Since publishing the dissertation that became the eminently readable (and recently updated) book Country Music USA in 1968, Bill Malone has become a widely recognized and respected country music scholar. For over 23 years Madison and South Central Wisconsin were fortunate to have Bill grace the WORT airwaves Wednesday mornings with ‘Back to the Country’; […]
In this week’s review, we’ll hear from filmmaker Ken Burns about his new country music documentary, state lawmakers considering legalizing medical marijuana and body cam bills, municipalities asking state lawmakers to take action on gun violence, and a quick thinking eleven-year-old who may have helped stop a spate of assaults in Madison.
Filmmaker Ken Burns hops on the line to speak with Bill (and Bobbie) Malone, host of Back to the Country. Bill was featured as the sole country music historian in Burns’ new eight-part series on country music for PBS.
Nate Gibson has been championing Starday Records–the largest independent country music record label in the 1950s and ‘60s–and it’s brand of classic country, bluegrass, East Texas honky-tonk, and rockabilly music for nearly two decades. The St. Louis-born, Kansas-reared Madisonian has released six full-length albums as well as several EPs and singles for Cow Island Music, […]
Tickets to the Tribute to Bill Malone at the Stoughton Opera House are SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support!! Hard tickets have been mailed to anyone who has already secured a ticket. We’re sorry, but at this point nobody at the station or at Stoughton Opera House can provide tickets to those who didn’t […]
Video and audio of this sold-out event is now available on-demand. Country music historian and WORT host Bill Malone, featured voice and consultant on the all-new Country Music film by Ken Burns, was Norman Gilliland‘s guest for an exclusive conversation on the rich story of this popular American music style presented by Wisconsin Public Television […]