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
3:09 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Samuel Mason: The Cave-In-Rock Pirate Who Prowled the Region's Waterways

Cave-In-Rock, view on the Ohio (circa 1832), from Karl Bodmer's book "Maximilian, Prince of Wied's Travels in the Interior of North America, during the years 1832–1834"
Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Highway 91 goes north from Marion, Kentucky to the Ohio River, where there's a small ferry crossing to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. That limestone cave, now a feature of a small state park along the banks of the river, was said to have harbored vicious river pirates at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the infamous Harpe Brothers. Dr. Mark Wagner, interim director and staff archeologist of Southern Illinois Carbondale's Center for Archeological Investigations, says that historical record only places one particular pirate there and his name was Samuel Mason. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Wagner on Sounds Good to learn more about the fearsome figure who prowled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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Environment
11:56 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Offers Wilderness Hikes, 1st of Each Month

1.8-mile Lake Trail at Pennyrile Forest
Credit Pennyrile Forest, parks.ky.gov

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs offers wilderness hikes of varying lengths the first of every month as part of a national initiative to help people get out and get active. Naturalist and Recreation Supervisor Rebecca Clark leads the hikes and speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the upcoming hikes this summer.

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Environment
6:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Backyard Conservation, How to Make Rain Barrels, More at Summer Conservation Series Workshops

Credit Virginia State Parks Staff / Wikimedia Commons

Local conservation enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a series of Summer Conservation Workshops this month and next. Sponsored by the Jackson Purchase Foundation in partnership with the City of Murray, Calloway County Conservation District, UK Cooperative Extension and Calloway County Extension, the first-ever workshop series features eco-friendly technologies to improve local and individual conservation efforts. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with 319 Watershed Coordinator Jesse York to learn more about what to expect from the workshops. 

  

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Arts
5:42 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Gabrielle Gray Previews ROMP Fest 2015

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The 12th annual ROMP Fest is underway next week at the beautiful Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro. Known for its stellar line-ups, gorgeous campground setting, and artist-led workshops, the festival supports the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) as it strives to preserve and promote bluegrass music internationally. Former IBMM Executive Director and current ROMP Festival Executive Producer Gabrielle Gray stops by Sounds Good today to give us a preview of this year's festival. 

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Science
6:49 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Motivational Interviewing: How to Help People Make Changes in their Lives

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"All of us have areas in our life where we recognize that maybe what we're doing isn't exactly how we want to live," says Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri. Talking about change can be tricky and helping motivate or encouraging change in others can be difficult, but there are effective ways to motivate change in others. Dr. Bordieri speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about motivational interviewing, and how listening can be an effective intervention.

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Arts
4:13 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Samfest Annual Benefit Concert Moves to Calloway County, This Weekend

Chris Kerlick and Kayla Crutcher stop by Sounds Good to preview Samfest
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Regional musician Sam Crutcher passed away in December 2009, since then his family and friends came together to create a music festival in his honor called Samfest. The 6th annual Samfest is this weekend at the Calloway County Fairgrounds and features live music by Nightfish, Big Atomic, Quailbones, The Drunken Poets and others, with local arts and food vendors, too. Chris Kerlick and Kayla Crutcher stop by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about the event and the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

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Culture
2:43 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

[Update] Retired Tenn. Lawyer Researches Cold Case of Murdered Civil Rights Era NAACP Official

Elbert Williams, left, the subject of research by Jim Emison, right, on the Civil Rights Era cold-case surrounding his murder in Brownsville, TN
Credit Photos courtesy of Jim Emison

Update: Part two of this conversation, which aired on Sounds Good Friday, June 19, has been added to this story, along with its narrative.  

Brownsville, Tennessee is in Haywood County mid-way northeast of Memphis and southwest of Jackson. On Saturday, the Haywood High School Gymnasium is the site of a Community Memorial Service honoring civil rights activist Elbert Williams on the 75th anniversary of his death. Alamo, Tennessee lawyer Jim Emison retired in 2011 and began a quest to understand more about the death of Elbert Williams, whose murder was never solved. Williams was the first known NAACP official to be killed for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Jim Emison speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about what he's learned.

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Education
1:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Summer Reading, Book Discussions, More at Calloway County Library This Summer

Sandy Linn of the Calloway County Public Library in studio with Tracy Ross today on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Calloway County Public Library has several events underway this summer, including a summer reading series, a public book discussion and theatrical performances for kids. Sandy Linn visits Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about these events and how to participate in the discussion of When Love Gets Tough: The Nursing Home Decision, next Thursday.

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Arts
4:31 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Paducah Main Street Invites You to "Meet the Artists," Thursday

Meet the Artists Event Graphic
Credit paducahky.gov

Next Thursday, June 18, Paducah Main Street hosts a new community event to introduce the artists that make up this UNESCO designated arts city. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Melinda Winchester about "Meet the Artists," who reminds us that "people come to Paducah from all over the world to see our art, meet our artists and see we what we have here." She talks about how Paducah got the designation and gives a preview of the artists you'll see at this free event at the restored historic Coca Cola plant.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Experience "Dazzling Daylilies" at Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, Next Week

Dazzling Daylily Festival Flyer 2015
Credit Western Kentucky Botanical Garden,

Next week, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro hosts "Dazzling Daylilies - Balloons Over the Garden" featuring talks centered around daylilies and how to hybridize them, a display garden, hot air balloon rides and a release of Japanese lanterns. Susie and Bill Tyler speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the event and the flowers, which Susie Tyler says, "meet or exceed the beauty of roses."

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