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
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll hear some classic cover sides from David Grisman, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and some Mountain Soul from Patty Loveless! We’ll also hear from Fiddling Doc Roberts, The Harmony Sisters, and mark 25 years of the release of Shawn Colvin’s Grammy award winner “A Few Small Repairs”. Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …On the next Edition of Homespun, we’ll honor some International Bluegrass Music Association Award winners including Hall of Famers Lynn Morris and Alison Krauss! We’ll also celebrate the lives of Irish Uilleann Piper and Whistle player Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains and Singer Robin Morton of the Boys of the Lough! Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …The week in Homespun, we’ll sample new music from The Grascals, along with an old Stanley Brothers cut from the Earls of Leicester. We’ll turn back to the blues with Taj Mahal and Geoff Muldaur, plus we’ll finish out 50 years gone with Carole King’s Grammy Award winning L.P. “Tapestry". Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!!
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll hear new music from Balsam Range, Tim ‘O’Brien, and Sideline! We’ll also catch some fiddlin’ and banjo work from Bruce Molsky and Mike Seeger respectively, and we’ll sample a new song from WatchHouse-formally known as Mandolin Orange! Tune in Sunday at 3 PM for some great music!
  • …On this week’s edition of Homespun, we’ll give a nod to The Stanley Brothers, hear a live Doc Watson track, and re-visit Bela Fleck’s album “Natural Bridge”. We’ll also hear some very early traditional tracks from Los Lobos, and catch Kathy Mattea covering the late Nanci Griffith! Tune in Sundays at 3PM.
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll mark the Labor Day weekend with hard chargin’ music from Ray Price, The Red Clay Ramblers, Fiddle Fever and The Kody Norris Show! We’ll also hear new music from Kristy Cox, Robin and Linda Williams, an old favorite from singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester. Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …This week on Homespun, we celebrate the life of Bluegrass Hall of Fame Banjo player Bill Emerson. We’ll hear his work as a leader as well as his time with The Country Gentlemen and Jimmy Martin! We’ll also say Happy Trails to Don Everly of the Everly Brothers and hear tracks with his brother Phil, along with cuts from artists whom they influenced. Tune in Sunday at 3PM!
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll celebrate the life of singer and songwriter Nanci Griffith, with tracks from her recordings, as well as covers from Darin & Brooke Aldridge-we’ll also hear from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the duet of Freddy & Francine, and West Virginian Hazel Dickens! Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll hear some rare live recordings from Bill Monroe with Doc Watson, Monroe with the Bluegrass Boys, and some live Seldom Scene. We’ll also sample the gospel sounds of Mahalia Jackson and the Original Blind Boys, plus the folk sounds of the legendary Dave Van Ronk!. Tune in Sundays at 3PM !
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll visit (musically) with The Vern Williams Band, Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys, The Highwoods String Band and The Immigrant Band….AND-we’ll check out brand new music from Robin & Linda Williams, The Wallflowers, and an all covers recording from the L.A. band Los Lobos! Tune in Sundays at 3PM!