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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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
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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Rock & Roots
10:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music, 2013

What defined music in 2013? All Songs Considered kicks off NPR Music's year-end coverage by humbly submitting the following themes for your consideration: The long-awaited return of legends. New favorites who arrived fully formed. The triumph of elaborate promotion. The sneak-attack album drop. On this special edition of the show, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers for a roughly chronological tour through the musical high points of the year...

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Rock & Roots
7:28 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?


Here's that list with the percentages included:

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Rock & Roots
4:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

WUKY's Joe Conkwright Interviews Béla Fleck

WUKY listeners are already well acquainted with musician Béla Fleck, but we thought you might like to hear the latest from the talented instrumentalist and composer.

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Rock & Roots
12:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Broken Bells Shares New Song, Accidentally Channels Bee Gees

Broken Bells — James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) — are back with a new album. After The Disco is due out in January.

There's soon to be a new album from — the duo of James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) — and you're about to find out how it all came together.

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Rock & Roots
1:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Arcade Fire In Concert

Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

Hear the band perform highlights from its new album, Reflektor, recorded live from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.


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