Sunday 8-10PM

Stretching between Bluegrass Breakdown and Hearts of Space, Nightsounds blends the very best of modern and independent folk with an eclectic sampling of other genres. Every show is carefully constructed with tempo and ambience in mind to find a harmonious road through its diverse soundscape, making Nightsounds not just a show, but an atmospheric experience.


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Nightsounds was originally chartered in 1987 as a locally produced radio program that showcased artists loosely affiliated with New Age music, which became quite popular with the ascension of such labels as Windham Hill, Optimism, Higher Octave and Narada Records; all studios which featured artists loosely affiliated with acoustic and electronic instrumental music that did not pigeon hole into jazz or even soft record categories.

The new documentary Muscle Shoals recalls how interracial harmony in tumultuous times made possible a new kind of music. Leading African-American artists traveled to North Alabama — not exactly a place they thought they'd be welcome in the civil rights era — to jam with an all-white crew of session players. In little rooms near the wide Tennessee River, they perfected soul and anticipated Southern rock.