When Dawes visited the studio for an in-studio session, bassist Wylie Gelber was playing an instrument he built himself. 'I was unsure of how it would sound,' Gelber says, 'but it's become my favorite bass ever. It's the only one I play now.' Find out more about Gelber's handmade bass guitar.
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is highlighting music this summer with an exhibit of guitars by legendary Swedish guitar-maker, Hagstrom, whose instruments were played by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and others. The ASI is also hosting a number of concerts with local musicians, including Mark Ritsema and his band, Suzie, during which Ritsema will play one of the exhibited guitars.
JD McPherson, who performs on 'A Prairie Home Companion' on July 4, frequently wears a 'Smith Fabrication' shirt while onstage. It turns out the namesake of the shirt is TK Smith, a California-based guitar builder and craftsman. 'All the stuff I build is all technology that was available in the late 1940s to the mid-50s," Smith says. 'They used to make things so much better back then.'
Minnesota United FC's match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday is important not just because it's the final fixture in United's spring season, it's been dubbed 'Alan Willey Day.' Mark Wheat welcomes the former player and current television color-commentator into the studio to talk about soccer, music and what Alan calls 'the best seat in the house.'
Bobb Bruno of Best Coast explains how he came to play an Eastman T386, enjoying the feel and sound of the guitar so much that he made it one of his go-to instruments in Best Coast's live set. Bruno also describes some of the main effects he employs when playing live.
On the day Dawes release their fourth studio album, 'All Your Favorite Bands', Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes joins Jade by telephone to talk about the new record and the band's plans for touring in support of it. "As of now, I can't wait to play music every night," Goldsmith says.
For today's musicians, touring can be quite a treadmill, but when Alabama Shakes had a rare day off while in Minneapolis, they leaped at the chance to go fishing the way a walleye strikes a spinner. The Current's Jim McGuinn explains how the outing came together, and he shares the story and photos from the day.
To record the Waterboys' latest album, 'Modern Blues', Mike Scott decamped to Nashville. 'I wanted to do it with an American swagger,' Scott explains, 'so I brought in the players from Nashville and from Muscle Shoals, and I think I pulled it off.' Scott stopped at The Current to talk to Jim McGuinn ahead of his show at First Avenue . . . where a 'Purple Rain' cover may just be in the offing.