Interviews

Traces of Townes: exploring Townes Van Zandt's Minnesota connections


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Although reflections on the life and career of Townes Van Zandt tend to focus largely on the singer's connections to Texas, Colorado and Tennessee, Van Zandt did spend some time in Minnesota. With January 2017 marking 20 years since the singer-songwriter's death, a search for Van Zandt's Minnesota connections unearthed some ties that run deep.

How Smokey Hormel Became The Quintessential Session Musician


Musician Smokey Hormel performs

Smokey Hormel -- whose great-grandfather founded the Austin, Minn., based meat company -- is a guitarist who has played on records by Tom Waits, Norah Jones and Beck, but at one point, he was sure he wanted to pursue a career in acting. Hear about Hormel's road to a career as a sought-after session player.

Mary Lucia: Q&A with guitarist and Pug Dad, Ryan Paul Plewacki


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Ryan Paul Plewacki is an insanely talented guitar player in the bands Sleep Study and The Honeydogs. Because Ryan is a Pug parent to Ringo and Starkey, Mary Lucia think the time has come to introduce the world to two of the ill-est Pugs in the Twin Cities.

Guitar Collection: My Bubba, 1956 Yngve Barslev Jazz Guitar


1956 Yngve Barslev Jazz Guitar

Guthbjorg Tomasdottir of the duo My Bubba recently took some time to tell us about her vintage, Danish-built guitar. 'I was bicycling in Copenhagen and I saw this guitar in the window, and it just spoke to me,' she says. It's the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection.