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.

Playlists

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.

Submissions

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 mgrav1@email.uky.edu

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

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Rock & Roots
9:56 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

The title of Richard Thompson's 21st solo album, Electric, promises a change of pace while doubling as a mission statement. And, sure enough, the record finds the great guitarist, singer and songwriter plugging in and indulging his rock 'n' roll side, complete with occasional solos that qualify as workouts. On an acoustic guitar, Thompson often simulates the sound of several players plucking and strumming at once.

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Rock & Roots
9:53 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around. She infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness, from her live-wire concerts to the way her songs gallop and clamor, picking up intensity as they go along. With her band The Get Down Stay Down, Nguyen is about to release her third album — We the Common, out Feb. 5 — and it's full of tense, clattering folk-rock.

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Rock & Roots
9:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

With My Morning JacketJim James presides over a band whose only consistent characteristic is bigness, whether its members are raging through arena-sized rock 'n' roll, soaring like a choir or indulging a mile-wide playful side, with room for stomping funk, angelic ballads and everything in between.

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Rock & Roots
12:28 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Foxygen On World Cafe

Listen to WUKY's Rock & Roots Mon-Fri 9A-4P to hear Foxygen... And check out the story below to get the INSIDE STORY...

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Rock & Roots
10:18 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe by David Dye

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, Tenn., we've dug up archival interviews with two legendary Stax Records performers: guitarist Steve Cropper and organist Booker T. Jones, both of Booker T. & The M.G.'s.

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Rock & Roots
11:24 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Trey Anastasio On World Cafe by DAVID DYE

In addition to leading Phish, one of rock's most beloved jam bands, Trey Anastasiohas built a successful solo career in the past 10 years with his Trey Anastasio Band.

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Rock & Roots
10:16 am
Tue January 8, 2013

There's A Brand New David Bowie Song : by Bob Boilen

It's so so good to hear him sing again. This morning we wake up to a new song from David Bowie called "Where Are We Now?" The song will appear on a new studio album, Bowie's 30th, called The Next Day.

Rock & Roots
12:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

First Listen: Erin McKeown, 'Manifestra'

When assessing music, words like "independent" — and especially "indie" — get tossed around like so much confetti, often to describe works that aren't independent of anything. Particularly at this point in her many-hyphened career, Erin McKeown is a genuine independent: Her seventh album, Manifestra, is self-released, following a succession of detours and hairpin turns that have led her through folk, pop, rock, jazz standards and swing, along with many hybrids thereof.

Rock & Roots
12:44 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

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Rock & Roots
10:18 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert

November 19, 2012 For this, the 250th Tiny Desk Concert, the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer performs solo and unadorned, with just an acoustic guitar to back him up. Hear Gibbard perform a new song, a little-heard track from 2011, and "St. Peter's Cathedral" from Death Cab's Codes and Keys. LISTEN HERE.

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