Muddy Bottom Blues

Fridays, 8pm to 9pm and Saturdays, 3pm to 4pm

A reflective hour of roots-based blues, folk and Americana music. Each theme-based hour showcases musicians, singers and songwriters who have created and crafted these distinct music genres.

Spencer Bohren

Dec 26, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #197 (December 27 at 8:00 p.m. and December 28 at 3:00 p.m.)

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Spencer Bohren is from Wyoming but is often associated with the Crescent City of New Orleans, as he lived there for a number of years and continues to prove a popular club attraction there.

Born on April 5, 1950 and raised in a strict Baptist family, Bohren sang harmonies in church, and it was his passion for gospel music that led him to become an equally diligent student of blues. He left Wyoming in 1968 for the folk scene around Denver.

James LeBlanc

Dec 18, 2019
James LeBlanc

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #196 (December 27 at 8:00 p.m. and December 28 at 3:00 p.m.)

Singer-songwriter James LeBlanc was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He picked-up the guitar at age seven, inspired by his father James Sr.

By the time LeBlanc was 18, he knew he wanted to make a life and living in the music business. After many years of struggles, trials and tribulations, James finally got an opportunity when he was “discovered” by Rick and Rodney Hall. They were and still are the proprietors of FAME Enterprises in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Kelsey Waldon

Dec 12, 2019
Public Radio East

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #195 (December 13 at 8:00 p.m. and December 14 at 3:00 p.m.)

Kelsey Waldon is a singer and songwriter whose music combines a contemporary lyrical outlook with a sound that harks back to country music of the '60s.

Waldon was born in the rural Kentucky community of Monkey's Eyebrow. She grew up listening to classic country music and absorbed the influences of artists like Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Merle Haggard, as well as bluegrass icons like Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs and celebrated songwriters like Guy Clark.

Jason James

Dec 6, 2019
Jason James

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #194 (December 6 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although he grew up surrounded by country music, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason James came to the genre later on in his musical career.

Amy LaVere

Nov 26, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #193 (November 29 at 8:00 p.m. and November 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

Amy LaVere is well known among songwriters and critics alike. Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits.

Lillie Mae

Nov 22, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #192 (November 22 at 8:00 p.m. and November 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

Lillie Mae Rische is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known to bluegrass and country fans as a member of all-sibling outfits the Risches and Jypsi.

Rock fans discovered her fiddle and mandolin playing in Jack White's live band. They encountered her instantly recognizable singing voice on "Temporary Ground" from his 2014 Lazaretto album, as well as her debut solo single "Nobody's"/"Same Eyes," issued in Third Man Records' Blue Series the same year.

Paul Cauthen

Nov 14, 2019
Booking Agent and Management Information

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #191 (November 15 at 8:00 p.m. and November 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

Paul Cauthen kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country burning in the 2010s, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel. Cauthen may have been resolutely secular, but he telegraphed those spiritual connections in the very title of his 2016 breakthrough, My Gospel, not to mention the testifying implied by the name of its 2018 successor, Have Mercy.

New Haven Register

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #190 (November 8 at 8:00pm and November 9 at 3:00pm)

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe. 

Annie and Rod Capps

Nov 1, 2019
Reverb Nation

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #189 (November 1 at 8:00pm and November 2 at 3:00pm)

Annie and Rod Capps perform songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. They are on a musical journey that began in 1982, culminating into a symbiotic sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other.

Tyler Childers

Sep 5, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #188 (August 6 at 8:00 p.m. and August 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, Tyler Childers is part of a wave of 2010s Americana artists who prize authenticity both in their songs and sound.

Sonically, Childers borrows heavily from the weathered, ornery, progressive country records of the '70s, a comparison brought into sharp relief on his second album, 2017's Purgatory, which was produced by the acclaimed Americana rocker Sturgill Simpson.

Steel Wheels

Aug 29, 2019
Josh Saul, Steel Wheels

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #187 (August 30 at 8:00 p.m. and August 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

A Virginia-based Americana band with a strong bluegrass underpinning, the Steel Wheels built up a dedicated following through regular performances at folk and roots festivals in the 2010s.

Trent Wagler (vocals, guitar) and Jay Lapp (mandolin, guitar, vocals) formed the first incarnation of the group in 2004, adding bassist Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker not much later.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #186 (August 23 at 8:00pm and August 24 at 3:00pm)

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lukas Nelson began his career at a young age touring with his father, country music icon Willie Nelson.

After relocating from Paia, Hawaii in 2007 to attend college in Los Angeles, Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. The two musicians began playing together, and by the end of 2008 they'd enlisted bassist Merlyn Kelly and percussionist Tato Melgar to form Promise of the Real.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #185 (August 16 at 8:00 pm and August 17 at 3:00 pm)

Buddy and Julie Miller

Buddy Miller has made a name for himself as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, and he's worked with an impressive array of artists as well as creating a well-regarded body of work on his own.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #184 (August 9 at 8:00 p.m. and August 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Born in Fort Monroe, Virginia, but raised near San Antonio, Texas, Steve Earle received his first guitar at the age of 11 and, by the time he was 13, had become proficient enough to win a school-sponsored talent contest. Despite his talent for music, he proved to be a wild child, often getting in trouble with local authorities. Furthermore, his rebellious, long-haired appearance and anti-Vietnam War stance was scorned by local country fans.

