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.

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.

Pennington Folk Festival, Facebook

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.

Harpeth Rising, Facebook

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.

Bourbon Tour Kentucky - A Fundraiser for Playhouse in the Park, Facebook Event Page

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.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

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."

MSU Photo

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.

A national competition for the design of a new WWI Memorial in Washington DC, offered by the WWI Centennial Commission, is getting underway. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows about how Kentucky artists can submit their plans and other programs offered by the Council this summer.

McCracken County Public Library Logo,

McCracken County Public Library gets ready to kick off their summer reading program this June and July, for three age groups: children, teens and adults, with grand prizes including an iPad, Chrome Book, Kindle Fire and more. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the library's youth services manager Linda Bartley and adult services manager Sara McGowan about the challenges and encouraging literacy.

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Facebook

Last Friday was what the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention called "Don't Fry Day," raising awareness for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Earlier last week, the Hopkins County Madisonville Public Library hosted a presentation by Kentucky Cancer Program Cancer Control Specialist Joan Lang. Lang speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about how to take precaution against and how to identify the signs of skin cancer.

Murray State alumna Alexis Love finished her college career as a three time All-American, OVC Athlete of the Year, NCAA Division 1 Finalist and Top 25 ranked in the US in the indoor 200 meter. Now as a post-collegiate athlete she's working on getting a bid to compete in next August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's all about time, as we learn in Love's conversation with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.