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Roots & Branches presents traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from the United States and around the world but always returns to the roots of American folk music – Irish, Cajun, Mexican, The Blues, Appalachian, Cowboy, Gospel and the other strong threads that comprise the rich tapestry of American music over the centuries.

Roots & Branches is hosted by musicians, songwriters, musicologists, teachers, mentors and instrument makers Ken Keppeler & Jeanie McLerie, known around the block and around a few continents as Bayou Seco.

The program airs every Saturday morning from 8am – 10am and also features live performances by Bayou Seco and their guests.

You can reach them at and they’ll be happy to hear your comments and requests.

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Roots and Branches: Set list for 6/5/2021

Here is the playlist for sat. June 6 2021 Roots and Branches - BA 1 R&B 210605 17:35 Unwanted, The\Music From the Atlantic Fringe \ 8 Shove the Pig's Foot Set 3:33 We Banjo 3\Haven \ 7 Marry Me Monday 3:18 Hayes, Martin & Dennis Cahill\Welcome Here Again \ 7 An Rogaire Dubh (jig) 3:05 Rainey’s, The\The Rainey’s - Irish Traveler Music \ 04 Bonnie Irish Boy - song 4:22 […]

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Roots & Branches /29 March 2014

Another fun show today. Remember, this station is getting an increasing listenership and we need all of you members out there  to get your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives, who listen to the station, to join up and send in some membership dues or donate to the station or volunteer. It costs a lot to run a radio station and, so far, it is all volunteers, including the hardest worker […]

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Roots & Branches /22 March 2014

Well, we sure enjoyed playing a wee bit of the Irish music for you and then carrying on into Flowers, Farmers, Gardens, etc in honor of the third annual Home and Garden Expo taking place at the convention center her in lovely Silver City. Come on down, we will be there from 2:00 to 4:00 today (Saturday) and we will have some red worms that Jeanie has been carrying around […]

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Roots & Branches / 15 March 2014

Well, Here we are, it's almost St. Patrick's day but we are focusing on songs about working people in the 9:00 portion of our show, since this is the big day for our community. It is the 60th anniversary of the film, "Salt of the Earth" which is about the 1950 - 1952 Empire Mine Strike. The film, like the makers of the film, was blacklasted, apparently the only film […]

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Roots & Branches / 08 March 2014

We hope you enjoyed the International Women's Day program. Almost all women singers except that Peter White and Ken played fiddles during the live part of the show, but Jeanie played guitar and sang on 'Listen to the Radio'So here is the what we played: Playlist for 08 March 2014 Artists  /  Album  /  Song Odetta /    Blues Everywhere I Go  /  03 Dink's Blue  Odetta /    Blues Everywhere I […]

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Roots & Branches / 01 March 2014

Well folks, this week we played a lot of singers, mostly from the UK and Ireland. Next week we will be celebrating  Women in music. As far as this weeks artists go, we had a women's cajun band right off the bat. One the women, Christine Balfa, was one of Jeanie's early fiddle students back in 1979. The Creole Belles are a great old time cajun and creole band from […]

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Roots & Branches / 22 February 2014

Here is the playlist for Feb 22, 2014. Jeanie and I were gone but we did put the playlist together and Kyle was able to do the show for us and follow our playlist, which can be a little weird sometimes. We will be back for the March 1st show. Playlist for 22 February 2014 Artists  /  Album  /  Song Blake, Norman and Nancy / Blind Dog /  05 Otto […]

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Roots & Branches /15 February 2014

Hope you all enjoyed our trip around Africa, Europe, the UK and Ireland - as well as the good old USA. Jeanie and Kyle did a great job. And here are a couple more comments by listeners: "What a great program!  I love the old Cajun music with it's gritty, soulful singing and instrumentals..." Gayle Simmons in Silver City "I loved hearing the shows, it was like having them next […]

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Roots & Branches / 8 February 2014

Here is a recent comment on our show by Mark Weber who does a great Jazz show on KUNM in Albuquerque on Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 1:30. f What better way to spend your Saturday morning than to deja vu into that subconsciously familiar all-pervasive "folk" music that underpins all the stories of the world that are worth anything -- everyone from Bartok to Charlie Parker dipped into this […]

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