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Albert Hammond Jr. pursues a labor of love In the Studio

'I fell in love with the idea of writing songs and playing,' Albert Hammond Jr. says, reflecting on the origins of his career. It helped that Hammond's father is a songwriter himself, and that both of his parents are very supportive. Hammond Jr. spoke more about his career arc when he stopped in to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Walt Mink's John Kimbrough stops by The Current studio

It's been 10 years since Walt Mink last performed in the Twin Cities, but John Kimbrough has reunited with bassist Candice Belanoff and drummer Zach Danziger for a special reunion show taking place tonight at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.

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For Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, the highlight is getting along and having fun In the Studio

In the face of their meteoric rise, Nathaniel Rateliff finds it easy to choose a highlight for himself and his band, the Night Sweats. 'The highlight is that we're all getting along and having a good time,' he says. Rateliff and company visited The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Mark Wheat. Check out the complete session featuring songs and an interview with Rateliff and the band.

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Craig Finn allows himself to be more vulnerable In the Studio

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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John Grant makes music, dreams of a house on Lake Superior In the Studio

John Grant's 2015 album 'Grey Tickles, Black Pressure' is racing up the U.K. album chart, but that's not Grant's primary interest. 'All I want to know is: When can I have my house on Lake Superior?' he says. Grant lives in Reykjavik now, but loves the Midwest. Passing through the region on tour, Grant stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Positive songs and words from the immensely quotable Frank Turner In the Studio

'Sad songs can make you feel better.' That's how Frank Turner neatly sums up the inspiration and emotion behind his latest album, 'Positive Songs for Negative People.' In a recent in-studio session hosted by Jade, Turner performs songs from the album and vividly describes his deep 'obsession with rock 'n' roll and with songwriting as an art form.' Check out the complete session.

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Blitzen Trapper describe selling albums in a singles market In the Studio

'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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