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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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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Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze performs at The Current

In town for two sold-out shows at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze plays a solo acoustic set of tunes by his long-standing band, who recently released the album 'Cradle to the Grave,' songs written for the BBC television program of the same name. 'For us, what a great scenario to write for,' Tilbrook says.

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Craig Finn allows himself to be more vulnerable

A New Yorker now for 15 years, Craig Finn's recent solo album, 'Faith in the Future', contains only one Twin Cities reference, but it allows him to put more of himself in the music. 'My day-to-day life is not as exciting as a Hold Steady song,' Finn says. '[The solo record] allows me to be more vulnerable.' Visiting The Current, Finn plays a solo acoustic session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Blitzen Trapper describe selling albums in a singles market

'People just download one or two songs rather than listening to an entire album,' laments Blitzen Trapper's Eric Menteer. Nevertheless, the Portland, Ore., outfit have persevered for 15 years and counting. Blitzen Trapper share their thoughts on the state of the music industry and play songs from their latest album, 'All Across This Land,' during a recent visit with The Current's Bill DeVille.

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