Rock & Roots

Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM

The Music

WUKY's Rock & Roots takes you on a musical journey of discovery through the latest and the roots  in Americana, folk, blues, indie rock, and much more. Rock & Roots also features live music and interviews with some of your favorite artists, from John Hiatt to Ben Sollee to Ani DiFranco.


Wondering what song you heard? Call us at (859) 257-9600 or search our playlists below.

Audio / Video

Check out our archive of past performances.


To submit your music to WUKY for airplay, please send your CD to:

WUKYc/o Mike Graves or Rusty Sharp
340 McVey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0045

You may also send MP3 copies to

Submission of music does not guarantee airplay and CDs will not be returned.

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Rock & Roots
1:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

"On the Road" with Rock & Roots... BONNAROO 2013 - A LOOK BACK... Saraya & Mary - "10 Essentials"


10 Essential Items

1.) One pair of Chacos, Tevas or some other good quality Jesus-cleats

Do not pack sneakers or tennis shoes, you will not wear them. Sturdy, supportive, comfortable walking sandals are a must. This isn’t Lollapalooza, leave the Vans at home.


2.) A mid-sized backpack with a Camelbak

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Rock & Roots
12:05 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

"On the Road" with Rock & Roots... BONNAROO 2013 - A LOOK BACK...

This past weekend, WUKY sent us music junkies, Mary Allen and Saraya Brewer, to experience the 4-day Tennessee music & art circus known as Bonnaroo. Here’s a list of who they saw, broken down by day (spoiler alert: while some acts obviously stood out more than others, they weren’t really disappointed by anyone they saw).


Down below the list is what we call... “Top 5 Acts We Didn’t Know We’d Love”...


Who We Saw


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Rock & Roots
10:43 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper') by NPR Staff

Author Colin Fleming is an avowed superfan, but he has one deeply held opinion about the band that other fans might find heretical. in this month's issue of The Atlantic, Fleming 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.

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Rock & Roots
10:12 am
Mon June 17, 2013

First Listen: Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' by Stephen Thompson

Now in its seventh decade, ' career has taken her through chart-topping hits with the gospel-soul family band The Staple Singers, performances for Martin Luther King Jr., enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recent string of highly regarded solo albums. One of Staples' many high-profile fans, 's Jeff Tweedy, produced and plays on Staples' 2010 album You Are Not Alone, and he returns to steer its fine follow-up, One True Vine.

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Rock & Roots
12:15 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Ethan Johns To Release Debut Solo Album In North America On July 30th

Single ‘Don’t Reach Too Far’

Produced By Long-Time Collaborator Ryan Adams

Rock & Roots
12:04 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Jason Isbell: A 'Southeastern' Songwriter's Path To Sobriety by NPR Staff

Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell outside their home in Nashville, Tenn.

There are a few things worth knowing about singer-songwriter : The round softness of his speech comes from his roots in rural Alabama. He has lyrics from a song inked on his forearm. He got his musical start with the hard-charging alt-country and Southern-rock band , and during those years, Isbell was drunk on stage — pretty much every time.

READ and LISTEN to the complete story HERE...

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Rock & Roots
12:09 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

A Rock Star, A Novelist And A Super-Producer Write A Musical... by: NPR Staff

T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.

Comedian George Carlin liked to say that art doesn't have a finish line. The trio behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County are the embodiment of that idea. Each is a superstar in his chosen field: rock music legend, best-selling novelist, record producer — trades they could have been content to pursue to the grave. Instead, they went and wrote a musical together, 13 years in the making.

HEAR the complete Weekend Saturday ATC story HERE...

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Rock & Roots
10:28 am
Fri June 7, 2013

"On the Road" with Rock & Roots... BONNAROO 2013...

BONNAROO 2013 - A PREVIEW from Saraya Brewer...


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Rock & Roots
11:34 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Forecastle Festival... Listen to Rock & Roots for complete details...

Forecastle Festival (July 12-14, 2013) Louisville, KY

Rock out to the Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, Robert Plant, Avett Brothers, Jim James and 50 other amazing bands.

Check out the new Flaming Lips album "Terror"...

The Flaming Lips will be performing at The Muhammad Ali Center during a private concert...

Check out The Muhammad Ali Center HERE...

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Rock & Roots
11:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Mike Graves from Rock & Roots talks with Lucy Jones about The Harry Dean Stanton Fest 3......

Since February of 2011, the city of Lexington, Kentucky has proudly hosted a festival in honor of Kentucky born actor Harry Dean Stanton. HDS Fest 3 will be held from May 30 - June 2, 2013 and will feature guest speaker Crispin Glover.

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