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Chris & Georgena Taylor present Imported (airs Sundays @ midnight on WKMS-FM) or On-Demand here.

In this episode we start off en espanol, playing some Los Bunkers (Chile) and The Pinker Tones (Spain). We dabble with some Chinese pop music and some Russian psychadelic-electronica / demented Mario Paint tune… One of Georgena’s faves The Noisettes rock out; and a German singer covers a Linkin Park song in some opera-ish glory. We ❤ hearing from you:


| PLAYLIST  (artist/album/song) |

Los Bunkers – Vida De Perros – Ven Aqui
The Pinker Tones – Modular – Estirado Al Sol
Don Omar – Danza Kuduro – Danza Kuduro
Beto Cuevas – Miedo Escenico – Algo
Oleg Kostrow – V Tri Ruki – In Three Hands
Oleg Kostrow – Russkie Wig-Out! Demented Surf / Electro / Exotica from Behind the Iron Curtain – Zivel 25
Ketsumeishi – Ketsu No Police 5 – Sayonara Mata Ne
Kary Ng – Kary 18 CUTS – Lady K
Jolin Tsai – Dancing Diva – Wu Niang
Digitalism – Idealism – Idealistic
The Noisettes – What’s The Time Mr Wolf? – Don’t Give Up
Peter, Bjorn & John – Writer’s Block – The Chills
Angelzoom – Angelzoom – Crawling (Linkin Park Cover)

the morning cram [no going home edition]

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Areas of Northern Japan may be hazardous for years.

NPR reports areas around the Fukushima power plant may be uninhabitable for a long time.

Kentucky~  Murray State was named to the World’s Best Colleges list for the 21st time in a row.  Nine Amish men are going to jail in Graves County. WKCTC named one of the 10 best Community Colleges in the nation. Bill Monroe’s birthday is today and they’re celebrating big time at the International Bluegrass Museum. The Commonwealth focuses on cleaning up next week.

Tennessee~ Clarksville announces a transitional house for homeless veterans. The Tennessee State Library has discovered documents from white soldiers serving in a black regiment in the Civil War.

Something Different from the Military

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Do you ever wonder what the military is doing overseas when they’re not in combat? Here’s a report from the Danger Edition that gives a side we don’t often get to hear about stateside.

Written by Angela Hatton

October 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

Notes From the Porch

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What a beautiful Saturday for some traditional and roots music both new and old!

I was able to get advanced copies of two great new albums this week. The Steeldrivers forthcoming Reckless release and Justin Townes Earle‘s forthcoming work Harlem River Blues. We’re sprinkling in folk, bluegrass, americana and more to frame up these two album features including a feature set of Norman Blake & Tony Rice that’s rolling as I type.

The Steeldrivers - RecklessThe Steel Drivers – Reckless – Rounder Records

This is the second album from the Steeldrivers, which acts as a swan song of sorts for the big, gritty voice and songwriting prowess of Chris Stapleton. Shortly after this album was released Stapleton parted ways with The Steeldrivers to seek a bit less hectic lifestyle. The new album features 12 Stapleton co-written tunes; 11 with Mike Henderson and one with Ronnie Bowman. The big Steeldriver sound is still alive in this release with a bit more variation of tempo.

The album hits the streets September 14.

You can also catch the Steeldrivers on the soundtrack to the movie Get Low which is a second collaboration of Rounder Records and Sony Picture Classics… yep, the same pairing behind O’ Brother Where Art Though. Read more at the Bluegrass Blog.

Want a preview of how The Steeldrivers sound with their new front man? Here is a video of the band doing “Reckless Side of Things”.

Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues – Bloodshot Records

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle

When you pick up The Steeldrivers new album be sure and grab the new one from Justin Townes Earle as well. Harlem River Blues hits the streets on the very same day, September 14. This will be the third release from JTE on Bloodshot Records.

“Compared to the much-lauded Midnight at the Movies, Harlem River Blues is more mature and increasingly nuanced, while still embracing the raw voice and clean sound of previous standout tracks like “Mama’s Eyes.” Featuring guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Bryn Davies and Calexico’s Paul Niehaus, it’s rockin’ and reelin’ at times, sweet and slow at others – and it’s great. Like good fried chicken, a well-cut suit and a hand made guitar, there’s heaven to be found in the beautifully crafted simpler things.

