Interviews

Becky Kapell celebrates 'That Certain Ache'


Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet at Radio Heartland

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Becky Kapell says her new album ' was inspired by David Duchovny and Dolly Parton.' Ahead of the album's release show on Friday, May 18, Kapell, along with guitarist and producer Paul Bergen, joined Mike Pengra in the Radio Heartland studio to spin a few tracks and to talk about the new album.

Mason Jennings is out of the woods with new music


Mason Jennings

On Friday, May 11, Mason Jennings releases his new album, 'Songs From When We Met,' which was recorded in the woods near Eau Claire, Wis. Jennings, who describes it as an album about love and healing, stopped by The Current to talk to Brian Oake and Jill Riley about what inspired this output of new music.

Newly minted star Caitlyn Smith comes home to Cannon Falls


Caitlyn Smith performs at PledgeHouse at SXSW

Even as she found success as a Music City songwriter, Caitlyn Smith slowly let go of her own teenage dreams -- of signing with a label, playing live on national TV, having her voice ring out on the radio to folks back home in Cannon Falls, MN.

Back from Australia shows, Andre Cymone teases new projects


Andre Cymone performs during a March 2018 tour in Australia

Having recently played several shows in Australia, both in support of his 2017 album '1969' and as part of the New Power Generation, Andre Cymone is back home in Los Angeles and is ramping up two new albums. 'As an artist, I'm going to do whatever I'm inspired to do,' Cymone says.

Mary Lucia: a conversation with legendary photographer Mick Rock


Photographer Mick Rock

Mick Rock is a legendary photographer who has captured iconic images of artists like Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett and so many more. Mary Lucia recently had the chance to speak to Mick Rock about his longtime friendship with David Bowie and about his ongoing career as a pioneering rock photographer.

Talking guitars and songwriting with Caitlyn Smith


Caitlyn Smith performs at PledgeHouse at SXSW

On a recent visit to The Current studio, Nashville-based singer-songwriter talked about some of her favorite guitars, and how the name of her breakout album, 'Starfire,' is taken from one of them.

Gabriel Roth talks about Daptone Records past, present and future


Sharon Jones performs at World Cafe Live

The co-founder of Daptone Records, home to artists like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, Antibalas and other high-quality bands, talks with Toki Wright about what it was like to work with Sharon Jones, about the future of Daptone, about the Dap-Kings' chemistry and more. 'We never rehearsed,' Roth says. 'A big part of it was learning to react to each other on stage and follow the music.'

Check out 'Music to Watch,' a new music discussion feature


Music to Watch

Music to Watch is a new feature from The Current where host Sean McPherson checks in Kateri Palen, music segment producer, and Brian Stack, writer and actor, both of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on CBS. Together, the three swap notes about music and artists who have captured their attention lately. This week, Sean, Kateri and Brian talk about David Byrne, Chance the Rapper, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker and more.