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.

Casey Jones Distillery, Facebook

Christian County's Arlon Casey Jones, or AJ, and his wife, Peg Hays, produced their first spirit run of "Casey's Cut 92" a prohibition-style corn whiskey January 2nd. The whisky comes from a secret family recipe developed during the prohibition era, produced using a still built by Jones' grandfather, Alfred "Casey" Jones. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the distilling process, their progress on becoming legal distillers and how they got the antique still back from Land Between the Lakes.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University begins Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative events early with a candlelight vigil and march Sunday evening, with community breakfasts Saturday in Paducah and Monday in Murray. A series of presentations follow, including the screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Cinema International. MSU Multi-Cultural Affairs Director S.G. Carthell and Cinema International Coordinator Tim Johns join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about MLK Day and diversity events this semester.

Experience a night of 60s nostalgia this Friday at The Carson Center with The Midtown Men, four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. They reunited to sing their favorite songs of the sixties from The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Rascals, Motown, The Mamas & The Papas, The Ronettes and Dusty Springfield. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Michael Langoria about how the group got together and what it's like bringing the Sixties to life.

Murray State Sports Information,

The Murray State Racers Men's Basketball team stands at 12-4 and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference after recording their 10th straight win against Tennessee Tech. Their next game is this Sunday at Jacksonville State, which Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley tells Tracy Ross should be an interesting match up as the opponent has been "puzzling" one. Here's a recap of recent games and and outlook for the next couple weeks, on Sounds Good.

Big events are on the calendar at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah. Kicking off 2015, the Music @ MAC series presents roots country duo Jack Grelle and Ryan Koenig with Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers on Monday, January 12. On Sounds Good, MAC's Executive Director Landee Bryant-Greene gives Kate Lochte an outlook on some of the bands lined up this year,  how the Film Brew Series is being kicked up a notch and her reflections on the screening of the controversial film, The Interview.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This Sunday, Calloway County Library and the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Health Care present a community read of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Constance Alexander and Sandy Linn join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the event, insight into the grant funding an effort to focus on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through the arts and their impressions of the book.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Several economic development projects are in the works in Murray and Calloway County. From an automotive parts manufacturer, to buildings equipped for potential use to road projects, there are several goals for 2015. We get a scan from Mark Manning, Murray Calloway Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director, on Sounds Good.

Update: YouTube link to Year of October's Live Lunch performance added

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch features Nashville-based rock band Year of October. Phlecia and Josh Sullivan founded the band in 2010 while attending the University of Kentucky. With influences of The Black Keys, Wilco, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Norah Jones, they have bluesy vocals, strong lyrics and roaring guitars with a sound reminiscent of the 1970s. 

When: January 23 at Noon

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

The War of 1812 was considered by many Kentuckians to be their war as control over the Mississippi River was at stake. This struggle culminated in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. At the peak of this decisive American victory is one man: a western Kentuckian named Ephraim Brank of Muhlenberg County. Historian James Claypool joins us on Sounds Good to tell us the story of the Kentucky sharpshooter that broke the British resolve and promoted their retreat.

Mississippi State University

Michael Kardos is the next to the last guest author in Murray State's MFA in Creative Writing reading series that starts tomorrow and continues through next Wednesday.  Kardos' novel, "The Three-Day Affair," is an Esquire best books of 2012.  Kardos reads next Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor, Doyle Fine Arts Center.  He spoke with Kate Lochte about some of his work.