WUMB August Program Guide

Getting Back in the Folk Tales Saddle….

Greetings from the Folk Tales corral. I’ve missed our weekly visits while the pandemic makes it impossible for me to get to WUMB. I’m fine, though, eager to get back and working on some adventurous Folk Tales for you, including the impact the 1950s blacklist had on folk music––and on energizing the ‘60s revival; the19th-century parlor music fad (when corny was hipster), and how it created American pop; the obscure country star who created the template for the modern folksinger, Bradley Kincaid; and up-close visits with James Taylor, Flatt & Scruggs, and the indomitable Mavis Staples.

I want to thank you for your epic support of WUMB during this strange time. As I’ve said many times, I’m proud to work for a station that’s genuinely “people-powered,” especially because that power comes from people like you. Where else could you find such loyal fans for an odd little show like Folk Tales? So stay safe, take care of yourselves, keep the music close inside––and of course, Carry It On!

~Scott Alarik, host of Folk Tales

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