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.
WGLT Music Podcast

WGLT Music Podcast

From WGLT

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Brett Conlin looks into his rear-view mirror on new full-band EP

Brett Conlin's new full-band Americana-rock album is a nostalgic and sometimes wistful look at his youthful days growing up in Kewanee.

First Backyard Tire Fire Album In A Decade Is A Rootsy Gem

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 Says 'Americana' Is Grown-Up Rock & Roll

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.

Darius Exorcized Demons On New Album 'Left Alone'

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.

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.

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)".

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 scene gutted by the pandemic. Most music organizers in the Twin Cities said they are shooting for summer and fall performances.

Bloomington-Normal Music Planners Optimistic About Return Of Live Music

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 vehicle, Thoughts Detecting Machines, evolved into an album that acted as a coping mechanism when the pandemic hit.

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 social justice marches last summer and even founded the youth-based advocacy group Next Gen Initiative.

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 acoustic EP "The Great Divide."