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.

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.”

Clarence Bucaro

Jun 22, 2018
Clarence Bucaro

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #144 (June 22 at 8:00pm and June 23 at 3:00pm)

Clarence Bucaro originally hails from outside Cleveland, Ohio.

When he was just twenty years old, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. On this hike, carrying a Martin backpacker, he wrote his entire first album “Sweet Corn,” which caught the attention of an Americana record label in Portland, Oregon. Soon Clarence found himself on tour with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples playing to sold out theaters across America.

Dom Flemons

Jun 15, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #143 (June 15 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.

Kelly Willis

Jun 8, 2018
Broadway World

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #142 (June 8 at 8:00pm and June 9 at 3:00pm)

Americana singer and songwriter Kelly Willis launched her recording career in 1990 with the album Well Travelled Love, but she first hit her creative stride with the 1999 independent release What I Deserve. Since then, Willis has carved out a comfortable niche writing and recording at her own relaxed pace, often in collaboration with her spouse, Bruce Robison (2013's Cheater's Game and 2014's Our Year), while 2002's Easy and 2007's Translated from Love were fine examples of her talent and charm.

Gretchen Peters

Jun 1, 2018
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #141 (June 1 at 8:00 p.m.; June 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer and songwriter whose work is both literate and easily relatable, Gretchen Peters has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist, releasing a series of albums that have made her a cult heroine thanks to her clear, expressive voice and way with a melody.

Her recordings have earned her a devoted following, but there are plenty of folks who are fans of her work and don't even know it -- Peters is a go-to songwriter for many of the biggest names in country and pop.

Doc Watson

May 25, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #140 (May 25 at 8:00pm and May 26 at 3:00pm)

Doc Watson – Live at Club 47

Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries announce the release of Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, set for a February 9 release on CD and digital, nearly 55 years to the date of the original recording.

Frankie Lee Sims

Apr 27, 2018
Discogs

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #138 (April 27 at 8:00pm and April 28 at 3:00pm)

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late '40s and early '50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil' Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff.

Dallas Moore

Mar 29, 2018
Carpe Diem

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #136 (March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dallas Moore is an outlaw country singer who makes his home in Cincinnati. The long-haired Harley-riding singer, who was influenced by old Elvis Presley and Hank Williams 45s as a kid, plays a hard rockin' brand of country that is topped-of by his gruff vocals and shows equal reverence for Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Moore, who went to college on a jazz scholarship, has won several trophies at the Cincinnati Music Awards.

Springs Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #135 (March 23 at 8:00pm and March 24 at 3:00pm)

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it wasn't until the late 20th century that they had the benefit of a major record company behind them.

Wood Brothers

Mar 16, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #134 (March 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A roots music trio featuring brothers Chris (upright bass, vocals) and Oliver Wood (guitars, vocals) along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, the Wood Brothers bring a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.

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