March 24, 2023 | Jamf Theatre
David Huckfelt is a singer/lyricist/activist and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines. An Iowa native and former theology student, Huckfelt attended the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop undergrad program before turning his attention to songwriting and performing.
With musical roots in the same fertile Midwestern soil that produced legendary folk singers like John Prine and Greg Brown, Huckfelt has shared stages with artists from Mavis Staples & Emmylou Harris to Bon Iver, Calexico, and Trampled By Turtles. His work with The Pines received record of the year accolades from Mojo & Q Magazine and garnered Huckfelt praise from David Fricke (Rolling Stone) as one of the finest songwriters of his generation. In 2018 he received the Artist-In-Residence award at Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior, wherein sixteen days he wrote the fourteen songs that would become his breakout solo debut “Stranger Angels”.
In 2012 he met American Indian Movement leader & poet John Trudell on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Their subsequent collaboration resulted in the song “Time Dreams”, hailed by Democracy Now! and the last recording Trudell made before passing. Since then, Huckfelt has partnered with an impressive array of Native American artists and activists including Keith Secola, Quiltman, Winona LaDuke, and novelist Louise Erdrich in the fight for social justice and protection for Mother Earth.
In thousands of shows across the United States, Canada & overseas, Huckfelt’s grassroots following has grown from small-town opera houses, Midwestern barn concerts, and progressive benefit events to national tours and festival stages like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Fests, and the legendary First Avenue club in his beloved Minneapolis home. His live performance is both improvisational and masterful, with a rugged optimism that blasts through layers of darkness in real-time with songs that speak volumes, soft & clear.