WMKY

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.

Shovels & Rope

Jun 13, 2019
NPR

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
NPR

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.

Billboard

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
WAMC

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.

Ted Russell Kamp

Apr 11, 2019
Heart Centre

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #167 (April 12 at 8:00 p.m. and April 13 at 3:00 p.m.)

Americana singer/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp was born in New York and grew up in the Northeast, but he developed his musical career after college while living in Seattle, WA.

As the leader of the trio Ponticello, he made four albums, The Escape Artist, Cotton Diesel, Down Like Mercury, and Dark Sides. (The 2003 compilation The Ponticello Years summarizes this material.) He also made his first solo album, an instrumental jazz collection called Dedications (1996), credited to Ted Kamp.

BBC

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #166 (April 5 at 8:00 p.m. and April 6 at 3:00 p.m.)

Blind Lemon Jefferson, byname of Lemon Jefferson, (born September 1893, Couchman, Texas, U.S.—died c. December 1929, Chicago, Illinois), American country blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter, one of the earliest black folk-blues singers to achieve popular success.

Patty Griffin

Mar 24, 2019
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #164 (March 22 at 8:00 p.m. and March 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer and songwriter whose literate, impressionistic storytelling and richly evocative melodies have made her one of the well-respected artists in the contemporary folk community, Patty Griffin is also a superb vocalist who sings of the human heart and soul with a passion that's palpable but never histrionic.

Charley Pride

Mar 14, 2019
Charley Pride

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #163 (March 15 at 8:00 p.m. and March 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

With a warm, strong baritone voice and a knack for phrasing that gave his performances a down-home sincerity and believability, Charley Pride was one of country music's biggest success stories in the late '60s through the mid-'80s.

Dale Watson

Mar 8, 2019
Vintage Guitar Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #162 (March 8 at 8:00pm and March 9 at 3:00pm)

A staunch adherent of old-style honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dale Watson has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider only interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he hasn't become a major star, but his music has been championed by numerous critics and has earned him a fervently loyal fan base.

Kim Lenz

Feb 28, 2019
Rockabilly Chronicle

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #161 (March 1 at 8:00 p.m. and March 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

The queen of traditional rockabilly music, Kim Lenz is a dynamic performer whose rootsy, swaggering sound evokes the twangy heritage of classic performers of the 1950s like Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin.

Pierce Pettis

Feb 21, 2019
Evensi

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #160 (February 22 at 8:00 p.m. and February 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.”

Jess Klein

Feb 17, 2019
Jess Klein

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #159 (February 15 at 8:00 p.m. and February 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

Americana singer/songwriter Jess Klein rose out of Boston's music scene in the late '90s with a defiant mix of bluesy roots rock and emotionally resonant folk songcraft.

Mandolin Orange

Feb 8, 2019
Vox, Briana Cerezo

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #158 (February 8 at 8:00 p.m. and February 9 at 3:00 p.m.)

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around the talents of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange draw from wells both old and new, offering up a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop that invokes the earthy timelessness (and effortless harmonies) of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the sweet unpredictability of Nickel Creek, and the rich, gothic Americana of the Civil Wars.

Scott Miller

Feb 1, 2019
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #157 (February 1 at 8:00 p.m. and February 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Combining the emotional honesty and intelligence of a singer/songwriter with the swagger and enthusiasm of a rock & roller, Scott Miller first made a name for himself as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the superb pop/rock band the V-Roys before establishing himself as a gifted and eclectic solo artist, first with his ad hoc group the Commonwealth and later on his own.

Charley Crockett

Jan 25, 2019
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #156 (January 25 at 8:00 p.m. and January 26 at 3:00 p.m.)

A distant relative of Davy Crockett, Charley Crockett taps into Americana mythos in his music.

Originally a blues singer, Crockett strayed into other American roots music the longer his career lasted, incorporating soul, gospel, and, especially, country.

Charley Crockett was born in San Benito, a southern Texas border town that also claims Freddy Fender as its own. Crockett was raised in the nearby Los Fresnos by a single mother who sang the blues in her spare time.

Delta Moon

Jan 17, 2019
Delta Moon

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #155 (January 18 at 8:00 p.m. and January 19 at 3:00 p.m.)

Delta Moon possess an instantly recognizable sound that evokes classic swamp pop, bar band blues, and roadhouse roots rock wrapped in tight, artfully arranged and hook-laden original tunes and covers.

Rev. Gary Davis

Dec 14, 2018
Rev. Gary Davis

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #154 (December 14 at 8:00 p.m. and December 15 at 3:00 p.m.)

Will Hoge

Dec 7, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #153 (December 7 at 8:00 p.m. and December 8 at 3:00 p.m.)

WMOT

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #152 (November 23 at 8:00 p.m. and November 24 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dobro master Jerry Douglas and a handful of top pickers pay homage to one of the most influential acts in the history of bluegrass with the "super group" the Earls of Leicester.

Grateful Web

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #151 (August 31 at 8:00pm and September 1 at 3:00pm)

At some point all those miles turn into milestones.  For four decades and counting, on stages across the globe - from the grange hall to the Grand Ole Opry - all those performances turn into statements of legacy and purpose. The goal was to play their music all over, have people like it, and make a living.  And then, at some point, the journey circles back home.

“We wanted to have a party,” says bassist Nick Forster.  “We wanted to have a full-out bash!” 

Tami Neilson

Aug 8, 2018
Saving Country Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #150 (August 10 at 8:00pm and August 11 at 3:00pm)

Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.

Kevin Gordon

Aug 3, 2018
Nashville Scene

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #149 (August 3 at 8:00pm and August 4 at 3:00pm)

Alternative country-rock singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon was born and raised in West Monroe, Lousiana, and grew up on a steady diet of the area's indigenous swamp blues, honky tonk and rockabilly.

A published poet and graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, he teamed with producer and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent to record his debut Illinois 5 a.m., issued in 1997 on the Nashville-based Motherlode label; Down to the Wall followed in mid-2000.

Milk Carton Kids

Jul 27, 2018
Billboard

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #148 (July 27 at 8:00pm and July 28 at 3:00pm)

The Milk Carton Kids are a neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.

Paul Cauthen

Jul 13, 2018
CMT

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #146 (July 13 at 8:00pm; July 14 at 3:00pm)

Paul Cauthen has kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel.

Luke Winslow-King

Jun 29, 2018
My New Orleans

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #145 (June 29 at 8:00pm and June 30 at 3:00pm)

Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, Luke Winslow-King began studying and performing music at a young age. He first came to Louisiana at age 19 with Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn presenting “From California to the New York Island: The songs and stories of Woody Guthrie.”

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