Twirl Radio #858 – Dara Ackerman

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Freedy Johnston | On The Way Out | Never Home
Steve Barton | When She’s Lost Your Mind | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Imperial Sound | Daylight | The New AM
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
HUGElarge | Have Love Will Travel | HUGElarge

Dara Ackerman interview
Dara Ackerman | Party Bus To Vallejo | Partially True Stories
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Dara Ackerman | Oil & Honey | Partially True Stories

Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Duncan Faure | Nightfall | Anthology
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
The Judybats | Incredible Bittersweet | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Operator | Glamping
Bill Lloyd | Til The Day That I Break Down | Working The Long Game
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities

Dara Ackerman’s been a good friend of Twirl Radio for the past 5 years, ever since I met her when she joined Bay Area powerhouse band Felsen. At that point, I thought Felsen was the perfect band, strong in the studio and incredibly powerful and dynamic in the live setting. They lacked nothing. Then Dara came along and joined as a vocalist and percussionist. I was wrong–the perfect band got a little better–she’s joyous and full of life on stage.

At a Felsen show in 2014, Dara handed me her first album, Skyland. That’s when I first noticed her amazing vocal talents, on the album which concerned itself with her 7 years in India. There was a spiritual aspect to the album.

So the past fall, Dara sent me an advance digital copy of her forthcoming release, Partially True Stories, and it is a more than worthy successor to her debut. It’s a little more rockin’ and upbeat–and she lets the fun flag fly on this one! Terrific vocals abound, but it completely matches the joy you see when she performs on a stage. We had a great chat about all of this, and heard a few tracks on the show. More info at


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