Dead Wax

Tune in for a vinyl-centric exploration of Americana, from classic country to roots rock and blues. Each Dead Wax episode features a current artist, diving into the roots of their music as we thumb through our record stacks. 

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Dead Wax Episode 2, October 15th, 2014

The Dead Wax Artist of the Week is Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966). We're going back to his final album, Today!, from 1966. We'll play three tracks from a vintage Vanguard pressing, including Spike Driver's Blues. John Smith Hurt grew up in Avalon, Mississippi ( He was a share cropper and a farmer for most of his life, although he had a short, three record recording career in 1928. While these albums had little commercial success, they drew the attention of producer Tom Hoskins in 1966. Tom tracked John Hurt down using the lyrics in the song Avalon Blues, which references Avalon, Mississippi. Tom found John there and convinced him to move to Washington D.C. and record a few albums for the Library of Congress.

Dead Wax Episode 1, October 8th, 2014

Parker Millsap is the Dead Wax Epsiode 1 Artist of the Week (Wednesday, October 8, 2014). We'll play 3 tracks from his new, debut record "Parker Millsap". This 21 year old Oklahoman plays a stripped-down blend of gospel, blues, and old-time rock and roll. He was featured last month with his three piece band on NPR Music and gave a nice question and answer session ( In the interview, Parker says that his vocal idols are "Tom Waits, Howlin' Wolf, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Freddie Mercury". These influences are all apparent. He was in San Francisco last weekend to perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, if you were lucky enough to see him.

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Hi Happy Thanksgiving to you guys....

youve got a great show. I need you to play ...'Me and Bobby Magee' by the one and only 

Janis Joplin and if you have some space to fill I'd like to hear 'Lay Lady Lay'  by Bob Dillion.

keep the good vibes coming

Leon the Good

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:01am

cant wait for this show to start

Submitted by Pieter Pastoor on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 8:30am

It's official! Wednesday Oct8 @5PM = Episode #1! Check back for a Blog post about the show this weekend.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:47pm

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