Roots Music

Zoe MuthLucky Us!  Today on Gravel Road Radio we are honored to have Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers live in the studio.  Zoe and the band have just released their sophomore CD, Starlight Hotel and are currently touring the country to promote it.  I've managed to snag them on their way up to The Mill in Iowa City for a little sampling of their live show right here at KRUU.  Garnering wide praise on both sides of the Atlantic, with comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, and Iris Dement, Zoe has that sweet ache in her voice that defines real country music.  Add to the mix some darn fine song writing and a stellar backing band, and it's hard to top this combination.  Since I first heard her, Zoe has been a regular on the show.

Jeni and Billy

Hey y'all. This week on Crooked Sisters Radio Hour I have the privilege of speaking with Jeni Hankins of the duo Jeni and Billy. With a voice that's been compared to Mother Maybelle Carter and Hazel Dickens -- two favorites on Crooked Sisters -- Jeni brings an eye for detail and a storyteller's gift to the songs featured on the duo's most recent release, Jewell Ridge Coal. Jeni has personal connections to many of the stories behind the songs on that album. She'll be talking about those stories and the gift of playing music with her "true love". Join me this Thursday for Crooked Sisters Radio Hour from 10 - noon.