WUMB January Program Guide

From the Studio

Dolly Parton in the Podsphere

I was excited when I realized that Dolly Parton’s 74th birthday would arrive on January 19, 2020, giving me a perfect opportunity to explore her music during a Sunday Morning Brew show falling on the same day. Like many others, I suspect, her “Jolene” was a critical gateway to a then-unfamiliar portion of the country music spectrum—a fusion of Appalachia, pop, traditional country, and bluegrass. Read More…

Musical Ramblings Looking Back…Then Forwards Into The New Year/Decade

A happy line in the Cosmic Sand to you! Amidst resolving to stop leaving my cell phone on the car seat to fall undetected on the pavement after I open the door (and if I’m lucky, find it after panicking enough to lose weight via stress), I discovered how nice it would be if certain of my neighbors would pick up after their dogs. “Boot clean up on Aisle 2!” They should get together with the neighbors who regularly park in the middle of the curb in front of the house – where otherwise, two cars can comfortably fit.

And a ranting New Year to you as well! Join in…let’s get the rants out of our systems together. Read More…

Rock ’n’ Roll TV’s Greatest Moment!

Another year has ended as well as, in this case, a decade and 56 years later we still celebrate the day The Beatles arrived in America in February, 1964.

But the hysteria began to really seep into the heads of the youth of America, myself included, in January, 1964! Read More…

Evolution of Western Swing from Jazz: The Tenor Banjo

The Dixie Bee Line Visits the Birth of Western Swing!

In the earlier days of jazz right into the 1930’s, there were no amplifier, no microphones. We take all this for granted today, but back in those days if you wanted to be heard over a raucous band and dance hall, you had to be LOUD! The singers of those days tended to be able to bellow, a far different sound from the “crooners” of later years thus enabled by electrification. The vaudeville sound, if you will. Read More…

As Time Passes, So Quickly

Until Albert said something to me over the air, I didn’t even connect the dots that the new year meant a new decade this time around. My head is spinning just a bit because 1997 doesn’t really seem that long ago.

Anyway…

New year, new decade, lots to look forward to. Before I jump feet first into 2020, I wanted to take stock of just how amazing things were in 2019 from a musical perspective. Read More…

Brendan’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

Happy New Year! It was another great year of music, and as usual we as a staff at WUMB have been reflecting back on our top albums of the year. Each Saturday at 1 PM in the month of January, WUMB weekday on-air hosts will be playing our favorite music releases of 2019 as we take turns hosting episodes of Guest Mix. I was up first, and these are my picks: Read More…

Folk Tales Celebrates Pete Seeger

Folk Tales bookends January with Pete Seeger tributes, honoring the legendary folksinger’s 101st birthday, January 27. On the 4th, a Pete Seeger Birthday Special, including a revealing look at how he got the whole world singing along. Read More…

Happy New Year from H61

-hello again and Happy New Year/decade!! anyone remember what they were up to right about now 10 years ago at the turn of 2010? I thought not…a New Year is usually a time for resolutions, and we at H61 Inc. resolve to continue to do our absolute best each and every weekend of 2020… Read More…

HILLBILLY CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA, Sat. Dec 21, 2019 9PM – Midnite

As hard as it is to believe it’s here again, the Hillbilly Christmas Extravaganza is back the Saturday before Christmas, 12/21 at 9PM Eastern.  For the first few years of this idiosyncratic undertaking, we couldn’t fill three hours with Christmas songs!   We would fill in with the occasional “stretches,” such as fiddle tunes named “Breaking Up Christmas” or “Frosty Morn.”  Oh, we might still do a few like that…since the fiddle is still king on the Dixie Bee LineRead More…

A Night With Touches of Kismet and…The Local Music Corner

Before I get properly into our local music scene’s happenings, is not the radio station in your ears a local outpost at the time you are listening? I do hope you caught The Small Glories’ in-studio performance at WUMB early in November. The Small Glories are Canadians Cara Luft (one of the original founders of the Wailin’ Jennys) and JD Edwards. They’ve been recording together since 2015. Their new album, The Assiniboine & The Red, is their second full-length record. Once we got them comfortably into the studio they regaled us with three songs full of passion, harmonies, and humorous conversation between the songs. It was interesting to watch Cara sing on her tip-toes to push out the emotion on the first song. Read More…