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WGLT Music Podcast

WGLT's Music Director Jon Norton interviews big names and emerging talent from the music world as their travels take them into Central Illinois. Discover eclectic music spanning blues, rock, jazz, and more.

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  • Brett Conlin’s new full-band Americana-rock album is a nostalgic and sometimes wistful look at his youthful days growing up in Kewanee.
  • Backyard Tire Fire's new album drops Friday. They perform at the Black Dirt Music Festival in Bloomington on Saturday. Wilco headlines the fest.
  • Author John Milward connects American music legends like The Carter Family and Hank Williams with today's big stars including Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlisle.
  • Bloomington-based hip-hop artist Darius Williams says his new album was self-therapy during a difficult time. He says it's his most personal work to date.
  • Travis Wheet, Chris Lackey, Jess Wheet, Heath Brandon, and Adam Humphreys of Old Smoke taking a break from recording at Eclipse Studios in Normal.
    Old Smoke Band Finds Purpose, New Dynamic During Pandemic
    Like many bands, the Bloomington-based quintet Old Smoke used downtime during the pandemic to write and record a new album.The EP “Onward” is musically…
  • Dan Hubbard during a live online performance from "The Toy Room" in his basement
    Dan Hubbard's New EP A Family Affair
    Family took center stage on Dan Hubbard's new five-song EP “Fall in Love Again (Quarantine Lullabies)”.The Bloomington-based singer/songwriter said his…
  • Most music planners in the twin cities said they remain optimistic live music will return this summer or fall but moving parts could change those plans at any time.
    Bloomington-Normal Music Planners Optimistic About Return Of Live Music
    The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has many optimistic a return to something resembling “normal” is approaching. That includes a Bloomington Normal live-music…
  • "That Was the Year That Wasn't" album cover
    Thoughts Detecting Machines Finds Coping Mechanism In New Album
    Rick Valentin says dreary central Illinois winter weather is why he began writing and recording new music in January 2020. But that exercise for his solo…
  • The new EP from V8 Vast Change is "Life"
    V8 Vast Change Says Passion Is The Key To 'Life'
    Dominique Stevenson is a very visible Twin City activist who uses his music to spread a message of unity and encouragement. He was on the front lines of…
  • Brett Conlin's new EP it titled "The Great Divide"
    Brett Conlin's New EP Explores Our Turbulent Year
    Bloomington singer/songwriter Brett Conlin said a three-month isolation at home with his family last spring became the fodder for his just released…