Downstate Sounds is a radio show, blog and YouTube channel that explores the musical past of Illinois outside of Chicagoland from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Rock, folk, psychedelic, soul, country, funk, blues, gospel and jazz records from the Land of Lincoln with a preference for the overlooked, forgotten and unknown musicians, concerts, record labels and recording studios of downstate Illinois.
The radio show has returned to the airwaves. You can find us Thursdays at 8 pm on WESN 88.1 FM in Bloomington, Illinois or listen live to the online stream. An archived stream of each new show is available on this blog within a day or two of airing.
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