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Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn at the Americana Music Festival


DeVille, McGuinn and Strib's Bream in Nashville

The 2015 Americana Music Festival and Conference spans Sept. 16 to 20 in Nashville. The Current's Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn attended the conference. See what they saw with a social-media roundup from their days and nights of music meet-ups and shows.

The Swede sound of Hagstrom Guitars


Mark Ritsema with the Hagstrom Ultra Swede

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.

Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running


The Cribs perform at South by Southwest 2015

Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday.

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives


bob mould stratocaster

The Strat just turned 60, but the guitar born at the dawn of rock 'n' roll has barely aged a day. NPR Music Librarian Robert Goldstein has more about this iconic instrument.

The evolution of 'Teenage Kicks'


Teenage Kicks

Host Jacquie Fuller takes us back to the very origins of the program 'Teenage Kicks', which could be traced to 1980s MTV telecasts as well as stops along the way in Texas, California and New Mexico. 'Teenage Kicks' marks five years on the air this weekend.

Five unforgettable 'United States of Americana' moments


bill deville julie carl and pearl butler

As the show celebrates its fifth birthday, 'United States of Americana' host Bill DeVille shares his top five in-studio memories so far, plus another highlight from the popular Sunday-morning roots-music program. Do you remember these?