Bedrock 66 Live!

First Sundays 5-6 PM

WUIS presents the Bedrock 66 Live concert series now independently produced,  in an effort to bring great music to the area and produce a weekly concert program. Since 2008, over 100 performances by some of the best Americana, roots, rock, blues, jazz, rhythm & soul artists have been recorded in front of live, central Illinois audiences for later broadcast on WUIS.


  • 10/11 Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones
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  • 10/23 Margo Price and the Pricetags


First Sunday of the month at 5 pm. All new shows!

  • 9/6  Motel Mirrors
  • 10/3  The Travelin' McCoury's
  • 11/1  Rosie Flores and Marti Brom
  • 12/6  Alejandro Escovedo

Bedrock 66 Live on WUIS is sponsored by Skeff Distributing Company, distributor of Goose Island Beer Company brews:  312 Urban Wheat, Honkers Ale, Matilda, and more.

October 11    Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones at Casey's Pub, 2200 Meadowbrook Road

Dave and Phil Alvin

“Lost time is not found again.”  This ancient idiom is at the heart of brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s long, tumultuous relationship.  However, in Dave’s own words, “Sometimes Fate, or God or the Universe, gives you a rare chance to prove an old saying is wrong.” The brothers’ new album, appropriately titled ‘Lost Time’ (September 18/Yep Roc Records), does just that. Listen to lead track “World’s In A Bad Condition” now via the Wall Street Journal:

Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music.”  Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner.  The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life.  They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for ‘Lost Time.’

If their GRAMMY-nominated 2014 album ‘Common Ground’ was the sound of a partnership rekindled, ‘Lost Time’ is a four-alarm fire.  Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core.  Dave and Phil both sing and play guitar throughout ‘Lost Time,’ and are joined by a crack band including Lisa Pankratz (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and Chris Miller (guitar).

The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, and after Dave left the group in 1986, they did not record an album together again until ‘Common Ground.’ In addition to its Grammy nomination, that record earned wide critical acclaim, and features with NPR’s Fresh Air, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal and more.

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Sean Burns spoke to Dave Alvin from the road about his and brother Phil's new record, their musical influences and their upcoming appearance in Springfield as part of the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series.

Ike Reilly On World Cafe

Aug 11, 2015

Ike Reilly returns to World Cafe with songs from his seventh album, Born On Fire. A cocky, charming rock 'n' roll singer from the Chicago area, Reilly shares a hometown with the late comedian Chris Farley, whose new biopic features a song from Reilly's new album.

In this episode of World Cafe, Reilly tells the story of the hard-drive crash that ate the first recordings of his new album — plus, of course, he and his band The Ike Reilly Assassination perform live.

Lydia Loveless started making her first album at the age of 17. She's been acknowledged as one of the best up-and-coming artists by both Spin and Rolling Stone magazines. Her songs are hard to classify. She is able to mix honky-tonk with a grunge/punk and even pop sound. The 24 year old is a huge pop fan, counting Prince and Ke$ha among favorites. She's on Chicago's Bloodshot Records and her newest album is called Somewhere Else.

Nora Jane Struthers may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been stolen. Rebuilding her life allowed her to take a risk and do something she'd wanted to for years. It paid off: She has a new album out titled Wake.

Her story begins at a charter school in Brooklyn where Struthers worked as an English teacher.

"I started teaching sophomores and moved to teaching seniors in my last year," Struthers says. "I loved it."

Red Molly On Mountain Stage

May 28, 2015

Red Molly makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the grounds of West Virginia's State Capitol. Built around the buoyant three-part harmonies of Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter, Red Molly has won over audiences and critics with solid songwriting and a relentless touring schedule. Its music has spent weeks atop folk and Americana radio charts; Red Molly's latest, The Red Album, was no exception.

Red Molly 5/22 Bedrock 66 Live!

May 13, 2015

Friday, May 22 at Homespun Republic, 8 pm with Tim Shelton

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"From Day One, Red Molly conjured musical magic. A decade later, they've honed their songwriting, their covers, their playing and, above all, their harmonies into something joyful and sublime."
-John Platt, WFUV FM, Sunday Breakfast

Drew Gurian

Coming to the Homespun Republic Thursday, April 16 Cory Branan with special guest Tim Easton. Showtime is 8 pm. Tickets at or at the door.

