WUMB November Program Guide

Jay’s End of Year Music Review

Wrapping up 2014

It’s hard to imagine that snow is on the ground (depending on where you live) and we’re in the last month of 2014.  To say the year went by fast is an understatement, but to say the year was great for music is pretty spot on.  I’d like to take a second and review the five albums you need to hear for the year 2014…in no particular order:


1)       Joe Henry – Invisible Hour.  Joe states that this album is about marriage…and he uses the term as a verb, not a noun.  These are intricate recordings that are put together beautifully from one of the great modern day singer-songwriters.  It’s also the kind of album that you can put on from start to finish with absolutely no filler in between.

2)      Kerri Powers – Kerri Powers.  Kerri worked with producer Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Recordings in Connecticut.  Kerri has always had an amazing voice that makes you stop in your tracks, but this new batch of songs are deeply personal and bare all in a way that I haven’t heard in quite some time.  Gritty, honest, and powerful songs…you can’t ask for much more than that!

3)      Lucinda Williams Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone.  Lucinda has always had the ability to be honest and say what she believes (some say to a fault) when it comes to producing her music.  It made sense for her to produce this album for herself, and on her own label at that.  To boot, this Is a double album.  I tend to get a little apprehensive when it comes to double albums but this one is legit.

4)      Sean Rowe – Madman.  Just listen to this record.  Sean has a voice that reminds me of Greg Brown but stylistically his music is completely unclassifiable.  This album has a little bit of everything.  Words can’t do it justice…trust me, just listen!

5)      Mary Gauthier – Trouble and Love.  I’m not sure that there’s a current songwriter who slays me like Mary does.  She has the ability to completely knock your socks off in a 4:30 song.  As good as anything she’s ever done!


So…those are just my suggestions.  No matter what you enjoy listening to, I’m glad you’re listening and supporting WUMB.  If you like what you hear on these albums, don’t forget to use the amazon.com link on our site! For these, and any purchase you might make from them, a portion of the proceeds from your sale go to support WUMB!

It’s been another great year of music and there’s a lot to get to in 2015.  Here’s hoping it’s as good of a year for music as 2014 was!


All the best for the Holidays and the New Year!


Jason Moberg

WUMB Music and Program Director


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