WUMB January Program Guide

May Programming Highlights

Acoustic Sunrise
5/6 – Birthday celebrations for Judy Collins and also the legacy of Pete Seeger
5/13 – Happy Mother’s Day! We’ll feature Moms who make music!
5/20 – We get an early jump on Bob Dylan’s birthday featuring his music and lots of covers
5/27 – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Uncle Tupelo’s Anodyne and much more

Artist of the Week (played in the 3pm hour Monday-Friday)
Week of 4/29 – Willie Nelson
Week of 5/6 – Robert Johnson
Week of 5/13 – Taj Mahal
Week of 5/20 – Levon Helm
Week of 5/27 – John Fogerty

Breakfast With the Beatles
5/5 – May 9th 1962: Brian Epstein met George Martin for the very first time. We’ll look back to that meeting.  Also, “Get Back,” released in the U.S on May 5th 1969.
5/13 – “Four By The Beatles,” released on May 11th 1964.  Also, we’ll feature Let It Be, the very last Beatles album, released in 1970 on May 18th.
5/19 – May 22nd, 1976 was the day Wings played in Boston for the very first time, at the Boston Garden.  And on May 12th Paul released the song “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Why? We’ll tell you.
5/26 – A look back at the songs The Beatles released this month, including “The Long and Winding Road,” “From Me To You,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Paperback Writer,” and others.

Celtic Twilight
5/6 – We honor the birthday of Seamus Ennis, widely regarded as one of the greatest uilleann pipers of all time. He is recognized for having preserved over 2000 tunes and songs as part of his work with the Irish Folklore Commission
5/13 – In honor of Mother’s Day, we will celebrate songs in praise of the ladies. Also, we will feature Irish American flute and whistle player, Joanie Madden, of Cherish the Ladies
5/20 – We celebrate Paul Brady on his birthday. He is an Irish singer songwriter whose work straddles folk and rock inspired pop. Brady’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Tina Turner, Santana, and Bonnie Raitt.
5/27 – We honor Martin Carthy on his birthday this month. Carthy is the English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in the British folk scene. His work has inspired Dylan, Paul Simon, and Richard Thompson

Daily Dylan
Week of 4/29 – Bob Dylan’s MTV Unplugged record was released this week in 1995
Week of 5/6 – Dylan played at Brandeis in 1963. This would later become part of The Bootleg Series
Week of 5/13 – The iconic Blonde on Blonde was released this week in 1966
Week of 5/20 – Bob Dylan was born this week in 1941. We’ll do a week of covers to pay tribute.
Week of 5/27 – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released this week in 1963

Dixie Bee Line
5/5 – Cigarettes.  A light-hearted look at the 20th-century hillbillies’ relationship to tobacco.
5/13 – Hillbilly artists were unprepared for the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. They tried to adapt; we will look at some of the less successful attempts.
5/19 – Going “deep catalog,” spelunking through the 20th-century hillbilly archives
5/28 – Another deep dive into the annals of 20th-century hillbilly music; fun ensues

Folk Tales
5/5 – The genealogy of “Streets Of Laredo”
5/13 – Lightnin’ Hopkins
5/19 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
5/26 – The roots of the Folk Guitar

Guest Mix
5/5 – Kim Richey
5/13 – Kat Edmonson
5/19 – TBA
5/26 – TBA

Highway 61
5/5 – Albert pays tribute to Pete Seeger and Robert Johnson on their birth anniversaries
5/13 – Birthday tributes to Donovan and also Dave Mason
5/19 – Albert pays tribute to the legendary Taj Mahal and the late Jesse Winchester
5/26 – Albert’s annual all Dylan show!

Local Folk
5/6 – Merrimack Valley music: Peter & Samantha Linnane, Frank Morey
5/13 – Say Darling and Sarah Borges
5/20 – Former New England Conservatory student and teacher Dominique Eade & Ran Blake
have been a Voice/Piano duo for years now. They create “segueway-ready” night music
5/27 – The many guises of Girls, Guns & Glory…

Odyssey
5/6 – TBA
5/13 – TBA
5/20 – TBA
5/27 – TBA

One Year At A Time with Tai Irwin
5/19 at 4pm – A sampling of what was happening in music in 1966. Viet Nam had set in as reality, and The British invasion continued to surprise. Old folk songs, new folk artists, and the rise of superstar record producers.

Producer Spotlight at 11am
Week of 4/29 – John Chelew
Week of 5/6 – Rick Rubin
Week of 5/13 – Bob Johnston
Week of 5/20 – Sam Kassirer
Week of 5/27 – Howie Epstein

Spinning The Blues
5/5 – Birthday nods to the legendary Blind Willie McTell. New Blues from James Harmon
5/13 – Birthday nods go to Guy Davis, Big Joe Turner. New Blues from One Shot Johnny
5/19 – Happy Birthday to the great Taj Mahal
5/26 – Birthday nods to Junior Parker, T Bone Walker and more

American Routes
5/6 – The Killer, The Thriller, & The Chiller: Jerry Lee Lewis w/sisters Linda Gail and Frankie Jean
5/13 – TBA
5/20 – TBA
5/27 – TBA

Commonwealth Journal
5/6 – From City Hall to the Senate Floor: Women of Color are Ready to Run
5/13 – Eyes in the Sky, Drones in the Military with Guest Sonia Kennebeck
5/20 – After Trauma, Can Mindfulness Help? With Guest Stephanie Hartwell
5/27 – Mel King Still Believes in a Rainbow Coalition with Guest Mel King

E-Town
5/6 – Live music from David Bromberg Quintet and Jonatha Brooke
5/13 – Live music from Billy Strings and Jon Stickley Trio
5/20 – Live music from Noam Pikelny, The Lee Boys, Jonathan Rose
5/27 – Live music from Calexico and Ray Wylie Hubbard

Mountain Stage
5/5 – Live music from John Gorka, The Weather Station and more
5/13 – Live music from M. Ward, The Sea The Sea and more
5/19 – Live music from Chuck Prophet, Kim Richey and more
5/26 – TBA

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