The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

The Cactus Blossoms are ready for the road

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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Set for a big year ahead, Andra Day performs at The Current In the Studio

Discovered and championed by Stevie Wonder after busking outside a California strip mall, Andra Day now has an album produced by Raphael Saadiq (among others), a music video directed by Spike Lee, and two Grammy nominations. 'It's pretty incredible the way it came about,' Day says. While visiting the Twin Cities, Day stopped at The Curent to perform a couple songs and to chat with Brian Oake.

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The Current's Morning Show In the Studio

Lissie steps into new frontiers on 'My Wild West' The Current's Morning Show In the Studio

Singer-songwriter Lissie says she was very lucky to have had the support of a major label earlier in her career. But her next album, 'My Wild West' (due out on Feb. 12), Lissie took financial and creative control. 'It freed me up,' she says. 'I own my own music, which is great!' Lissie stopped in to The Current studio to chat with Sean McPherson and Jade, and to play some songs off her forthcoming album.

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

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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Lizzo performs in The Current studio In the Studio

Lizzo's new album, 'Big GRRRL Small World,' released Friday, Dec. 11. 'It's so cool to hear people say the album name, because I've just been waiting to put this out for so long,' Lizzo says. 'It's happening!' Lizzo visited The Current's studio to perform some songs from the album and to chat with host Jade.

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Strange Names perform in The Current studio

Following the release of their debut full-length Use Your Time Wisely, Strange Names stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of The Local Show.

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Ben Folds performs at the Turf Club in St. Paul

The Current hosted an exclusive happy-hour concert with Ben Folds at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., back in November. Ben played some older songs as well as songs from his new album, 'So There.' Listen to the songs and watch video from the performance.

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