The red oval and The Current seem to go hand in hand. And The Current's listeners have embraced this simple yet elegant design, whether posting it as window clings or wearing it on t-shirts or carrying oval-emblazoned water bottles. But where did that oval come from? A former MPR graphic designer sheds some light on it.
Glass Animals' front man Dave Bayley loves Hofner Guitars, even though he says they are made of 'annoyingly cheap' wood. But it's the guitars' sound that draws him in and has made him a collector. Bayley purchased his guitar in a shop in Denmark Street in London -- one of the places on the itinerary of the upcoming London Beat with Mark Wheat tour. "It's called 'Guitar Alley'," Bayley says. "There's loads of vintage guitar shops."
A violist, cellist and bassist share their insights on a new rule to create a standard policy for carrying instruments on cramped airplanes.
Musicians have experienced inconsistent policies when traveling with their instruments, leading to a new ruling from the U.S. Department of Transportation intended to create a standard policy across the industry. Speaking to Classical MPR, a violist, a cellist and a bassist shared their insights on travel and on the new rule.
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile describes her Collings custom guitar, a guitar make she starting playing based on the recommendation of a songwriting legend.
Frequently throughout the year, albums featured on New Classical Tracks are offered as free giveaways, given to lucky winners in a random draw. In this unscientific poll, here are the top 10 most-coveted albums of 2014, based on number of giveaway entrants.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture.
On Dec. 11, 2008, Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole (aka Tom Keith) made its final broadcast. That same day, a new service, Radio Heartland, began streaming. Program Director Mike Pengra recently sat down to reflect on Radio Heartland past, present and future.
Nick Lowe accompanied a friend on an errand to a guitar shop in Portland, Ore.; implored to try a guitar by a store employee, Lowe originally dismissed the instrument as "ugly." But after playing it, Nick Lowe bought it. Read the story and learn about the guitar in the latest installment of The Current's Guitar Collection.
Mike Doughty keeps two guitars at home so there's always one nearby when an idea strikes him. One of those guitars is always on tour with him, and Doughty took some time to tell us about it and the decals he's applied to personalize the instrument.
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Tim Buzza of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
As Christmas 1914 approached, opposing armies famously put their differences aside and shared common celebrations. It's a story that's been preserved in many ways, including in the stage show, 'All Is Calm', a co-production of Theater Latte Da and Cantus. Learn more and enter for a chance to win tickets to the show.
Digital Producer Luke Taylor shares his top 10 songs and albums of 2014.
When Nikki Lane was in The Current's studio for a live session, she played a brand-new, shiny, black guitar. Asked about the instrument, Nikki shares a great story that involves a tour of the guitar factory and a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash.
Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says.