to be especially enthralled with their treatment of both modern and traditional Western-style music; keeping the old favorites alive while injecting their own distinctive sound and energy into their show.

For Bookings Contact Merrill Piepkorn
701-205-2665 or

The Radio Stars are the house band for Dakota Air: The Radio Show. Check their website for show schedule.

The Radio Stars

Photo by Jerry Eidem

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Headin' Home CD
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Available on 9/26/2012