roots rock


We'll be featuring the latest album from the Canadian roots rock duo: Madison Violet.

Their new CD is called The Good In Goodbye and features Americana-inspired up-tempo melodies and songs that sound like pop versions of Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. Complete with guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica and girl-girl harmonies.

We'll also feature our usual blend of roots rock favorites from singer-songwriters like Amos Lee, Jimmy LaFave, Edie Brickell, James Taylor, Lynn Miles, Pieta Brown and Anais Mitchell. Plus rockers from groups like the Tedeschi Trucks Band,  and Robben Ford & The Blue Line.

This weeks show will feature interviews with Benson Ramsey (left with sunglasses) of The Pines and Sharon Bousquet of All Souls on Deck. Both will be performing in Fairfield this week. the Pines at Cafe Paradiso and Sharon at Fairfield First Friday Art Walk.

The Pines: Frontmen Benson Ramsey (upper right) and David Huckfelt (upper left) "fuse Benson’s ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with David’s earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales using masterful guitar work and beautiful vocals. The Pines’ sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy."  Sharon Bousquet: (right) Is from Austin, Texas and an award-winning songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist and leader of The Singing Body semnar. Her band All Souls on Deck, features Phoenix Jordan who has worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Universal Studios as a singer, dancer and actor.

This is the show about nothing. No interviews, no features, no fundraising pitches, just great music! I'll be sharing all my favorite songs and artists with you. So tune in, kick back and have fun!

Caution: You may hear great music by Chris Isaak, Lori McKenna, Jackie Bristow, Jason White, Jimmy LaFave, Foster & Lloyd, Donna & The Buffalo, Eric Lindell, The Gaddabouts, Sam & Ruby, Amos Lee, JD Souther, Stonehoney, Robben Ford, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Harry Manx & Kevin Briet, Brooke Miller and much more!


Welcome to Stormy Tuesday as we pray for rain with songs about oceans, clouds, lakes, streams, rain and all things wet and watery.

We'll be hearing John Hiatt: It Feels Like Rain, Catie Curtis: Water and Stone, David Crosby: Naked In The Rain, Jackson Browne: Fountain of Sorrow, James Taylor: I Wish I Had A River, Michael McDonald: Into The Mystic, Eilen Jewell: Sea of Tears, JD Souther: Go Ahead And Rain, Jimmy LaFave: When It Starts To Rain and Sweet Talk Radio: Rain Cloud. Plus much more!

This week's show will feature the words, music and personalities of Stacey Earle (sister of Steve Earle) and her husband Mark Stuart. We'll feature their music and we'll be talking to them live, by phone, as well.  This dynamic musical duo is guaranteed to simultaneously soothe your ears and warm your heart with their downhome blend of folk and country music, supported by some of the best songwriting in the genre.

In the second hour of the show we'll hear a smooth blend of contemporary folk, jazz and blues by artists like The Gaddabouts, Lyle Lovett, Amos Lee, Harry Manx & Kevin Briet, Sam & Ruby, Eric Lindell, Keb Mo, Jason White, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jason Spooner (among others). See you then!

  • Tue
    Jul 10
    2:00 pm -
    4:00 pm

Rocky Mountain High

Today we'll be featuring the singer-songwriters and bands that will be appearing at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado next month.  (for more info: That means we'll hear songs from Lyle Lovett, Amos Lee, Kasey Chambers, Caleb Hawley,  The Milk Carton Kids, Dawes, Iron & Wine, Gretchen Peters, Darrell ScottKathleen Edwards and more. So tune in and get your Rocky Mountain high, right here in Iowa!

Sorry Folks: Brooke was caught in a German traffic jam and missed her interview today.-- This week's show will feature a live interview with Canadian singer-songwriter Brooke Miller (left), who mixes sultry vocals with solid songs and highly skilled guitar work. Brooke is currently on a tour of Europe and Africa and will talk to us about her world travels, her guitar virtuoso husband Don Ross and her brand new album: Familiar, which was recorded in a state of the art studio, inside a 1,000 yr old German monastary! Brooke is an accomplished artist that mixes elements of Bruce Cockburn, Michael Hedges and Joni Mitchell to create a unique and delicious sound all her own..... You'll also hear great songs from other Canadian artists such as Robbie Robertson, Madison Violet, Neil Young, Kathleen Edwards, Joni Mitchell, Cam Penner, Lynn Miles, Bruce Cockburn, Rufus Wainwright, Sarah Harmer and more!

JD That same old crowd was like a cold dark  cloud, That we could never rise above, But here in my heart, I give you the best of my love--J.D. Souther

You may not know his name but you do know his songs and his lyrics. Many of which have been made famous by the likes of The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and others. Songs like  Best of My Love (above), Heartache Tonight, Sad Cafe, White Rhythm and Blues, New Kid In Town and Silver Blue. Souther is an accomplished L.A. session musician with a silky smooth voice that he has showcased on four critical acclaimed, solo albums.  I'll be playing various iterations of his songs including covers by others, unplugged acoustic versions by JD himself, a duet with James Taylor and more!  We'll also hear the usual Roots Rock Roadhouse gems from additional artists like Jason Spooner, Edie Brickell, Kasey Chambers, Jimmy LaFave, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Donna and the Buffalo, Robben Ford, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit. So don't be a stranger now ya hear!

Crystal CityThis week's feature is alternative folk duo, Crystal City! You will hear their quirky pop tunes PLUS a live interview with the couple on this week's show. And pssst.... they will perform live at Wednesday's Open Mic night so get a preview right here on KRUU-FM!

We'll also be rockin and reeling with tunes from Eric Clapton, Amos Lee, Kasey Chambers, Caleb Hawley, Tedeschi Trucks band, Brooke Miller, Darrel Scott, Indigenous, Pieta Brown, Rani Arbo, John Hiatt, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Donna The Buffalo, The Gaddabouts and more!!. So be sure to tune in and check out this weeks Roots Rock Roadhouse!

We're celebrating the arrival of summer! You'll hear songs like Eva Cassidy's Fields of Gold (Sting), David Crosby's Traction in The Rain, Rikie Lee Jones' Under the Boardwalk, John Butler's Ocean and Rani Arbo's Miami Moon.  Plus a live, a cappela performance and interview with Erin Pillman (right) about her upcoming show at the Orpheum Ballroom and Theater. And at 3pm, artisan and musician extraordinaire, Tim Britton (left) will be our guest in the studio.  He'll be talking about the ancient art of crafting uillean pipes and he'll play them for us live. Plus great pop songs by Irish and Scottish singer-songwriters (Luka Bloom and Paolo Nutini) to close the show.