Well I hope you’re Holiday celebrations are going well and things aren’t too crazy just yet. As we go through the process of wrapping up 2013, it’s usually a fairly convenient time to look back and reflect. Instead of that…let’s look forward! 2013 was indeed an amazing year of music (every year is really). We had amazing albums from Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris. We got introduced to new talent like Hurray For The Riff Raff, Laura Marling and Gregory Alan isakov. And 2014 is already shaping up to be a good one…here’s a quick preview of material that will be out as soon as we hit the new year!
On January 14th we’ve got a bevy of solid releases starting with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings with Give The People What They Want. Rosanne Cash will have her first new release in four years with The River and the Thread. Bruce Springsteen is surprising us all with his new album called High Hopes and part Bluegrass part Jam Band, Railroad Earth will release Last of the Outlaws.
Be on the lookout for Damien Jurado’s new released called Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun. He’s not a household name here…but talk to a singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest and ask them about Damien and see what they have to say about him.
Davis Crosby will release his first solo record in twenty years called Croz on January 28th which should be interesting to hear.
Finally I’m a huge fan of this guy Robert Ellis. He’s a songwriter from Houston and loves folk and classic country and does a great job of weaving them together. His new album will be out on February 11th called The Lights of the Chemical Plant on New West Records.
So that’s what I’ve got for you…thanks for supporting WUMB over the last year in whatever way do. We’re glad to have you here…and hope to have you in 2014!
Program & Music Director