Nick Lowe accompanied a friend on an errand to a guitar shop in Portland, Ore.; implored to try a guitar by a store employee, Lowe originally dismissed the instrument as "ugly." But after playing it, Nick Lowe bought it. Read the story and learn about the guitar in the latest installment of The Current's Guitar Collection.
It was bright and early to come in to see Bill DeVille in The Current's studio, but Shakey Graves was happy to do it. On only his second time in the Twin Cities, Graves had sold out the Cedar Cultural Center the night before. "I had so much fun," Graves says. "It was a really wonderful crowd." Graves chatted with DeVille and even performed an on-the-fly, standup version of the song, "Call It Heaven."
Mike Doughty keeps two guitars at home so there's always one nearby when an idea strikes him. One of those guitars is always on tour with him, and Doughty took some time to tell us about it and the decals he's applied to personalize the instrument.
When Nikki Lane was in The Current's studio for a live session, she played a brand-new, shiny, black guitar. Asked about the instrument, Nikki shares a great story that involves a tour of the guitar factory and a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash.
Why did Death from Above 1979 call it quits in 2006? "Being in a band is not a natural state for a human person," is how Sebastien Grainger puts it. He and Jesse F. Keeler stopped by The Current to talk to Mary Lucia before their show tonight at First Avenue, a very big deal for a couple of Prince fans.
Capping off a cavalcade of Canadian acts to come into The Current this week, Sam Roberts stopped in to the studio to talk to Jim McGuinn about hockey, beer and music. "I still maintain that 'Spinal Tap' is the most accurate movie ever made about life in a rock 'n' roll band," Sam says.
In town to play back-to-back shows tonight at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Robyn Hitchcock dropped in to The Current studio to chat with Jim McGuinn. Although he's got two shows tonight, "None of the songs overlap," Hitchcock says. "You'll get two utterly different shows."
With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs.