WUMB August Program Guide

From the Studio

Dylan Goes Electric!

Evolution or revolution? Much like the question of nature vs. nurture, it is often hard to tell for sure. Often it is some of each. That is certainly the case with the subject of Elijah Wald’s new book: Dylan’s electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival fifty years ago. Was it a masterstroke by a visionary poet/singer or was it the natural evolution of both Dylan as an artist and the Newport Folk Festival itself. Read More…

You Don’t Have To Be a Dead Head

“It was right around the day that Jerry died, was the day it seemed my life had just begun…”

So begins the song Mexico 1995 by Asheville, North Carolina band Tellico on their debut release RELICS AND ROSES.  The song is singer Anya Hinkle’s look back at her four month trip from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back, mostly by bus and mostly by herself.  It’s a compelling enough story of an eye-opening journey to a different world, a profound contrast following her college experience.  Yet there was something about the song’s title and the “Jerry” reference (Garcia) that made it more potent.

That missing factor became apparent one night during the first week of July.  I was listening to World Café on WUMB that night.  Host David Dye was talking with author David Browne about his book, So Many Roads – The Life And Times of the Grateful Dead.  Then it hit me.  This August 9th would mark 20 years since Jerry Garcia passed away.  It’s funny how when you put a significant anniversary to an event, the memory windows open by themselves.

Love them or hate them, you don’t have to be a Dead Head to appreciate the Grateful Dead’s impact on musical culture.  Coming from a background of Jug Band, Blues, and Bluegrass music, they morphed into an entity all their own as a touring machine–an extended family of employees, friends…and of course, fans.  Then again, to merely call Dead Heads “fans” is a colossal understatement. Read More…

Programming Changes

As I’m writing this it’s the end of July and we’re heading into August.  I really hope you’re having a great Summer and I wanted to keep you informed on some Programming changes that we’ve made over the last few weeks.

First I’d like to officially welcome Brendan Hogan as our new Morning Show host.  Brendan has been with the station for a few years now and the one thing I’ve noticed is just how passionate he is about sharing music with people.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever worked with a host in my 15 year radio career who’s so passionate and enthusiastic.  The Morning Show with Brendan Hogan won’t be filled with zany bits or incessant ranting about our local sports teams…just music.  Brendan’s knowledge runs extremely deep so you’ll hear older songs, newer music, local artists and much more.  I hope you’ll tune in and give him a listen!  I’d also like to wish Dominick Indindoli the best!  He’s been our Morning Show host for the last year or so and Dominick is moving on to other opportunities and we wish him well!

I’d like to take this time to welcome Jackie Brush as our new host of A-Train!  Just like I mentioned earlier, the key word is “passion”.  Jackie has been involved with radio to one degree or another for many years and I know she’s very excited about joining WUMB.  Each Sunday morning from 8am-12pm she’ll be featuring Jazz, Soul, R&B and more from artists like John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Van Morrison and many more.

Lastly I’d like to welcome Danielle Miraglia to WUMB as well!  Danielle is a terrific local musician but she also has demonstrated a deep love and knowledge of all kinds of music.  She’s going to be filling in on air from time to time!

Whether you’ve been listening for many years or you’ve just found us, I really appreciate you listening and supporting WUMB.  I’m here for your feedback as well…you can reach me at jay.moberg@umb.edu.  Thank you and have a terrific August!

 

Steve Tilston

How often do you get to see Al Pacino portray one of your friends in a movie? Actually the story is a little more complex than that, but I’ll try to be brief.

You probably remember Steve Tilston. Brilliant guitarist, much honored songwriter with 20 plus albums to his credit, and a former instructor at WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week. In 1971 Steve, then a 20 year old artist at the start of his career, was interviewed by ZigZag, an English music magazine. That interview was read by none other than John Lennon, who was inspired to write a letter to Steve. It was addressed to Steve and the writer who conducted the interview care of the magazine. It never reached either. Suspicion is that someone in the ZigZag office sold the letter and, for all intents and purposes, it was lost for some 34 years. Read More…

Perry’s A-Train Jazz/Soul Odyssey

The long adventure is almost over. After seven weeks of unexpectedly filling in for A-Train, it’s time for me to hand the reigns over to a new full-time host starting in July.

