High Country Music Radio


with host Rusty Nail

Join host Rusty Nail and explore the diverse musical styles and artists found within Americana, Alt country and bluegrass. High Country Music Radio will feature those artists playing traditional rural music as well as those pushing musical boundaries. Together, we'll tap our feet to music born from the mountains, plains, rivers and deserts.

Consider this an invitation to leave the city behind. 

Replays Tuesday 7-8pm
Live Tuesday 11am-12pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Boot Juice Visits the KDRT Studio on High Country Music Radio - Recorded on Mar 3rd, 2020

Evan Daly and Connor Herdt from the Davis-based traveling band Boot Juice joined DJ Rusty Nail in studio this Tuesday, March 3rd. They talked about their music, Davis roots, their influences and recording. We listen to tracks from the band’s first album "Speaking in Tones" as well as selections from their musical influences including Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, Railroad Earth, Doc Watson and others. They also discuss their upcoming album project as the band returns to the studio to begin producing a second album.  Boot Juice is appearing live this Saturday evening, March 7th, 7 pm at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. This event is an album fundraising show.


High Country Music Radio Interviews Lief Sorbye - Founding Member of Celtic band Tempest - recorded on Feb 11th, 2020

Bay-Area Celtic band Tempest blends Irish reels, Scottish ballads, with Norwegian influences and other world-music elements creating an internationally renowned folk rock sound. Since forming in 1988, the Celtic-rock quintet has earned a reputation for delivering exuberant live performances.  This Tuesday's High Country Music Radio got a chance to speak with Lief Sorbye - founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist - in preparation for their upcoming concert at The Palms Playhouse, in Winters, CA this Saturday evening Feb. 15th at 8 p.m.  Lief spoke about the band's history, including the early years of playing in Davis, starting a tradition for many years with a Winter show at the Davis Veteran's Memorial Theatre, and eventually moving it to The Palms Playhouse in Winters. This week's episode also explores some of the English, Irish and Scottish roots of bluegrass and country music and introduces the listener.

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Loving the new show, full of great music selections, keep up the good work, Rusty!

Thank you! Appreciate your comment! Enjoy  sharing the music of artists that, otherwise, might not receive notice.


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