Posts by: Alex Ruff

Torch & Twang 1/13/15

Torch and Twang is here once again, and tonight we’ll be bidding farewell to host Alex Ruff! Along with new music at 10pm, Alex will be playing his top ten Americana tunes at 9pm. And as always, we are taking your requests for your favorites in Americana at (517)884-8989. All that, and more great music from 8pm to Midnight, only on the Progressive Torch and Twang!

Carolina Chocolate Drops- Riro’s House

Carolina Chocolate Drops- Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?

Bob Dylan and The Band- Odds and Ends


Noam Pikelny- Jim Thompson’s Horse

Pokey LaFarge- Central Time

Ivan & Alyosha- Be Your Man


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Torch & Twang 1/6/15

The first Torch and Twang of 2015 is LIVE tonight, and we have four hours of the best in Americana music just for you! At 9pm, Torch Recommends will shine some light on singer/songwriter Happy Traum and his collaborations with some famous folkies. Special guest host Lynne will be making an appearance, and you don’t want to miss it. 8pm to midnight, only on the Progressive Torch and Twang!

Tom Waits- Chicago

Langhorne Slim & The Law- The Way We Move

Shakey Graves- Dearly Departed


Greg Brown- Canned Goods

Rodney Crowell- Every Night

Pokey LaFarge- Central Time


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Torch & Twang 12/30/14

Daniel holds down the fort for the last Torch and Twang show of 2014! At 9pm, he’ll be featuring music by The Blue Olives, along with a nonstop holiday music block beginning at 11pm. Hear some of Daniel’s Americana favorites throughout the night, including a handful of oldies like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and more. Only on Impact’s Progressive Torch and Twang!


Bob Dylan- Must Be Santa

The New Basement Tapes- Duncan And Jimmy


The Rolling Stones- Dead Flowers

Jake Bugg- Pine Trees

Bob Dylan- Blood In My Eyes

Sean Rowe- Done Calling You

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Torch & Twang 12/23/14

Merry Christmas to all you folk-lovers out there! We’re throwing all the holiday music we can find at you tonight, officially kicking off at 9. Tune at the start and toward the end for your favorite T&T regulars.


Max Gomez- Season of my Memory

Trampled By Turtles- Wild Animals

Corb Lund- Just Me and These Ponies

Doug Maines & The City Folk- Theresa St. Johns
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Torch & Twang 12/16/14

It’s break time for the MSU population, but Twang is still here pumping out Americana genius. We’re featuring Gregory Alan Isakov prompt at 9, and treating you to some holiday folk throughout the night. Stay tuned to 88.9 the IMPACT!


Ivan & Alyosha- Be Your Man

Dust Bowl Revival- The Old Dustbowl

Max Gomez- Rule The World

Robert Ellis- Only Lies
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Torch & Twang 12/9/14

This week we’re pulling out our favorite folk albums of the year! From the likes of Nickel Creek, Lake Street Dive, and Shakey Graves, to Bob Dylan’s New Basement Tapes project. Take a break from your vigorous study, or splice us in to your playlist grooves!


Infamous Stringdusters- Summercamp

Pokey LaFarge- Central Time

Jason Isabell- Alabama Pines

Ivan & Alyosha- My Winding Wheel

Ivan & Alyosha- Fathers Be Kind

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Torch & Twang 12/2/14

December has struck, and at last we’re breaking out some famed holiday tunes! There’s a new Americana collaboration album we’ll play throughout the night, and a re-release from SF band Branches. Tune for tidings of great joy…and folk.

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Torch & Twang 11/25/14

This week we’ve got a brand new band to play, the Old Hours. The Lone Bellow have a dapper new single too, we’ll be playing both at 10!


Old Hours- Wary Bones

Lisa Leblanc- You look like Trouble

Jeffrey Martin- Man

Hello Strangers- What You Don’t Know

Doug Mains & the City Folk- Theresa St. Johns


Nathaniel Rateliff- Still Trying

Noah Gundersen- Boathouse


Hooray for the Riff Raff- Blue Ridge Mountain

Amanda Shires- Devastate

New Basement Tapes- The Whistle Is Blowing


Shooter Jennings- Living Life In a Minor Key

Thompson- Root So Bitter

Shakey Graves- House of Winston

Shakey Graves- If Not For You


The Oh Hellos- Like The Dawn

The Oh Hellos- Second Child, Restless Child

The Oh Hellos- The Lament of Eustace Scrubb


The Oh Hellos- I Have Made Mistakes

Trampled By Turtles- Hollow

Max Gomez- Ball & Chain

Paper Kites- Tin Lover


Spirits of the Red City- Mine

Gregory Alan Isokav- Second Chances

Pieta Brown- All My Rain

Stray Birds- I Wish It would Rain


Loudermilks- Watch Them Fall

Sturgill Simpson- Long White Line

Johnny Cash- Out Among The Stars


Teddy Thompson- Let Me Roll It



Bob Seger- You take Me In

Bob Seger- Listen

Bob Seger- Let The Rivers Run


Old Hours- Wary Bones

Old Hours- In May

Old Hours- Wolf River

Old Hours- Deer Isle


Ben Howard- Small Things

Ben Howard- Rivers In Your Mouth

Old Hours- Saint Paul

Honeyboy Edwards- Catfish Blues

Charley Patton- High Water Everywhere


Hot Rize- Blue Is Falllin’

R.L. Burnside- Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Felice Brothers- Lion

Grey Reverend- Only One

Goodnight, Texas- Hayride

Goodnight, Texas- A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme


Over the Rhine- Bethlehem

Westrin & Mowry- The Past Rushes In

Parker Millsap- Land of the Red Man


Pokey LaFrage- Central Time

Walking Spanish- Born Getaways

Hard Working Americans- The Mountain Song


Ivan & Alyosha- My Winding Wheel

Bob Dylan and The Band- I Shall Be Released

Daniel Bachman- Pig Iron


Sugar & The Hi Lows- See it for Yourself

Blind Boys of Alabama- Every Grain of Sand


Torch & Twang 11/18/14

Tonight’s Torch Recommends features the music of Jon Guerra at 9pm, along with new music from Over the Rhine and much more during our new music portion at 10pm. Only on Impact 89FM’s Torch and Twang!

Sean Rowe- Madman

Bob Dylan and The Band- Odds and Ends

The New Basement Tapes- Diamond Ring

Over the Rhine-  Called Home

St. Paul & The Broken Bones- Call Me

Jackson Browne- Leaving Winslow
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Torch & Twang 11/11/14

Happy veteran’s day! What better way to celebrate than with the Progressive Torch & Twang, Impact’s own Americana show.


High Coast- Ocean Please Grow

John Mellancamp- Do Re Mi

Max Gomez- Run From You

Noah Gundersen- Ledges


The Barr Brothers- Static Orphans

The Barr Brothers- Love Ain’t Enough

The Duhks- Banjo Roustabout

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