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
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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Rock & Roots
10:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

May 13, 2013 The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.

Here's the VIDEO LINK...

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Rock & Roots
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Space Oddity' In Space: Yes, Astronauts Are Still The Coolest Humans by: Linda Holmes

This is Canadian astronaut , performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while floating around the International Space Station. You may have last seen the space station team fixing stuff.

Rock & Roots
11:42 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Song Premiere: Sharon Jones' Explosive 'Retreat' by Bob Boilen

If this song had just the tubular bells at the top and then that Motown guitar riff, I'd have been hooked and happy. But then, along comes Sharon Jones, the brilliant, powerful soul singer, and the song explodes. "Retreat!" is the perfect marriage of singer, song and band. A lot has happened to Sharon Jones and Bushwick's brilliant professors of soul, the Dap-Kings, in the three years since they last recorded. They played the Apollo, the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and SXSW. And they've just gotten stronger and stronger.

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Rock & Roots
10:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

BECK reimagines BOWIE... Worth another post!!!!

Navigate Beck’s Performance of ‘Sound and Vision’ as a 360-Degree Interactive Video...