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.

11/6/16 It's a pair of musicians who have followed their own independent muses. We'll sample the latest from Chicago Farmer, called "Midwest Side Stories." Plus selections from Jack White's "Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016," including music made with The White Stripes, Dirk Powell and Pokey LaFarge.

11/13/16 "Penny's Farm" is a new collection of old tunes from a pair of veterans, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, who have been playing together since the sixties' folk revival.

11/20/16 The latest from mandolinist and singer Joe K. Walsh is titled "Borderland." He takes on the poetry of WB Yeats and Phil Ochs, as well as traditional tunes and originals, with the help of fiddler Brittany Haas.

11/27/16 New music from the Michigan duo called Red Tail Ring. Their latest, "Fall Away Blues," combines sweet harmonies with lonesome old time instrumentation. And (as is traditional on Acousticity), our post-Thanksgiving broadcast of "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Ways to Connect

"Lay These Weapons Down" is a musical departure for Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen. Where their now two-year-old "Tolono" album is firmly rooted in folk, "Weapons" shows the quartet veering into more contemporary territory, including horns and other colors. Rebecca Rego said that musical evolution coincided with personal difficulties the band experienced since "Tolono."

Edward David Anderson has been flying solo as a folk/country/rock artist since Backyard Tire Fire announced an "indefinite hiatus" in 2011. With two critically acclaimed albums since 2014 and a touring schedule that keeps his cars odometer spinning, the multi-instrumental Anderson has found his sea legs post-BTF. But he didn't find them overnight.

Janae Thomason

Though it's been done successfully, being band mates with a romantic partner can be fraught with ... challenges. Where does business end and personal begin? When is a decision final and who makes that decision? What if one of the two becomes the breakout performer? Husband and wife Jay and Jenae Thomason ARE the Bloomington-Normal based acoustic duo Hot Sauce Universe. Jenae said playing with Jay in HSU brought them closer together. "We connected hard from the get-go," said Jenae.

The Deep Hollow co-founder Micah Walk immediately knew “Devil” was a good song. “Liz and I started writing songs together before Dave came along” said Walk, referring to fellow group members Liz Eckert and Dave Littrell. “That was one of the first three or four songs we wrote, and I thought ‘this is coming along pretty well.’” “Pretty well” was an understatement. After Littrell came along and added some flourishes, the trio submitted "Devil" to American Songwriter Magazine's 30th Anniversary...

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Oliver Wood sort of chuckled when he said joining forces with brother Chris to form the Wood Brothers in 2005 was a good career move. "Until that time, I certainly put in my 10,000 plus hours of playing music and working as a musician, but I was never able to realize the creative part with the business part to really make a living and be taken seriously in the world" said Wood.

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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 will kick off the GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU this Saturday June 11th in downtown Bloomington. A few months ago, the group 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.

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. They also just wrapped their successful Indiegogo campaign to fund a new album. And they’re in the studio recording...

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.

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...

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.