Tom Paxton March 6, 2016
Thanks to a friendship with longtime Carbondale local Peggy DeVilbiss, folksinger Tom Paxton has now visited KDNK three times in the last three years. This time around he sat in on Soul Sista Drea's show. He told two or three stories, including one lump-in-your-throat tale about Pete Seeger and Burl Ives. He also performed four of his songs, including an hilarious little ditty about Lorena Bobbit.
Dustbowl Revival February 19, 2016The 8-piece LA band Dustbowl Revival mines its musical gems at the intersection of jazz, blues and folk. Here is Zach Lupetin, lead singer and guitarist of the band, about Mary Poppins, China, Dick Van Dyke and With a Lampshade On.
April Verch February 5, 2016April Verch is a child prodigy who has managed to sustain a music career for a couple decades. The first woman to win Canada's top two fiddle contests, April is also an accomplished stepdancer. She visits the Glenwood Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday, February 11. Here she talks about her career on Express Yourself.
Fruition February 3, 2016Singer and guitarist Jay Cobb Anderson talks about his Portland jam band Fruition, the Beatles, Red Rocks, patchouli and Winter Wondergrass, where he plays in mid-February.
Scotty Stoughton of Winter Wondergrass February 5, 2016Scotty, founder and producer of Winter Wondergrass, talks about his festival over in Avon, and about this year's lineup.
Valley Visual Arts Show January 8, 2016We hear from four local artists about their pieces in the upcoming Valley Visual Arts show: Staci Dickerson, Launa Eddy, Katrina Byars and Brian Colley. The show opens at the Launchpad with a reception on Friday, January 15.
Nicolette Toussaint January 15, 2016Nicolette talks about her artistic process and her piece in this year's Valley Visual Arts Show.
Walter Parks November 27, 2015Walter Parks, noted for his swampy blues and his time as a guitarist with Richie Havens, talks about Okefenokee hollers, what he learned from Richie and his Swamp chandelier project. Walter also performs two songs associated with Richie, one of which was never recorded, The Time of the Turning, and the other which, Heed the Call, was included on his solo self-titled album.
Markus James August 14, 2015Markus James headlines this years KDNK Blues & Barbecue. Here he tells a few stories about his experiences recording his latest CD in the North Mississippi hills.
Markus James July 2012
Here's our first long conversation with Markus three years ago before his Mountain Fair gig. He tells some great stories about his experiences chasing the blues to Mali.
MOUNTAIN FAIR 2015
From the Tibetan blessing and the drum circle on Friday afternoon to the blues on Sunday evening, KDNK will broadcast the entire Mountain Fair. All the music, all the local color, all the things that make the Fair memorable, even mystical. If you can't make it to the fair, tune into KDNK, and if you need a break from the crowds but don't want to miss any of the action, keep it tuned to KDNK.
Below are a few of the performers featured on the Main Stage at this year's Fair. For more information about the Carbondale Mountain Fair visit the website of the Fair's organizers, the Carbondale Council on the Arts & Humanities: www.carbondalearts.com
Eva Holbrook of SHEL July 23, 2015Lead vocalist and mandolinist of the band SHEL, which plays this year's Mountain Fair on Sunday afternoon.
Ivory Deville July 17, 2015
Johnny Elkins of the band Ivory Deville from LA. Ivory Deville plays this year's Mountain Fair on Saturday afternoon at 2:30
Moon Hooch July 17.2015Moon Hooch is one drummer and 2 sax players. This bi-saxual attack will get you onto the dance floor. They open the Mountain Fair at 5:15pm on Friday.
Jessica Helen Lopez July 17, 2015A mother, a slam poet in a long line of storytellers in her family and an activist. She is one of the featured poets who will share their work from the Main Stage at this year's Mountain Fair.
Dean Magraw July 3, 2015A classic musician's musician, this Minnesota guitarist introduces himself to KDNK listeners prior to his gig at the Four Mile B&B.
Tom Paxton October 20, 2014Fifty years into a folksinging career, Tom proves himself gracious, humble and still a damn good singer in this recent in-studio.
James Surls June 6, 2014James talks about his new sculpture for the Carbondale roundabout, his creative process, and the first piece of art ever created.
Albert Mazibuko March 11, 2014A member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1969, Albert Mazibuko talks about his group's sound and history before his gig at the Wheeler.
Taj Mahal August 15, 2013
Nowadays Taj Mahal is an esteemed elder in the blues community. His longevity in the music business gives his music and his voice a resonant credibility. In the valley for the American Renewable Energy Day sessions in Aspen, Taj paid a visit to KDNK to check in with us. From sustainability to talking about those folks who worked from can't see til can't see and created a music that soothed their souls, Taj wowed us all with his majestic vibe. Oh yeah, and he played his beautiful Resonator and croaked a couple songs, including Fishin' Blues. This in-studio was a highlight of the Summer.
Dennis McNally Part 1 May 17, 2013The author of "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside Story of the Grateful Dead," makes several long stories short, including the heavy burden Jerry Garcia bore until he finally laid it down in 1995. You'll like it even if you're not a Deadhead.
Del McCoury and Sam Bush March 13, 2013Dreamweaver got Del telling stories on the telephone and then Sam rang in like a good duet should.
Sarah Jarosz on Smokin' Grass July 21, 2012
A young phenom descends into our midst tonight at the PAC3. She's only 21, but her music is accomplished and beautiful, and if you read the credits of her newest CD you'll find names like Bela Fleck, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. They already know what Carbondalians are about to find out: her sweeter-than-pie voice is bell clear and her songwriting is superb. www.sarahjarosz.com
KDNK provides public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world.
KDNK is format-free. The DJs play what they’d like.
So what you hear on KDNK Community Radio is the best of a whole universe of music filtered through the intelligence and passion of our 100 volunteer DJs. It will always move you, in a way that tight formats and commercial blather never will.
We have 15,000 CDs in our library, 5000 record albums in the attic, and 30,000 tracks in our on-air digital system. We also have DJs with extensive collections of their own.
It all comes together in a wondrous musical gumbo. Former Music Director Skip Naft said it well, “There’s an amazing tolerance and lack of fear at KDNK. It’s wacky and goofy and stupid sometimes and proud of it. KDNK also has its serious and grown-up side, but it knows how to let its freak flag fly.”
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