In this intimate interview series, the Current's Andrea Swensson sits down with musicians from the Twin Cities and beyond to talk about their real-life struggles and the music that makes it a little better. It's going to be O.K.
The O.K. Show, Episode 21: Davina Sowers
Davina and the Vagabonds frontwoman Davina Sowers deconstructs the stigma around mental illness and shares her addiction and recovery story.
The O.K. Show, Episode 20: Natalie Grace McKay
Hardcore artist Natalie Grace McKay talks about carving out space for transgender performers and her journey to sobriety.
The O.K. Show, Episode 19: P.O.S
Rapper P.O.S talks about the emotional and creative fallout of his recent kidney transplant.
The O.K. Show, Episode 18: Gary Louris
The frontman for the Jayhawks opens up about his experiences with depression, addiction, and recovery.
The O.K. Show, Episode 17: Michelle Leon
Bassist-turned-novelist Michelle Leon reflects on being a Babe in Toyland.
The O.K. Show, Episode 16: Big Cats
Producer Big Cats talks to Andrea Swensson about the art of grieving publicly.
Inspiring, Courageous Contribution To Music Journalism
I am truly grateful for Andrea Swensson's contributions to the music scene in Minneapolis. If you love music or aspire to excel in a creative career, there is a lot in store for you with these insightful interviews. Andrea earns the trust of the people she is talking to, and goes deep into what makes these fascinating Minnesota artists create great music. And, she doesn't shy away from the tough and taboo subjects, delving into what's real in an artists life, and the dangers of sinking into depression without the support of family and friends. The O. K. Show is quite a gift to listeners. It's the type of show that sets the bar high with honest, heartfelt, candid conversation. When I listen to this show I feel a little more connected, and a little less separated and isolated because of the things I struggle with. It's a pretty amazing feat for a podcast. Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your love of music, and how important it is, and highlighting it's value to our wellbeing both personally and as a community.
Absolutely love the honest conversations Andrea has with her guests.
I'm ok yer ok
MPR music journalist Andrea Swensson digs into the frailties of MN musicians, how they cope and create. Insightful.