October 20, 2015


Gretchen Peters
JD Souther
Nellie McKay
The Whiskey Gentry
Wayne Henderson






The Whiskey Gentry

Eula Mae



Following You



Here’s Your Song


Nellie McKay

Hello Hello



Bold Marauder



Hungry Freaks, Daddy



Wooden Ships


Wayne Henderson

Leather Britches



Are You Tired of Me, My Darling



Orange Blossom Special



Steel Guitar Rag


JD Souther

Something in the Dark



Dance Real Slow



New Kid in Town



Come What May



Every Time We Say Goodbye


Gretchen Peters

When All You Got is a Hammer






The Cure for the Pain



Independence Day



Black Ribbons


Larry Groce & Co.

Hey Good Lookin’

Originally broadcast October 9th, 2015

Press Release

Gretchen Peters - Long one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, Gretchen Peters’ tunes have been covered by a “Who’s Who” of artists her work has been performed by everyone from Etta James and Neil Diamond to George Strait and Trisha Yearwood. Born in Westchester County, NY, she moved with her mother to Boulder, CO, when she was in her teens. In the late’80s, she relocated to Nashville to pursue songwriting. In 1995, Peters won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” with her hit "Independence Day" (recorded by Martina McBride), a powerful anthem about a woman who fought back against an abusive husband. At the Country Music Awards that year, the song won the same award as well as a CMA Video of the Year in 1994. She also co-wrote "Rock Steady" with Canadian pop-rocker Bryan Adams which was covered by Bonnie Raitt. Peters released her debut, “The Secret of Life,” in 1996. In 2009, she collaborated with Tom Russell on “One to the Heart, One to the Head,” and released a best-of collection titled “Circus Girl.” A live DVD “Wine, Women and Song” was issued in 2011 with Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg. After a tumultuous year in her personal life, she released “Hello Cruel World” in 2012, which NPR called "the album of her career." Her latest release, “Blackbirds,” features a “Who's Who” of modern American roots music including Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more. Peters was inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. 

J.D. Souther - A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, musician and actor, J.D. Souther is best known for penning countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn - to name a few. Souther has also released critically acclaimed records under his own name and with the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. Born in Detroit and raised in Amarillo, TX, Souther moved to Los Angeles and worked as a session player where he met and recorded with future Eagle Glenn Frey. Years later, he co-wrote some of the Eagles' biggest hits including "Best of My Love," "Heartache Tonight," and "New Kid in Town." He also worked extensively with Linda Ronstadt, as a producer, singer and songwriter. At the suggestion of none other than David Geffen, he formed the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band with Chris Hillman and Ritchie Furay. After a string of solo LPs, in the late-‘80s, he began acting in film and television. He has appeared in TV Shows including “Thirtysomething” and “Nashville.” His new release for Sony Records is titled “Tenderness.” In a review of the disc, Interview Magazine called Souther “one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation.”

Nellie McKay - Born in London and raised in bohemian Harlem by her actress mother, vivacious and multi-talented and incredibly prolific Nellie McKay has set a new standard for diversity and creativity. Her 2004 debut was a two-CD set on Columbia Records that drew comparisons to Randy Newman, jazz vocalist Blossom Dearie and Cole Porter. “Normal As Blueberry Pie,” issued in 2009, paid tribute to her longtime inspiration Doris Day, fitting as McKay received the Humane Society’s “Doris Day Music Award” in recognition of her dedication to animal rights. In 2010, she released, “Home Sweet Mobile Home,” featuring production from her mother Robin Pappas and creative input from David Byrne. To date, McKay has released six full-length albums; has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera” and performed onscreen in the films “PS I Love You” and “Downtown Express,” as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film â__Rumor Has It” and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, “Gasland.” McKay has appeared in the award-winning off-Broadway hit “Old Hats” and written three acclaimed musical biographies: “I Want to Live!” the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; “Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature,” an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and her latest,” A GIRL NAMED BILL - The Life and Times of Billy Tipton.” Nellie’s music has been heard on TV shows including “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Weeds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS” and “Nurse Jackie.” Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review. On her new release, “My Weekly Reader,” McKay covers songs from the 1960s by Zappa, Ray Davies, Steve Miller, and Country Joe McDonald. “It's important for us to be aware and not succumb to ‘weapons of mass distraction,’” quipped McKay. “Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone.” 

The Whiskey Gentry - Described as a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum,” this Atlanta-based band was formed in 2008 by the husband-and-wife duo of Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow. The five-piece group released its debut, “Please Make Welcome,” in 2011 and was a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest. After issuing “Holly Grove” in 2013, the band released “Live From Georgia” the following year which peaked at #16 on the Americana Radio Chart. 

Wayne Henderson - A native of Grayson County, VA, master finger-picker Wayne Henderson has played stages that range from Carnegie Hall and three “Masters of the Steel-String Guitar” tours to seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin and said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.” The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations. Through the 2014 festival, scholarships totaled more than $116,000.