The Midnight Ramble

Saturday, 9pm-midnight

On the Midnight Ramble, you get an opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through the highways and byways in the history of country music, finding old gems that no one plays anymore and giving them new life.  You may discover that these old songs and tunes have an intrinsic value that belies their age and their obscurity.  For instance, you may be pleased to find a still vital fiddling tradition that has maintained links to generations of fiddlers past – a part of American culture that should not be forgotten or abandoned.  Or, perhaps you may unearth a bit of old popular culture that, through the poetry of its lyrics or the cry of its steel guitar, can still articulate a world-view that has not lost its impact in this age of high-tech cultural consolidation.  Or, by listening to these old tunes, you may simply gain some insight to why we are the way we are today (positive and negative).  For, as always in the human condition, when you take time to observe the past, you become more informed about the present, and may even gain some insight into the path of the future.

Whether it is only for the occasional few minutes at home; during an extended car ride down the road; or you just like to leave your radio on when you go to bed on a Saturday night:  take a listen to the Midnight Ramble.  You may be surprised at how addicting these old country sounds can be! 

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2:06 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Jed Shed Pickers Share Song and Story on The Midnight Ramble

Bruce Williams, Floyd Alexander, Ken Wortman, and Doug Smith of the Jed Shed Pickers came to WYSO to play some songs for us. The Jed Shed Pickers don’t play shows or for money, they just meet every Tuesday night to play music for their own enjoyment. But on this episode of the Midnight Ramble they are playing just for your enjoyment. 

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1:31 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Len Ellis talks Country Music on the Midnight Ramble

On this episode of the Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee speaks with Indiana 105 radio DJ (and father of local station manager Neenah Ellis) "Uncle" Len Ellis. The proud holder of CMA membership card #1, Ellis was around for the golden age of country music.

In the first segment, Ellis recounts his first visit to Nashville and being shown around the city by RCA's 'man,' legendary country-jazz guitarist and co-creator of the 'Nashville Sound,' Chet Atkins. Ellis tells of Atkins' commitment to music and integrity, and explains the difference between country and 'almost country.

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11:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Ramblin' with Sugargrove

On this episode of The Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee has Miami County band Sugargrove in the studio.

In the first segment, avid banjoist Duffee learns of the origins of Sugargrove's 1968 Gibson banjo, followed by a live performance of a pair of Bill Monroe tunes: an off-the-cuff rendition of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and a more rehearsed instrumental,  "Jerusalem Ridge."

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12:48 pm
Sat June 11, 2011

Corndaddies live on the Midnight Ramble

Host Tom Duffee talks with local bluegrass band the Corndaddies about the formation of their band, the fun of being street performers, and the importance of live music. The band sings about steel drivin' with their rendition of "John Henry" and answers the burning question, "What occupation will never lose their job to a machine?" Listen to find out!

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WYSO Programming Notes
4:39 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Host Highlights: Tom Duffee

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, fill-in host Juliet Fromholt chats with Tom Duffee of the Midnight Ramble. They discuss the Duffee's love of old-time music and how hosting a program on WYSO was a family affair.

The Midnight Ramble airs Saturday nights, 9pm - midnight.

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