Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Sundays at 3pm

'Homespun' is a program that focuses on the "traditional" side of music, although that can stretch from very old 78 rpm reissues to the contemporary music of today. Host Tom Ball says there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music, and he strives to focus on the good each week!

Latest Episodes
  • ..Bluegrass giants Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley met up at the Bluegrass Festival in 1979, sang some songs live that day, and decided to make a record! We’ll hear some of those recordings, along with live music from Newport 1965, Down From the Mountain at the Ryman, and celebrate the life of Jim Schwall of the Siegel-Schwall Band. Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …This week’s edition of Homespun ushers in the acoustic hipster swing of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the boogie piano of Merrill Moore, along with new music from former Bluegrass Boy Peter Rowan, and the soulful sounds of Canadian Matt Anderson! Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!
  • …The Blues come in many forms- Jazz, Bluegrass, Gospel, and, of course, traditional and electric Blues. On this week’s Homespun, we’ll hear those forms from mandolinist Mike Compton, Odetta, Lizz Wright, and great Muddy Waters plus English blues woman Jo-Ann Kelly! Tune in Sunday at 3 pm to hear all of that and more!
  • …Summer is just around the corner, and on this week’s edition of Homespun, we’ll catch up to the warm weather with HOT music from Authentic Unlimited, Bob Carlin, Laura Orshaw, John Hartford, and The Subdudes! Tune in Sunday at 3PM on WCMU!
  • …Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Bob Dylan turned 81 this past week- On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll hear some of his most celebrated songs from the likes of Tim O’Brien, The Byrds, Steve Earle, Ray Bonneville, The Country Gentlemen, and the Bard himself! Tune in Sunday at 3pm to wish Bob Dylan a Happy Birthday!
  • …Western Swing music is a combination of Jazz, Blues, Country and maybe even a little Rock N Roll! Tiny Moore, Jethro Burns, Asleep at the Wheel and Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies are fine examples of the genre’ you’ll hear on this week’s edition of Homespun. Tune in Sunday at 3PM and bring your dancin’ shoes!
  • ….The years 1972-1974 were very fruitful years for music. On the next Homespun, we’ll sample the likes of Taj Mahal, The Country Gentlemen, The Pointer Sisters and Paul Butterfield-all releasing landmark recordings during those two years. Tune in Sunday at 3PM to hear these and more!
  • …The music of Bill Monroe has influenced countless musicians and bands for over 75 years. His recordings for the Decca label in the 1950’s propelled him to even greater stardom, and we’ll hear some of those tracks, and others who he influenced on Homespun, Sunday’s at 3PM!
  • …Homespun this week puts together a couple artists who love the Carter Family: Dr. Ralph Stanley, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-We’ll also spend a little time in Chicago with the blues of Big Bill Broonzy and Homesick James, and we’ll hear from Grammy Award winners Los Lobos!Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll hear a couple of classics from “Big Mon”-Bill Monroe via Michael Cleveland, and The Nashville Bluegrass Band-We’ll also visit a couple sides from Charlie Poole and His North Carolina Ramblers, and new music from the North Mississippi All-Stars, plus Robert Plant and Alison Krauss! Tune in Sundays at 3PM!