Bill DeVille

Bill DeVille

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
bdeville@mpr.org


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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The Current's Bill DeVille loves music and he loves the State Fair. He shares his thoughts about some of the music acts appearing on stages throughout the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. (08/20/2014)
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The morning after playing a sold-out show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, OK Go stopped in to The Current's studio to play an acoustic set and to talk with Bill DeVille. (08/18/2014)
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Things have really taken off in the last several months for New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker. He's been touring constantly, he's appeared on 'The Late Show' with David Letterman, and he just wrapped a few opening dates on Jack White's tour. He even found time to drop by The Current Studio for a session. All that, and he didn't even have an album out. Until now. (08/18/2014)
On tour supporting her 14th studio album, 'Unrepentant Geraldines', as well as her rich back-catalogue, Tori Amos stopped by The Current's studio early on Sunday to play some songs and to have a chat with Bill DeVille. (08/06/2014)
After attending a special preview screening this week, The Current's Bill DeVille shares his thoughts about the new James Brown biopic, starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor. Read Bill's remarks and view a trailer for the film. (08/01/2014)
It was a huge week for Jenny Lewis. She debuts at the top of the Chart with "Just One of the Guys," from her forthcoming album, <em>The Voyager</em>. The album, produced by Beck, is set to release Tuesday, July 29. Jenny pulled out all the stops for the new video which stars Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson in drag. (07/16/2014)
Ahead of his trippy performance at the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium on Saturday, June 28, Ray LaMontagne stopped by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Bill DeVille. (07/14/2014)
Recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn., and produced by Low's Alan Sparhawk, 'Wild Animals' just might be Trampled by Turtles' best batch of songs yet. (07/14/2014)
Jack White goes from the middle of the pack to numero uno on this week's Chart. Not the first time that's happened in his illustrious career! If you are a fan of the White Stripes, Jack is issuing <em>Live Under the Lights of the Rising Sun</em>, a <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-white-to-issue-rare-white-stripes-live-recordings-on-vinyl-20140707">live double-LP as part of "Vault Package" series</a> on his Third Man Label. (07/09/2014)
Born and raised in Tracy, Minn., Dennis Morgan is a songwriter who has had a quite a bit of success in Nashville since the late 60s. Besides Bob Dylan, Morgan is the only other Minnesota-born writer on the Country Songwriters Hall of Fame. Morgan spoke to Bill DeVille on United States of Americana. (06/30/2014)
Klara and Johanna S&#246;derberg of First Aid Kit augment their magical sibling harmonies with a fuller sound and richer arrangements -- which may not have been possible without their connection to Omaha's Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis. (06/23/2014)
On tour supporting his album 'In the Silence', Asgeir and his band stopped in to The Current studios to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. (06/14/2014)
In town to play a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg -- better known as First Aid Kit -- stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille and to play some brand-new songs and a longstanding favorite. (06/08/2014)
With a voice like Ray LaMontagne's, it would be easy for him to keep making the same album over and over. But this album might be the freshest and most adventurous of LaMontagne's career. (05/26/2014)
On the week of the release of his new album, 'Upside Down Mountain', Conor Oberst joined Bill DeVille down the line to talk about the record and about his upcoming First Avenue shows. (05/21/2014)