Jill Riley Feature Archive

This record marked a transition from singer-songwriter to the fuller rock/pop Elton John sound. Elton's touring band was utilized in the making of this record and the production is just spot on. We played the New Orleans-sound influenced track "Honky Cat." (07/11/2012)
Illinois-born, California-based singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) earned breakout success with her debut album "Catching a Tiger," a searing collection of bluesy pop and indie folk powered by the songstress' immense vocal talent. (07/11/2012)
This greatest hits compilation contains the 1974 Conway Twitty single "I See the Want to in Your Eyes." (07/06/2012)
The Caravelles were a British female duo who had a hit in 1963 when they recorded the country song "You Don't Have to be a Baby to Cry." (07/05/2012)
Bob Dylan found his country croon voice when he made this record. (07/02/2012)
What is a studio masterpiece album? To me, it's a record that reaches beyond the traditional boundary of studio constraints. The musicians and producers who've made this type of record have been able to think outside of the box and have found innovative ways to create an expanded sonic environment. I put The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" in that realm. (06/29/2012)
Old-friend Brandi Carlile is a prolific folk rock artist, having released her third album of the past four years. Her newest, Bear Creek, was recently our CD of the Week. While in town to kick off her tour at the Minnesota Zoo, she returned to The Current Studio to perform a few songs from Bear Creek and chat with Jill about her rainy zoo performance, the inspiration behind the new record and her long-held goal of wearing a "nudie suit." (06/28/2012)
Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian best known for his contributions to VH1's Best Week Ever. He is (appropriately) the host of The Pod F. Tompkast, which was ranked #1 by Rolling Stone on their list of "The 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of the Moment" in 2011. Paul stopped by the Current studios to hijack the airwaves with a few of his favorite tracks. (06/15/2012)
Andy Richter: known for a decades-long career that has spanned television, film and the stage. (05/11/2012)
Jill Riley got a chance to sit down with Richter for a Theft Of The Dial where he spun favorite songs as diverse as Jesus Christ Superstar's "The Door." (05/11/2012)
Jill Riley sat down with Vincent Kartheiser to talk about his take on his Mad Men character and play the songs that he's currently listening to. (05/04/2012)
The television show Mad Men premiered in 2007 and almost immediately developed a cult following. Five years later, its characters' '60s lifestyle is just as engaging and entrancing. Minnesota native Vincent Kartheiser plays Pete Campbell, the love-to-hate-him — or maybe hate-to-love-him -- ladder-climbing accounts man on the show. (05/04/2012)
18 years after formation, Snow Patrol is still barreling onward with record releases, their most recent being Fallen Empires. (04/23/2012)
Jack White is no stranger to making records. From The White Stripes to The Raconteurs, to The Dead Weather and producing records for Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, he's become a music icon and an admired guitar player. Until now, we've experienced Jack White's trademark sound and vocal style through his various projects and bands. After all this time, he's finally made a record under his own name. It's his debut, solo full-length album "Blunderbuss." (04/23/2012)
Gotye is new to a lot of people, so it may come as a surprise that the Australian by-way of Belgium has actually been in the making music game since 2001. (04/17/2012)