The best of the in-studios: JD McPherson, Sea Wolf and Charles Bradley

JD McPherson, Sea Wolf and Charles Bradley
JD McPherson, Sea Wolf and Charles Bradley. (MPR Graphic / Courtesy of the artists)
JD McPherson - Northside Gal
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  • JD McPherson - Northside Gal 02:19
  • Sea Wolf - You're A Wolf 03:32
  • Charles Bradley - Heart of Gold 03:06

April is Public Radio Music Month, and what is more "public radio music" than the in-studio session? Stations across the nation put hours and hours of work into bringing up-and-coming artists and high-profile bands into their studios, often capturing some of the most poignant... or raucous performances out there.

So to celebrate Public Radio Music Month, we're having a daily vote for the best in-studio tracks from The Current's performance archive. We've gone through and picked some of the most beloved performances by the staff and by our audience. We'll play the winner during the Live Current track of the day the following day.

Now, let the games begin! Today's vote: JD McPherson, Sea Wolf and Charles Bradley

The Winner: JD McPherson - "Northside Gal"

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