WUMB May Program Guide

19 Songs with Perry Persoff

Happy New Year!  And looking back, Happy New Music on WUMB.

My “Top 10” new songs of the year typically expands to 38-40 tracks, basically a double album’s worth.  But for whatever reason, I got lazy in the middle of 2014 and did not write down songs as they hit me.  You know, the “I don’t have to write it down I’ll remember it” syndrome.

I’ll wait while you say, “famous last words.”  I deserved that.

Just the same, I still got a good list of only 19 songs that would make a fine traveling companion whether on a long drive or listening on the sofa through headphones.

Riley Walker – Twin Oaks Pt. 1  [All Kinds of You]

–Bert Jansch and John Renbourne meet Widespread Panic…in a 24 year old Chicagoan.


Elizabeth & The Catapult – Someday Soon [Like It Never Happened]

–This beautiful, hypnotic song floated out of my car speaker one day and possessed me.


Lucinda Williams – Protection [Down Where The Sprit Meets The Bone]

–Double album whose title stems from a poem by Lucinda’s father Miller Williams.


Robert Ellis – The (Lights of the) Chemical Plant [The Lights of the Chemical Plant]

–Houston born songwriter who moved to Nashville…and now NYC since this album’s release.


Leif Vollebeck – Southern United States [North Americana]

Montreal singer-songwriter, he took two years to perfect the recording of this album.


Lake Street Dive – Use Me Up [Bad Self Portraits]

–Another overnight success after about ten years (they started performing together in 2004).


Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham – Clay Wheels* [Salvation Town]

–*With David Hidalgo, David Lindley, and Julie Miller.


Lera Lynn – Out To Sea [The Avenues]

–Album produced by Joshua Graves, who plays the masterful pedal steel on the track.


The Secret Sisters – Iuka [Put Your Needle Down]

–Second album of actual sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, produced by T-Bone Burnett.


Chris Smither w/Allen Toussaint – Train Home [Still On The Levee]

–Celebrating his 50th year in music, Chris re-recorded some of his old songs in new ways.


Girls Guns & Glory – Centralia, PA [GOOD LUCK].

–Song based around an underground mine that’s been on fire since 1962 in a town that since is no more.


Hiss Golden Messenger – Saturday’s Song [Lateness of  Dancers]

–North Carolina band.


Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – Born In The USA [Various Artists Comp./Dead Man’s Town]

–Stunning, eerie rendition of the Springsteen song and album title 30 years later…


Dirk Powell – Rollin’ Round This Town [Walking Through Clay]

–Cajun multi-instrumental powerhouse who has played in Joan Baez’ and Steve Earle’s bands.


Sharon Van Etten – I Know [Are We There Yet?]

–Gorgeous piano with a languid, soulful voice…


Chuck Prophet – They Don’t Know [Night Surfer]

–OK, I admit it.  I wish I had Chuck Prophet’s speaking voice.  His singing is fine, too.


The War On Drugs – Eyes To The Wind  [Lost In The Dream]

–Philly based band with a gift for weaving chords in a way that gets under your skin.


Dom Flemons – I Can’t Do It Anymore [Prospect Hill]

–Third solo album; first since he left the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  Great playing and fun stuff.


John Fullbright — When You’re Here [Songs]

–His piano playing on this album is a revelation.  His heart and soul shine through on this track.

Perry Persoff.
Mid-Morning Host

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