Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound A new compilation from the Numero Group explores the Twin Cities Rhythm and Blues music scene from 1974 to 1984. It showcases the music that was being created before the international attention that came with the release of Prince's "Purple Rain" in 1984.
Morning Edition Producer Jim Bickal talked with the curator of the project, Jon Kirby.December 11, 2013
New album celebrates Minnesota lumberjack songs Twin Cities musician and scholar Brian Miller has been discovering and preserving the songs that lumberjacks in the northern Minnesota woods were singing in the 19th century. Miller and Randy Gosa will perform Friday, Oct. 11 at the Hinckley Fire Museum in Hinckley, Minn. On Saturday, Oct. 12 they will play at a CD release party at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul.October 11, 2013
Ronstadt a silenced songbird Linda Ronstadt has revealed that she can no longer sing a note; she has Parkinson's. She ushered in a pretty fair era in music in the late '60s and early'70s, along with James Taylor, Carole King and the Eagles: folk rock. She was the decade's highest-paid female singer -- and created the soundtrack for the lives of baby boomers.August 25, 2013
JJ Cale dies; wrote hits for Clapton, Skynyrd Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale, whose best known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with "After Midnight" and Lynyrd Skynyrd with "Call Me the Breeze," has died. He was 74.July 27, 2013
Dessa deconstructs her new album 89.3 The Current's host David Campbell recently hosted a one hour special with local hip hop artist Dessa to talk and sing a live audience through her latest album, "Parts of Speech."June 25, 2013
The Beatles' defining moment (hint: It's not 'Sgt. Pepper') Author Colin Fleming, an avowed Beatles superfan, argues that the Fab Four's most emblematic, "Beatle-esque" year was 1963, before they'd even made it big in the States. His evidence? A set of sessions that John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded that year at the BBC, which Fleming argues are the quintessence of everything the group would become.June 16, 2013