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Duluth Band Profile: Ruthe Kay and Bailey

Ruthe Kay and Bailey are two friends with one big voice. They open up about how performing isn’t just a hobby; it’s a way of life. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

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Paul Lundgren

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Ruthe Yates Facebook

The above is from Ruthe Kay Yates' Facebook page today. Prince departs, the influence marches on.

Duluth News Tribune: Northland fans remember Prince

To people from Minnesota and surrounding areas, Prince wasn’t just a music icon — he was one of our own. “He did a lot for Minnesota,” said Duluth resident Julie Yates, who made a request to the city for the Enger Tower tribute after hearing the news of the musician’s death. “It’s a nice tribute. I know people were trying to do stuff down in the Minneapolis area, but I thought it was nice just to know that he influenced the whole state — not just the metro area, but Greater Minnesota, too.” Yates' daughter Ruthe Kay, a 16-year-old Duluth blues singer, played with the drummer in Prince’s band, in addition to completing an extended-play album with a producer who worked with Prince early in the singer's career. They’ve had a large influence on her daughter, she said.

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