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
2:11 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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Rock & Roots
2:08 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

David Crosby: 'Serve The Song,' Not The Self

David Crosby may have one of the most cherished voices in rock history, but it's rare for listeners to hear it alone. His new solo studio album, Croz, is only his fourth such release in more than 50 years of making music.

Asked how he chooses which songs to attack on his own, rather than alongside his longtime partners , and , Crosby says it's less a decision than an intuition.

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Rock & Roots
12:10 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Jan 27-31): Arctic Monkeys, "AM"

Listen to Rock & Roots Mon-Fri at 10:50, 12:50 & 2:50 for DEEP TRACKS from the new Arctic Monkeys album "AM"

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Rock & Roots
3:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Jan 13-17): Bruce Springsteen, "High Hopes"

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

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Rock & Roots
1:32 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe 's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father 's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge. A set of originals, The River & The Thread features a similarly strong formal structure, but it expands where The List contracts.

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Rock & Roots
3:37 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

From Springsteen To St. Vincent, A Look At 2014's New Music... by NPR Staff

As the calendar flipped from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, music writers everywhere got to enjoy the transition from looking back — in after — to looking ahead. For NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, it's meant setting aside stacks of 2013 albums and digging into a feast of forthcoming music by big names and up-and-comers alike.

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Rock & Roots
11:07 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Rock & Roots Featured Album of the Week (Jan 6-10): Sharon Jones , "Give the People What They Want"

Listen to Rock & Roots Mon-Fri at 10:50, 12:50 & 2:50 for DEEP TRACKS from the new Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings album - "Give the People What They Want"... PLUS a chance to win your own copy!

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Rock & Roots
10:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year's Day - Rock & Roots Spotlights 2013's Best Music


  9am --3pm: Best of the Featured Album of the Week - Joe Conkwright looks back at the best of the Featured Albums of the Week 2013 (including tracks by Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Patty Griffin and many more)               

F E A T U R E D   A L B U M S   O F   T H E   W E E K   2 0 1 3

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3:56 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

WUKY Holiday Specials Spotlight The Year's Best Music


9am: Arcade Fire Live - Grammy-winning Canadian band Arcade Fire play their new album Reflektor in its entirety

10am: The Avett Brothers - One of the hottest bands on tour play their hits from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

11:30am: Wilco - The Chicago Rockers play a searing live set from the 2011 Sasquatch Festival in Washington state

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Rock & Roots
10:49 am
Wed December 11, 2013

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013

These are the albums we loved the most this year. In what we've written about each one below, you can see what we felt should be rewarded, what shook us up and what sucked us in over the 12 months of 2013.

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