Top 89 of 2018: Bill DeVille, host
Host Bill DeVille shares his favorite singles of 2018.
Bill DeVille brings his deep musical knowledge to The Current's airwaves five days a week, including Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Saturdays, he features the "honey-do list," a series of tracks scattered throughout the day that adhere to a theme: Sometimes it's Rolling Stones songs, sometimes it acknowledges special dates or shows, and sometimes it's something as specific as artists mentioned in the LCD Soundsystem hipster classic, "Losing My Edge."
On Sundays, DeVille hosts and curates the show, United States of Americana, which specializes in the roots-oriented side of The Current. He's hosted several in-studio sessions on the show with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Justin Townes Earle, as well as with newcomers like J.D. McPherson. Tuesdays at 10 p.m., DeVille hosts Time Machine Tuesday, a weekly show focusing on a year and its music, news and pop culture.
DeVille has been with The Current since its inception. You might also remember him as the overnight host and music programmer on Cities 97. While there, he also hosted Minnesota Music, where he interviewed local music legends the Jayhawks, Semisonic, Mason Jennings and Soul Asylum. DeVille started his radio career in Sioux Falls, S.D., and also spent some time at KABL (a Minneapolis-based, cable-radio station). He was named City Pages' Best DJ in 2007 for his work on The Current, and more recently was named Best DJ in Vita.MN's List of Lists issue.
Host Bill DeVille shares his favorite singles of 2018.
Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.
Michael and Tanya Trotter form the nucleus of The War and Treaty. Their debut album, 'Healing Tide,' was released on Aug. 10, 2018. After taking September's Americana Music Association Honors and Awards presentation ceremony by storm, the War and Treaty have been touring in support of the album. Ahead of their recent show in Minneapolis, the War and Treaty stopped at The Current for a session by Bill DeVille.
Inspired by his friends and by a time as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale National Park, David Huckfelt of the Pines is releasing his solo debut album, 'Stranger Angels,' in early 2019. Huckfelt and friends stopped at The Current to play some songs from the forthcoming record and to chat with host Bill DeVille.
With a new collection of songs and a new Netflix special on the way (produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Christopher Guest), the prolific singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III stopped at The Current to play songs and to chat with host Bill DeVille.
Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis is on tour in support of 'Delivery,' her first full-length album on a major label (Rounder Records). A harpist and pianist, Davis and her band bring a unique sound to the indie rock universe. Listen to her complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille.
Costello is a guy who has done it all musically, from a T-Bone Burnett produced roots/country album to a collaboration with the hip-hop aces, The Roots.
While in Nashville back in September, Bill DeVille met singer-songwriter John Hiatt at Black River Entertainment for a conversation about his latest album, 'The Eclipse Sessions.' Because DeVille and Hiatt have known each other for some 30 years, they also got to a bit of reminiscing as well. Listen to the complete conversation and read highlights from their chat.
While in Nashville just a couple weeks ago, Bill DeVille met Ashley Monroe at Black River Entertainment for a conversation about Monroe's latest album, 'Sparrow,' and about what it was like to record at RCA Studio A in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb.
Continuing a tradition, The Current's Bill DeVille provides an overview of some of the music highlights across the various stages at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair.
Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.
'Back Roads And Abandoned Motels' was recorded in just 2 sessions at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis. They didn't overthink this one, which adds to its charm. The Jayhawks have been making music for 30 plus years, and still make great records.
Frank Turner is a man who hasn't given up the fight. He's like a good old fashioned busker singing songs for the people in a world that's out of control.
Having recently released their latest album, 'Summertime Songs,' Field Report's Chris Porterfield reflects on how the band are at a point in their career where they can play any variety of venue. From barns to festivals to arenas and more, 'We kind of do everything,' Porterfield says. Between a barn gig in Iowa and a Turf Club show in St. Paul, Field Report stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.
In a ceremony streamed live from Nashville, Tenn., the nominees for the 2018 Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards were announced. Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, I'm With Her, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Anderson East were among the nominees across six categories. See a complete list of the nominees and watch Bill DeVille's video summary.
Leon Bridges' new album, 'Good Thing', is ambitious, bouncing all over the place musically, but in a very good way. Leon shows he is more than just a great singer. He sounds like a man on a mission to make a great album, and he may have he reached his goal.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats have returned with the long awaited, much anticipated second album, 'Tearing at the Seams'. After three years of heavy touring, Rateliff and company are now a road tested unit, you can hear it in their sound.
A longtime Nashville-based songwriter, Caitlyn Smith is now performing her own songs from her own album, 'Starfire.' Smith, who grew up in Minnesota, began her music career performing at the Minnesota State Fair and in Twin Cities music venues. An appearance on 'Live From Here' and an in-studio session at The Current helped bring a couple more of Smith's dreams to life.
Anderson East didn't reinvent the wheel with his latest efforts on 'Encore', he just made a really good album. "This guy is the real deal," lauds Bill DeVille of the Nashvillian.
Bill DeVille shares his unscientific list of his 50 favorite Americana albums released in 2017 that you heard on 'United States of Americana' during the course of the past year.