WFPK Live Volume 10!


It’s time for our spring membership drive, and you know what that means. We’ve got a brand new edition of the WFPK Live series, which is available when you make a pledge of at least $20 per month or $240 annually. Check out the track listing below to see what’s in store for you on WFPK Live Vol. 10, which has been made possible thanks to Murphy’s Camera.

1. Decemberists – Why Would I Now?
2. Dawes – Don’t Send Me Away
3. Anderson East – Quit You
4. Whitehorse – Downtown
5. Patty Griffin – Hurt A Little While
6. Quiet Hollers – Mont Blanc   
7. Chris Robinson Band – Badlands Here We Come
8. Tsunami Samurai – Crystal Highway
9. Calexico – Cumbia de Donde
10. Vandaveer – A Little Time Off Ahead
11. Jose Gonzalez – The Forest
12.Rhiannon Giddens – Angel City
13. The Lone Bellow – Fake Roses

Donate now to get your copy of WFPK Live Vol. 10!

In celebration of WFPK’s 20th Anniversary year we’ve also produced a “Best Of” collection of favorite tracks from past years. When you make a pledge you’ll receive both discs!

1. Avett Brothers – I and Love and You (2009)
2. My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday (2003)
3. Moon Taxi – The New Black (2014)
4. Ryan Adams – Everybody Knows (2007)
5. Brandi Carlile – Touchin’ the Ground (2010)
6. Josh Ritter – Right Moves (2007)    
7. Walk The Moon –  Anna Sun (2011)
8. Michael Franti and Spearhead – “Hey World (Don’t Give Up)    (2008)
9. Susan Tedeschi – 700 Hours (2009)
10. St. Paul and The Broken Bones – Like A Mighty River (2014)
11. Jason Isbell – Stockholm (2013)
12.Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – I Don’t Wanna Pray (2012)

Thank you so much for supporting WFPK! Many thanks to the artists for sharing their time and talent; and to Murphy’s Camera for sponsoring Volume 10!

Produced by Stacy Owen. All songs multi-tracked, mixed and mastered by Andy High with assistance from Paul Nevitt. Cover photo by Katie Strotman. Packaging designed by

Josh Rosenthal: The Record Store Of The Mind


For many of us, time spent in record stores borders on a religious experience. It’s an obsession. You could go as far to say it’s an addiction. Josh Rosenthal is a ”lifer,” a lifelong sufferer of this affliction; digging through stacks of records in used record stores, where that musty smell sometimes means finding that long-searched for gem on vinyl. It’s the continuing search for the Holy Grail, but there’s always that “just one more…” There is no known cure.

He’s also been deeply involved in the record business as well from working for major label corporations, to running his own independent record label Tompkins Square that has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.

In his critically-acclaimed new book ‘The Record Store Of The Mind’, Rosenthal has compiled a collection of essays; part memoir, part “music criticism”, he ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LP’s in his record collection.

Currently on a 17 city book tour, Josh Rosenthal will read from “The Record Store of the Mind,” on April 17 at Carmichael’s Bookstore on Frankfort Ave. with special musical guest and Louisville native Nathan Salsburg starting at 4:00PM.

We asked Josh a few questions before his visit to get a brief glimpse into his history:

Do you have a defining moment that music became so special to you? Were your parents or family instrumental in that?

The folks had some LP’s – Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, and Sgt. Pepper. My dad has a 78 of Spike Jones’ Cocktails For Two that we danced around to. I listened to Peter & The Wolf and a record called The Birthday Party (no Nick Cave involvement) that was a window into this whole world. I think those kids records are how I developed my imagination. You would make up your own TV in your head. That’s so lost today.

When did you discover record stores? Was there an early favorite or “go-to” store, and what was it about the store that most grabbed you?

I used to cut school and hang out at Straub Music in Plainview, Long Island. I go off about this store in my book. You could get an “I’m With Stupid” T shirt there, take music lessons, and buy a Moon Martin record.

Can you recall the first record that you purchased?

First purchase was Billy Joel’s The Stranger on cassette. He grew up in the town over from me, so we were all so proud of him. Once we got to high school, we came to realize it was Lou Reed we should be extra, extra proud of.

Briefly, what was your introduction to the record industry?

