Trail Mix fans have been tuning in for great music every Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Listeners will be happy to hear that the show is now airing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Rest assured - Bob McWilliams is still bringing you the same great musical blend of folk, Americana, singer-songwriters, Celtic, bluegrass and beyond for six hours each weekend. Sunday is NOT a "re-run," but a brand new show. Bob will continue to preview area concerts and festivals, spotlight new releases, and bring you classics as well as little-heard gems from the past.
Bob McWilliams has been crafting unique sets for the show for 23 years and counting. Each week he carefully selects music, narrowing down which tracks will best fit the show from more than 100 CDs. Bob plays both old and new releases from top-notch artists, highlights artists with upcoming concerts in the area, and introduces music from a few of the 25-50 new CDs he receives every week. “It’s rather an organic process. As much art as science, so to speak,” he said.
Before his Trail Mix days, Bob earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from KU and completed his J.D. at Harvard Law School. Now he teaches U.S. History at Johnson County Community College, hosts KPR’s Jazz in the Night, and selects the best music to share with KPR listeners. Bob is also the founder of the nonprofit West Side Folk concert series in Lawrence and is the recipient of the 2014 Folk Alliance’s Spirit of Folk award.
In the coming weeks, listen for great in-studio performances and interviews on Trail Mix. Bob will be playing music from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, previewing their upcoming performance on October 21 at the Lied Center. Bob will also be emceeing Susan Werner's performance at the Lied Center Pavilion on October 29 as part of the new Lied Center folk series. Don’t forget to check out KPR’s YouTube channel for past live studio performances, including recent ones by Korby Lenker and The Steel Wheels.