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
2:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Filmmaker Archie Borders discusses his new movie "Please to Meet Me"

Louisville-based Indie filmmaker Archie Borders has a new movie project financed on, a project that starts shooting today in Louisville.

And as far as we can see, this is Borders’ third feature film, but his first film with a “name” cast.

“Pleased to Meet Me”  was inspired by one segment on Chicago Public Radio’s series “This American Life” called “Classifieds,” produced by Ira Glass.

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Rock & Roots
10:39 am
Tue February 11, 2014


Rock & Roots
2:41 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar' & Their Morning Edition Interview

Tinariwen's new album, Emmaar, comes out Feb. 11.

Morning Edition Wednesday, Feb 5 interview... LISTEN HERE...

How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.

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Rock & Roots
1:36 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Ed Sullivan (center) stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance, on the Ed Sullivan Show, in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.

It's been 50 years since The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, to an audience of screaming, hair-pulling, ecstatic (in the classic sense) teenage girls. Cutes in suits, you might call them, like (and, of course, nothing like) countless other bands of the time that wore skinny ties and shared microphones and said "oh" and "yeah" and "baby."

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Rock & Roots
3:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Feb 10-14): Various Artists, "Sweetheart 2014"

Listen to Rock & Roots Mon-Fri at 10:50, 12:50 & 2:50 for DEEP TRACKS from the new album "Sweetheart 2014"... PLUS a chance to win your own copy!

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Rock & Roots
2:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Broken Bells: Life "After the Disco" - NPR Morning Edition

James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (right) of Broken Bells.


After the Disco, ' second album, grew out of late-night conversations about what happens once you've grown up, or what happens after the party. The title phrase developed from band member James Mercer () riffing on melodies until he hit something that sounded like "after the disco."

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Rock & Roots
12:18 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview

Beck's 12th studio full-length, Morning Phase, will be released Feb. 25.
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Rock & Roots
12:00 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Feb 3-7): Lake Street Dive, "Bad Self Portraits"

Lake Street Dive.

Listen to Rock & Roots Mon-Fri at 10:50, 12:50 & 2:50 for DEEP TRACKS from the new Lake Street Dive album "Bad Self Portraits"... PLUS a chance to win your own copy!

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Rock & Roots
1:57 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, 's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. His grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, said he died of natural causes.

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Rock & Roots
2:11 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Angélique Kidjo Shares The 'Shiver' Of Hearing A Beautiful Voice

Grammy-winning artist Angélique Kidjo is one of the biggest names in African music, and at 53, she's still moving at the speed of light. Her latest album, Eve, is out Tuesday and includes collaborations with some fellow stars: , the Luxembourg Philharmonic and .

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