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Flowers surround a photo of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.
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Wilco has released a new song against ignorance and violence in the wake of last weekend's unrest in Charlottesville, VA. The track, called "All Lives, You Say?" is a short country shuffle that takes aim at the slogan "All Lives Matter," designed as a counter-protest to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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At this stage, it feels like Wilco has headlined nearly every festival — including its own Solid Sound Festival. But the band's sunset Saturday Newport Folk Festival demonstrated why, year after year, Wilco gets top billing: Twenty years in, the Chicago band has staying power without sacrificing a sense of sonic exploration.

Downtown Springfield, Inc.

Sean Burns talks with Nikki Overcash of the Vachel Lindsay Society and Erica Smith of the Top Hat Tellers about this weekend's "Amaranth Apple" Food and Music Festival in downtown Springfield.

Hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc, the festival includes Bedrock 66 Live performances by Matthew Sweet, Chuck Mead, and many others; food and drink provided by several local restaurants; along with poetry, film, and acoustic music on the Lindsay Lounge stage.

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies.

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Matthew Sweet performs in downtown Springfield at the Amaranth Apple Festival.

Last year, Bedrock partnered with the Downtown Bacon Throwdown for its first festival.  This year, the festival, the food, everything is amped up.

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JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound
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Friday, April 28, 2017, 8 PM
Bar None, 245 S 5th St, Springfield IL

JC Brooks had been known to explore a node of soul with inspiration from the softer side of punk rock. However, much has changed since the release of his 2013 album, Howl. Not only has Brooks dropped his band's name, Uptown Sound, but his old label as well. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30 PM
Bar None, 245 S 5th St, Springfield IL

The Iguanas are a New Orleans conflux of indigenous North American music. The band's roots rock backbone is defined by a fusion of conjunto, blues, jazz, and R&B. Over the past 25 years the group has withstood the test of time with each of it's original members intact. This alone is a testament to the passion they have for recording and performing alongside one another.

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Friday, April 7, 2017, 8 PM
Bar None, 245 S 5th St, Springfield IL

A burgeoning star, Amy LaVere is becoming renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She sings with a sweet, haunting voice that can turn on a dime from innocent to lusty

Bedrock 66 Live! The Suitcase Junket

Jan 17, 2017
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Friday, January 20, 2017, 8 PM
Bar None, 245 S 5th St, Springfield IL

Not everyone can pull off the one-man-band gambit without lapsing into schtick, but Amherst's Matt Lorenz has it all down to an art. The songs are what you remember.
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Founded in 1983, Southern Culture On The Skids has been touting the virtues of dirt-track racing, Little Debbie pastries and kudzu for over 30 years. The North Carolina band — made up of Rick Miller, Dave Hartman and Mary Huff — plays music that amalgamates rock, funky old soul and country, presented with tongue firmly in cheek.

Our guest for this Nashville Session is the breakthrough alt-country artist Margo Price, recorded live onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame during AmericanaFest 2016. Just two weeks after Price's wonderful debut, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, was released in March, she was already performing on Saturday Night Live. And in September, when this session was recorded, she was named the Americana Music Honors & Awards' Emerging Artist of the Year.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys return to Springfield Friday, November 18, 7:30 PM with guest Jukebox Casanova opening at Bar None in downtown Springfield.  

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This week Scott and Rachel talk with Sean Burns. He's been booking roots and Americana music in the area for nearly 20 years and founded the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series which has been sponsored by NPR Illinois. He tells us about the very first Bedrock music festival happening this weekend in conjunction with DSI's Downtown Bacon Throwdown in downtown Springfield.

The Bedrock 66 Live Music Festival is being held this Friday and Saturday in downtown Springfield (5th & Adams) in conjunction with Downtown Springfield, Inc's Downtown Bacon Throwdown. 

Nikki Lane headlines the Bedrock 66 Live! Music Festival July 23, 2016.  Here she joined Frankie Lee at WXPN Public Radio to cover Neil Young's "The Losing End.:

Nikki Lane On 'World Cafe: Next'

Jul 14, 2016

Nikki Lane, born and raised in South Carolina, is only 25. But, judging by the wit and wisdom on her record Walk of Shame, she seems to have been plucked straight out of the era of '60s country. It's always refreshing to find a woman playing the part of the wayward rambler, and Lane happily assumes the role in her new record's ode to the South.

