Author Archives: Greg Vandy, The Roadhouse

KEXP BBQ: The Dexter Street Stompers

by Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse What’s a Summer BBQ without some jug band music? The Dexter Street Stompers obliged like that crazy drunk uncle who shows up early and leaves late at family functions. Ya wanna like ‘em, but who exactly are these guys? They show up in rope belts, overalls, and strawRead more...

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Be a Jug Band Star: The Roadhouse Jug Band Auditions!

A revival in KEXP’s Roadhouse. Sign up for a chance to be a Jug Band star! KEXP’s Greg Vandy is searching for folks to audition for a new Roadhouse Jug Band in the month of June! Selected applicants will audition live on The Roadhouse on KEXP (Wednesdays from 6PM to 9PM) on the instrument ofRead more...

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The Roadhouse: It’s Carnival Time! (it’s early this year!)

photo by Mike Sax I know, I know. You all think Mardi Gras is not cool and there’s no way you’re going out with beads and all that stupid shit you see on TV (or those really bad ads in the Weekly this week). I know. But let me be the one to tell yaRead more...

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The Roadhouse: Soul Freedom, July 4th

Tune in July 4th, 6-9pm, for my annual Independence Day Special Program, Soul Freedom. This year it’s on the 4th of July holiday, so turn it on and I’ll provide the perfect summer soundtrack for your BBQ/party. It’s gonna be HOT! 80 degrees too! Three solid hours of vintage music from the mid-60s to theRead more...

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The Roadhouse’s Greg Vandy presents “Freak Too: The New Folk Underground”

Bonnie Prince Billy: one with the freaks photo by Pieter Morlion Hey Freak! Have you wondered about like-minded and sometimes bearded young men and women (CocoRosie) who sing acoustic songs of surreal nature and pastoral settings? Have you ever seen your favorite artists dance in their underwear? Have you read in your favorite music magsRead more...

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The Roadhouse: Steak-Bone Blues

Tonight in The Roadhouse, you’ll hear Mississippi Fred McDowell, the bottleneck Delta player who grew up using a steak-bone to get his sound. Later, he switched to various bottle tops always searching for just the right one. Born in 1904, McDowell never got the opportunity to recorded like many of his peers during the pre-DepressionRead more...

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Hey Radioheads! “Don’t Call Me Freak: The New Folk” is still available.

Did you know that when you download our Music That Matters Podcasts, you keep the songs forever, and that you can take an hour of commercial-free programming with you when jogging in your retro track suit? I know! It’s great, especially when I hand-select 15 tracks of pure magic and intrigue. It’ll make you happy,Read more...

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The Roadhouse Tribute to Martin Luther King - MLK and the Songs of Freedom

Listen to the annual The Roadhouse tribute to the Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement - MLK and The Songs of Freedom. On this week’s show you’ll hear lots of gospel and field recordings from the early 60s - mass meetings and church gatherings throughout the south which captures the spirit of thisRead more...

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KEXP’s Year in Review: Greg Vandy, The Roadhouse - A buyer’s guide for 2006: Top albums, great compilations, and other notable releases.

Bruce Springsteen, photo courtesy of Manuel Huerga I did my Best Of 2006 broadcast in The Roadhouse back on December 13th, but you can listen to it now, streaming ‘till Dec 26th from the audio archive. I’ve been crazy hectic with all the Roadhouse specials in the past few months, not to mention some upcomingRead more...

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Thanksgiving Folk: The Origins of the Traditional American Song, part 2.

Ben’s Chili Bowl, photo courtesy of dbking This week in The Roadhouse, Part Two of last week’s Holiday program, Thanksgiving Folk: The Origins Of The Traditional American Song. All the songs on this show are from the most influencial release of all-time. The Anthology Of American Folk Music. It’s an 84 song collection of recordingsRead more...

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