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
1:01 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Your Top 400 Artists of All Time: from WUKY

Did your picks make the Top 400? Check back here to find out!

400. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

399.  The Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over

398. Ludwig van Beethoven - Fifth Symphony

397. Bjork - Human Behavior

396. INXS - I Need You Tonight

395. Sarah Vaughan - Dreamsville

394. Mike Doughty - Lord, Lord Help Me Just To Rock Rock On

393. Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft

392. Flat & Scruggs - Earl's Breakdown

391. Gorillas - Feel Good Inc.

390. Free - All Right Now

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Rock & Roots
9:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

First Listen: Atoms For Peace, 'Amok'

No two words have ever summed up the music of Radiohead's Thom Yorke quite like his band's own song title, "Paranoid Android." It's all there: the unease and suspicion, the weight of worry, the otherworldly quality, the blend of man and machine, the sense that we're all headed toward imminent collapse.

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Rock & Roots
12:11 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age by: Tom Moon

When he's leading his band My Morning Jacket, Jim James often comes across as a seeker — someone with at least passing curiosity about the metaphysical, if not the unknowable. On his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, his questioning goes a bit deeper.

Rock & Roots
11:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

WUKY's Rock & Roots continues to support local musicians... LINK to Shaker Steps.

WUKY's Rock & Roots continues to support local musicians... LINK to Shaker Steps... "First and foremost, our goal is to document, present, and share the work of artists we respect performing their music in unique and often unexpected places. We live, work, and play in and around the Lexington, Kentucky area and our hope is to show how this environmental context shapes the music that is created and performed here." ENJOY!!

Rock & Roots
2:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy by NPR Staff

Ben Harper grew up roaming the aisles and restoring guitars at his family's music store, the Claremont Folk Music Center. Going on its 60th year of business, the storefront in Southern California is where Harper first discovered the harmonica playing of blues legend Charlie Musselwhite.

"We had Charlie's records stacked high at my family's store and at my house," Harper tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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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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