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Friday, February 24, 2006

Americana Highway - February 26, 2006

This week on The Americana Highway...Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent joins WIVK's Jack Ryan in studio to premiere music from her brand new cd "A Little Girl...A Big Four-Lane" which hits records stores this Tuesday, February 28th. You'll also hear music from some of Alecia's musical cronies including Cia Cherryholmes, Alison Krauss, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Doyle Lawson. Plus, as always, Jack's got plenty of great Americana, Bluegrass and Country from some of your favorites like Robinella, Dolly Parton, The Gibson Brothers, Shawn Mullins and Jay Clark. And remember, if there is something you want to hear...this week or any week on the show...just email your request to

  • My First Mistake by Alecia Nugent
  • Muddy River by Alecia Nugent
  • Forgive (Live Version) by Rebecca Lynn Howard
  • God Knows What by Alecia Nugent
  • Oh So Sexy by Robinella
  • He Goes To Church by Cherryholmes
  • A Dozen White Roses by Alecia Nugent
  • Travelin' Thru by Dolly Parton
  • When It Comes Down To Us by Alecia Nugent & Bradley Walker
  • Badlands by Marty Stuart
  • Restless by Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • You've Still Got It by Alecia Nugent
  • Progress by Jay Clark
  • Where His Wheels Left The Road by Alecia Nugent
  • Red Letter Day by The Gibson Brothers
  • Find Love by Shawn Mullins
  • Letter From Home by Alecia Nugent
  • Breaking New Ground by Alecia Nugent
  • You Gotta Dig A Little Deeper by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Meet Me In Heaven Someday by Alecia Nugent

Monday, February 20, 2006

Artist Spotlight: ALECIA NUGENT

Born and raised in Hickory Grove, Louisiana, Alecia Nugent grew up surrounded by music. Her father, Jimmy Nugent, started the Southland Bluegrass Band the year she was born, and even as a young child she was being invited with her brothers and cousins to sing a special number with the group. “We lived and breathed bluegrass and gospel,” Alecia recalls, and as she grew older, that immersion translated into a growing role with the band – first as a guest, singing a featured number like Holly Dunn’s hit, “Daddy’s Hands,” and then, from her late teens, as the Southland Band’s lead singer. Between informal family singing sessions at home and her appearances on stage, Alecia developed a command of bluegrass and country harmony and a broad-ranging repertoire. “My dad was pretty much my biggest influence,” she says. “If we weren’t at a festival, he had us sitting at the piano with my mom, teaching us to sing harmony parts and how to blend them together.” Applying those lessons to bluegrass classics by the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs and more, she also found herself drawn to recordings by country artists such as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Reba McEntire – the latter, she says, “probably my biggest female influence at first.” With the passage of time, those influences and experiences were melded with her natural talent to form a singer of remarkable beauty and power.By the end of the 1990s, Alecia had accumulated a small but devoted core of supporters, and one of them – Mississippi bluegrass promoter Johnny Stringer – eventually offered to bankroll a solo album that would spotlight her interpretive genius. Given free rein in choosing a producer, she turned to Carl Jackson, whose roots in the state’s bluegrass scene had blossomed into a world-class career as instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, and even before the CD that ultimately became Alecia Nugent was completed, the confidence of her backers bore fruit. With its engaging mix of bluegrass and country classics and rarities, Alecia Nugent serves as a perfect introduction.

Listen for a special interview with Alecia Nugent as she stops by The Americana Highway with Jack Ryan on Sunday, February 26th to debut her brand new Rounder Records CD "A Little Girl...A Big Four Lane."

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Americana Highway - February 19, 2006

Knoxville, Tennessee! This week on The Americana Highway with Jack Ryan we turn the spotlight on the local music scene by playing some great bluegrass, Americana and country music from some of East Tennessee's best singers and songwriters. Now everyone knows the names Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins and Kenny Chesney...but when it comes to musical ability, the Knoxville scene is overflowing with talent...and WIVK's Jack Ryan will be playing some of the best from the Knoxville talent-pool this week on the show. Plus, the very special in-studio guest this week is Robinella who'll be stopping by to play some of the great new music off her latest Dualtone Records cd "Solace For The Lonely" which hits stores this Tuesday, February 21st. As always, if there is something you want to hear...this week or any week on the show...just email your request to

  • 82 Million by Moonshine Cherries
  • He Ain't Never Done Me Nothin' But Good by The Isaacs
  • How Do You by Jodie Manross Band
  • When I Get To Drinkin' by Jay Clark
  • Solace For The Lonely by Robinella
  • Orange Blossom Special by Wild Blue Yonder
  • Disaster Waiting To Happen by Greg Parker
  • She's Good For You by Deana Carter
  • Start Over by Jeff Barbra & Sarah Pirkle
  • Down The Mountain by Robinella
  • One Moment More by Mindy Smith
  • Back To Knoxville by Mic Harrison
  • Lay Your Memory Down by The Larkins
  • Leavin' On Her Mind by Roddy Branch
  • Oh So Sexy by Robinella
  • Jackson by Reagan Boggs with Scott Miller
  • I Am The Mountain by The Fritts Family
  • Travelin' Thru by Dolly Parton
  • Constant Reminder by Jay Clark with Robinella
  • Break It Down Baby by Robinella