~ From

The album is at times familiar with that quirky-in-time-thumping rhythmic approach that we have all come to know from Earle but still exploratory as JTE seeks to find new ways and new melodies to weave his stories.

Here is Earle doing Halfway to Jackson.

Have a good weekend and I will see ya in two weeks!

~ John McMillen

07-31-2010 Notes From the Porch

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Another hot and steamy summer Saturday here in Murray. Nothing like a cup of joe on the porch with the Front Porch rolling in the background. This is the way many of you share Saturdays with mark and I. OR… like Barry Combs, you’re on your tractor with your headphones on. Hey, whatever you do while listening, it’s nice to share the morning.

We featured some Front Porch debuts in the first hour including Darrell Webb‘s new release Bloodline. Out on Rural Rhythm Records, this release from Webb features plenty of great traditional bluegrass spread across 12 tracks from the 5-piece band. Darrell Webb has been performing on the bluegrass circuit for over 20 years with the likes of the Lonesome River Band, J.D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, lead vocalist and front man for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Webb has surrounded himself with a great band for his debut solo release including Jeremy Arrowood on bass, Asa Gravley on guitar, Jim Van Cleve plays fiddle, Chris Wade on banjo and Darrell Webb lends guitar and mandolin to the release. The band is out on the road with a bit of a different lineup sans Jim Van Cleve but adding Tyler Kirkpatrick on resophonic guitar. I offered up the second track from the release, “Poor Ramblin Boy”. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From The Front Porch

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Tim O'Briens' Chicken & EggSpinning the new Tim O’Brien album Chicken & Egg right now on the porch. This is O’Brien’s 17th studio album released under his own name. He has plenty of help on this album from his musical compadres Ray Bonneville (harmonica), Mike Bub (Bass), Dennis Crouch (bass), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Stuart Duncan (virtually anything with strings), John Gardner (drums), Sarah Jarosz (vocals), Lucas Reynolds (guitar), Darrell Scott (vocals), Chris Stapleton (formerly of the Steeldrivers adds vocals), Bryan Sutton (guitars and vocals), Abigail Washburn (vocals). Wow, that’s a long list. There’s plenty of new O’Brien penned tunes here including the spin on the Adam & Eve story with “You Ate the Apple” and the sure-to-be-covered “Workin'”. O’Brien also twists familiar tunes such as “Suzanna” and Woody Guthries’ “The Sun Jumped Up.” This is definitely one to add to your library!

A new artist to the Front Porch this morning to close out the first hour. Megson plays “The Handloom Weaver & The Factory Maid” from their album Longshot. Megson features Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, two British folk musicians who first met at a choir rehearsal in northern England.

I watched the movie Crazy Heart last night for the first time. What a movie! Gonna spin some Guy Clark in the form of “The Houston Kid” from the album The Platinum Collection as a tribute to the film. I know most people associate Bad Blake as a mix of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard but you know, if you mixed the two together you’d likely get someone close to Guy Clark anyhow.

Received a new album from J Shogren titled Bird Bones & Muscle. It was a pleasant and refreshing surprise. The album is very blues-based with small flavors of all kinds of other roots and traditional genres. The album in general reminds me of the hot and humid rural south… images of a sweaty afternoon in the back yard with friends jamming out tunes. Sometimes rough around the edges. Odd thing is that the album was recorded in Laramie, WY by a guy who splits his time between Laramie and Sweden. Spinning “Salvation” this morning as I think it gives you a good taste of what you will find in this album.

Opening the third hour with the brand new Chatham County Line album Wildwood. These guys have been together for 10-years and celebrate that anniversary with their fifth album which is released on the Yep Roc label. CCL has a core of bluegrass in their soul but they aren’t afraid to mix in other elements and influences to keep things extremely interesting. This time around the rousing is bolstered by drums, piano and pedal steel but they also know how to ease up and bring great feeling to a piece of music. When they released IV in 2008 I was afraid we were beginning to see the pinnacle of their careers as I was sure they couldn’t top that great release. Then along comes Wildwood and the amazing experience continues. The Raleigh, NC band has yet to release a bad album and will definitely stay in high rotation on my stereo. Spinning four cuts this morning including “Heart Attack”, “Crop Comes In”, “Out of the Running” and “Saturdays and Sundays”.

How about a video of a cut from the new album? Here is “Crop Comes In” from Wildwood.

