Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
  • Hosted by 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.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony on Saturday, October 3. His final completed symphony, Tchaikovsky premiered this and conducted it himself in October 1893, nine days before his death. The second performance was in November and was played at his memorial service. On Sounds Good, Paducah Symphony's Maestro Raffaele Ponti describes the composer's struggle behind this piece and Barber's progressive Symphony No. 1 and Saint-Saens' lauded Cello Concerto No. 1 ahead of their performance.

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Big Read Documentary

Listen Thursday, October 8th at 12:30 pm to celebrate the kick-off of Hopkinsville's Big Read.

Featuring commentary by actor Robert Duvall, playwright Horton Foote, NEA Jazz Master David Baker, and Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, among others. 

Hopkinsville Art Guild, Facebook

The Hopkinsville Art Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with workshops and juried exhibitions. A fully-booked watercolor workshop with west Tennessee artist Tuva Stephens is underway and she judges an exhibition next week. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Henrietta Kemp and Stephens about events underway and coming soon.

Courtesy of Great Peacock, Bandcamp

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch features Nashville band Great Peacock on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. This group's duo-harmony heavy, guitar-driven sounds blend rootsy, folk-Americana with super-sized arena pop/rock. You can call them a folk band, "but don't expect them to make music for campfires or square dances" they write on their website. Hear them live at WKMS and watch the live video web stream here.

Please note: Due to programming restrictions, this program will not be streaming online, but can be heard on an analog radio.  

Murray State’s listener supported public radio service WKMS-FM celebrates a special part of the station’s history with a recreation of The Black Cats Jump: Part Two, a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on African American big band music, originally created by the late Bobby Bryan and lovingly restored by Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch.

Maiden Alley Cinema brings Brooklyn-based band Miracles of Modern Science to their space this evening, also performing is Paducah-based group Fairseas. On October 17, they host their fifth annual Oktoberfest, with headliner Jessica Lee Wilkes, a Bavarian spread by Kirchoff's and five breweries. Tracy Ross speaks with Maiden Alley's Executive Director Landee Bryant-Greene about the festival.

George Burns' career in American comedy spanned over nine decades, from vaudeville acts in the early 20th century to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television and later films The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God! Alan Safier portrays the comedy legend in "Say Goodnight Gracie," the Broadway show that brings Burns back to life through reflection, video clips and photos. Todd Hatton speaks with Safier ahead of his performance at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville this Friday.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: Chad Lampe speaks with Sgt. David Howe about the Citizens Police Academy on Sounds Good.

Murray residents are again getting a chance to learn first-hand the ins and outs of local policing. The Murray Police Department is offering an 8-week Citizens’ Police Academy from October 12th to November 30th.  

The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Facebook

Murray State University visiting artist Armin Mühsam's work "Anthropogenic Landscapes" addresses the dichotomy between the man-made and the natural through the subject matter of landscape. His artist talk is tonight at 5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room 631, and is followed by a reception. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mühsam, and drawing professor Dale Leys and Clara Eagle Gallery Director Mike Martin.

Carson Center - Paducah, KY, Facebook

The Carson Center in Paducah hosts the 11th Annual Distillers Dinner on October 17, one of their signature fundraising events. This year's menu features Four Roses Distillery with Bourbon Hall of Famer Al Young. Tracy Ross speaks with Director of Development Debbie Wattier about what's on the menu and more about the evening's festivities.