WUMB March Program Guide

From the Studio

Mac Wiseman Month

Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  And thankfully, it was later.  Mac Wiseman, the voice with the heart passed away this February down in Tennessee at 93.  Anyone who has ever heard the Dixie Bee Line knows what a huge fan I am of Mac Wiseman, and I will really miss him.  Read More…

The Local Music Corner

Lots going on in Boston area/New England music. Let’s take a spin…. Read More…

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!  Read More…

Worth Their Musical Weight and Then Some…

Perhaps my two biggest passions are music and baseball. Both have at times been shown to be mini-microcosms of society. For example, with race relations. Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball pre-dated the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s by nearly 20 years. And in music, from the ‘20s on up…from early jazz to R&B, to folk to “race records” and rock & roll to Rap…the kids of all colors integrated the dance floors and clubs. Read More…

New Discovery

I like that I can still be surprised by music. Lately I’ve been falling down internet rabbit holes that have been bringing me to interesting places on the web. For example, a recent discovery (for me) came courtesy of a search for info about old archtop guitars. In true 21st century style I came across a short smart phone video (uploaded to YouKnow where) of a guy noodling/fingerpicking blues tunes on one of the guitars I’m investigating. His name is Peter Keane. Have you heard of him or his music? Read More…

Traditons…Traditions

‘Tis the season for them. As you ponder going for a cream cheese muffin to read this by, the most traditional Tradition at this time would be the New Year’s Resolution. Which reminds me, I think I am on track to start gradually weaning myself away from bread, and integrating more fruits & vegetables into my diet by next week. There is always hope. Read More…

When the Bells All Ring and the Horns All Blow

Time can be a weird concept. In December, when I was talking about all the new music coming out in early 2019, it seemed like 2019 was another galaxy far, far away. Now that it’s officially 2019 and I’m thinking about all the concerts I’m hoping to attend this summer…it just seems like I’ll be sitting in the stands in a sundress, clutching a new concert t-shirt in no time at all. Read More…

Happy New Year from the Morning Show!

2018 was a whirlwind of a year on WUMB, from dozens of live performances in our studios, to live concert broadcasts with Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson, and a year’s worth of Third Thursday shows each month. 2018 also saw the successful launch of WUMB’s first Blues Music Camp among the family of great WUMB Acoustic Music Camps that have been running for over 20 years. And let’s not forget the on-air programs that included the International Women’s Day, “Day of Dylan”, and Folk Tales marathons… all produced in-house! WUMB couldn’t do it without your support as Members, so thank you very much. Read More…

Moving into 2019 on H61

-Hello again and Happy New Year!! Seems strange to being THIS close to 2020 already…I have vivid memories of thinking the year 2001 (as in Space Odyssey) was far far away… Read More…

Deep Catalog Hillbilly

The winter doldrums are upon us!  I will use that as an excuse to go spelunking in the deep section of my hillbilly collection and bring you some really cool stuff that simply hasn’t been heard on the radio lately, if ever.  Hopefully some of you had a chance to catch the “Hillbilly Christmas” show last month, that was especially fun.  And all of you who joined WUMB or renewed your membership, THANK YOU!  It really means a lot to me to know there’s people out there who appreciate quirky 20th-century hillbilly music. Read More…