Rock & Roots

Weekdays 9 AM - 3 PM

Rock & Roots will give away tickets to The Avett Brothers live at the Louisville Palace. Listen all this week for chances to win the Beat the Box Office Giveaway!

Concert Info:

Thursday, Oct. 16th
Friday, Oct. 17th
Saturday, Oct. 18th
The Louisville Palace Theatre

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
11:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Mike Graves from Rock & Roots talks with Lucy Jones about The Harry Dean Stanton Fest 3......

Since February of 2011, the city of Lexington, Kentucky has proudly hosted a festival in honor of Kentucky born actor Harry Dean Stanton. HDS Fest 3 will be held from May 30 - June 2, 2013 and will feature guest speaker Crispin Glover.

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Rock & Roots
10:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

May 13, 2013 The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.

Here's the VIDEO LINK...

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Rock & Roots
4:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Space Oddity' In Space: Yes, Astronauts Are Still The Coolest Humans by: Linda Holmes

This is Canadian astronaut , performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while floating around the International Space Station. You may have last seen the space station team fixing stuff.

Rock & Roots
11:42 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Song Premiere: Sharon Jones' Explosive 'Retreat' by Bob Boilen

If this song had just the tubular bells at the top and then that Motown guitar riff, I'd have been hooked and happy. But then, along comes Sharon Jones, the brilliant, powerful soul singer, and the song explodes. "Retreat!" is the perfect marriage of singer, song and band. A lot has happened to Sharon Jones and Bushwick's brilliant professors of soul, the Dap-Kings, in the three years since they last recorded. They played the Apollo, the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and SXSW. And they've just gotten stronger and stronger.

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Rock & Roots
10:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

BECK reimagines BOWIE... Worth another post!!!!

Navigate Beck’s Performance of ‘Sound and Vision’ as a 360-Degree Interactive Video...

Rock & Roots
9:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play' by NPR Staff

Not long ago, the idea of ever touring again seemed far-fetched at best. But as of this spring, not only is the band back on the road — according to drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood, they're having an easier time filling seats than in the past.

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Rock & Roots
12:42 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings

It's kind of surprising that 's Sam Beam has ended up making his living in music. Early on, he received a cautionary lesson from his dad.

"My father used to book Motown bands in college," Beam says. "And he imparted some wisdom on me that it's an easy gig to lose your shirt in."

Beam grew up in South Carolina; he studied art in college, then got into making movies. Music was just something he did on the side, for fun.

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Rock & Roots
10:02 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'

For all his wry self-deprecation, Steve Martin has never been a musical tourist: The actor, comedian and author has been passionate about the banjo for decades, and trotted it out on stage at every opportunity in the years leading up to his decorated recording career.

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Rock & Roots
9:10 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Talking 21st Century Songwriting With Kurt Vile by: Damon McMahon

The first time I met Kurt Vile we played a show together in Philadelphia to less than 200 people. That was sometime in the fall of 2010. When I saw him just over a year later he was headlining the 1,500 capacity Webster Hall in New York City, and Smoke Ring For My Halo, his album released in early 2011, had turned me and almost everyone I knew from simply curious to full devotees.

LISTEN to the FULL story HERE...

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Rock & Roots
8:39 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Caitlin Rose On World Cafe by: David Dye

A young darling of Nashville's music scene, Caitlin Rose just released her second album, The Stand-In. Rose moved to Nashville when she was 7, but resisted country music at first because her parents worked in the industry. Indie-rock was more her thing; she first discovered via a record.

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