Roots 'N Offshoots

Sundays, 10am - 12pm & 9pm - 11pm

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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When John Prine died on April 7 due to complications from COVID-19, he didn't just leave behind a rich recorded legacy.

Who: Margo Price

Where: Outside Nashville, Tenn.

Recommendation: Family time

I have been quarantining with my husband Jeremy and our two children: Judah, age nine, and Ramona, nine-and-a-half months. The four of us are all self-isolating at our home in the middle of nowhere, just outside of Nashville.

When I heard that John Prine was dead, and would never be going to Arnold's Country Kitchen again to nab the last piece of banana cream pie; and that I'd never stand in a packed room full of old hippies and young hipsters and just plain folks and bellow out the words to "In Spite of Ourselves" as he chuckled at all of us; that I'd never meet another young songwriter who'd recently been blessed the wisdom he offered as Nashville's most generous mentor; that old friends like Bonnie Raitt would never grinningly match hi

John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

The Lumineers showed up at the Tiny Desk with family, friends and crew who travel with the tight-knit touring band. One special guest in particular was Lenny, the toddler son of lead singer Wes Schultz. As soon as Bob Boilen met Lenny, Bob searched for every toy he could find on the shelves behind his desk to entertain the restless tyke.

"Entirely Different Stars," from Lukas Nelson's newest album, Naked Garden, is a song many people might relate to right about now. It's a fantasy about grabbing that special someone and blasting off to a less troubled planet.

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Who: Jason Isbell

Where: Nashville, Tenn.

Recommendation: Happy People: A Year In The Taiga

Paste Magazine just named her one of "Ten Artists To Watch In 2020".

Based in Baltimore, her latest release "Circadian", just came out in February.

Working with veteran producer Neilson Hubbard, she also recieved help from Will Kimbrough on Guitar and Mandolin for her latest effort.

She's currently on tour, but does not have a Columbus show scheduled at this time.

She will, however, play live right here in studio A.

EmiSunshine is back in Ohio to play a show at Marathon Center For The Performing Arts in Findlay Ohio the evening of March 5th.

She will also play at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati on Friday March 27.

Her latest release, "Family Wars" came out late last year.

Andy Frasco
Andrew Hutchins Photography

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Andy Frasco to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night with Big Something at Woodland's Tavern

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Chicago Farmer aka Cody Diehkoff to perform Live From Studio A

WCBE will host Christopher Paul Stelling Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at Natalie's in Worthington.  

It's been a few years since The Grahams last visited studio A.

This time it's going to be a radio only visit.

They're getting ready to release, "Kids Like Us" on March 27th, the same day they embark on a string of shows in England.

A video of one of the tracks off that release, "Searching The Milky Way", can be heard through their website.

Tune in to hear The Grahams play live, right here on 90.5 FM WCBE Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark, online at and on Apple Music.

The "Cash Only" Johnny Cash tribute concert and WCBE benefit returns to Woodlands Backyard on February 28 and 29.

Ian Hummel will play with his band, The Apple Bottom Gang, and Zach Whitney will be on stage with his band, The Zach Whitney Show.

The Nashville Grammy award winners The Steeldrivers will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show at the Lincoln Theatre

Dave Simonett the frontman for Trampled By Turtles will return to WCBE for perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at Express Live with Them Coulee Boys!  

Them Coulee Boys
Photo by Kyle Lehman, courtesy of Big Hassle Media.

Them Coulee Boys the Folk Rock group hailing from western Wisconsin will perform Live From Studio A in advance of the sold out show that night at Express Live with Trampled By Turtles!

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

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

House Of Hamill
Anna Colliton

Philadelphia's Celtic/Folk/ Rock outfit House Of Hamill will join us Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at Natalie's Grandview!

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!

When you think of country music, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If contemporary country radio has you conjuring images of pickup trucks and red Solo cups, then that's exactly what Tyler Childers is not.

Marcus King has rock and roll in his bones: He comes from a family of famed guitarists in Greenville, S.C. With his raspy falsetto and guitar licks, he's been hailed as a revival of B.B. King or Stevie Ray Vaughan.

This Columbus based act will be coming out with their new release the same day they visit studio A.

The evening of January 17 they will be at Rumba Cafe, performing at their cd release show.

Also on the bill is the Columbus based act Mungbean.


He will be returning to Studio A before the Dave Buker And The Historians 10th anniversary show at The Shrunken Head, coming up on Saturday January 18.

Also appearing at this show will be The Devil Doves, and Topher James And The Biscuettes, which is a stripped down version of Topher James And The Biscuit Brigade.

This singer-songwriter will be stopping by to play a few songs and talk about what he has been up to since he last played here at WCBE.

He will not be touring the second week of January so it's going to be a radio only visit to Columbus this time around.

Influenced by artists like Bob Dylan and John Prine, his music has found it's way onto television programs like True Blood and The Office.

He's toured with John Mellencamp and John Fogerty during their "Words And Music" tour.

The Floorwalkers will be returning to WCBE to share some holiday cheer with us and featuring news songs from their brand new release All These Things And More!  

5th Annual Holiday Office Party @ Rumba Cafe
Art by Julie Edwards Whittaker and George Hondroulis

Please join us for a Live From Studio A session with local artists/musicians Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) and Vanessa Jean Speckman (VJ's & The MG's)!  This will be in advance of the 5th Annual Holiday Office Party and Toy Drive For Firefighters For Kids that night at the

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Corey Harris Live From Studio A in advance of the show tonight with Micah Kesselring!

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!

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Marcus King Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night with his full band at The Newport Music Hall!  

The HawtThorns is the husband-wife duo, K.P. and Johnny Hawthorn, currently touring in support of their debut release "Morning Sun", which came out in August.

They will be performing three nights in Akron at the 11th annual Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza, which will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of December .

The Shootouts and Gretchen Pleuss will also be playing at those shows.

This Singer, Songwriter, guitarist and sometimes ukelele player will be playing at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza In Worthington the evening of December 3rd.

"Out From Under", is her latest release, which came out in November.

She has been playing open mics since the age of 11, formed her first band when she was 12, and recorded  her first release in 2015 when she was 13 years old. 

Now at the age of 18, she will be visiting studio A for the first time.

WCBE is looking forward to a return visit from Vintage Trouble to perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at Skully's Music Diner!