The Back Road Radio Show''' is a one hour alt-country, roots, and Americana radio program, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is hosted by Andrew Funke and Produced/Engineered by "Deacon" Tim Plunkett. It's tagline is "The Hour of Countrified Power".
The show is known for playing an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national artists in it's rather broad definition of Americana music. A major feature of the BRRS is it's frequent "Featured Headlight Artists" segment, which can include regional and national acts but most often focuses on showcasing local talent from Indiana. Headlight Artist segments can range from playing songs by a particular artist, to phone interviews, to in-studio interviews and performances, and combinations thereof.
The concept for the Back Road Radio Show was originally developed in August 2009 by Scott (Cootie) Crabtree, a well known musician in the Indianapolis area, for airplay on the non-commercial Indianapolis station WITT (91.9FM). Crabtree brought onboard his friends Wendy Gootee, now-host Andrew Funke, and local producer “Deacon” Tim Plunkett to help produce and promote the show each week. In November of 2009, Crabtree left the show due to unforseen circumstances, at which time Funke and Plunkett took control as host and producer, respectively. The first show featuring this new lineup aired on November 11th of 2009, with Funke techinically filling in for the absent Crabtree. The first show with Funke as the official host was aired on January 6th of 2010.
Despite the change in lineup, the current team has strived to stay true to the BRRS' original vision of providing a public voice for Americana music and musicians who otherwise don't have one.
Whether it's little heard gems from artists you know (or should know!), great local acts, up-and-coming talent on the regional/national scene, or just plain good music, you'll hear it all on The Back Road Radio Show. We bring you the best in alt.country, roots, and Americana music.
Hosted by Indianapolis's own Andrew Funke, and is recorded, produced, mixed and engineered by "Deacon" Tim Plunkett at their studio dubbed "The Studio Bunker".
A shared love of music first drew Andrew Funke and Tim Plunkett together as friends years ago, when they formed the rhythm section of an Indianapolis-based rock and roll band. While the band didn't last too long, their friendship certainly has, and they've taken on a number of musical endeavors together since then - from live gigs backing some of the best local artists, to studio recordings, full length albums and now radio.
Andrew has been interested in music and radio his entire life, starting at age 10 with a home-made radio show he hosted and produced on cassette with a jam box. While he was earning his degrees at Indiana University, one of his student internships involved a two-year stint cataloging broadcasts of the Johnny Otis Show, on Los Angeles' public Radio Pacifica. Otis' show taught Andrew a great deal about not only West Coast blues and R&B, but also how to create a radio show that was engaging, educational, and entertaining for the listener. It was one of the most "real" radio shows Andrew had ever heard, with the host not only being an emcee but also a fan and friend of the artists he featured.
Although Tim's initial background isn't in radio, he has been active on the local music scene for over a decade and a half. He has built a reputation as a great studio/live musician, as well as a well sought after Producer/Engineer. Though he is a multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer, he is most noted for his diverse and inspiring percussive and production abilities.
With Andrew handling hosting duties and most of the content, research, and development of each episode, and with Tim's extensive background in radio/music production, sound engineering, and recording, the show comes together every week without a hitch. However, it would be wrong to say it's all them, all the time. Other friends and characters still pop in to lend their ideas and talent to the BRRS, too, and you just might hear them on the show from time to time.
Thanks to their deep appreciation for alt.country, roots, and Americana music, the BRRS team combines the old and new, known and obscure, to present each week the beautiful patchwork quilt that is this great and unique art form. It's no secret the guys intend to make their show THE voice for the vibrant alt.country/roots/Americana music community, no matter how small the scene or international the stage.