WUMB August Program Guide

This Month on the Dixie Bee Line!

Brrr!! Happy New Year, all! So I had fun with the Christmas and New Years shows, hopefully you were able to catch them. But there’s plenty of red meat left for January… with these chilly winds you should stay in and listen to the radio 🙂
So last month’s theme was the more obscure, deep catalog look at 20th century hillbilly music. This month we’ll do that once more for January 6th. But the following week, the 13th, we will feature artists that were Grand Ole Opry stars. There were really quite a lot of them… and I’ll bet I can come up with some you’ve forgotten about! For example, 20th century banjo styles were much different than what is prevalent today. Now we tend to hear more retro stylings of the Round Peak area of North Carolina, but the career banjoists of the 20th century (e.g., Uncle Dave Macon, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Cousin Emmy) played more of an in-your-face “knock-down” style. So which three of those four names were Opry stars?? Uh huh. Well, we’ll explore that, as well as other Opry stars you may or may not expect. And at the end of the month we will do a special feature on “the women of hillbilly music”, almost all female artists or duets. I’ve done this type of feature before, and it went over very well. Women were clearly underrepresented in country music back then, and we’ll talk about some of those factors as we listen. Please join me any old Saturday night from 9-Midnite for the Dixie Bee Line, you will be entertained, that I can pretty much guarantee.

Sincerely,

~ Jon G.

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