It’s been said in so many words that The Unexpected can provide moments you flourish in. Each week of hosting A-Train (Sundays 8am to Noon) has been a bit of a surprise. For instance, on the third week I stared at my prospective song list on Friday morning–still with major holes to fill–and waited for inspiration to hit. Something finally sparked the creative juices… and I wound up with a good show. Phew! Read More…

New Programming at WUMB

A-Train welcomes Jackie Brush!

Minnesota born and raised Jackie Brush has been “radio-active” from the very beginning. Fast-forward 34 years, and Boston has become her not-so-new home. Whether at WCDJ, The Oasis, or at MAGIC 106.7 as the host of “Sunday Morning Jazz”, jazz has been the one constant format in her vast experience in broadcasting. In July 2015 Jackie will become the host of WUMB’s “A-Train”, airing on Sundays from 8am – noon.

 

The Morning Show with Brendan Hogan

The Morning Show with Brendan Hogan has a strong emphasis on curating the music.  We dig into the history and background of artists ranging from Emmylou Harris to Robert Johnson to Joni Mitchell, new, independent, and local music and more.  No “morning zoo” antics, just listening to good music, talking and learning about it. We also offer occasional in-studio performances, artist interviews, and special features throughout the show.

 

Who is Dave Cobb?

If you’re like me, there are probably multiple components to the process of making music that fascinate you.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, I have always been fascinated by the role of the Producer (in fact, I’ve written many an article just like this about my fascination).  One producer whose name is surfacing more than any other these days is Dave Cobb.

Who is Dave Cobb?  Well…simply put he’s a musician who turned Producer.  He was born in Georgia and now resides in West Nashville.  When you hear him talk about music he’s incredibly passionate.  He likes to talk about his influences of the classic country he was raised on, and would eventually pursue as a career until he realized he never really liked being on the road.  The way he describes it now is that he gets to be a part of many bands.  He has the ability to work with various styles while keeping a home base where he lives with his family. Read More…

The Elusive Jackson C. Frank

You probably don’t know the name Jackson C. Frank, and there’s really no reason you should, but please read on anyway.

He recorded one obscure album in 1965 and, even though he was an American, it was recorded in England. If you know any of his songs it is because, like me, you are an Anglophile. Everyone on the British folk scene knows a couple of his songs, but they are usually reserved for late night parties after the gig. Perhaps you remember his best known song “Blues Run the Game” because it was recorded by Simon & Garfunkel. Really it was. Maybe you heard Laura Marling’s recording of it, but didn’t associate it with Jackson. Just recently, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists sang it at the concert called “Another Day, Another Time, Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis”.  Yes, it is on the soundtrack album you may have received as a thank you gift during our Spring Member Drive.  Read More…

WUMB Sunday Morning with Perry Persoff

May is a big birthday month for me:
May 1st is my “birthday”/anniversary in Boston (“what brought you to Boston,” people ask me; “my Honda” is my usual response).
May is my “birthday”/anniversary month at WUMB–can you believe it, four years.
And there is one more birthday in May for me…oh right, the biological birthday.

Not that it was designed this way, but the timing almost seems to point to something new.  And Sunday May 3rd from 6-8am, I will be hosting a new show on WUMB. Read More…

Les Blank: Blues Documentarian

I came late to the world of streaming video. I don’t watch TV much these days, and I’ve never really been much of a movie goer. I suddenly became interested when someone mentioned to me that they had watched “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins” on Hulu.

This is the first of the fabulous documentaries of filmmaker Les Blank. Whether you are a blues fan or not, this one is truly worth your time. Hopkins, perhaps the definitive Texas blues-man, is an intriguing character, but you also get a look and how Blank works his way into the life of Lightnin’, who agreed to the project without much enthusiasm. Hopkins’ only stipulation at the beginning was that Les not get in the way. Read More…