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Root-indie-folk duo to perform in Zumbrota

Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are Dusty Heart. The duo will sing at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Crossings in Zumbrota. Photo courtesy of Crossings at Carnegie

ZUMBROTA — Rich vocal harmonies merge with layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the sound of Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Crossings.

The two songwriters are recognized in their own rights for poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles. When these combine as Dusty Heart, they create a powerful, haunting sound.

They met in the bustling Minneapolis music scene and decided to join forces, crafting a sound that bridges roots, indie and folk.

Jean grew up immersed in music, honing her gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter. Today she writes songs as well as plays them on numerous instruments.

Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior's North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, Jean has been called "Minnesota's answer to Emmylou Harris" by longtime Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream. Her gift for songwriting has been recognized on a national level with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua, earning her a spot on National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage."

Dean writes for both guitar and piano. Her music has been described as "deceptively simple."

The two have opened for Dave Simonette and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop by Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.