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Dead Wax for Wednesday, May 27 @ 5pm: Chris Stapleton!

Tonight we're going to feature 3 tracks from the brand new album from the wordsmith Chris Stapleton. Although Traveller is his debut album, he's been hanging out in Nashville for over 15 years, writing hit songs for many mainstream country artists. Normally we tend to steer clear of mainstream country music, but tonight we're going to make an exception, this album is just too good to let some arbitrary standard of independent artist get in the way. This guy writes songs like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. He sings with the power and soul of Mike Farris and Otis Redding. Traveller is 14 tracks but sprawls from stripped-down acoustic country tracks, like Whiskey and You, to alt-country rockers like Parachute, to pure soul like Tennessee Whiskey. I have a feeling we're going to hear a lot about this album and Chris over the next year. We'll open the show with a four song tribute to our Veterans in recognition of Memorial Day, with tracks from The Black Lillies, Guy Clark, The Drive-By Truckers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. We're also going to hear another track from Lucinda Williams' newest album.

Davisville, 5/18/15: UC Davis’ Yiyun Li, a luminary of the short story

Yiyun Li grew up in China and earned a degree in biomedical science in Beijing. Then she moved to the United States and became a fiction writer, applying enough skill and insight in her work to earn her several significant awards. The latest is the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which praised her story “A Sheltered Woman” for its “exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice.” On today’s program, Prof. Li—who teaches writing at UC Davis—talks about the story, writing, subjects that interest her, and more.

About Us

KDRT is high-powered low-power grassroots radio located in Davis, California, airing an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programming, and building community by promoting dialogue, encouraging artistic expression, and acting as a forum for people who typically lack media access. Our mission reflects our values: localism, social equality, public participation, media literacy, diversity, and, of course, community media. Read more...

Student Recitals
05/29/2015 - 2:30pm to 7:00pm
STREET FOOD RODEO!
05/29/2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Live Music with Bob Wren
05/29/2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
The Fylling/Eldridge/Stoyanoff Trio
05/29/2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Lawntopia
05/29/2015 - 7:00pm

OUR PROGRAMS

The Awesome Patrol Show

Live Friday 5-6pm
Replays Wednesday 9-10pm

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Happy Hour Friday jams with The Awesome Patrol Show (TAPS). Hosts Danny and Sara drone on about bands they like, think everyone should hear, or are performing in a venue nearby, perhaps, maybe if you're lucky or something. Cheers!

Electric Compost Heap

Live Wednesday 7-9pm
Replays Wednesday 7:30-8:30am, Friday 10pm-Saturday 12am, Saturday 2-4pm

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Dug Deep hosts a dig through many sound forms--the obscure detritus of blues, soul, country, rock, reggae, jazz, funk, punk, psych, and more--mixing a rich and fertile musical humus. Tune in to KDRT every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. Dig it, Heapsters!

Roots, Shoots, and Leaves

Live Tuesday 6-8pm
Replays Saturday 12-2pm

DJ(s): 

dj tree kilpatrick

Your host, Tree, loves music.  And his theory of music involves a tree of sorts. Suffice to say it involves a trinity, exploration of themes and connections amongst recording artists, and otherwise very few boundaries.  Listen in as Tree plays music old and new, known and unknown.  Eventually if you listen long enough you might experience some musical enlightments. In the meantime, let him show you the way to the music from the tree of life.

Listening Lyrics

Live Friday 4-5pm
Replays Monday 7-8pm, Tuesday 12-1pm, Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 4-5pm

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Each one-hour show features live interviews with local and national artists to hear their music and/or listen to music that might have inspired them. Do not let the name fool you, this show is all about music. Genres are focused on singer/songwriter, Blues, Americana, Jazz and Bluegrass. The show is hosted by Pieter Pastoor, who as a poet has a good ear for meaningful lyrics. Pieter's co-host is Jeanne Pastoor, who is known to ask those insightful questions that keeps this show in fine-tune mode.

Civilization Phaze IV

Live Tuesday 2-3pm
Replays Wednesday 11pm-Thursday 12am, Thursday 7:30-8:30am, Sunday 8-9am

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Join your host, Eunah (“oona”), as she harvests the ripest fruits classical music and its offshoots have to offer.  She’ll tell you a bit about their rootsand try to show you how wonderful this music can be for the mind and the soul.  

Only the most nutritious and delicious pieces will be hand-picked for your consumption, and preserved for long-lasting listening pleasure. You’ll probably come across some unusual or unfamiliar flavors every so often in Civilization Phaze IV give them a taste!  You may be pleasantly surprised by these classical jams.