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Artist Spotlight: JAY CLARK

Jay Clark grew up in Winchester, TN and began playing guitar during his high school years. Since leaving Winchester to attend college, he has been actively involved in songwriting and performing.
During the summers of 1993 and 1994, Jay performed at Dollywood and various bluegrass festivals with Keith Garrett (currently with Blue Moon Rising) in a traditional bluegrass brother-style duet. Later, he helped form a traditional bluegrass band, The Stringbeans, with Joel Keebler, Clint Cagle, and Robin and Cruz Contreras. The Stringbeans played frequently in Knoxville and were voted the “Best Bluegrass Group” in 1999 by the Readers Poll of Knoxville’s alternative weekly, The Metropulse.
In 1999, Jay moved to Stillwater, OK to pursue a PhD in Wildlife Ecology at OSU. While in Oklahoma, he continued songwriting and would occasionally return to Knoxville to perform with Robinella and the CC Stringband, a band formed by Robin and Cruz. Robinella and the CC Stringband landed a major recording contract with Columbia, released their debut album with Columbia in May 2003, and their newest release, Solace for the Lonely, on Dualtone Records in February 2006.
After returning to Knoxville in 2003, Jay performed numerous shows backed by the CC Stringband, opened for artists such as Billy Joe Shaver, the John Cowan Band, and Malcolm Holcomb, and frequently performed with Robinella and the CC Stringband. In May 2004, he released his debut album, Pen to Paper, which featured 12 original songs written or co-written by Jay. He also contributed to Robinella’s most recent album by singing harmony on two songs and co-writing another.
Jay recently moved to Hazel Green, Alabama where he is continuing his songwriting and performing. His follow-up album Progress was released in February 2006. Both albums are available at both Disc Exchange locations in Knoxville, both Cats Records locations in Knoxville, Cats Records in Oak Ridge, or online at

Friday, February 10, 2006

Americana Highway - February 12, 2006

Love is in the air on The Americana Highway with Jack Ryan! With Valentine's Day just a couple days away, Jack will be playing some of your favorite Bluegrass, Americana, and Country "Love" songs. So snuggle up with that special someone and get ready for the "Love"...on this week's Americana Highway. And if there is something you want to hear...this week or any week on the show...just email your request to

  • Back In Love Again by Jerry Douglas with Alison Krauss
  • A Little More Love by Vince Gill
  • I Fall In Love As Much As I Can by Robinella
  • Spread A Little Love Around by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • You're Gonna Love Me One Day by Heather Myles
  • Love Me Tender by Nora Jones
  • Find Love by Shawn Mullins
  • Love Your Memory by Miranda Lambert
  • Don't Fall In Love by Cherryholmes
  • Never Ending Song Of Love by Patty Loveless
  • I'd Rather Be In Love With You by Susan Haynes
  • Got No Bread, No Milk... by James Talley
  • Dearly Beloved by Faith Hill
  • Fight For Love by Darden Smith
  • Love's A Word I Never Throw Around by The Greencards
  • Today I Started Loving You Again by George Jones
  • Where Love Went Wrong by The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
  • Counting On Love by Fanny Grace
  • Victim Of Love by Joy Lynn White
  • I Will Always Love You (Live Version) by Dolly Parton

To listen live online anywhere in the world, click on the "Listen Live" button at each Sunday night beginning at around 10:45 pm EST.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Artist Spotlight: ROBINELLA

Robinella was born and lives in Maryville, TN - just south of Knoxville - in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Daughter of a baptist deacon and choir leader, she’s been singing in church and the shower her entire life but it wasn’t till college that she started singing out and about. Robinella majored in art and boys 101 at UT. She met her husband at a bluegrass jam in 97. She founded “Robinella and the CCstringband” in 1999 with husband and musician Cruz Contreras. Together they fused their broad tastes in music to create a sound that was and still is officially undefinable. On her two independent releases, as well as her Columbia records recording, Robinella surrounded her songs and voice with mandolin, fiddle, acoustic bass & guitar, and electric guitar. On her upcoming release on Dualtone records, Robinella and producer Doug Lancio built upon the bands traditional instrumentation expanding the bands instrumentation, colors and styles. The album entitled "Solace For the Lonely" contains twelve new originals and will hit the record stores on Tuesday, February 21st.

Listen for a special "Sneak Preview" of the new Robinella cd "Solace For The Lonely" during WIVK's The Americana Highway with Jack Ryan on Sunday, February 19th.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Americana Highway - February 5, 2006

The Grammy Awards will be handed out this Wednesday night, February 8th on CBS-TV. So this week on The Americana Highway we'll showcase a few of the Bluegrass, Americana and Country artists who have been nominated for a Grammy Award this year. WIVK's Jack Ryan will be playing songs and singers who have received Grammy nods in the Bluegrass, Country, and Contemporary Folk categories. Got a request? If there is something you want to hear...this week or any week on the show...just email your request to
  • Restless by Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • When In Rome by Nickel Creek
  • Nothin' Special by The Del McCoury Band
  • I'll Fly Away by Charlie Daniels
  • Good Ol' Boys by Willie Nelson
  • Georgia Rain by Trisha Yearwood
  • How Long by Cherryholmes
  • Politically Uncorrect by Gretchen Wilson & Merle Haggard
  • The Obscenity Prayer (Give It To Me) by Rodney Crowell
  • Viva Las Vegas by The Grascals featuring Dolly Parton
  • The Connection by Emmylou Harris
  • I May Hate Myself In The Morning by Lee Ann Womack
  • Building Bridges by Brooks & Dunn (with Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away by George Jones
  • Who's Your Uncle by Jerry Douglas (with Bela Fleck & Sam Bush)
  • Alcohol (Live) by Brad Paisley
  • Marbletown by Blue Highway

To listen live online anywhere in the world, click on the "Listen Live" button at each Sunday night beginning at around 10:45 pm EST.

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