Cody Lee

Music Director & DJ

That's me in 1984...Doing the same thing I enjoy most today...Listening to Music.  From childhood, I was exposed to South Texas honky-tonks, my great-grand mother's Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb records, and the ever-vibrant, Live Music scene of Austin.  I love most all music and don't care much for how people want to "classify" it.  For me, Music has ALWAYS been dangerous, provocative, and the most powerful healing force on Earth.  I love Jazz because it's complex, defiant, and improvisational.  I love most Roots music for it's purity and soul (and that's Reggae, Folk, R&B, Rock...whatever you wanna call it).  I love Hip-Hop for it's unique cultural language that is infused into it's Jazz & R&B roots. (Even Louis Armstrong was a rapper).  What I dislike is music marketed to the masses that shortcuts quality and complexity, programmed drumbeats, auto-tuned voices, etc. 

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In spite of rain, Carbondale's 'Red Hill Rollers' filled True Nature's Tea Room for an all-acoustic concert. Hear KDNK's live broadcast from Friday, July 30. Click through to hear Part 2.

Chicago-based slide guitarist, Craig Kenning stopped by the KDNK studio to share some tunes with Boston Bruce. Catch Craig on Sunday afternoon, July 25 at the Redstone Inn.

DJ Gypsy Jim chats with local trio, The Red Hill Rollers. Listen to Logan Fletcher (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals), Jeanette Adams (Upright Bass), and Delaney Meyers (Fiddle) play some original songs live in the KDNK studio.

Brian Colley and Genevieve Vickers play ukuleles for KDNK on Express Yourself.

You Knew Me When

Apr 22, 2021

Ouray, CO based duo, 'You Knew Me When' play for DJ Mammoth on 'Life, the Universe & Everything'.

Mugsy Fay

Apr 22, 2021

KDNK DJ and Roaring Fork Valley local musician, Mugsy Fay sings and plays banjo in studio during 'The Witching Hour'!

Curly Bill

Apr 22, 2021

Born & bred, local singer/songwriter, Curly Bill shares some songs with Spinstress Sparkles on 'Hey Y'all'.

Rodrigo Arreguin

Apr 22, 2021

Local guitarist, Rodrigo Arreguin shares some of his music on 'The Mothership' with Alejandra.

You Knew Me When

Apr 22, 2021

Ouray, CO based duo, 'You Knew Me When' play for DJ Mammoth on 'Life, the Universe & Everything'.

Rodrigo Arreguin

Apr 22, 2021

Local musician Rodrigo Arreguin stopped by the KDNK studio to share some songs with Alejandra on 'The Mothership'.

The Boneheads

Apr 22, 2021

Grateful Ed dropped his headphones in the studio to sing and play a few songs with The Boneheads for our Spring membership drive.

Hugh Phillips

Apr 22, 2021

Carbondale based, Hugh Phillips shares some tunes from his recent album with Spinstress Sparkles on 'Hey Y'all'.

Steve Cole

Apr 22, 2021

You may know him for hosting the morning news on KDNK. Check out the one and only Steve Cole crooning to a captivated audience in the KDNK classroom.

Local musicians Curly Bill and Logan Fletcher stopped by the KDNK studio to share some original songs on 'Flyin' the Coop' with DJ Kenailo. Hear an edited version of their performance here. 

Spring has sprung in the Roaring Fork Valley and KDNK is sprouting into 2021 with our first membership drive of the year. We're honored to host live, local music with bluegrass mainstays, The Smuggler Mountain Boys. Hear the band on Merle's Wednesday morning show to kick off the drive and don't forget to DONATE!

2021 Music at KDNK

Mar 10, 2021

As new music keeps on flowing into KDNK and over the airwaves, it truly seems that brighter days are ahead in 2021! We've distilled some of the heaviest spinning albums into a list of our favorites. 
Click here for a list of new & notable music at KDNK.

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Jackson Emmer stopped by the KDNK studio to kick off the virtual tour of his new album 'Alpine Coda'. Music Director, Cody Lee chats with Jackson throughout a stellar performance by this local talent. Click the headline for Part 2.

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Roving Cody captured Moab's Fiery Furnace Marching Band parading down Main Street to begin the 49th Annual Mountain Fair. Tune in on Sunday, July 26 at 4pm, for an audio collage from this year's festivities.

