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.


Gate at the Minnesota State Fair

Bill DeVille's 2015 State Fair Music Preview

The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to the Fair.

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SOAK, Bridie Monds-Watson

SOAK performs in The Current studio

Bridie Monds-Watson -- known by her stage name, SOAK -- didn't consciously set out to be a singer-songwriter. 'I always wanted to play drums,' she says. 'It was just whenever I felt confident on guitar and new enough chords, I started singing along to what I was playing.' Now touring in support of her debut album, 'Before We Forgot How to Dream,' Monds-Watson played an in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Dawes

Dawes perform in The Current studio

In town to play a show at the Cabooze Plaza in Minneapolis, Dawes -- Taylor Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, Griffin Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn and recent addition Duane Betts -- stopped by The Current's studio to play some songs off the new album and to chat with Bill DeVille.

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Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast sings

Best Coast perform in The Current studio

Now signed to Harvest Records, there's something Best Coast have noticed after releasing their third album, 'California Nights'. 'It feels like a more confident version of Best Coast,' says frontwoman Bethany Cosentino. Best Coast visited The Current for an in-studio session to play some songs and talk about the new record.

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The DMA's perform in The Current studio

The DMA's stopped by The Current to record an in-studio session after a show in First Avenue's 7th St. Entry and to chat with host Bill DeVille about their self-titled debut EP that recently released.

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Chuck Berry

Musicheads Essential Artists: Chuck Berry

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Chuck Berry.

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Dave Wakeling

Dave Wakeling on ska, soccer and syndication

Dave Wakeling of the English Beat dropped by The Current's studio for a live chat with Bill DeVille. Wakeling described how he first discovered ska in the soccer stadiums of England, and he likens the changes in his band's lineup to putting together a good soccer team as he grows the sound of the English Beat as a global franchise. Wakeling also plays an impromptu acoustic version of 'Save it for Later'.

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Lord Huron perform in The Current studio

After decompressing in his home state of Michigan, Ben Schneider convinced his childhood bandmates to move to Los Angeles to record music. Together they are Lord Huron. The band stopped by The Current studio to perform live in-studio before a sold out show in First Avenue's mainroom.

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