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Interview with Electric Fetus co-founder Ron Korsh


Electric Fetus co-founder Ron Korsh, October 2017

In 1968, Ron Korsh co-founded the Electric Fetus with his friend Dan Foley. The Current recently caught up with Korsh at his home in Washington, D.C. Among several interesting facts and recollections, Korsh talks about the inspiration for the name 'Electric Fetus,' about what made him leave retail for architecture, and how - coincidentally - he designed the house where drummer Bobby Z now lives.

Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards Nominees announced


Margo Price at the 2017 Americana Honors and Awards

In a ceremony streamed live from Nashville, Tenn., the nominees for the 2018 Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards were announced. Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, I'm With Her, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Anderson East were among the nominees across six categories. See a complete list of the nominees and watch Bill DeVille's video summary.

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.