Interviews

Shovels and Rope talk about 'By Blood' and about raising kids on tour


Jade talks with Shovels and Rope at Bonnaroo

During The Current's live broadcasts from Bonnaroo, Shovels and Rope, the Charleston, S.C., husband-and-wife duo comprising Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, stopped by to talk about their new album and about what it's like raising kids as touring musicians.

Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National


Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Jillian Rae, Gretsch 6118


Jillian Rae portrait at The Current

Jillian Rae tells the story of how she had been hoping to add a hollow-body Gretsch guitar to her arsenal of instruments, and how that vision came to be. 'It's kind of an amazing treat,' Rae says. 'I'm going to be playing that Gretsch live onstage now for most of the songs that I play electric guitar on.'

Listen: a candid conversation between Mary Lucia and Bob Collins


Mary Lucia and Bob Collins in The Current broadcast studio

In the run-up to Bob Collins's retirement, Collins and Mary Lucia sat down for a full conversation that reflects on their careers in radio as well as Bob Collins' plans for the future. And of course, there are great memories and lots of laughs from the past 14-plus years of Lucia and Collins' 4:20 p.m. news breaks.

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: one degree of separation


Jeffrey Bissoy interviews Nipsey Hussle at BITCON

On the day rapper, entrepreneur and activist Nipsey Hussle is memorialized in Los Angeles, MPR News' Jeffrey Bissoy shares an interview he did with Hussle at the Blacks in Technology conference on October 2018. Bissoy also reflects on Hussle's legacy in music and in the broader community.