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.

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.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

With bands from Red Ember, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Bawn in the Mash, Solid Rock'it Boosters and many others, Paducah has a very prominent local music scene. This scene burgeoned in the 1960s, with bands like the Moxies, Palisades, The Paducah Dukes, Stormy & The Shandels and The Rivals to name a few. Todd Hatton goes back to 1965 with a look at the music scene of the day with Paducah native and musician Tommy Thompson and George Coryell, one of the founding members of the Moxies. Their single, "I Must Apologize" topped the Beatles on the 1964 charts in Paducah.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone is considered one of the founding fathers of white settlement in Kentucky and though it can be a challenge to find relevance to Boone to the far western part of Kentucky - since there's no evidence he personally spent time in the region, one could argue a connection through his daughter, says Murray State history professor Ted Franklin Belue. He's done significant research on Boone, including consulting with the History Channel and serving on the board of the Filson Historical Society. Todd Hatton speaks with Belue about Boone and his legacy in the Commonwealth.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Seventy-two history professors in Kentucky have signed a letter to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission of Kentucky calling for the removal of the statue of the controversial Jefferson Davis in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort to a museum. Todd Hatton speaks with two history professors at Murray State University who signed the letter, Dr. Duane Bolin and Dr. David Pizzo who argue for a contextual understanding of Davis and explain Kentucky's distinct position as a state on both sides of the Civil War.

Delta Entrepreneurship Network

Local entrepreneurs will have their shot at success next month as part of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s annual pitch competition. Held October 6 at Murray State University, the Delta Regional Authority-operated event gives area businesspeople a chance to present their ideas to a panel of judges, similar to the network television program, “Shark Tank.”

CHFA at Murray State, Facebook

Murray State's Fall Fanfare Concert is this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on Family Weekend at MSU. 17 music ensembles perform 'a smorgasbord' of styles, says Assistant Director of Bands John Fannin. He joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of one of the music department's "best attended events all year."