I got hired as an intern at PolyGram Records in 1983 when I was 16. I took the train into the city a few times a week. Did and saw unthinkable things no kid would ever be allowed to do today. I was in the promotion department and they put out this insane array of great stuff while I worked there: Mellencamp’s Scarecrow, all the Velvets reissues out for the first time, NY Dolls reissues, Trio, Richard Thompson, Van Morrison, Tears For Fears. It was crazy. Then I went to college, got hired at Columbia Records and worked at SONY for 15 years, then started Tompkins Square in 2005.

What’s been your favorite artist encounter as a fan?

I just finished making a record with (legendary guitarist)  Harvey Mandel, so I’m gonna say that one.

On the flip-side, your least favorite artist encounter?

I am not a big Love fan, so it doesn’t bother me at all, but I met Arthur Lee at a restaurant after his gig in NYC and I said, “Arthur, great show man! It’s so great you’re playing again!” and he said, “Where’s the bathroom.”

What was your motivation to start your independent label Tompkins Square?

The major label atmosphere in 2005 was bad, there was a lot of consolidation and the business was tanking. More problematic was the people in power were clueless and arrogant. So it was time to do something for myself, to feed my own soul and pursue my passions. It’s worked out so well, although I did enjoy working for a major for most of the time too.

With the resurgence of vinyl, what’s your prediction of the future of record stores and the industry?

Well Cracker Barrel now sells vinyl so it’s nowhere but up! Maybe we can go back to the truck stop 8 track days and sell vinyl at Sheetz, Loves, Wawas and Waffle House. The uptick in vinyl is healthy as is the growth on the streaming side; however two big money-makers are bottoming out – CDs and mp3s. Is streaming and vinyl going to generate enough revenue for indie labels?

A brief bit about how you and Nathan Salsburg got together.

Nathan and I have done a lot of stuff. He produced our EC Ball Memorial Album featuring some fellow Kentuckians like Will Odlham, he got a Grammy nomination for his work on our box set ‘Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard,’ we released a duo record with him and Jim Elkington (Wilco), and he produced our 2CD Bessie Jones comp via his job as curator of the Alan Lomax Collection. Aside from being one of the best guitarists in the US (no hyperbole), he is also super smart, nice, talented, handsome, and also young, making him generally all-around disgusting.

You can catch Josh Rosenthal with musical guest Nathan Salsburg at Carmichael’s  Frankfort Ave. location Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

Listen to Josh’s recent World Cafe appearance.

Also, check out the “The Record Store of the Mind” Spotify playlist!

Kyle Meredith with… Guster (in virtual reality!)

Ryan from Guster talks with Kyle Meredith about their new record, Evermotion.

This video was shot with virtual reality cameras (just for fun). It works best on your phone, but you can also move around the camera from your desktop. If you are on your phone, the camera will move with your motion. There is a performance at the end, so stay tuned after the quick blackout.

Tuesday Featured Artist: Jukebox The Ghost


Listen for a song from our Tuesday Featured Artist every hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jukebox the Ghost is a band of musical survivors, a decade-strong trio that has carefully considered how to make a lasting statement while grinding out more than 150 shows a year. With their new self-titled album, Jukebox the Ghost unmistakably makes that statement…in the form of a big, lovable pop record. WFPK Presents the band at Headliners Tuesday night and they’ll be stopping by our studios in the 5 O’clock hour as well. Listen for their music all day long!

More information: Official Site | Wikipedia | AllMusic | Facebook | Twitter

Waterfront Wednesday Lineup & Frequently Asked Questions


Who’s playing?
April 27 – 1200, Liz Vice, and Rayland Baxter
May 25 – The Howling Tongues, Paul Thorn and Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
June 29 – Hayes Carll, Dylan LeBlanc, Brenda
July 27 – Brett Dennen, Lucius, and Kaleo
August 31 – Dr. Dundiff and Friends, The Bright Light Social Hour and Bonnie Bishop
September 28 – Nada Surf, OJR and Howell Dawdy

Is there a Waterfront Wednesday every Wednesday?
Sadly, no. Waterfront Wednesdays are a monthly event April through September and typically fall on the last Wednesday of the month (occasionally it shifts to accommodate Derby and holidays).

