Luke Taylor Feature Archive

Strand of Oaks' frontman tells us about the Fender Telecaster he received as a gift -- and how he almost lost it in New York's Lower East Side. (08/27/2014)
This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut. (08/26/2014)
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist. (08/26/2014)
Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair. (08/24/2014)
Celebrating their final season at Midway Stadium, the Saint Paul Saints will give away this vinyl album to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game. Get a preview of the album by streaming these tracks by local artists. (08/12/2014)
In The Current's studio to do a session with the band Alpha Consumer, Jeremy Ylvisaker spoke to us about one of his guitars, a Squier Jazzmaster, that he bought in Minneapolis a couple years ago, just before heading out on tour with Andrew Bird. (07/16/2014)
Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe. (07/11/2014)
Summertime in the Upper Midwest brings a number of classical music festivals and other seasonal offerings to Classical MPR's listening region. Use our list and maps to find a festival near you -- or to find a musical reason to take a summer road trip. (07/09/2014)
In St. Paul to teach master classes at the Twin Cities Bass Camp and to perform a concert on Thursday, July 10, at the History Theatre, inspiring bassist François Rabbath stopped by Classical MPR to share his thoughts about teaching and performing. (07/08/2014)
When Benjamin Booker stopped in to The Current for an in-studio session, he took some time to tell us about the hollow-body guitar he purchased without even playing it. Fortunately, it's worked out very well for him. (07/02/2014)
During the week his new album, 'Beauty & Ruin', released, Bob Mould visited The Current to do an in-studio session with Steve Seel, to visit with David Campbell on The Local Show, and to perform on 'Wits' alongside author and comedian Jen Kirkman. Despite his busy schedule, Mould took some time to tell us about his signature blue Stratocaster. (06/18/2014)
St. Paul and the Broken Bones visited The Current's studio following their show at the Varsity Theater. At the end of the band's rollicking in-studio set, guitarist Browan Lollar took some time to talk about his Reverend Gil Parris signature guitar. (06/11/2014)
Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota. (06/09/2014)
On tour with Conor Oberst as both his opening act and backing band, Dawes stopped by The Current's studio during a two-night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes took some time to tell us about his trusty Gibson acoustic guitar -- and about an important life lesson he learned from a taxi trip in Chicago. (06/04/2014)
Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn. (06/03/2014)