WUMB October Program Guide

From the Studio

Local Spotlight

You should always support your local music scene and we do just that at WUMB!  We are incredibly lucky to have so many local musicians and we do our best here on the WUMB morning show to bring them to you.  Every Friday morning at 9:30 I do a feature called Local Spotlight.  I’ll feature a different local musician or band, and then we tell their story and bring you some of their music.  It might be Mark Erelli to Aofie O’Donovan to Tim Gearan to Ellis Paul to Lake Street Dive.   Some of these musicians call Boston their home, while others have called it their home for a period in their career.  Whatever the case, I’m proud to call Boston my home and love supporting Local Music.  So please tune in every Friday morning at 9:30 for Local Spotlight.

Always support your local music scene while it’s still local!

Want to tell me about a local musician or band?  Feel free to email me!

Dominick.indindoli@umb.edu

Americana At It’s Finest!

One of the really interesting parts of my job here at WUMB, is to once in a while connect with folks on a national level and meet them at various conferences across the country.  I just had an amazing experience in Nashville last week for the Americana Music Association (AMA for short) Conference.  Networking and talking to other folks across the country is always part of the mission, but it always comes down to the music.  Say what you will about Nashville, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a city where there are so many venues, musicians and industry people.  It got me thinking as to what defines Americana? Read More…

Remembering Eric Darling

Erik Darling is one of the forgotten about figures of the folk revival. Perhaps this is because so much of his work was as a part of groups that achieved fame (and hit records,) and as a sideman and a session guy who contributed to dozens and dozens of albums and soundtracks.  Raised in Canandaigua, NY, he came to Greenwich Village in the early 50s, where he formed a group with fellow banjo virtuoso Roger Sprung and Bob Carey (later of The Tarriers) called The Folksay Trio.  This trio recorded a song that folklorist Frank Warner had collected from Frank Proffit called “Tom Dooley” which later became a major hit by The Kingston Trio and started what many of us call the “Great Folk Scare.” Read More…

Memory Lane

Whether you lived through it or not the folk revival of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s was an amazing time in musical history. In this area (read that Cambridge) we were lucky enough to have a wonderful document of the era in Baby Let Me Follow You Down. Originally published in 1979 it was assembled by Eric Von Schmidt and Jim Rooney, two of the key figures in the New England folk revival. I say assembled because it is constructed from interviews with nearly all of the folks behind the legendary Club 47, Newport Folk Festival and everything else that happened back then. Read More…

Tune in to win concert tickets!

All this week, August 4th-8th, between 6am and 10am,  we will be giving away tickets to see Marcia Ball at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday August 8th!   Tune in all summer long for chances to win tickets to other music events as well!

Perry’s Top Song and Album Picks of 2013

Perry’s WUMB BEST SONGS of/for 2013–in no particular order

In the past two years, my “Top 10” songs of the year grew to 38 and last year 40 songs.  Maybe I’ve gotten more disciplined for this last year…only 35 songs and 30 artists.  So we’ll call it my Top 35.  Without stressing about setting them in order, here they are.  Enjoy.  And thanks for listening.  Feel free to spread the word about WUMB.   Happy New Year…

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Virtual Concerts

As I write this, I have a miserable cold. You know the one. You’ve probably have it, had it or will have it shortly. And to make matters worse, one of my old friends is playing a show at Club Passim tomorrow night, and I really don’t want to spread my germs around, so I’m going to stay home. But am I going to miss the show? Of course not. I’m going to attend virtually.

Many of the shows from Club Passim, and many other venues are being streamed live as they happen, and, for a modest “ticket price,” you can enjoy the event from the comfort of your own computer. In addition to Passim, clubs across the country, from Caffe Lena in Upstate New York to Freight & Salvage in California are offering shows as well. Is it as good as being there? Of course not, but it is cheaper than a flight from Boston to Berkley. Read More…

Van Ronk Return

We sit at the precipice of what could be a new appreciation of the Folk Music Revival.   Yes, an appreciation of that Folk Music Revival—of the 1960’s.  This has been preceded by what some have called a contemporary folk revival, that of young bands over the last few years from Mumford & Sons to the Stray Birds who incorporate “old timey” instrumentation. Read More…

The Perfect Gift…

It’s that indecision time of the year. What do you get for who? Or is that whom? Of course, the perfect gift for everyone on your list is a WUMB membership, but what if you’ve already done that? Well, I have a suggestion. Read More…

In-Studio Surprises–How’d They Come Up With That?

Late September and mid-to-late October met in a convergence of long pursued goals for me.  I moved to an area I’d coveted for years.  Then the Red Sox made it to and through the post-season.

During this process, I cracked open a box marked “books” and was greeted with W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass.  This is a collection of short stories set in professional Baseball, some in the Major Leagues and many in the Minor Leagues.  Some of the stories even center around Baseball.  But mostly, the characters bounce off the subject like a ground ball on a pock-marked infield before rolling into another area of life.

Thinking about this led to one more confluence of excitement: the Red Sox’ world series run to re-discovering The Thrill of the Grass to what was then the upcoming visit of Greg Brown to WUMB (Friday November 1st).  Greg’s song Laughing River would have fit right in with The Thrill of the Grass.  Getting to play Major League Baseball is such a classic dream.  Like with all dreams, the work it takes to get there can run up against the ultimate question, “is it worth it?”  As in the character of Laughing River who, after 20 years in the Minor Leagues and never making it to “The Show” (a nickname for the Major Leagues) decides he’s better off trading in his old bat for a fishing pole.  Goodbye to paying dues, it’s time to enjoy doing nothing…just fishing, gardening, visiting friends, playing with the kids.  Oh, if only we could reap a decent salary doing that, eh?   Read More…