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John McMillen is the Chief Information Officer for Graves County Schools by day and a music junkie by birth. Although he has been associated with the Front Porch since 1996, acoustic, folk and bluegrass are not the only genres of music he calls favorites. "I just enjoy a good song no matter if it is jazz, punk, blues, pop, country, latin, bluegrass, folk or a mash-up of all of the above." He lists as his all-time favorite musical acts as Husker Du, The Descendents, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Chris Thile, Neko Case, Tim O'Brien, Wilco, Tony Rice, Bill Monroe, Los Lobos, Kate Rusby, Bill Evans, Pedro Infante, Earl Scruggs, Bad Livers and so many many more. John also plays that funky music with Dr. Brad Robertson on The Jive House, Thursday nights at 9 pm on WKMS.
You can view McMillen's musical blog at ujdmc.blogspot.com.
Funk music originated in the mid to late 60s when African American musicians blended soul, jazz and R&B into a new rhythmic form of music. The Jive House pays tribute to Funk and its heritage by delivering those artists who brought a new beat to American roots music. You'll hear artists from Sharon Jones to Aretha Franklin, James Brown to Baby Huey, Ray Charles to Syl Johnson. Its gonna be fresh, groovy and soulful... and we dare you not to dance just a bit.
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Episodes will (usually) be updated by Monday afternoon
Fans have been tuning in to "Music from the Front Porch" for over 30 years. The tradition of folk, bluegrass, acoustic and western swing continues with hosts John McMillen, Mike Gowen and Mark Welch. Hear the best of old and new musicians from Bill Monroe and Woody Guthrie to Alison Krauss and Chris Thile.