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

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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

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
3:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Feb 24-28): Temples, "Sun Structures"

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

It makes cosmic sense that Sun Structures, the debut album from , arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.

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Rock & Roots
9:20 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati Announces 2014 Artist Lineup

Third annual three-day music festival returns to Cincinnati, Ohio July 11, 12, and 13 and will feature the likes of Fall Out Boy, Paramore, The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums and many more.


Rock & Roots
2:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Beck's new album, Morning Phase, is out Feb. 25.


The thumbnail summary already circulating for 's 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.

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Rock & Roots
2:26 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Feb 17-21): Broken Bells, "After the Disco"

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

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

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
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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