Nikki Lane On Mountain Stage

Jul 14, 2016

Retro-voiced country singer Nikki Lane makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage. A high-school dropout, Lane left her native Greenville, S.C., for Los Angeles, and found herself dabbling in the fashion industry.

Bedrock 66 Live Music Concert Series is host to an amazing group of roots, revival and rock & roll playin’ in a travelin’ band touring acts from across the country. All live shows are recorded and played back on WUIS at a later date. The most wonderful and current live music schedule in the Sangamon Valley AND one of the most unique broadcast events in the state, all roadhouses in your Central Illinois community.

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Dec 10, 2015

Hot Club of Cowtown formed in 1996 after singer/guitarist Whit Smith responded to an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. The pair moved to Austin in 1998, and began playing with a series of bass players before solidifying the lineup with bassist Jake Erwin in 2000.

Jeffrey Foucault picked up a guitar when he was 17 and just couldn't put it down. Coming of age in Wisconsin, he used every spare moment cooking up new songs and immediately making recordings so he wouldn't forget the details.

Sense Of Place Minneapolis: Frankie Lee

Dec 9, 2015

Twin Cities alt-country singer Frankie Lee recently released his first full-length album, American Dreamer. It's a strong debut that reflects Lee's musical upbringing: His musician father died when Lee was 12, but his dad's friends were also musicians who took him to clubs where they were playing. Sometimes, they even parked him under the soundboard so he could soak up everything.

Sean Burns spoke to Dave Alvin from the road about his and brother Phil's new record, their musical influences and their upcoming appearance in Springfield as part of the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series.

Ike Reilly On World Cafe

Aug 11, 2015

Ike Reilly returns to World Cafe with songs from his seventh album, Born On Fire. A cocky, charming rock 'n' roll singer from the Chicago area, Reilly shares a hometown with the late comedian Chris Farley, whose new biopic features a song from Reilly's new album.

In this episode of World Cafe, Reilly tells the story of the hard-drive crash that ate the first recordings of his new album — plus, of course, he and his band The Ike Reilly Assassination perform live.

Lydia Loveless started making her first album at the age of 17. She's been acknowledged as one of the best up-and-coming artists by both Spin and Rolling Stone magazines. Her songs are hard to classify. She is able to mix honky-tonk with a grunge/punk and even pop sound. The 24 year old is a huge pop fan, counting Prince and Ke$ha among favorites. She's on Chicago's Bloodshot Records and her newest album is called Somewhere Else.

Nora Jane Struthers may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been stolen. Rebuilding her life allowed her to take a risk and do something she'd wanted to for years. It paid off: She has a new album out titled Wake.

Her story begins at a charter school in Brooklyn where Struthers worked as an English teacher.

"I started teaching sophomores and moved to teaching seniors in my last year," Struthers says. "I loved it."

Red Molly On Mountain Stage

May 28, 2015

Red Molly makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the grounds of West Virginia's State Capitol. Built around the buoyant three-part harmonies of Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter, Red Molly has won over audiences and critics with solid songwriting and a relentless touring schedule. Its music has spent weeks atop folk and Americana radio charts; Red Molly's latest, The Red Album, was no exception.

When Eilen Jewell was growing up in Boise, she says she had a sense of wanderlust.

"I always felt like I wanted to leave," Jewell says. "And I remember when I learned the word 'wanderlust,' I felt like I finally had a word to describe myself."

Jewell did wander. She went to college in New Mexico and busked on the streets of Venice Beach. She even went back to Boise — that didn't work out. Next, she tried Boston.

The nominees for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. This year's slate shows how the definition of Americana is gently expanding to include more generationally, racially and stylistically diverse stars, while remaining grounded in its country-leaning, singer-songwriter-dominated definition of roots music.

Red Molly 5/22 Bedrock 66 Live!

May 13, 2015

Friday, May 22 at Homespun Republic, 8 pm with Tim Shelton

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"From Day One, Red Molly conjured musical magic. A decade later, they've honed their songwriting, their covers, their playing and, above all, their harmonies into something joyful and sublime."
-John Platt, WFUV FM, Sunday Breakfast

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