Hey, that’s it for this week. I’ll be back in two weeks to share all the tunes I discover between now and then. Thanks for listening and reading. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and get out and see some live music!

~ John McMillen

The Black Keys “Brothers” album review

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I don’t expect nearly as much out of music as I used to. Let’s face it; at this juncture in popular music’s history, everything is derivative. The so-called “music snobs” who scour the internet in search of something truly unique usually end up settling for tepid and mediocre bands like Animal Collective, when their time would probably be better spent listening to old Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan, and The Clash records. Akron Ohio’s The Black Keys have never claimed to be musical visionaries. Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have been making fuzzed-out, pummeling blues-rock since 2002’s The Big Come Up, on which they covered The Beatle’s, “She Said, She Said”, andDo The Rump, by Junior Kimbrough.

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Written by Tracy Ross

June 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Darrell Scott spins “A Crooked Road”

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It’s a long way from Darrell Scott’s birthplace of London, KY to where he finds himself these days and the prolific songwriter couldn’t have given his new album a better name. A Crooked Road was released May 25th and Scott packed two years of songwriting into a 2-CD release that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with his best work.

Darrell Scott - A Crooked RoadScott has garnered success penning songs for others that include John Cowan, Reba McEntire, Maura O’Connell, Mary Gauthier, Tim O’Brien, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, Blue Highway, Suzy Boggus, Grath Brooks, Sam Bush, Hayes Carll, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Guy Clark, The Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Beppe Gambetta, Kathy Mattea, Del McCoury, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and so many more. With a list like this to his credit there is no doubt that he knows how to work the machine in Nashville but with Scott, however, there is a rarity to his life as a songwriter. His songs rarely sound better than when he delivers them and that sets him apart from the mill of songwriters producing content for the faces of major labels.

This is Darrell Scott’s seventh release since 1997, his first 2-CD release and surprisingly there is no fill-material in this 80-plus minute experience. The common theme here is relationships both good and bad and the emotions, experiences and people within. This is yet another great album from Darrell Scott that equals what I consider his two best releases Aloha From Nashville (Sugar Hill, 1997) and Family Tree (Sugar Hill, 1999). This time around Scott is a one-man show as he recorded everything you hear alone, mostly from his home studio. Scott plays over 15 instruments throughout the recording… some admittedly learned along the way.

Darrell Scott – A Crooked Road

Written by John McMillen

June 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

Local music bits

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I had the chance to catch up with Nathan Lynn  yesterday at his show at The Breakers on Kentucky Lake. Nathan Blake LynnNathan told me he was headed to Nashville this week to begin recording his third album which hopefully will be ready by years end or soon thereafter. It was a great show with Kentucky Lake as the backdrop in this great venue for music. The lineup included Nathan on guitar and fronting the show, Cody Campbell on bass, Casey Campbell on banjo, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Josh Coffey on mandolin.

Also was able to sit and speak with Josh Coffey of Bawn in the Mash for a few minutes. He shared that the new “Mash” album may be a bit more “rootsy” than Confluence was. This will be the fourth album for Bawn in the Mash.

Look for more information on both of these local acts in the coming months. You can catch both playing this weekend at the LBL Picking Party and the 1890’s Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes. Music starts at 10:00 AM Saturday and 11:00 AM Sunday. Bring your lawn chairs AND your bug spray. You can find more information on the Picking Party at

After the Picking Party both acts have shows Saturday night May 29th in western Kentucky. Nathan Blake Lynn will be playing at Doe’s Eat Place at 8:00 PM. Bawn in the Mash will play at The Big Apple Cafe at 9:00 PM in Murray, KY.

~ John McMillen

Written by John McMillen

May 24, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Hello, Brave New World.

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by Angela Hatton

Glad you could join us for our wacky adventures in blogging. Speaking as a member of the gang, we’re an eclectic bunch, both in taste, style, and in our approaches to life.

I’m part of the intrepid news team, so expect a lot of posts here that delve further into a story I might be producing or which give insight into a different angle than what ended up on air. At times, I may choose to post a kind of “reporter’s notebook” with my personal experience covering a story. And watch out, I might surprise you with tangents and oddball gems.

For now, here are a few random things about me: I like frogs; my favorite band is The Decemberists; I have read Moby Dick, but I haven’t read War and Peace; the weirdest thing I have ever eaten is a century egg.

Written by Angela Hatton

January 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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