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Roots & Rhythms is a roots music program that swings, jumps, or rocks.
Hosted by: Lloyd Smiley and Renny G
Airs: Every Wednesday from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Coming up at 8:00 PM on March 29th, 2017:
JAZZ FANS TAKE NOTE: Don't think it as SKA, think of it as JAMAICAN JAZZ! Fusing elements from American jazz, boogie woogie and R&B shuffles with Jamaican mento, the SKATALITES created an exciting, new art form. Tonights show features instrumentals they recorded in 1964 for two Jamaican labels: Top Deck & Studio One.

Roots and Rhythms

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Mar. 29, 2017 Retro Renny Original ska instrumentals recorded by the Skatalites in 1964, including their cover versions of jazz tunes.
Mar. 22, 2017 Lloyd Smiley Chuck Berry & His Influential Influences: Tribute.
Mar. 15, 2017 Renny THE SWAMPCATS BEAT! Goldband Records was the longest running independent label in the U.S. at the time of the owner, Eddie Shuler's death in 2005. Tonight's show features Goldband recordings from the Fifties.
Mar. 8, 2017 Lloyd Smiley Lions & Lambs
Feb. 22, 2017 Lloyd Smiley Bringing it All Back Home... Again!
Feb. 15, 2017 Renny Black History Month and the day after Valentine's Day. On tonight's show: BROKEN HEARTED SOUL FOR BROKEN HEARTED SOULS.

Roots & Rhythms started out in 1997 as a roots music program (older blues, country, r&b and rock(abilly), with some contemporary jazz and world music thrown in as well. Most programs were devoted to a specific artist, label, city or genre. Since then, the core concept has remained the same, but has been broadened to include some pop and more mix-type programs blending eclectic choices across genre and time periods. Throughout, the emphasis has been on music that swings, jumps, or rocks.

Coming up on Roots and Rhythms
Apr. 12th, 2017 8:00 PM
Memphis' other label: METEOR RECORDS Part 1: Red hot blues, R&B & gospel from the Fifties.
Apr. 26th, 2017 8:00 PM
METEOR RECORDS Part 2: Red hot rockabilly & hillbilly recordings from Memphis during the Fifties.