Kicking off the 2015 Bedrock 66 Live! series is Athens, GA country-folk psychedelic band, New Madrid. Joining New Madrid will be Chicago's Celtic-Punk band The Tossers. Tickets available at

Here is what Pichfork had to say about New Madrid's 2014 release "Sunswimmer"

Pitchfork: New Madrid “Manners”

Charlie Parr website

Friday Oct. 24,  Bedrock 66 Live welcomes Charlie Parr to Springfield.    

Parr grew up in Minnesota and he's a throwback.  His style of folk and blues will be on display this evening at Donnie's Homespun.   

Sean Burns talked with Parr about his musical influences and how he approaches his craft:

The show begins at 8 p.m.  More details at

Eric Brace and Peter Cooper headline Friday night of the two night American Music Show at Donnie's Homespun, 107 W. Cook St. in downtown Springfield. Saturday night will feature JP Harris and the Tough Choices and The Bottle Rockets. Tickets at or at the door. 


The folks who put on Bedrock 66 are bringing singer-songwriter Otis Gibbs to Springfield Thursday (Aug 21) at 7:30 at Donnie's Homespun.    Bill Wheelhouse introduces to Otis and let's us hear a track from his new album.

Tickets for Thursday's show are $7 at   Find Otis's music and podcasts at

After making a name for herself in Memphis,  Texas native Amy LaVere comes to the WUIS Bedrock Stage this Friday Night.   She is appearing jointly with John Paul Keith and presenting their side project "Motel Mirrors".   From K-U-T in Austin.. David Brown talked with LaVere.

Amy LaVere along with John Paul Keith at Friday night's Bedrock show at Donnie's Homespun on Cook Street in Springfield.    The show starts at eight. Tickets available at     Tickets are $12 dollars.

Bedrock 66 Motel Mirrors 5/23

May 16, 2014

The next Bedrock 66 Live! performance will be Friday, May 23 at Donnie's Homespun, 107 W. Cook in Springfield. Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith will perform songs from their recent EP Motel Mirrors along with songs from their solo records.  Joining Amy and JPK will be the southern Illinois rockabilly group the Swamp Tigers. Show time is 8 pm and $12 advance tickets are available at

Roots rocker Nikki Hill is  a newcomer who has gained attention for her soulful and powerful voice. Her band, who she calls 'The Pirate Crew' includes her husband, Matt Hill - a guitar player and soulful musician in his own right. She headlines on Saturday night. Opening is Marco DiMaggio who has been heralded as one of the world's best Rock 'n' Roll guitarists.

Robbie Fulks has been recording since the mid-'90s, making music that's difficult to categorize. He's written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he's fond of folk and bluegrass, he pleases concert audiences with covers of hits by Michael Jackson and Cher. Fulks' new album, Gone Away Backward, is one of his most sustained and subtle efforts.

David Landis

Rosie Flores brings her rockabilly style to the Hoogland Center for the Arts Saturday night.  She and Marti Brom will be on stage in the next Bedrock 66 Live music event.  This show will be a tribute to Janis Martin, also known as the "Female Elvis."

WUIS' Sean Burns interviewed Flores about her music background and the latest project:

The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are available.

David Landis

Rosie Flores started a Kickstarter project in 2011 to record, "The Female Elvis," Janis Martin.  Martin died shortly after the sessions.  Flores completed the project and has now released the recording.  Flores has partnered with Marti Brom in a rockabilly tribute to Martin.  They will play WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m.  

Tickets are available at 217-523-2787 or purchase them online from the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Watch Flores Kickstarter appeal video below for some background on Martin:

  Michigan native Marshall Crenshaw hasn’t stopped playing music since he rose to fame in the 1980s. It’s been a career that spans just over 30 years – he’s also been an author, actor, radio host, and music producer.

  JP Harris & the Tough Choices play at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield tonight (5/17) as part of WUIS’ Bedrock 66 Live Concert Series. Harris’s music has been called “real country” and Harris calls his music “Hank Williams with a Motorhead attitude.” The Alabama native and Nashville transplant shares his music and what inspires it in this interview:


CLICK HERE to get tickets to tonight’s show.

Davina And The Vagabonds: Piano Licks, Vocal Tricks

Apr 26, 2013

Davina Sowers' classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that's childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.

Janis Martin, 'The Female Elvis,' Returns

Sep 30, 2012

Janis Martin was just a teenager from Virginia when she was christened "The Female Elvis." In the mid-1950s, she sold 750,000 copies of a song called "Will You, Willyum." She played the Grand Ole Opry, American Bandstand and The Tonight Show. But her fame was short-lived. Martin got married and had a baby, which didn't sit so well with the people managing her career. Her label dropped her, and she fell off the musical map.