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.

Harper Fest is next weekend at Murray State's Lovett Auditorium with a second stage at Tap 216, an event celebrating Harper Guitars with local musicians and national acts. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with organizers Stephen Keene (of Murr-Vegas Allstars) and luthier Jacob Harper. 

Todd Hatton, WKMS

The Murray Lions club is one of the oldest in the area, founded in 1939, and is also one of the largest in Kentucky - with 161 members. Their annual auction raises funds for community projects, from the KidSight program offering free vision screenings to young children to the local skate park and the renaissance park. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Vice President and Auction Chair Paul McCreary about a change to their auction format - now moving to an online format with expanded opportunities for items and bidding.

Tab Brockman,

The Murray State Racer Football season kicks off tonight at 6 with a home game versus Kentucky Wesleyan College. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about lessons learned from last season, changing head coaches, new players and the league at large.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Two weeks from today is the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, an effort to raise scholarships funds for women in the TSM program at Murray State interested in going into the Telecom and IT career field. Program Coordinator and Marketing Specialist Annie Vandiver joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk  about the event.

The 1850s Homeplace Trade Fair takes place this weekend at Land Between the Lakes. The annual event offers attendees a taste of American life from two centuries ago. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross sat down with Homeplase Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls to learn just what the fair's all about.

Glenn Hall, with thanks to Maiden Alley Cinema

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge played a sold out show at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema last week. Tracy Ross had a moment to chat with him before the performance about his love of baseball, his favorite music outside of the style he plays, favorite venues around the world and time zones. We also hear a couple songs from the evening's performance.

Courtesy of Saint Luke's Drifters,

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch performance features Watertown, Tennessee "Rockified Country" band Saint Luke's Drifters, in Studio B on Friday, September 11 at Noon. They describe themselves as a band with deep hillbilly roots and a punk rock twist with influences from Hank Williams to The Ramones.

There are 60,000 Kentuckians with Alzheimer's disease and 270,000 caregivers in the Commonwealth. It's a good number of caregivers, says Kimberly Fondaw, Alzheimer's Ambassador for the First District in western Kentucky, but there needs to be more education to the public and funding for research before it bankrupts the system. This year alone, we've paid out $153 billion dollars in Medicare and Medicaid to those with Alzheimer's and the numbers are growing, she says. Tracy Ross speaks with Fondaw on Sounds Good about upcoming awareness events in Hopkinsville and Paducah. 

Hickman County Museum of KY, Facebook

Hickman County is gearing up for Heritage Days, September 8 - 12, with activities including historical displays around town, a community birthday cake, the ribbon cutting for a new garden at the Historical Society and an Old Hymn Sing. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mary Potter and Liz Jewell about the event. 

courtesy of The Hill

Bob Warren is remembered across the region not only for his career as a professional basketball player after graduating from South Marshall High School and going on to Vanderbilt but also his Christian ministry organization, The Hill, located in Hardin. Marshall Countian Jhonda Johnston's new book The Argument tells Warren's personal story, collected before his passing last year. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Johnston with The Hill administrator Brent Armstrong.