In town as part of a Somali music-and-culture residency at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Maryan Mursal stopped by The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. Mursal looks forward to sharing her music, particularly with younger Somali people who may not have heard her before now.
Ahead of his gig at First Avenue, Shakey Graves stopped by The Current to record a session live in The Current studio, featuring tracks off his latest And the War Came and, yup, a Backstreet Boys cover.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ahead of his show at the Varsity Theater opening for the Lone Bellow, Alabama native Anderson East stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Mark Wheat about his latest album, Delilah.
Although he's from Chicago, Ezra Furman names a lot of Minnesota-bred talent among his influences, Bob Dylan chief among them. 'Bob Dylan opened a door in [my] brain,' Furman says. 'That's what we want records to do, right?' Check out the complete in-studio session, hosted by The Current's Mac Wilson.