WUMB July Program Guide

From the Studio

Holly Celebrates Birthdays for Two Blues Greats

On July 1 we celebrate the birthdays of Blues greats, James Cotton and Willie Dixon, both born on the same day 20 years apart. Dixon was not only a noted bass player, but a prolific writer and penned many of the classic Blues tunes that we know today such as, “I Can’t Quit You Baby”, “Back Door Man” and “Spoonful” to name a few. Read More…

A New Music Recommend from Gail

Here’s a new album that I want to tell you about.

Runa, an Irish American band, celebrating their tenth year together, has released a 6th album, Ten, The Errant Night. Read More…

The Local Music Corner – Summer’s Here!!!!!!!!!!

One of the many things that resonate about Summer – besides the lack of snow shoveling and actually needing less hot water in the shower – is the Summer Song.  You know, a song that puts you in that Summer state of mind and goes on to give you sense-memories of the time.  I have one to nominate for this year.  Read More…

David Allan Coe

Friends, you know I take requests on the Dixie Bee Line.  Well, I’ve got some fans up on the north shore of Massachusetts that I know always give particularly interesting requests.  So when they asked for David Allan Coe, I said sure!  No problem. Read More…

Mavis Staples is 80!

We’re living in a unique time where many heritage artists of the past 50-60 years are still creating vibrant music well into later life. It’s a remarkable thing to hear artists like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Leonard Cohen (before he passed at age 82 in 2016), continue to hone and define their sound decades after they first shared it with the world. Read More…

Hillbilly Summer

Now I know the singer/songwriter Greg Klyma as a fairly serious fan of Hank Williams Sr.  As am I!  So when I mentioned to Greg that if he ever felt like doing some serious Hank on the Dixie Bee Line, well, he’d be welcome.  Lo and behold, he said, how about June 1st?   Well, OK!   Read More…

The Local Music Corner

‘Tis the season! There are threats of summer breaking out. And very soon the sun itself (i.e., the calendar) will proclaim it to officially be Summer. It must be time to take the snow shovel and ice scraper out of the car. Read More…

May Flowers on WUMBs Morning Show

May is one of the most exciting 31 days of the year as far as important music-related birthdays go. As a radio host and producer I become giddy when I see a list of names like we have to dig in to for the month: Judy Collins and Little Walter (5/1), Pete Seeger and James Brown (5/3), Robert Johnson (5/8), Donovan (5/10), Stevie Wonder (5/13), Big Joe Turner (5/18), Pete Townsend (5/19), Bob Dylan (5/24), T-Bone Walker, Gladys Knight, and John Fogerty (5/28). The list goes on! All of these artists and their work will be featured on WUMB, either during the weekday or weekend programming. Sometimes both! Read More…

Hello Blackbird, Hello Starling, Winter’s Over, Be My Darling

April has always been one of my favorite months. Usually, the snow is gone and the trees turn green. The whole idea of knowing that I won’t need to leave the house with a coat on a regular basis at some point soon makes me so happy.

One of the other things that I love about April is Record Store Day. If you’ve seen any pictures of my apartment on social media, you’ll know that my place is filled with lots of “collectible” things from my years in music and traveling. Any time I catch wind of “limited edition,” “one off,” or “numbered,” I’m like Pavlov’s Dog, surreptitiously on my phone trying to assess the availability, price point, & projected happiness generated by procuring said item. Upon thinking about this more, I probably should set up a matrix of price vs. happiness. My $6 box of Little Feminist magnets consistently bring me more daily joy than my $8000 car…but that’s another post for another day. Read More…

Concerts, Local Music…and PORCHFEST!

Hello, my fellow music fans. Before we get to the Local Music Corner, I just want to share with you that as I write this, I am still feeling the glow of two fantastic live shows WUMB was part of. Our member concert at the Belleville Church in Newburyport last April 13th with The Seldom Scene was a combination of superlative musicianship, goosebump-inducing harmonies, and disarming humor that brought everyone into the circle. And despite expecting it, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic’s performance at the April 18th 3rd Thursday At The Burren show was…wow. After the radio broadcast portion of the show they played a few songs for the people who attended in person. That included one song where the band got off the stage and walked around the audience, playing with no microphones. Read More…