Rich Mattson has been involved in countless musical projects since the early 1990s. He’s best known in recent years for his work in a recording studio up in the sticks of northern Minnesota called Sparta Sound. The Northstars formed in the winter of 2014, when Mattson and folk singer Germaine Gemberling decided to expand their duo. Mattson’s nephew Curtis Mattson takes on the drums, while long-time friend Russell Bergum joins the rhythm on bass. Rounding out the sound is Eli Bissonett on violin. They play a straight-forward and folky American rock that goes well on a countryside ride or a walk in the woods. Their self-titled debut album was released in June.

12:30am Wed 5/4 at Mr. D’s Bar & Grill