Roots 'N Offshoots

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Our very own queen of the honkytonk Maggie Brennan slides on her boots and lassos the finest in American roots music and its related forms; including folk, bluegrass, rockabilly, country and more. Perfect listening after a long day on the trail or around the campfire.

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Carl "Buffalo" Nichols will join us Live From Studio A in advance of the show with Drive-By Truckers at The Newport presented by WCBE!

His self-titled debut album comes out on Friday, October 15th!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

Her release, "Misadventure", was produced by David Baron and Simone Felice.

She's currently touring with Jade Bird.

Tune in to hear the first visit to studio A from Diana DeMuth, right here on 90.5FM WCBE Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark and online at

Based here in Central Ohio, Black River Gypsies have a new release, "Night Fire Burns Innocence".

The release show will be at The Rambling House the evening of October 8.

The band consists of Lily Bloom, Ryan Combs, Sarah Diskin, Andy Frederick and Matt Sullivan, and they have recently returned from their pandemic hiatus.

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Brent Cobb to perform Live From Studio in advance of his show at the A&R Music Bar with Adam Hood!

He's out on the road with his latest release Keep 'Em On They Toes for the Shut Up And Sing Tour and we're happy he'll be making a stop in Columbus!

Summer Salt is the duo consisting of Matthew Terry (vocals and guitar) and Eugene Chung (drums).

Out of Texas, originally from Dallas, they have since relocated to Austin.

"Sequoia Moon", their latest effort, just came out in late June.

It was produced by Phil Ek, who has worked with acts like Modest Mouse, Built To Spill and Fleet Foxes.

Hailing from Australia, this alternative indie band is now touring in North America.

Consisting of Hannah Joy (lead vocals, guitar and piano), Tim Fitz (bass and vocals) and Harry Day (drums and vocals), this trio was just featured on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday September 24.

Columbus group Mingo will join us Live From Studio A in advance of their album release celebration for Fulton on Saturday at Natalie's Worthington!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!

Screaming Urge is Michael Ravage on guitar, Myke Rock on bass and Dave Manic on the drums.

Formed in the late seventies right here in Central Ohio, their 42nd anniversary show is coming up at Ace Of Cups on Saturday, September 25.

Also appearing will be The 3 Speeds.

Listen to them play live in studio A, and hear a few stories from them as well.

Cincinnati's The Tillers will perform Live From Studio A before they head on over to the 2021 Ohiolina Music Festival in Granville, OH!

Tune in for live music and conversation on what they've been working on since their latest 2018 release.

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!


Now back in Ohio, he's been working on new music.

The release, "Free", will be coming out in October.

He will be featuring music from this new release at The Rambling House on Sunday September 19.

Honey And Blue is Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber.

"Bloom" is the new release from this Central Ohio based act.

A new single, "Come In Close", featuring Spirit Of The Bear, is going to come out the same day as their performance here in studio A.

That will be one of the songs they play during this session.

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Paul Thorn and a Live From Studio A session in advance of the show that night at Columbus Athenaeum Theatre with special guest The Vindys! 

They will return to Studio A before their show the evening of September 3 at Natalie's Grandview.

The Accidentals formed in Traverse City, Michigan By Sav Buist and Katie Larson when they were still in high school.

After that, they enlisted Michael Dause on Drums, Guitar and vocals to round out the trio.

Just a few years after forming, they found themselves opening for artists like Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird and Dar Williams.

Soul artist Bette Smith will join us Live From Studio A in advance of her show on Saturday at Natalie's Worthington

Lee DeWyze will return to WCBE to perform Live From Stuido A in advance of his show that night at Natalie's Grandview with special guest D'Arcy.

Tune in for live music, conversation about his brand new release Ghost Stories and a chance to win tickets to the show!

Our friend Tim Easton will be back in town and we're happy he'll be returning to WCBE to perform Live From Studio A! 

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Houndmouth to perform Live From Studio A

Don Everly, half of one of rock and roll's pioneering groups, The Everly Brothers, has died. The musician, known for singing close harmonies with his brother, was 84.

With hits like, "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love" and "Cathy's Clown," The Everly Brothers were a sensation in the late 1950s and early '60s as rock and roll became a cultural phenomenon.

Everly's country-influenced vocals, sung alongside his younger brother, Phil, stretched the possibilities of harmonies in early rock and roll.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tom T. Hall, the singer-songwriter who composed "Harper Valley P.T.A." and sang about life's simple joys as country music's consummate blue-collar bard, has died. He was 85.

His son, Dean Hall, confirmed the musician's death on Friday at his home in Franklin, Tenn. Known as "The Storyteller" for his unadorned yet incisive lyrics, Hall composed hundreds of songs.

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Nanci Griffith died yesterday in Nashville at the age of 68. She was known for her crystalline voice and songs that told stories.


Reverend Freakchild will return to WCBE to perform Live From Studio A

Updated August 13, 2021 at 7:11 PM ET

Nanci Griffith, a Texas-born singer-songwriter celebrated in folk and country-music circles for her crystalline voice and storytelling skill, died Friday in Nashville at age 68.

The news was confirmed by her management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment.

No cause of death or further information was provided, reportedly at Griffith's behest: "It is Nanci's wish that no statement or press release happen for a week following her passing."

WCBE is looking forward to having Columbus group The Floorwalkers back in the studio to perform Live From Studio A!

On his newest album, Never Too Late To Call, we find Southern rocker Paul Thorn reflective. Raised in Tupelo, Miss., Thorn worked as a professional boxer and factory worker before becoming a full-time musician in the late 1990s, releasing multiple studio albums since. But his latest record has been seven years in the making.

The Farmer & Adele are in town to play at Natalie's Worthington August 6th.

The show will get started at about 9pm.

Also coming up for them is a performance at The Adelphia Muisic Hall in Marietta on the 7th of August.

Formerly known as The Rad Trads, these guys are back in town to play a show at Natalie's Grandview on the first of August.

Also appearing will be the local act, Dawna.

After that, they will be staying in Columbus to play live in studio A the next morning.

They've put out some new music since their last visit to WCBE back in 2018 on The Global Village.

They have an album release show coming up at The Rambling House the evening of July 30.

"Back Of My Mind" is the name of their new effort.

They also have shows coming up in Chillicothe On July 31, and Pickerington on August 1.

It's been about two years since their last visit to studio A.

Tune in to find out what they've been up to since then.

Tune in for a Zydeco party during the Global Village when CJ Chenier And The Red Hot Louisiana Band perform Live From Studio A!

They'll perform that night at Natalie's in Grandview for another sold out event presented by Crazy Mama's Concerts and WCBE!

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Sean Woosley in The Repo Pilots Live From Studio A

He will be stopping by studio A to play a few songs before his show that night at Dick's Den with Bloodthirsty Virgins.

His release, "The Night Never Ends", came out last year, so we might hear some material from that.

He played all of the instruments himself on that release, but he will be performing as a trio here at the station.