Luke and the Banjo Brothers' relationship goes back all the way to Banjo Brothers' inception in 2003. Breen attracted attention to his store in 2016 when he dumped the name of his shop (Calhoun Cycle) over the controversial history of John C. Calhoun, described as one of the most aggressive segregationists and proponents of slavery in U.S. History. It was a risky move considering the brand equity Breen built over the past 20 years.
FIVE THINGS is a weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week’s FIVE THINGS is with John Louis, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter, year-round cyclist and co-founder of Minneapolis' first listening room, The Warming House. Star-Tribune Music Columnist Chris Riemenschneider wrote "Singer/songwriter John Louis [is] equal parts John Prine and Robert Earl Keen." We caught up with John this week on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to get this take on Banjo Brothers Five Things.
This week’s FIVE THINGS is with University of Minnesota Duluth Writing Professor, dedicated bicycle commuter, freelance music journalist and essayist, Chris Godsey. For the past eight years Chris has also co-facilitated weekly critical dialogue groups among men arrested for using violence against women for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. Enjoy this week’s FIVE THINGS