The Current Rewind: Bonnie Raitt's Lake Minnetonka Beginning

The Current Rewind

Bonnie Raitt is best known for her hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." But back in 1971, she was a 21-year-old kid with a friendly streak, guitar chops, and her first record deal. That summer, she recorded her debut album on Lake Minnetonka with a motley crew of Minneapolis musicians, making music and commotion in a wild recording experience that she calls "not Animal House, but [...] just a blast."

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Water Month Concerts 2019

Celebrate Water Month with concerts near the water this July.

Celebrate Water Month with concerts near the water this July! Classical MPR and The Current have teamed up with the Water Main to create a calendar of over 150 outdoor concerts this summer in Minnesota. From jazz to rock to classical, let us be your guide to finding great live music this summer.

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Can you solve The Current Rewind's Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle?

Bonnie Raitt in 2012.

In 1971, before Bonnie Raitt won a Grammy or was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she was solving crossword puzzles in Minneapolis' Palmer's Bar. In honor of Bonnie's daily game with Spider John Koerner, we've put together our own Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle, with clues inspired by her debut album and the musicians who contributed to it.

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Summer storms and sisterhood: Highlights from the 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival

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Last weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was an intimate encounter with the elements. Each change in the weather — from blistering heat to storms that prompted a temporary mid-festival evacuation, to the restorative breeze that billowed during Robyn’s closing set — affected the way I internalized the wide-range of music. Some songs, like those…

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The Current Sessions®

Black Pumas perform in The Current studio

Black Pumas studio session

Showcasing a blend of classic soul and hip-hop influences, Black Pumas have quickly gained attention in their home city of Austin, Texas, and beyond. Led by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Bonnie Raitt's Lake Minnetonka Beginning

The Current Rewind

Bonnie Raitt is best known for her hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." But back in 1971, she was a 21-year-old kid with a friendly streak, guitar chops, and her first record deal. That summer, she recorded her debut album on Lake Minnetonka with a motley crew of Minneapolis musicians, making music and commotion in a wild recording experience that she calls "not Animal House, but [...] just a blast."

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Bonnie Raitt in 2012.

Can you solve The Current Rewind's Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle?


In 1971, before Bonnie Raitt won a Grammy or was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she was solving crossword puzzles in Minneapolis' Palmer's Bar. In honor of Bonnie's daily game with Spider John Koerner, we've put together our own Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle, with clues inspired by her debut album and the musicians who contributed to it.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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Oake and Riley Features

Alison Krauss

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Alison Krauss


Neil Young and his high school friends recorded their first single; Frank Sinatra had a No. 1 album; Barry Manilow 'made it' to the top of the singles chart; the Police kicked off a massive world tour; and Amy Winehouse passed away, Today in Music History.

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