Roots Music & Beyond

    Roots Music & Beyond

    Saturdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

    DESCRIPTION: Folk and roots music and more, sundry sounds from bluegrass to bebop and beyond.

    HOSTS: First Saturday of the month: Tom Nixon

    Second Saturday host: Rick Frystak

    Third Saturday hosts (alternating): Art Podell Jim Moran

    Fourth Saturday host: Mark Humphrey

    Fifth Saturday host: Mary Katherine Aldin

    First Saturday of the month: A musical tour de force spanning all eras and areas - Host Tom Nixon of The Nixon Tapes makes the familiar sound unfamiliar and vice versa.

    Second Saturday host Rick Frystak is a native of Los Angeles and a 37-year music industry veteran.
    He'll be selecting the finest in jazz, string, vocal and ensemble music on vinyl and CD with an accent on early-morning exploration. Rare private pressings along with the latest releases will be featured with special guests and giveaways.

    Alternating third Saturday hosts are Art Podell, a bona fide Greenwich Village folkie, one-half of the legendary duo Art and Paul and an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, and Professor’ Jim Moran, host and creator of, They remember the folk music revival of the early 60’s, that era’s heroes, famous and unsung, the groups that achieved national fame then and the young artists of today who carry the torch.

    Fourth Sat. host Mark Humphrey will remind you of a classic recording made on a show date or another timely tie-in with tunes that tell us how varied and vital our musical roots are.

    Fifth Saturday host Mary Katherine Aldin has been a roots music programmer on KPFK since 1976. She has also produced and annotated over 200 albums, and has contributed essays to several books about traditional American music.

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