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Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio


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Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.'

Soul man extraordinaire Charles Bradley performs at The Current


Charles Bradley

In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called Victim of Love.

Spoon share tunes and thoughts from 'Hot Thoughts'


Spoon in The Current studio

In town for back-to-back sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon wandered over to The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Daniel and Fischel played stripped-down versions of songs from 'Hot Thoughts' and from 2014's 'They Want My Soul,' and Daniel talked about what has made Spoon such an enduring band.

J. Roddy Walston & the Business play songs from their forthcoming album


J. Roddy Walston & The Business in studio

It's been four years since J. Roddy Walston and the Business released their last album, but on Sept. 29, they'll release their fourth studio album, 'Destroyers Of The Soft Life.' In town to play a show at First Avenue, J. Roddy Walston and the Business stopped at The Current to play songs from the forthcoming record, in a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

The War on Drugs share old and new songs at the Turf Club


The War on Drugs MicroShow

On Aug. 12, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with The War on Drugs, who performed at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Attendees of the concert were those who had won tickets to the show through The Current's on-air and online giveaways to the event. The War on Drugs performed a set that included songs from their back catalogue as well as tunes from their new album, 'A Deeper Understanding.'

David Rawlings performs songs from his new album, 'Poor David's Almanack'


David Rawlings in the studio

David Rawlings is out with a new record, 'Poor David's Almanack,' featuring 10 new, original tunes. The album was released on Aug. 11, and Radio Heartland and The Current were lucky enough to enjoy Rawlings' first radio session in support of the new record. Rawlings is accompanied in studio by Gillian Welch, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas and Willie Watson -- the same musicians heard on the studio album.