WUMB February Program Guide

From the Studio

maxresdefaultWhen someone occasionally asks me “what’s the best part of your job?”, I always answer them honestly with “I get my hands on new music before anyone else!”.  Usually WUMB will receive albums well ahead of release dates by weeks and sometimes even months.  Not long ago (think 2014) Lucinda Williams released a double album titled Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.  It was an incredibly bold album that showcased her amazing songwriting while also showcasing her skills as an independent songwriter.  Yes, you heard correctly…Lucinda Williams started her own record label Highway 20 Records.  Having built a reputation that has been perceived as occasionally combative in the studio, Lucinda started this label with the intent of putting her own material without a major label having an opinion.

The results are intriguing.  Not even two years later Lucinda is back with yet another double album, the appropriately titled Ghosts of Highway 20.  What does that title reflect?  Does it mean they’re songs that previously didn’t make the cut?  Hardly.  The album is spread out over two discs but only total 14 songs.  What she demonstrates on the record is the ability to draw out a song without being self-indulgent.  The average length is probably somewhere in the 5:30 range.  Some songs are normal length, some reach the 12:00 mark.

This isn’t the kind of album you’ll constantly be tapping your foot to, but I think is a great demonstration of an artist who is confident enough not to care.  It’s a tremendous record to have in the car or perhaps at home with headphones on.  Sink in, listen, and dig deep.

We’ll be playing more tracks from this gorgeous album starting this week and you can purchase it starting February 5th.

-Jay Moberg

Sally Fingerett- The Mental Yentl: Stories from a Lifelong Student of Crazy

Do you remember Sally Fingerett, a talented singer/songwriter from the Midwest? If you do it was probably as a part of Four Bitchin’ Babes. She was a founder member along with Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough and Patty Larkin. Though members came and went Sally was a constant with this performing aggregation. (If you ever saw them you’ll know why I didn’t want to call them a band.) Read More…

December Programming News

The Holiday Season is officially upon us!   I hope you’ve given a listen to Jess Phaneuf!  She’s our new nighttime host and she’ll be on from 7-10pm Monday through Friday.  She’s got incredible passion for music and loves sharing it…if you haven’t yet, give her a listen!

Guest Mix is ready to return.  It’s been quite an undertaking to launch a brand new show literally from scratch here.  It should be ready to launch sometime in December, so stay tuned for details.  This is a perfect example of what your donations to WUMB go to.  We’re not looking to purchase a fancy new state of the art piece of equipment.  We’re not trying to invest your dollars into future fundraising.  We’re doing what we always say during the Fundraiser which is “your dollars go back to Programming”.  Because of your generosity we’ve been able to gather the resources dedicated to launching a new show.  I’m proud of it, I’m proud of how we spend our money, and I hope you’ll listen to Guest Mix with Dave Palmater when it launches next month! Read More…

Homecoming

jritAs I sit here shoveling down hot oatmeal on a cold evening, that duality about the cold comes to mind.  There is the shivering chill that makes you pile on another coat in the house (while also living in fear of the heating bill).  Then you have the outside cold air we call “crisp,” which feels invigorating.  Sometimes that invigoration brings out a pro-active sensibility in us.  Call it the excitement or adventure of coming change.  That could be something as simple as the change of season.  Or as profound as a major change you’ve been building towards (a move, new job, marriage, new purchase…).  Like Bilbo Baggins suddenly feeling the flame of adventure well up inside him as he leaves The Shire in The Hobbit, that “invigorating” crisp air can encourage us to embrace life’s ventures more…proactively.

Of course, I could probably put this better if I were, say, a good songwriter.  And as we take your votes for WUMB’s Album Of the Year (up to December 15th), that leads me to one of my Songs Of the Year. Read More…

A-Train

Every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, things begin to swing at WUMB when Jackie Brush takes The A Train to bring you the very best of jazz, blues and R&B:  “My love of tearl-hineshis music is in my DNA, a natural born radio brat – I grew up listening to great Jazz my Dad played on the radio.  Fortunately for me my Dad took his job home with him.  In our house if the radio wasn’t on the record player was.  Jack Brush got his start as a DJ down south.  He’d tell tales of meeting Louis Armstrong, Earl “Fatha” Hines,  Ella Fitzgerald and so many more.”
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Traditional Folk

If you like your folk music old-time, with a bit of swing and a country twang, be sure to tune in to Traditional Folk on Sunday nights from 9:00pm to midnight.  Each week Jon Gersh spins a wide variety of songs that he has gathered under a big tent he calls “Mondo hillbilly… vintage blues, bluegrass, old time country, country and western, western and swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly, truck driving and drinking songs.”  Other weekly features include Jon’s Worst Country Song, new album previews, and special features on all kinds of vintage and modern old-time and traditional country music. Read More…

It’s a Big Ol’ Goofy World

I am happy to report that I have not turned into a ginger plant.
Between the week I battled a nasty virus and the following ten days – which was our Fall Fundraiser – I seemed to subsist on hand sanitizer and ginger tea. Does anyone have nightmares of morphing into a ginger plant? Just getting that thought must be an indication that Halloween remains in the air…

At this time we do find ourselves steadily traversing the orange brick road between Halloween and Thanksgiving. On that road, we will no doubt encounter reminders of songs we associate with certain times, episodes, and even specific people. Funny how music does that, eh? A bunch of those connections came at me very unexpectedly on October 25th… Read More…

Changes in the Air(waves) at WUMB!

WUMB 91.9 FM, UMass Boston’s full-format folk, roots and world music radio station, is very pleased to announce some changes in its Fall programming line-up.   There will be a new voice on air, and a familiar voice at a new time. Read More…

Return of the Night Owl

Thank you, Willie Nelson, writer of “The Night Life.”

Summer ended for me with a sudden return to “The Night Life”.  With wacky work schedules over the years, I have not had a night life in recent memory.  Buoyed by the pleasant warmth of late summer nights, this was like a burst of ice cream after a period of austere dieting.

More specifically, it was a return to the (Night) Club Life.  This started with one night that began at a paid show at Johnny D’s in Somerville; from there I walked to a cover-free Toad in neighboring Cambridge, then stopped in at The Burren pub in Somerville while walking back to where I’d started.  The spirited live music kept my own spirits elevated.  And who knows, maybe that “benefits of light exercise” thing was also at work, thanks to these three venues being within a 20 minute walk.  The next day my quad’s were complaining–what, do I have to stretch before taking a walk?  But the rest of me wanted more live music.  So I went out another couple of nights that week.  Thankfully, there are music clubs open past Midnight and bands doing later sets.  This is important when you work until 10 or 11pm!    Read More…

The WUMB Music Meeting

There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t get numerous questions from WUMB Members sent my way.  It usually ends up being the proverbial Whitman’s Sampler of questions like “What year did that song come out?”, “who was the singer in the background?”, or “I’ve never heard that song…where do I find it?”  All of course are excellent questions and I never mind answering them…but one of the most popular questions I get is “How do you select your music?”.  So with that, I figured maybe pulling back the curtain and explaining how we select our music might be an interesting topic. Read More…