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
11:53 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

Over the past year, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has been following the progress of singer-songwriter Neko Case as she works on a follow-up to her 2009 album Middle Cyclone. Inskeep spoke with Case last spring, right after an 18-day recording session in Tucson, Ariz. During that first installment, Case said she was struggling to get a feel for the songs she'd written.

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Rock & Roots
5:06 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

David Bowie: The Stars (Are Out Tonight)... VIDEO

A bit late on this share/post. But worth it anyway. David never fails to satisfy...


Local/Regional News
8:31 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

WUKY's Rock & Roots Celebrates PUBLIC RADIO MUSIC MONTH.

WUKY will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month‐long initiative in April 2013 that celebrates public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

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Rock & Roots
12:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

NPR Music Presents: Josh Ritter In Concert

March 3, 2013 Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, is by any definition a breakup record; he wrote it following his own divorce, and every song finds him picking through a relationship's wreckage in pursuit of root causes and a way forward. Watch him perform the album's songs live from New York City.


Rock & Roots
12:48 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

David Bowie, Rock's Shape Shifter, Returns

My musical world does not exist without David Bowie's influence.

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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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