WUMB March Program Guide

February is Favorites Month for Guest Mix

It’s been four months since we relaunched Guest Mix, and I thought that the chill of February would be a good time to revisit some of my favorite episodes (although, of course, I’ve enjoyed them all). Thank you, dear listeners and members, as always, for tuning in and supporting this radio station. Here’s what’s in store for February 2021:

When I spoke to Courtney Marie Andrews in early October, her beautiful album, Old Flowers, was earning accolades but hadn’t yet received its Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. (The awards show will be in mid-March of this year.) One interesting factoid: Songs from Old Flowers have popped up on several other artists’ Guest Mix playlists, including those created by Carolina Story and Diana DeMuth. As for Andrews’s show, it features greats like Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone as well as rising artists like Christian Lee Hutson and Jessica Pratt.

One of the reasons that the episode featuring G.E. Smith was such a blast was that he brought his telecaster to the session. During our chat, he played riffs and rhythms a few times, explaining why he was so lit up by songs recorded by artists like Duane Eddy and the Rolling Stones. It was an hour of Guest Mix that nearly felt like a master class on popular music of the 20th Century, as we dipped into the catalogues of the Pretenders, June Tabor, and the Who.

Last year’s debut album from S.G. Goodman seemed to come out of nowhere, announcing the arrival of a young artist from Kentucky whose voice demands to be heard. Goodman’s playlist ran the gamut from Karen Dalton to Link Wray, but one of my favorites was a tune from Tony Joe White that I’d never heard before. This is what she had to say about that track: “It’s just got that nice Southern funky feel…true to what I think is the best of country music and Southern rock…songs that actually talk about what’s going on in the culture.”

Chuck Prophet is a guy with a talent for talking about music that nearly rivals his ability for writing songs, playing guitar, and producing albums. Prophet has not only collaborated with some of the all-time greats, he’s masterful at telling stories about those experiences, and why their music matters. When you hear him talk about artists like Jonathan Richman, the Troggs, and Big Star, you hear the voice of a veteran musician sounding like a teenager who’s trying to turn you on to his latest fascination. Even if Guest Mix was a four-hour show, I don’t think we’d have room for every incredible tale he has to tell.

Guest Mix for February 2021 | Saturdays 1 p.m. ET

2/6 Courtney Marie Andrews
2/13 G.E. Smith
2/20 S.G. Goodman
2/27 Chuck Prophet

~ Rob Hochschild

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