Bill DeVille

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Bill DeVille

Contact Bill DeVille at bdeville@mpr.org

Bill DeVille brings his deep musical knowledge to The Current's airwaves five days a week, including Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Saturdays, he features the "honey-do list," a series of tracks scattered throughout the day that adhere to a theme: Sometimes it's Rolling Stones songs, sometimes it acknowledges special dates or shows, and sometimes it's something as specific as artists mentioned in the LCD Soundsystem hipster classic, "Losing My Edge."

On Sundays, DeVille hosts and curates the show, United States of Americana, which specializes in the roots-oriented side of The Current. He's hosted several in-studio sessions on the show with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Justin Townes Earle, as well as with newcomers like J.D. McPherson. Tuesdays at 10 p.m., DeVille hosts Time Machine Tuesday, a weekly show focusing on a year and its music, news and pop culture.

DeVille has been with The Current since its inception. You might also remember him as the overnight host and music programmer on Cities 97. While there, he also hosted Minnesota Music, where he interviewed local music legends the Jayhawks, Semisonic, Mason Jennings and Soul Asylum. DeVille started his radio career in Sioux Falls, S.D., and also spent some time at KABL (a Minneapolis-based, cable-radio station). He was named City Pages' Best DJ in 2007 for his work on The Current, and more recently was named Best DJ in Vita.MN's List of Lists issue.


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Album of the Week: Ray LaMontagne, 'Ouroboros'

From its very first song, Ray LaMontagne lets us know 'Ouroboros' is a different sort of outing. Stepping away from the easy-breezy folk music he's been known for, LaMontagne gives us a dreamy psychedelic album.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean have been touring in support of their full-length debut album 'Human Ceremony', which came out in February of 2016. This week, they stopped by The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille ahead of their show at the 7th St Entry.

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Phil Cook performs in The Current studio

Growing up in northern Wisconsin, one of Phil Cook's biggest influences was Bruce Hornsby. 'He was somebody who was playing and he could really sing and he had all this talent and was writing songs,' Cook says. 'The dude changed my life.' Cook now lives in North Carolina, and he stopped at The Current to play some songs off his new album, 'Southland Mission.'

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Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio

Lake Street Dive's new album, 'Side Pony', was produced by Dave Cobb, a producer whose work in the Americana genre has earned acclaim. Lake Street Dive aren't necessarily Americana artists, but that didn't matter. 'We don't really of a good job at defining ourselves by a specific genre,' says Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price, 'which is just maybe something that isn't necessary to do at all.' Listen to the complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Jason Isbell performs in The Current studio

Just one week out from his double Grammy win and set to play a sold-out show at Northrop in Minneapolis, Jason Isbell stopped by The Current's studio along with Amanda Shires and Sadler Vaden. The three performed a set of four songs and chatted with host Bill DeVille. 'I love the studio and I love the station,' Isbell says during his visit. 'We always appreciate it.'

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The Cactus Blossoms perform in The Current studio

With their debut full-length album, 'You're Dreaming,' now released, the Cactus Blossoms are ready to take the show on the road. They'll soon be shuffling off to Milwaukee to begin a tour, but not before they stopped in to The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. 'We're just happy that the album is out,' the Cactus Blossoms' Page Burkum says. Listen to the complete in-studio session.

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Martin Courtney embraces the collaborative solo approach

Martin Courtney's new album, 'Many Moons,' came about through collaboration but was dubbed a solo project for lack of a better band name. 'It's definitely a group effort,' Courtney says, 'but it's really hard to come up with a good band name.' Courtney has no trouble writing good songs, though; listen to some of them in this session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Sonny Knight and the Lakers team up with James Brown's band members Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley

On the suggestion of their booking manager, Sonny Knight and the Lakers have been collaborating on some shows with Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley, the drummer and trombone player, respectively, from James Brown's band. 'James Brown has always been an inspiration to me,' Knight says. 'And these guys lay down the funk so well, it just makes it right.' The entire ensemble visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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