Acousticity

SUNDAY 9PM - MONDAY 5AM

Acousticity showcases a broad spectrum of acoustic music, from the classic American folk sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to more modern purveyors like Gillian Welch, the Milk Carton Kids and the Avett Brothers, with Celtic classics from Mary Black, Altan and Solas mixed in.

We feature new releases and in-studio interviews and performances on Sunday nights (see below.) You can listen to this unique blend of "flexible folk" any time by using the persistent player link above to access our 24/7 Acousticity audio stream, or visit the Ways To Listen page for more streaming options.  Scroll down for the Acousticity stream playlist.

On 5/1/16, we're joined in-studio by Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson of Stone & Snow. Their new CD, "Devil That I Know," comes out this week and they're doing a show at The Castle on 5/7. We'll get a preview and hear some tracks from the CD, plus a few songs performed live.

On 5/8/16, Laurie Lewis and The Top Hands pay tribute to two of the most influential women in bluegrass, with "The Hazel (Dickens) and Alice (Gerrard) Sessions." The performances include duets with Aoife O'Donovan and Linda Ronstadt, and the first recording of a third verse on Hazel's righteous "Working Girl Blues."

"Woody and Del" features songs from the Woody Guthrie archives, newly set to music written by Del McCoury and performed by his multiple-award-winning bluegrass band. You'll hear it on 5/15/16.

On 5/22/16, the debut release from The Deep Hollow, a Springfield-based acoustic trio inspired by The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers.

Eli West is a songwriter we admire a lot on Acousticity. His latest project, "The Both," evokes his two grandfathers with "alternate versions" of the same six songs (thus the title), and guest appearances from Bill Frisell, Dori Freeman and John Reischman. It's featured on 5/29/16.

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Dave Glacinski

Writing one song with an appealing melody is difficult.  Bloomington's Michael Adams and his War Painted Horses band mates have filled their debut album “Murder at the Wheelhouse” with 12 melodic gems (not including a hidden track).  When lauded for his impressive songwriting ability, a trait not always present in even great musicians, Adams deftly deflected the compliment.

Stone & Snow

Just because you don’t see the acoustic duo Stone & Snow on stage every week, doesn’t mean the band isn’t working. They just got the results of their entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. (See their video entry below) Clint Thomson and Karen Bridges, who are the core of Stone & Snow, said they’re not too upset or surprised they weren't selected. There were 6,000 entries.

Ray Kennedy

Singer/songwriter Chris Knight still lives on the outskirts of his rural Kentucky hometown of Slaughters.  He says it's where he's comfortable, and where the people he writes honest, nuanced and unflinching sketches about the people he holds dear.  Knight returns to Central Illinois to play Boondocks Pub in Springfield Tuesday March 10. 

Every year, Acousticity host Bruce Bergethon keeps a list - of the favorite holiday songs by artists he interviews for the GLT Sunday night program. It's December, and Bruce has checked the list twice, tracked down the songs, and presents this medley of holiday treats, naughty AND nice, for your enjoyment.

Neil Larimore Photograpy

Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The Brazilionaires recently stopped by the GLT studios with a bunch of great local jazz musicians to play some tunes from their new CD, and talked with Bruce Bergethon about spreading sambas and boleros across the Heartland.

Compass Records

Alison Brown is the CEO of Compass Records. She's also a mom, an MBA and a musician. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with the woman who's working to redefine her instrument of choice.

Doug Anderson

The man behind the group called Backyard Tire Fire has just released his second solo album. It was produced by Anthony Crawford, longtime collaborator with Neil Young. GLT's Bruce Bergethon caught up with Edward David Anderson, to talk about "Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions."

album art by Solitaire Miles

You might associate "Western swing" with Texas dancehalls and Oklahoma honky-tonks. But a great new take on the classic American idiom comes from a Chicago jazz singer.

Justin Niguchi

Hot on the heels of their fourth album, "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," The Steeldrivers return to Bloomington's Castle Theatre on Thursday, October 15. The hard-driving bluegrass/Americana band is growing its audience through relentless touring and distinctive original music. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with founding member, fiddler/singer/songwriter Tammy Rogers.

Compass Records

Everybody in Nashville recognizes the name of fiddle virtuoso and singer Andrea Zonn. A native of Champaign/Urbana, she's backed up George Jones, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and for the last 12 years has been a member of James Taylor's band. This month, she's released her second solo CD, "Rise." It features a stellar cadre of singers like Gill and Taylor, and a set of songs catalyzed by the medical travails of Zonn's son Leonard. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with Zonn about the new release.

The Guardian

Rhiannon Giddens performed at Bloomington's Castle Theatre on September 18th. She's touring behind her new CD, "Tomorrow is My Turn," produced by T Bone Burnett. Giddens is the co-founder of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her first solo CD is a convincing collection of diverse American styles, from country to gospel to blues. From her home in southern Ireland, Giddens spoke with GLT's Bruce Bergethon.