News and Interviews

A conversation with John Hiatt


John Hiatt web crop

While in Nashville back in September, Bill DeVille met singer-songwriter John Hiatt at Black River Entertainment for a conversation about his latest album, 'The Eclipse Sessions.' Because DeVille and Hiatt have known each other for some 30 years, they also got to a bit of reminiscing as well. Listen to the complete conversation and read highlights from their chat.

Mary Lucia interviews Jon Langford


Mary Lucia with Jon Langford in The Current studio

Jon Langford is a true renaissance man: a musician, a visual artist, a producer. Founder of the Mekons and a student and propagator of Americana and roots music, the Welsh-born, Chicago-based Langford stopped at The Current for a fun and free-flowing conversation with Mary Lucia.

A conversation with singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe


Ashley Monroe performing

While in Nashville just a couple weeks ago, Bill DeVille met Ashley Monroe at Black River Entertainment for a conversation about Monroe's latest album, 'Sparrow,' and about what it was like to record at RCA Studio A in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb.

Sting talks about his collaboration with Shaggy


Sting and Shaggy

Sting -- formerly with the Police, a solo artist for many years, and a frequent collaborator with tons of artists -- has most recently collaborated with Shaggy on a new album, '44/876.' Ahead of their show at the Armory in Minneapolis, Sting connected with The Current's Brian Oake to talk about the album and its influences, and about working with Shaggy. 'Performing with Shaggy is a joy in itself,' Sting says.

Morris Hayes on '20Ten'


Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

Morris Hayes on 'Planet Earth'


Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

Morris Hayes on '3121'


Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.