New & Notable Music

Jul 17, 2020

Sarah Jarosz- 'World on the Ground' -Rounder Records
This 29-year-old Americana prodigy blew us away with her debut album, 'Song Up In Her Head' in 2009. Now, she releases her fifth studio album as a seasoned artist. She's proven her voice and song-writing skills along with exceptional string playing on mandolin, banjo, and guitar. The theme of this album is inspired by Sarah's small hometown of Wimberley, TX as she currently resides in NYC.

Harvey Preston Gallery

Denver-based, jazz-trio Smirk performed a special concert for KDNK at the Harvey Preston Gallery in Aspen on March 7. Music Director Cody Lee forayed into the fray with our portable Tascam microphone that resembles a troll doll with it's fluffy windscreen. Here are some highlights.

Meanwhile in Satank...

Mar 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wicked Jazz Best of 2019

Jan 1, 2020

1) Nicholas Payton- 'Relaxin' with Nick'
2) Cochemea- 'All My Relations'
3) Monty Alexander- 'Wareika Hill-Rastamonk Vibrations'
4) Rachael & Vilray- 'Rachael & Vilray'
5) Joe Policastro Trio- 'Nothing Here Belongs'
6) Marlene Rosenberg- 'MLK Convergence'
7) Nerija- 'Blume'
8) Andrea Superstein 'Worlds Apart'
9) Kristy Kruger- 'Fever of Unknown Origin'
10) Leslie Pintchik Trio- 'Same Day Delivery-Live'
11) The Comet is Coming- 'Trust in the Life Force of the Deep Mystery'
12) Sefi Zisling- 'Expanse'

1) Black Pumas- 'Black Pumas'
2) Hannah Williams & the Affirmations- '50 Foot Woman'
3) The Teskey Brothers- 'Run Home Slow'
4) Brittany Howard- 'Jaime'
5) Mavis Staples- 'We Get By'
6) Maverick Sabre- 'When I Wake Up'
7) Nick Waterhouse- 'Nick Waterhouse'
8) Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama- 'Work to Do'
9) Seratones- 'Power'
10) Galactic- 'Already Ready Already'
11) Lee Fields & the Expressions- 'It Rains Love'
12) Sudan Archives- 'Athena'
13) Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth- 'In the Cut'

1) Frankie & the Witch Fingers- 'Zam'
2) Madison Cunningham- 'Who Are You Now'
3) Cari Cari- 'Ananna'
4) The Mystery Lights- 'Too Much Tension'
5) Angie McMahon- 'Salt'
6) Adam Topol- 'Cuando'
7) Karen O & Danger Mouse- 'Lux Prima'
8) Big Thief- 'Two Hands'
9) King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- 'Fishing for Fishies'
10) Eerie Wanda- 'Pet Town'
11) Deerhunter- 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?'
12) Marco Benevento- 'Let it Slide'
13) Jesca Hoop- 'Stonechild'
14) Julia Jacklin- 'Crushing'

The Rad Trads

The Rad Trads is a unique band for sharing the spotlight between five distinct singer-songwriters. Michael Fatum, Michael Harlen, Alden Harris-McCoy, and Patrick Sargent spoke with KDNK's Cody Lee and Raleigh Burleigh ahead of their performance at Vail Snow Days on Saturday, December 13.

La Pompe Jazz

The Arts Campus at Willits presents Pumpkin Jazz throughout the month of October. This series begins Saturday, October 5, with La Pompe Jazz performing gypsy jazz at the Ann Korologos Gallery from 5 to 9pm. KDNK's Cody Lee spoke with David Lawrence about La Pompe's new album and the upcoming show.

DJ Cody Lee's Best of 2018

Jan 14, 2019


As the 2019 music starts flowing back into KDNK, DJ Cody Lee lists his favorite albums of 2018 not to be missed.

Pearl & Wood Live @ KDNK

Jan 14, 2019

Pearl & Wood chat with Cody Lee about their upcoming EP release @ Steve's Guitars and play a few songs.

1) Kamasi Washington/Heaven and Earth/Shoto Mas
2) Joe Armon-Jones/Starting Today/Brownswood
3) Free Radicals/No State Solution/Free Radicals
4) Misnomer/Neighborhood/Misnomer
5) Dr. Lonnie Smith/All in My Mind/UMG
6) Walter “Wolfman” Washington/My Future is My Past/Anti
7) Erik Jekabson Sextet/Erik Jekabson Sextet/Wide Hive
8) Cecile McClorin Salvant/The Window/Mack Ave.
9) The Mackrosoft/Oakwood Quarantine/Snakerhythms
10) Various/A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper/Verve