Barb Abney

Barb Abney

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


Barb Abney can be heard weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on The Current. Every weekday around 1:30 p.m., Abney features "Cover 2 Cover," a pair of songs that demonstrate the allure of the cover tune; and on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., she spins Tonal Recall, an all-request show dedicated to '90s music. Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati's WOXY.com, one of the premier alternative stations in the country. She DJ'd there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.

Barb Abney Feature Archive

Interpol
Ahead of Interpol's sold out show in the First Avenue mainroom on Nov. 14, Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler of the band came by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney. (11/20/2014)
Damien Rice
Damien Rice's third full-length album <em>My Favourite Faded Fantasy</em> releases today. The Irish singer-songwriter recently chatted with host Barb Abney about the new record and his life leading up to the release. After you catch the interview, enter The Current's Damien Rice <em>My Favourite Faded Fantasy</em> giveaway. (11/11/2014)
dee dee penny of dum dum girls
Dee Dee Penny from Dum Dum Girls dropped by The Current's studio to chat with Barb Abney ahead of the band's show tonight at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. (10/22/2014)
Touring in support of <em>Do to the Beast</em>, their first album in 16 years, the Afghan Whigs stopped by to record a session in The Current's studio and to chat with host and resident Afghan Whigs expert Barb Abney. (10/11/2014)
The Current's Barb Abney describes the process by which she and a Facebook friend have organized a DJ night dedicated to a subgenre of rock music with a -- shall we say -- memorable name. (09/05/2014)
Singer-songwriter Nikki Lane performed a set at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 23. Frankie Lee joined her on backing vocals and second guitar; both of them spoke to Barb Abney and played in front of a live audience. (08/25/2014)
Do you have a musical "one that got away?" For Barb Abney, it would be Placebo. She missed a chance to see their live set in Ohio, and now, 15 years on, she's finally getting a chance to see Placebo live. (08/22/2014)
Ahead of their show at the 7th St. Entry, the Fresh & Onlys stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off their new record, <em>House of Spirits</em>. Between songs, frontman Tim Cohen and Wymond Miles chatted with host Barb Abney about the band's beginnings at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, how the Fresh & Onlys' dynamic has changed over the years and what recording the new album at Lucky Cat. (07/17/2014)
Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is no stranger to listeners of the Current: he's co-host of Sound Opinions, which airs on our station every Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00. He visited our studios in April to meet with our Local Current college contributors, and while he was here he took a few minutes to talk with Barb Abney about his mentor Lester Bangs, the R. Kelly story that landed him in court, and the song that most reminds him of his time living in Minneapolis. (06/10/2014)
In town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play a solo acoustic set and to talk to Barb Abney about his forthcoming album, 'Sugar'. (04/18/2014)
A rock album for deep thinkers who also like soul, the highly anticipated 'Do To The Beast' may end up being the record that finally puts The Afghan Whigs on the front covers of the glossy music magazines. (04/14/2014)
When Sandra Bernhard came to town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club last month, the Wits alumna came by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney. (02/04/2014)
Ahead of his show at First Avenue on Saturday night, <em>The Voice</em> finalist and St. Paul, Minn., native Nicholas David stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and showed his versatile songwriting abilities with three original tracks. (12/27/2013)
Host Barb Abney shares her top albums and songs of 2013. (12/02/2013)
Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like. (10/03/2013)