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Wayne Harper and the Kentucky Sage Band Bring Acoustic Roots Music to the Next Live Lunch

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Wayne Harper and the Kentucky Sage Band will return to the Sounds Good studio on Friday, March 6th.

Join us next Friday, March 6th, at 12 noon for a special performance by Wayne Harper, local singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who returns to the Sounds Good studio with his Kentucky Sage band.

Wayne Harper, who recently retired from a thirty-year career at Murray State University, managing Facilities and Grounds and teaching Horticulture courses and Taijiquan (Taichichuan), had a strong musical upbringing. He spent his formative years listening to his mother play piano in their west KY home, while simultaneously being influenced by Bluegrass giants like Merle Travis, Ike Everly, and Bell Monroe. 

From those early years to buying an inexpensive Silvertone acoustic he purchased with money earned from selling newspapers to an army base, Harper has always made room in his life for music. His most recent album, Down Row, was released on October 31st, 2019. 

Harper will return to the Sounds Good studio with his "Kentucky Sage Band." The group will perform Harper's original songs from Down Row, with Harper on lead vocals, rack-mounted harmonica, and guitar. He will be joined by bassist Scott Thile, percussionist Danny Shepard, and multi-instrumentalist Derek Jones.

Jones will be playing banjo, saxophone, guitar, and singing harmony. "The Kentucky Sage Band" is an example of acoustic roots music that is connected to the musical heritage of west Kentucky in both story-line and playing style. There is an undeniable uniqueness in their sound that makes people feel good. 

Join Tracy Ross on Friday, March 6th, at 12 noon for Wayne Harper and the Kentucky Sage Band's performance. You can listen on-air, on the WKMS website, or on the WKMS Facebook page. Live Lunch is made possible by Murray State Digital Media Services, Just Hamburgers in Paducah, and listeners like you. 

Wayne Harper's Down Row is available online now.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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