Iron & Wine

Aug 2, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #183 (August 2 at 8:00 p.m. and August 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

Iron & Wine is the name that singer/songwriter Sam Beam uses to send his intimate and heartfelt indie folk out into the world. His deeply burnished vocals, keen melodic sensibility, and introspective, free-flowing lyrical viewpoint combine to give him a singular artistic vision.

Roy Book Binder

Jul 26, 2019
Roy Book Binder

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #182 (July 26 at 8:00 p.m. and July 27 at 3:00 p.m.)

An often stirring folk/blues guitarist and vocalist, Roy Book Binder has been playing country blues since the mid-'60s, when he began recording for Blue Goose.

Irene Kelley

Jul 19, 2019
Now Playing Nashville

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #181 (July 19 at 8:00pm and July 20 at 3:00pm)

Irene Kelley’s love for country music runs deep. She remembers hearing it for the first time in her dad’s basement TV repair workshop as a young girl. That music in her family home resonated in her soul, so when Irene started writing songs on her own, she already had a head start.

April Verch

Jul 12, 2019
Glide Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #180 (July 12 at 8:00 p.m. and July 13 at 3:00 p.m.)

While her music is rooted in natural Canadian traditions, specifically the Ottawa Valley fiddle style, singer/fiddler April Verch is no stranger to blues, Latin music, Eastern European music, jazz, and Americana.

Chuck Mead

Jul 3, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #179 (July 5 at 8:00pm and July 6 at 3:00pm)

Chuck Mead is a country singer with a rock n roll heart. He’s also a renowned songwriter, producer, music director, musicologist and architect behind the rebirth of Lower Broadway and the Global Neo Traditional Country music movement.

Kevin Deal

Jun 28, 2019
Red River, NM

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #178 (June 28 at 8:00pm and June 29 at 3:00pm

Kevin Deal graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1980, where he was on the wrestling team and in the building trades program. He worked half a day for Plano Masonry his senior year and then went to work full time upon graduation.

Will Kimbrough

Jun 21, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #177 (June 21 at 8:00pm and June 22 at 3:00pm)

Best-known as a name in the CD liner notes of some of the hippest country and rock artists of the '90s and 2000s, both Will Kimbrough's solo and his band work have been championed by critics on both sides of the ocean.

Kimbrough first came to the attention of the industry as frontman for Will & the Bushmen, a popular college rock band formed in the unlikely locale of Mobile, AL.

Shovels & Rope

Jun 13, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #176 (June 14 at 8:00 p.m. and June 15 at 3:00 p.m.)

Charleston, South Carolina-based indie folk duo Shovels & Rope consist of married singer/songwriters Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.

Like Trent, who also played with the indie rock band the Films, Hearst had spent the years prior pursuing a solo career, utilizing her raw yet melodious and expressive voice to deliver a handful of albums, one of which landed a single, "Hell's Bells," in the 2010 season of True Blood.

Marcia Ball

Jun 4, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #175 (June 7 at 8:00 p.m. and June 8 at 3:00 p.m.)

Pianist and singer/songwriter Marcia Ball is a living example of how East Texas blues meets Southwest Louisiana swamp rock.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #174 (May 31 at 8:00 p.m. and June 1 at 3:00 p.m.)

Bob Dylan started his career in the early 1960s with songs that defined social issues such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. During this time the rebellion against mainstream society was rising amongst the youth as they adopted alternative lifestyles as a way of achieving self-transformation.

Randy Rogers Band

May 22, 2019
On Tap Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #173 (May 24 at 8:00 p.m. and May 25 at 3:00 p.m.)

Randy Rogers was raised in Cleburne, Texas, and his great-grandmother taught him how to play the piano at age six, and by 11 he was writing his own songs and learning chords on the guitar.

Justin Townes Earle

May 17, 2019
Wall Street Journal

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #172 (May 17 at 8:00 p.m. and May 18 at 3:00 p.m.)

In some respects, Justin Townes Earle seemed destined from birth to be a musician -- his father, Steve Earle, is one of America's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and he was named in part for Townes Van Zandt, a close friend to Earle and an equally legendary tunesmith. But Justin also grew up learning the downside of the musician's life, and came up against some of the same demons that haunted his father.

Amanda Cook

May 9, 2019
Tom Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #171 (May 10 at 8:00 p.m. and May 11 at 3:00 p.m.)

Amanda Cook is originally from Florida but now makes her home in the Virginia Mountains. Cook came onto the bluegrass scene with drive and determination, bringing a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass to every show.

Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father who played banjo throughout her childhood.

In early 2007, Cook formed bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue on a professional level.

Rory Block

May 3, 2019

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #170 (May 3 at 8:00 p.m. and May 4 at 3:00 p.m.)

Aurora "Rory" Block has staked her claim to being one of America's top acoustic blues women, an interpreter of the great Delta blues singers, a slide guitarist par excellence, and a talented songwriter in her own right.

Son Volt

Apr 26, 2019
Son Volt

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #169 (April 26 at 8:00 p.m. and April 27 at 3:00 p.m.)

Led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jay Farrar, Son Volt became one of the leading bands in the alternative country community, attracting critical praise and an audience that was loyal if not always large.

Madison Violet

Apr 19, 2019
Port Hawkesbury Reporter

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #168 (April 19 at 8:00 p.m. and April 20 at 3:00 p.m.)

After 20 years together, Juno nominated singer-songwriting duo, Madison Violet, are as much wanderers as they are musicians.

Inspired by their heritage, emboldened by their vision, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern decided that they would create a sound that would have its roots in their past while continually exploring new sounds.