Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
Tracy Ross, Austin Carter

About The Show

The music on Sounds Good is a mix of legacy artists who are still making great music now (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt) deep cuts from classic artists (The Band, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, REM) great contemporary artists who don' t receive commercial airplay (Neko Case, Wilco, Jack White, Darrell Scott, The Black Keys) and those who defy the boundaries of categorization (Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Ry Cooder, Bill Frisell, Justin Townes Earle). You'll also get a bit of World music, Blues, Soul/R&B, Reggae and Jazz.

Additionally, you'll hear interviews with newsmakers and community leaders, live music from some of our region's best musicians, our community events calendar and more.

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Culture
5:53 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

NPR's Steve Inskeep Sets the Stage for Trail of Tears in 'Jacksonland'

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep
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The Trail of Tears cuts through our region, the forced relocation of Native Americans following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The events leading up to this moment are a complex story of Washington insiders, real estate moguls, a Cherokee chieftain, decapitations and mass protests circling around America's 7th president Andrew Jackson told in the new book Jacksonland by NPR News' Steve Inskeep. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Inskeep about how some of the events involve western Kentucky and the prices paid for this land.

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Science
4:47 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

How to Find Information in Your Feelings

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"In our culture, living good and being okay means that you're feeling good first," says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. However, he says, we shouldn't be concerned about "feeling the right things," but rather should be aware of our feelings, recognize them as feelings and treat them for what they are. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Bordieri on Sounds Good about how to consider one's feelings as informational.

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Culture
3:43 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Paducah Life Celebrates 25 Years with Paducah Song Contest

Sing A Song of Paducah Contest
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Paducah Life magazine celebrates 25 years with a "Sing a Song of Paducah" music contest that strives to find tunes that outpace Benny Goodman and Carmen Miranda's classic lyric, "Don't Poo Poo Paducah!" On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Associate Editor J.T. Crawford about how songwriters can enter the contest and they consider some song ideas for inspiration.

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Society
12:51 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

New United Way of Murray-Calloway Co Exec Director Seeks Greater Transparency, Results

Gerald Washington on Sounds Good
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Gerald Washington says fundraising is all about dream development, helping people meet their need for a legacy or footprint they've had in this lifetime and matching it with the needs of the community around them. He's the new Executive Director of United Way of Murray-Calloway County and visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his first couple of months settling into the role and a preview of what's to come with his leadership.

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Arts
4:40 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Murray State's MFA Program Offers Free Community Writing Workshop This Summer

Julia Watts
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Whether you have been writing a while and have written short stories or a novel, or if you're interested in getting started, with a handful of ideas and a blank notebook, Murray State's Low-Residency MFA Program offers a Free Community Writing Workshop July 11 & 12 called "Give Wings to Your Words." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets its leader, faculty member Julia Watts, author of thirteen novels including Finding H.F., The Kind of Girl I Am, and Kindred Spirits. Watts says the workshop is an opportunity to generate work and spark ideas to develop into stories, poems or plays.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

David Holt Headlines 18th Annual Pennington Folk Festival, This Weekend

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The Princeton Art Guild volunteer organizers and local financial sponsors offer a two-day music festival on the Butler School lawn between Main and Washington Streets in downtown Princeton starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Saturday night. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the festival's namesake Eddie Pennington, the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Western Kentucky University, who is recognized among his peers as one of the greatest living thumb style guitarists. In venues throughout the United States and Europe, he has kept alive the sound popularized by Kentucky native Merle Travis in the 1940s.

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Arts
1:02 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Harpeth Rising Brings 'High Energy' to Paducah RIVERfront Concert Kick Off Tonight

Album cover for Harpeth Rising's forthcoming album 'Shifted'
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The Paducah Parks Services free summer RIVERfront Concert Series kicks off tonight (May 28) with Louisville group Harpeth Rising and local group The Wheelhouse Rousters. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Jordana Greenberg, lead singer and violinist of Harpeth Rising, about their new album, their move to Louisville and their performance tonight on the river in Paducah.

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Arts
3:11 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Hosts "Tasting, Talk & Tunes" Bourbon Tour Fundraiser

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Playhouse in the Park in Murray hosts a Bourbon Tasting fundraiser at the Murray Country Club on June 12 to raise funds to match a $5,000 anonymous gift to help restock props destroyed by the fire last summer in downtown Murray. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with President of the Playhouse Board of Directors Dan Lavit and devoted volunteer Staci Stone about the bourbon picked out for the event, the hors d'oeuvres and live music.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

The Savage Radley Launch Indiegogo Campaign for First Album

Members of The Savage Radley on Sounds Good
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Rural western Kentucky band The Savage Radley were WKMS Battle of the Bands semi-finalists in 2014 and were the first band to play the WKMS Live Lunch series. Based in Murray, they have a blues, folk sound in the Delta-style. Otto Sharp and S. Knox Montgomery join Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk about their recently launched Indiegogo campaign for their first album, "Houses."

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Education
11:05 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Murray State Graduate Establishes Scholarship for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Ray Chumbler IV passes on a check for the establishment the Ray IV Autism Scholarship Endowment at Murray State to Jennie Rottinghaus in the office of development.
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Tall, dark-haired and slender, Ray Chumbler IV is a recent magna cum laude graduate of Murray State University in Non-Profit Leadership Studies. He's also been a student ambassador for the Office of Student Disability Services, working to increase an awareness about people who are on the autism spectrum, like he is. He shares his experience living with autism, being diagnosed as a teenager and his hopes for the Ray Chumbler IV Autism Scholarship Endowment scholarship with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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