WUMB August Program Guide

Live Guests? That’s Different!

Greetings, all! As we careen into February I’ve been busy curating some pretty interesting shows. Digging deep into the archives of vintage hillbilly music from the dawn of recorded music in the 1920’s all the way to today… but mostly dead artists from before 1970, as always. With one very glaring exception… I’m bringing in some live guests on Feb 24th, Ben Wetherbee and Ruth Rappaport, a mother/son old-timey duet that is kicking some serious butt. Ben is a young turk who has gotten good really fast, and can be pretty wild. It’s fiddle and guitar, and some singing, too… So I’ll bring them on as close to 9pm as I can manage. Honestly, getting guests to the station on weekend nights is a challenge! The UMass Boston campus is pretty torn up with construction, and getting around is a bit mysterious. Otherwise, it’ll be the usual mix of vintage blues, bluegrass, old-time country, country & western, western/swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly, truck driving, and drinking songs.

Another big event this month is the Joe Val bluegrass festival, which I’m greatly looking forward to. It’s President’s Day weekend at the Sheraton Tara (the castle looking thing off the Mass Pike) in Framingham. You should go! Please visit the Boston Bluegrass Union website, www.bbu.org, for more information. I’ll play some of the festival artists through February, but I’m especially excited by Hot Rize and the Foghorn String band. Could there be a “surprise” appearance by “Red Knuckles”, the honky-tonk alter-ego of Hot Rize?? I hope so!

Please join me every Saturday night from 9PM to midnight, right after Holly “Spins the Blues”… radio is good again on Saturday nights!!


~ Jon G

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