WUMB August Program Guide

Folk Tales for the Dog Days….

I’ve got some lively Folk Tales to get you through the dog days of August. On the 3rd, it’s a colorful look at Irish music’s most influential fiddler and first recording star, Michael Coleman, followed on the 10th by rock’s folksy grandpa, rockabilly. August 17, the African-American genius who reinvented the guitar, Lonnie Johnson, and songwriting icon Gordon Lightfoot on the 24th. We’ll spend Labor Day weekend on the 31st with the origins of Zydeco music and the tragic Louisiana legend who created it, Amédé Ardoin.

Along the way, you’ll hear about the weird tribute bluesman Lead Belly paid to singing cowboy Gene Autry; how Joan Baez sounded in high school; the true story of railroad legend John Henry, who died with that hammer in his hand––or did he?––the real reason Quebecois musicians pound their feet while they play; debunking some strange myths about the Father Of the Blues, W.C. Handy; and how songwriter Rosalie Sorrels reacted when her children began telling the neighbors she was a witch.

Hope to see you ‘round the Folk Tales corral––and remember, if you miss us Saturday at noon Eastern, Folk Tales is rebroadcast Sundays at  7 PM, right before Albert O’s Highway 61. Keep your summer cool––and carry it on.

~ Scott Alarik

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