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.

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A commonly accepted fact in treatment that when you want to help people suffering from anxiety, you want to get rid of the fear. New research has shown, however, that fear may actually be helpful in treating anxiety. On Sounds Good, Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss using fear as a treatment method for some mental health issues.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Hopkinsville's annual International Festival is this weekend. The two-day event kicks off Friday with dancing, food, festivities, art and more from cultures around the world, including Mexico, Germany and India. Sangeet Sheth has been a student recruiter for three years. She performs a north Indian classical storytelling dance called 'Kathak' and speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the festival. 

Reclaimed & Re-purposed, via Paducah Life

Recent clean up efforts at the Columbia Theatre in downtown Paducah sparked a creative endeavor with local artists. The Paducah Art House Alliance is hosting an exhibit and sale of artwork Thursday night (June 9) created by found objects in the historic space. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Darlene Mazzone about "Reclaimed & Repurposed) at the Paducah School of Art & Design, the origins of the idea and some of the work on display and for sale.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

In our monthly "Puppies Sound Good" segment, we met Beasley today, a scruffy and very friendly puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Todd Hatton speaks with Executive Director Kathy Hodge about Beasley and upcoming events: paint your pet night and an animal academy day camp for kids. 

Playhouse in the Park

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a comedic drama set in 1939 as Hitler invades Poland and the premiere of Gone with the Wind. The play centers around a Jewish family in Atlanta, making arrangements for the social event of the season: a ballyhoo, around Christmastime. On Sounds Good, members of the cast speak with Todd Hatton about the multi-layered production, learning Hebrew and Jewish culture and comedic timing ahead of the play's opening this weekend.

Murray State Town and Gown Community Band Concert on the Quad, via Facebook

The Town & Gown Community Band Concert includes 85 members of the regional community: adults, university and high school students. The group meets for three rehearsals before presenting the concert. Dr. Todd Hill of Murray State University's Music Department and Carol Brunn from MSU's Town & Gown stop by Sounds Good to preview tonight's (June 7) concert at 7 p.m. on the quad in front of Lovett Auditorium. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah is celebrating 70 years of service this year. Vice President, and western Kentucky native, Alben Barkley was instrumental in its foundation. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf and Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian Sarah Hopley of Murray State University's Pogue Library explore the special collection documenting the correspondence between the Vice President and community leaders and a detailed account of what the early days looked like for the airport. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Decades before the construction of Murray State in Calloway County, there existed a college farther west in Hickman County, called Marvin College, and later Marvin University School. Vice President Alben Barkley is perhaps the most notable alumni. The Marvin special collection at Pogue Library, albeit small, may very well be the most substantial about this largely forgotten turn-of-the-last-century higher ed institution.

Pennington Folk Festival, via Facebook

The Pennington Folk Festival returns the first weekend of June. The free, annual event brings artists together to the Butler Lawn in Princeton, Kentucky. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Eddie Pennington about the line up and more. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

FUN. That may be the best and simplest way to describe Friday's Sounds Good Live Lunch guests: Whiskey Shivers. Or maybe: "The best new bluegrass band out there," by way of the BBC.

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