How much are tickets?
Waterfront Wednesday is a ticketless event and free to the public! We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and our members for making it possible to keep Waterfront Wednesday free. For more information on becoming a member, click here.

What kind of music?
Waterfront Wednesday has a great variety of bands over the summer. Check out songs from this month’s bands here.

What order/what time are the bands playing?*
6pm – Bonnie Bishop
7:30pm – The Bright Light Social Hour
9pm – Dr. Dundiff and Friends

*Please note that all times are approximate and all Waterfront Wednesdays follow this 6pm/7:30pm/9pm schedule.

What time can I get there?
The lawn opens at 5pm.

Can I watch the concert from the bridge?
Absolutely! It’s a great place to listen and has a beautiful view. Be sure to tag any of your photos on social media #wfpk and #waterfrontwednesday.

What time is the concert over?
Set lengths and start times are approximate, but usually the festivities are winding down between 10pm and 10:30pm.

Where is Waterfront Wednesday?
Waterfront Wednesday is held every month at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge.

I’m coming from out of town – how do I get there, what should I put in my GPS?
The Waterfront Development Corporation folks have exact GPS coordinates and directions from every, well, direction.

What about parking? Can I ride my bike? Will the construction for the bridges ever be done?
Due to the bridge construction, we strongly suggest parking West of I-65 in the Witherspoon, Humana and surface lots. There’s a free trolley sponsored by Republic Bank, that runs from Witherspoon to the Big Four Lawn between 6-10:30pm. Increased bicycle parking will also be offered in the event area, courtesy of Parkside Bikes.

Is there handicap parking?
All of Waterfront’s parking lots (green, orange, Lincoln, silver, tan, red and turquoise) offer 4-6 handicap parking spaces . The red lot is closest to the Big Four Lawn, but used for production, and is full by 5pm . If you desire you can have someone pull in and drop you at the entrance to the red (production) lot, then find another place to park.

There is also a free golf cart service provided via Wheel Fun Rentals that goes to every parking lot in Waterfront Park, as well as up on the bridge. No set schedule, but you can call Jeff for a ride at 502-751-1117. (Tipping the driver is greatly appreciated.)

Can I bring lawn chairs?
Sure thing.

Can I bring kids/Is this a family-friendly concert?
Absolutely! Waterfront Wednesday is an all-ages event.

Can I bring my dog/ferret/parrot?
No pets allowed, sorry. Please leave the furry and feathered kids at home.

What else can’t I bring?
Outside alcohol is prohibited. No coolers, no glass, or pets allowed in the event area of the Big Four Lawn and the adjacent park areas.

Is there food and/or beer and/or alcohol and/or nonalcoholic drinks at Waterfront Wednesday?

I’m interested in being a vendor at Waterfront Wednesday. Where do I find more information?
Festival Cuisine is a member of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance and regularly works with farmers, etc. and features KY Proud products. For more information, contact Adam Nugent at Festival Cuisine.

Can I bring my own food?
As long as you don’t bring it in the aforementioned and prohibited glass or coolers, sure thing.

Can I bring my own beer?
I see what you did there. Still nope.

I see rain/wind/tornadoes from Oz predicted in the weather report. Is there still a concert?
Waterfront Wednesday is a rain or shine event, and we’ve typically had beautiful weather over the years! But occasionally especially heavy rain or lightening has caused us to run on a delayed schedule, and in the event of a particularly bad storm, cancel. The safety of our attendees as well as our bands and workers always takes priority, and in the case of inclement weather, keep an eye on our Facebook page.

I lost my keys/sunglasses/credit card/license/sweater/water bottle/you get the idea/ at Waterfront Wednesday, help!
You can check to see if anything was turned into WFPK by stopping by their booth or calling 502-814-6500 the next day.

You can check to see if anything was turned into the Friends of the Waterfront by stopping by their booth or calling (502) 574-3768 the next day.

I want to book a band to play Waterfront Wednesday.
Please email our program director Stacy Owen, at

I wish I’d gotten one of those awesome t-shirts you were selling!
And you can! Stop by our studio during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, cash only please) or check out our online store!

Kyle Meredith with… San Fermin

Ellis Ludwig-Leone talks about his dark songwriting on the band’s sophomore record, Jackrabbit, his abrupt lifestyle change, the new song No Devil, and their next record.