WUMB October Program Guide

Mid-Winter Doldrums?  No Way!

Friends, I have so much good music to share it’s coming out of my ears (pun intended.)  This month will really show it all… from the entire breadth of the 20th Century… I mean, DeFord Bailey (the first African American on the Grand Ol’ Opry), Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole, the original Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, just to name a few representing the 1920’s.  Remember, commercial radio and recordings didn’t even START till the 20’s… LESS than 100 years ago.  Weird, right?  Now you can download anything from the internet just about… but who’s going to curate it all into a fun and interesting format each week??  Me!  Happy to share my collection with you, and special thanks to WUMB for being brave enough to let me do it.  We’ll cover the big bang of Western Swing, when it took off from Jazz in the 1930’s, tons of Country, Western Swing and Honky Tonk from the forties, fifties, and sixties, I can hardly begin to name all the artists I’ll play in February, you’ll just have to tune in .  All the way up to modern (read: Living) artists with that old sensibility.  Like JP Harris, Caleb Klauder and the Foghorn String Band bunch, Brad Leftwich, James Hand, Ginny Hawker, Leon Redbone, Joel Savoy and that Lafayette LA bunch, and more.

But the biggest doldrum-buster this month is the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival at the Sheraton Framingham on President’s day weekend.  I guess I’ve been going to that festival for generations (yikes!)  It used to be in a park in Waltham (or was it Newton) in the summer.  But now we have something to look forward to in the winter.  I’ll come back and do a show for you that Saturday night, but do check out www.bbu.org to see what you could be missing.  There’s jamming and big name stage shows, classes, vendors, the works.

Write to me!  I’d love to know your thoughts, favorites, and requests.

Sincerely,

~ Jon G.
jon.gersh@umb.edu

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