Category Archives: The Roadhouse

In The Roadhouse: A Tribute to Harry Smith and The Anthology Of American Folk Music

What is it about Harry Smith? For me, Harry is a local hero; one of us. And though removed by time and space, he’s familiar. Like most record collectors I know, he was eccentric to say the least. But trying to explain and define Harry’s subterranean achievements and wide-ranging interests to the uninitiated is aRead more…

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Listen to The Woody Guthrie Centennial Show on The Roadhouse 9/12

by Greg Vandy Five years ago, I produced a special program on Woody Guthrie’s brief, yet highly prolific month in our area, as a temporary employee of the Bonneville Power Administration assigned to write “a song a day” in order to promote the benefits of public power from the newly created public works project, TheRead more…

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Live Video: Cedric Watson

Who says tradition is dead or lost on today’s youth? Lafayette, Louisiana’s Cedric Watson doesn’t just wear the trappings of the older generations. His sound bubbles up from the bayous and swamps of the region. While his peers were listening to hip-hop and rock, the Texas-raised musician, still in his 20’s, immersed himself in theRead more…

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Celebrating Independence with… Light in the Attic

In honor of Independence Day, KEXP is saluting some of our favorite indie record labels who’s DIY-spirit helped revolutionize the music industry. As an independent radio station ourselves, KEXP is thrilled to give a 13-gun salute to these pioneers with a series of label spotlights through the Fourth of July. By Greg Vandy I gotRead more…

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Song of the Day: Nick Waterhouse – Some Place

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Some Place” by Nick Waterhouse from theRead more…

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Live Video: Charlie Parr

Among the contenders in the every burgeoning indie folk, or new folk, genre, there are a lot of pretenders and acts trying desperately to “look and play the part”, but five seconds in front of Charlie Parr and you know you’re dealing with the real thing. While the Austin, Minnesota-based guitarist and singer certainly looksRead more…

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Live Video: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. has been a highlight of the SXSW music festival for years. Beloved by local fans, the 28-year old Austin-based guitarist and songwriter is known to rip through blues classics and originals in his high-energy shows with both reverent devotion and stylish innovation, but now his recent Warner Bros. released EP, The BrightRead more…

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2011 Top Ten List Spotlight: Greg Vandy

The KEXP DJs hear thousands of albums every year, but in 2011, which ten really stood out for them? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2011 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Voting ends on Monday, December 19th,Read more…

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Live Video: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

Men out of time, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three play old time Americana — ragtime, country blues, jazz, and western swing — in a way that, despite their anachronistic attire, they make seem fresh and new to listeners today. About four years ago, Pokey started performing and recording by himself, but in 2009Read more…

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The Roadhouse’s Pickathon 2011 preview

Regular listeners know how I feel about Pickathon. Last week in The Roadhouse I played all Pickathon music. Listen to that show here. What is this Pickathon? It’s an indie-roots music festival 20 minutes east of Portland, in Happy Valley, Oregon on Pendarvis Farm, the same 80-acre farm where the Decemberists recorded their latest. ItRead more…

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