WUMB August Program Guide

2015 Archives

New Releases

Isn’t it ironic that this long cruel Winter (which took forever) is finally over and already Spring is flying by?  As I’m writing this we’re looking ahead to May, which in turn, leads to the Summer.  So far 2015 has been tremendous for new music and I can’t see why it won’t stay the course or perhaps get even better!  Here are some new releases that just came out over the last few weeks.  If you missed them, give them a listen and see what you think!

Calexico Edge of the Sun.  It’s hard to believe this group started off as an all instrumental group.  Founding member Joey Burns has done an amazing job of blending the Tex/Mex sound they’re known for along with keeping the group contemporary.  This is another solid release from Calexico.

Tom Russell The Rose of Roscrae.  Speaking of Tex/Mex, nobody does it better than Tom Russell.  In essence this is a double disc Cowboy/Folk opera featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack and more.  What could be cooler than that?

Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune.  This is a new EP from Mavis.  The last couple of releases she’s teamed with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco as Producer.  This time she’s got young artist Son Little producer for her.  Read More…

On the Town with Perry Persoff

This past month I was fortunate enough to enjoy a lot of live music.  Joan Osborne, the Boston Mardi Gras, our March WUMB member concert with Sarah Blacker–nice to see she made herself some new fans.  And that was just one weekend.  Treating yourself to a mid-week jam by local pickers at your nearby social establishment can buoy your spirits.  (Yes, even if that means being up a little late on a school night once in a while [guilty…]).  And when that in-person music hits you boy does it feel OK, thank you Bob Marley [see “Trenchtown Rock”].  Read More…

April Member Benefits

Matching Gifts

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Spring Member Drive! It was a great success!

I would like to remind all of our Members that you can increase the value of your gift via Matching Funds. It’s a very easy process. Simply ask your personnel department if they have a Matching Gift Program. If so, ask for a form, fill it out, and send it to us. It’s a very easy way that may double the value of your gift!​

If you have any questions about Matching Gifts, feel free to contact the Membership Office at wumb.membership@umb.edu or by phone at 617-287-6902. Read More…

The Miracle of Fundraising

Every call we get and every pledge form we receive on line is a small miracle.  It means that another WUMB listener is joining the public radio partnership and supporting something they enjoy and depend on.

This public radio partnership, as it developed in this country, is unique worldwide. It is a true social compact of the best sort. Government combining with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, business and individuals to provide a commercial free, and there for free from commercial influence, broadcast system. There is nothing like it, and it all works because listeners like you support it.

We do not take this for granted. With every song we share, every interview we conduct and every special program we present, we know that we can only do this because of you. For that we are eternally grateful. You have put your trust in us, and we do our best to live up to your expectations. Read More…

April Programming Highlights

American Routes

4/5 – Lovers, Brothers and Others: Making Sweet Music Together

4/12 – Festival Time in Lafayette, LA

4/19 – Guitar Heroes: Pat Martino & Ben Hall

Mountain Stage

4/4 – Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Watson, the Mastersons, Larkin Poe, and Malcolm Holcombe

4/11 – John Pizzarelli, Allen Toussaint, and Caroline Rose

4/18 – Randy Newman, Richard Thompson, Matapat; Reader / Gregson / Hewerdine

4/25 – Jose Gonzales, 17 Hippies, Mia Doi Todd, The Everybodyfields, Julia Douglas Read More…

Celebrating Richard Thompson

Fairport Convention was first band signed to management and a record deal on the strength of Richard Thompson’s guitar playing. When the band turned to Electric Folk/Rock it was his guitar that drove the bus. Increasingly interested in songwriting, Richard left Fairport for a solo career and spent several years recording and touring with then wife Linda. As the marriage dissolved Richard again struck out on his own. Early band tours included musician from Fairport and backing vocals from people like Christine Collister and Shawn Colvin. Some tours were electric, some acoustic. Some were with a band and some were without where he demonstrated his developing style on the acoustic guitar, which was just as masterful and powerful as his electric playing. An equally masterful songwriter, his songs like “1952 Vincent Black Lighting” and “Beeswing” are practically ­­­­­­­­­ubiquitous. They have had hundreds of recordings and are performed by thousands more.

On April 3, we’ll celebrate his 65th birthday the best way we know how. By sharing his music with you, all day, on WUMB

Summer Acoustic Music Week 2015

SAMW 2015 has sold out in record time!  If you were not able to reserve your space, there is a waiting list.  Wait-list reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are not guaranteed if you are listed.  If you have any questions, please contact Patty at 617-287-6915.

International Women’s Day

So here we are in March with just a few more weeks of Winter.  I hope this finds you well and I hope you’ve endured this terrible Winter as best as humanly possible!

Now that we’re officially into the month of March, I wanted to give you an update regarding a very special tribute that we’ll be doing.  International Women’s Day is officially Sunday, March 8th, but we decided to make this a month long feature honoring the countless musical contributions that Women have made through the years.  Every Monday through Friday during March we’re going to be spotlighting some of these amazing artists.  We’ve been working very diligently in our Production Studio over the last few months getting these segments ready and it’s been a lot of fun!  Read More…

March Membership News & Benefits

Volunteer Opportunities

This year, our Spring Fundraiser will take place on March 13–23.  As always we’re in need of volunteers to help with phones, mailings and other duties during this busy time. We are looking for volunteers for Saturday, March 21 during Highway 61 Revisted, 8am-Noon.  If you would like to volunteer, email wumb@umb.edu.


Donate to our Spring Member Drive!

Help WUMB by spreading the word. Invite a friend to become a new Member during our Drive!


We can’t emphasize enough how we depend on our listeners (that’s you!) to donate your support. Take the opportunity this month to give a little more, renew your Membership, or invite a friend to support our station. We would greatly appreciate it!


To donate online, go to our website at http://wumb.org and click on the “donate now” button.

Thank you!

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March Programming Highlights

American Routes

March 8 – Alabama Bound

March 15 – Richard Thompson & Zachary Richard

March 22 – Soul Sisters

March 29 – Men of Steel and Soul: The Campbell Brothers and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Mountain Stage

March 7 – Rodney Crowell, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, The Sea The Sea & Tattletale Saints

March 14 – Solas, Michael Martin Murphey, Mark Mulcahy, Sean Keane & Logan Brill

March 21 – Lee Ann Womack, Mac McAnally, Angaleena Presley, Charlie Worsham & Kristin Andreassen

March 28 – Greensky Bluegrass, Cabinet, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Carper Family, David Morris & Jack Ballengee Morris

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