News and Interviews

3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home


MPR at Paisley Park on April 21, 2017

3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.'

Prince's sexiest songs, according to Har Mar Superstar


Prince on the cover of 'Dirty Mind'

Minnesota's own Har Mar Superstar gave Jade his picks for Prince's 12 sexiest songs. Listen to his selections, read about how he chose them, and find out which one he's been regularly covering on tour.

Marty Stuart writes 'a love letter to the American West'


Marty Stuart

'Way Out West' is the new album from Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, which Stuart describes as a 'psychedelic, twang-ified journey through the Mojave Desert.' Ahead of Stuart's show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, The Current's Bill DeVille connected with Stuart by phone to talk about the new album and also about Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt, and the Nashville mystique.

Teague Alexy talks about his new album, 'Circuit Sessions'


Teague Alexy

Teague Alexy's new album, 'Circuit Sessions,' releases April 7, 2017. The Duluth-based singer-songwriter (and also author and podcaster) joined Radio Heartland's Mike Pengra in the studio to talk about the making of 'Circuit Sessions' and to spin a few tracks from the new record.

Spider John Koerner is 50 years into a career that's not ending any time soon


Spider John Koerner portrait

The legendary Spider John Koerner will be appearing at a show on Sunday, April 9, at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Koerner is quick to emphasize that this is not a retirement party, though. Spider John Koerner stopped in the Radio Heartland studios to chat about a 50-plus year career in music that's not ending any time soon.

Mary Lucia: Q&A with Eric Isaacson of Portland's Mississippi Records


Eric Isaacson

This week, Mary Lucia gets in touch with Eric Isaacson, a record store and record label owner from Portland, Ore. Eric talks about what it was like to build a business from the ground up with no real plan -- and how and why Peter Buck released a solo record on Eric's label.