September 10, 2019


Bottle Rockets
Amy Helm
Alela Diane
John R. Miller & the Engine Lights
Hubby Jenkins






Hubby Jenkins

Cumberland Gap/Last Chance



Shake “Em on Down



The Cuckoo Bird



Parchman Farm



Banjo Jam


Julie Adams

*Shame Shame Shame*


John R. Miller & The Engine Lights

Holy Dirt



Red Eyes






Comin’ Down



Whale Party


Alela Diane




White as Diamonds



*Never Easy*



My Epitaph



Song for Sandy


Amy Helm

Mandolin Wind



Stones That I Throw






Yes We Can Can


Bob Thompson

*Here, There, and Everywhere*


Bottle Rockets

Bit Logic



Highway 70 Blues






Maybe Tomorrow



*Way Down South*



Doomsday Letter



Stovall’s Grove



Silver Ring


Larry Groce & Company

Nothing Lasts Forever


*Podcast Only*

Recorded on October 21, 2018

*Podcast audio due November 20, 2018.


Press Release


Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now-popular subgenre—small-town, middle-class, Midwest American roots rock—part right-to-the-gut poetry, part rock ‘n’ roll, all truth. Bit Logic is a different sort of album for the St. Louis natives and shows them at their most self-aware, self-challenging, and socially alert.


Recorded in St. Louis at Sawhorse Studios, engineered by Mario Viele and produced by longtime studio collaborator Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (The Del-Lords, Steve Earle), the Bottle Rockets’ 13th album has them looking at their unique stylistic blend through a different lens. While one of the group's earmarks is constructing blue-collar anthems, Bit Logic has the quartet focusing outside themselves, at how change and adaptation affects the bigger picture.

Amy Helm's This Too Shall Light, due September 21st on Yep Roc Records, comprises 10 songs produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry. Helm left her home and comfort zone of Woodstock, NY, choosing to record in Los Angeles within the confines of just a four-day window. The musicians were directed not to overthink the songs, and Helm herself barely performed any of the selections while leading up to the recording. As a result, the sessions forced fast musical trust among the collaborators and yielded the vibrant instrumental improvisations heard throughout This Too Shall Light.

“This music is about motherhood,” Alela Diane says of her highly anticipated fifth album Cusp. “Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It’s like you’ve suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable––you’ve been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music.” She laughs as she pauses, then adds, “Maybe we can create that space.” 

If anyone can carve out needed new territory, it’s Alela. Cusp may be a thematic departure for the Portland, Oregon-based artist, but the Argus-eyed writing and clear voice that have long-since wowed Pitchfork, NME, Paste, and other early adopters throughout Europe and elsewhere have never been stronger. 

John R Miller grew up in Hedgesville, a small town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia where the mountains meet Interstate 81. A co-founding member of hard-traveling bands Prison Book Club and The Fox Hunt, and crafting a unique-and-familiar blend of country blues & folk, he has performed music in nearly all 50 states, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Japan, and much of Europe. He has twice appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage with The Fox Hunt. He has also been a featured songwriter and performer on the Travelin' Appalachians Revue. John can often be found performing solo, alongside fiddle player Chloe Edmonstone, or with his band The Engine Lights. New album The Trouble You Follow is available now via Emperor Records.

After years of busking around the U.S and making a name for himself, Hubby Jenkins became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. From 2010 to 2014 he was an integral part of that Grammy award winning band. Since 2015, he is an active touring and recording member of the Rhiannon Giddens band. He was on her album “Tomorrow Is My Turn” in 2015 and in 2017 “Freedom Highway.”  And around these projects Hubby continues to make solo performances.

This episode will be distributed by NPR Music in November.