WOUB Music Blog

Music Blog

Fri, Sep 7, 2012 11:20 am

There is a lot of music that happens during a week in Athens, Ohio. Besides the weekend bar bands, the weekly Irish and Old Time jam sessions and the occasional concert at Ohio University, at least five open stages are hosted by local musicians in the coffee houses and taverns around town. 

Singer, songwriter, producer and engineer Bruce Dalzell hosts the town's longest-running open stage in Baker Center's Front Room coffee house. He is not only a mainstay in the Athens music scene, but also to many, its patriarch.

Thu, May 17, 2012 11:21 am

Throughout the days and weeks to come, we'll be spotlighting some of the artists who will be performing at this year's Nelsonville Music Festival. Today, Elliot Nicolson profiles Roky Erickson.

Roky Erickson is often cited as one of the most influential, and most forgotten, pioneers of the 1960s psychedelic-rock movement.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 11:31 am

By turns funny and thoughtful, bawdy and shot through with the sex and rebellion of adolescent awakening, Bruce Springsteen's keynote address at South by Southwest is many things. 

It's advice. It's an education. It is a rock 'n' roll disciple, painting poetic, electric thumbnail portraits of his heroes and what they showed him: The level of intensity that's possible, the sense that there is another way to live. A way out. 

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 6:34 pm

The Ragbirds, a world-fusion-folk-rock group from Ann Arbor, Mich., will make a stop at Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery on Thursday, March 29. 

Led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds offer a wide variety of musical styles, as displayed on their new album Travelin' Machine

The Buffalo, N.Y., native credits artists such as Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel for some of the more exotic elements in The Ragbirds' arsenal of sounds.

"They brought these world music sounds into my mainstream suburban Buffalo world," she said. 

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 5:33 pm

Known for his poetic lyrics, bass-baritone voice and expert fingerpicking, Greg Brown has been called "one of the best songwriters in America" by The Washington Post.

The Utne Reader proclaimed Brown to be "one of the truly great musicians of our time. His quirky, profound songs and rootsy musicianship make him the peer of Lucinda Williams, U2, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan." Brown's songs have been performed by many artists, including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Thu, May 17, 2012 11:22 am

In the weeks and months to come, WOUB will feature musicians and bands who will be performing at this year's Nelsonville Music Festival. Today, we're spotlighting Matador Records artist Kurt Vile.

Vile has been a rising star in the indie music scene since his first solo album, Constant Hitmaker, was released in 2008. Since then, his elegant, haunting songs have caught the attention of a wide audience.

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 8:36 pm

For the past year, Athens audiences have been enjoying The D-Rays' high-energy brand of reverb-soaked surf/garage rock. Now the band is poised to take its music far beyond the A-Town city limits.

Since forming at a company party in late 2010, guitarist Erick Coleman, bassist Missy Pence and drummer Maceo Gabbard have performed regularly in Athens, Columbus, Dayton and Marietta.

One notable show in Marietta included an opening slot for rockabilly stalwarts Southern Culture on the Skids, with The D-Rays bringing a little bit of Athens to the river city. Literally.

Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:40 am

My wife and I recently watched season one of the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska. If you haven’t seen it, each episode typically starts with a studio shot of the only local radio station in Unalakleet, Alaska: AM 930 KNSA.

It’s reminiscent of Northern Exposure's "Chris in the Morning" and even reminds me a little bit of WOUB's Radio Free Athens. "It’s a beautiful morning in downtown Unalakleet with a balmy high of minus-three degrees today…"