Interviews

The Current's Guitar Collection: Esme Patterson, ESP Ronnie Wood model


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Esme Patterson played an in-studio session, and she wielded an ESP Ron Wood model, a guitar modeled after the Telecaster pattern. In addition to talking about her guitar, Patterson also talks about how she approaches songwriting, who some of her guitar-playing influences are, and which effects pedals she really likes. 'I support companies that I really respect and make things in a way that makes sense,' Patterson says.

Sharon Jones Tells Cancer 'Get up and Get Out'


Sharon Jones performs at World Cafe Live

The Dap-Kings' unstoppable lead singer looks back at her cancer battle, which was chronicled in the documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones,' and draws strength from soul songs.

Interview: The Claypool Lennon Delirium


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Sean Lennon and Les Claypool -- collectively known as The Lennon Claypool Delirium -- are in town for a show Wednesday night at the Skyway Theatre. They stopped by our studio to chat with Jade ahead of their performance.

Debbie Harry reflects on 40 years of Blondie, details new album


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In advance of their sold out Twin Cities performance, Debbie Harry, the iconic frontwoman of Blondie, talks to Program Director Jim McGuinn about the history of Blondie, working with producer Mike Chapman, and upcoming collaborations with some surprising names.

Interview: The Kills


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Before their May 2016 show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Kills sat down for a chat with Jade, in which they talked about their new album, their creative friendship and keeping their albums 'vulnerable and honest.' They also performed a few songs from their new album, 'Ash & Ice.'

The Current's Guitar Collection: James Hunter, Gibson Les Paul


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When James Hunter saw a photo of Lightnin' Hopkins with a Gibson Les Paul, Hunter knew he wanted to get one. Hunter bought his Gibson Les Paul in 1999 and it's been his main instrument ever since; it's even had its neck replaced. 'This fight broke out; I wasn't there, but the guitar was,' Hunter says. 'Had it been the other way round, it'd be me with no neck!'

Flavor Flav chats with Sean McPherson on The Current


Sean McPherson and Flavor Flav

Musician and rapper Flavor Flav of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy gave Radio Free Current host Sean McPherson and his listeners a wonderful surprise on Saturday, April 30: Flavor Flav arrived in the studio for a live conversation in which he talked about his music and about his memories of Prince. 'Being onstage with Prince is so electrifying,' Flav says. Listen to Sean McPherson and Flavor Flav's complete conversation.

On Andrew Bird's Latest, Real Life Takes The Reins


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'All my songs are personal on some level; it's just a matter of how much that personal thing is buried.' Bird says that on the new album, 'Are You Serious,' his private world has bubbled to the surface.