About

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 is currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Once we are able to safely return to the air, you can find us Thursdays at 8 pm on WESN 88.1 FM in Bloomington, Illinois or listen live online: WESN web steam.  An archived stream of each show is available on this blog within a day or two of airing.


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