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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 September 20th, 2017:
Rockin' down at the boozer. PUB ROCK: the roots of punk. Before punk rock there was pub rock. Bands such as Dr. Feelgood, The Pirates, The Count Bishops, Ducks Deluxe, Eddie & The Hot Rods played an incendiary mix of amplified R&B, rockabilly and rock & roll.

Roots and Rhythms

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Sep. 13, 2017 Retro Renny TRAIN TUNES. All aboard an excursion through old timey country, hillbilly boogie, rockabilly with stops in the blues and R&B.
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Sep. 6, 2017 Retro Renny BLUES HARP HEAVEN: Some of the greatest blues harmonica players including Little Walter, Big Walter, both Sonny Boy Williamsons, Sonny Terry, Snooky Pryor, King Biscuit Boy and more.
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Aug. 30, 2017 Retro Renny Rags to rags. The riches in rags: jazz rags, jug rags, string band rags, guitar rags, fiddle rags, blues rags and more.
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Aug. 23, 2017 Retro Renny Say what?! Music of the unintelligible, hipster slang and nonsense lyrics. Papa-Omm-Mow-Mow, Be Baba Leba, Oo-Pa-Pa-Da, Jibba Jab, Vout Oreenee. Includes songs by Little Richard, Merle Travis, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Otis, Cab Calloway and more.
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Aug. 16, 2017 Retro Renny Elvis' Roots & Early Recordings.
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Aug. 9, 2017 Retro Renny ARHOOLIE BLUES: Down home acoustic blues from Mississippi that was originally released on the Arhoolie Record label.
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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.