The day the Current almost gave Mary Lucia a heart attack


While on my daily drive into work this morning, I was naturally listening to the Current and I heard a four-song set: Hall and Oates Linda Rondstadt Cat Stevens Old Peter Gabriel I FREAKED out! Not another format change! This isn’t happening again! I was convinced we had flipped formats overnight and this was my…

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Country singer Ray Price in 1983

Remembering Ray Price


On Monday, songwriter and performer Ray Price passed away at the age of 87. Radio Heartland program director Mike Pengra shares some thoughts about Price.

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Haley Bonar, Charlie Parr, and more Minnesota record releases this week


Charlie Parr, Live at the Brewhouse A longtime favorite in the Duluth music scene, blues-folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Parr is set to release his latest nine-song effort, recorded live at the Brewhouse during his Backslider session series in 2006. Twangy, authentic, and often spiritual, Parr’s music—along with some contributions from friends—is captured on a limited-edition…

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Top 6 UBS Forum performance videos of 2013


Here at the Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in downtown St. Paul we have the UBS Forum, an intimate performance setting with just over 100 seats. When some of our favorite artists roll through town, we're fortunate enough to invite listeners of The Current to join us for an exclusive live show. We've put together our favorite performances from the six UBS Forum sessions we hosted in 2013.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Dez Dickerson: 'Put an explosion over it'

Dez Dickerson points at the audience at First Avenue

Prince's first guitarist, Dez Dickerson, talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson, taking us back to the early days, into the recording studio, and from the smallest clubs to the biggest stages. 'From the very beginning,' Dickerson says, 'Prince had a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted it, how he wanted us to coalesce as a band, what he wanted to say, and what message that would send.'

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Today in Music History: Remembering Pete Shelley


Lead Belly passed away, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck was born, Led Zeppelin had their first hit in the US, Sid Vicious lived up to his name, The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at the Altamont Speedway; and Pete Shelley passed away, Today in Music History.

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