Old-time hillbilly band The Roe Family Singers perform live at TPT studios in Lowertown, Saint Paul. The band recalls their origin story, their fondness for circus instruments and the economics of being modern-day musicians.

Filmed on February 9th, 2017.

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This story is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

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