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.

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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

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

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Rock & Roots
12:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Laura Mvula: Tiny Desk Concert

July 1, 2013 Squeezing Mvula's sound behind Bob Boilen's desk is no tiny task, as she acknowledges partway through this three-song set in the NPR Music offices. The U.K. singer faces the challenge by showcasing her most intimate material.


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Rock & Roots
9:34 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle' by NPR Staff

From small country churches to the stages of the civil rights movement to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ' career has spanned more than 60 years.

The gospel legend has shown no interest in retirement. Her new album, One True Vine, is her second collaboration with 's Jeff Tweedy.

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Rock & Roots
12:15 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Patty Griffin: Tiny Desk Concert

June 24, 2013 Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. At the NPR Music offices, Griffin and her band perform three songs from her new album, American Kid.

HERE'S the LINK...

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Rock & Roots
11:59 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

About 25 years ago, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter were students in a Philadelphia high school and they wanted to impress a girl. So they formed a band ... which would go on to become the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots. Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, says that for him, a musical future was preordained. As he recounts in a new memoir, Mo' Meta Blues, his father, Lee Andrews — a member of the successful 1950s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts — groomed Questlove for show business from an early age.

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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