Bill DeVille

Bill DeVille

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio

Bill DeVille brings his deep musical knowledge to The Current's airwaves five days a week, including Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Saturdays, he features the "honey-do list," a series of tracks scattered throughout the day that adhere to a theme: Sometimes it's Rolling Stones songs, sometimes it acknowledges special dates or shows, and sometimes it's something as specific as artists mentioned in the LCD Soundsystem hipster classic, "Losing My Edge."

On Sundays, DeVille hosts and curates the show, United States of Americana, which specializes in the roots-oriented side of The Current. He's hosted several in-studio sessions on the show with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Justin Townes Earle, as well as with newcomers like J.D. McPherson. Tuesdays at 10 p.m., DeVille hosts Time Machine Tuesday, a weekly show focusing on a year and its music, news and pop culture.

DeVille has been with The Current since its inception. You might also remember him as the overnight host and music programmer on Cities 97. While there, he also hosted Minnesota Music, where he interviewed local music legends the Jayhawks, Semisonic, Mason Jennings and Soul Asylum. DeVille started his radio career in Sioux Falls, S.D., and also spent some time at KABL (a Minneapolis-based, cable-radio station). He was named City Pages' Best DJ in 2007 for his work on The Current, and more recently was named Best DJ in Vita.MN's List of Lists issue.

Bill DeVille Feature Archive

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In town for a double-bill show with Blitzen Trapper, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their new album, 'English Oceans', and to chat with The Current's Bill DeVille. (03/30/2014)
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For Johnny Cash fans like Bill DeVille, today's release of Johnny's lost album, 'Out Among the Stars', is huge news. Bill DeVille shares some of the album's backstory and gives his review. (03/25/2014)
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Drive-By Truckers are back with the tenth album of their nearly 20-year career, and this might be one their finest. The Truckers sing about what they know: real people with real-life problems in small-town America. They deliver their music with conviction, simplicity and grit. (03/17/2014)
Bruce Springsteen is back with one of the more interesting albums he's recorded. His 18th studio album is a kind of an "odds & sods" collection, and the first culled from older material. (01/25/2014)
Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of The Cactus Blossoms stopped in to The Current's studios to play a few songs and to talk with Bill DeVille as part of the fourth-anniversary show of <i>United States of Americana</i>. (12/08/2013)
Weekend host and Time Machine pilot Bill DeVille's picks for the best music of 2013. (12/02/2013)
With winter setting in and those colder temperatures upon us, light the fireplace and give The Avett Brothers' <i>Magpie and the Dandelion</i> a spin. It'll warm your heart and soul. (11/18/2013)
Amos Lee came by The Current studios before his show at the State Theatre and chatted with United States of Americana host Bill DeVille. (11/10/2013)
To call Bonnie Raitt "accomplished" is an understatement, yet after 19 albums and 10 Grammy Awards, Raitt continues to work just as hard as ever. She recently chatted with The Current's Bill DeVille about her music and about her many connections to Minnesota. (10/13/2013)
On tour in support of their seventh studio album, the appropriately named <i>VII</i>, Portland, Ore., band Blitzen Trapper stopped in to The Current's studios to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. (10/09/2013)
The Current's Bill DeVille recently visited Nashville, Tenn., to attend the Americana Music Conference &#151; very fitting for the host of <i>United States of Americana</i>! Read about and see photos of Bill's experiences in "Music City." (09/29/2013)
Desaparecidos &#151; the name means "the disappeared ones" in Spanish &#151; did exactly that not long after their 2002 album, <i>Read Albums/Speak Spanish</i>. After reuniting and releasing a handful of singles, Desaparecidos are touring once more and stopped in to The Current's studios to talk to Bill DeVille. (08/31/2013)
Jake Bugg is a breath of fresh air in this world full of manufactured pop music and television singing competitions, and he's often armed only with little more than a guitar and a song. (08/12/2013)
Bill DeVille chatted with band leader and tuba player Ben Jaffe of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band in between their music set recorded at City Winery in New York about their new record <em>That's It!</em>, working with Dan Wilson of Semisonic, and the group's historic performances including Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater in the 60s. (07/23/2013)
Mayer Hawthorne is known for delivering Motown and even Barry White influenced vintage R&B, but his 5th studio album <em>Where Does This Door Go</em> is a little different. He seems to have ditched the retro-soul influenced sound in favor of something a little more modern. (07/15/2013)