WUMB September Program Guide

From the Studio

Big Time in Amsterdam

Summer is my favorite time of the year, although, I tend not to get too much time off. I’m not especially bothered by the lack of vacation as getting around is so much easier between reasonable weather & light traffic. My slow time will kick in post Labor Day. So, I’m hoping to have a solid 6 weeks of hiding before all of the year end stuff starts. Read More…

September Sighs – Local Music Events to Have You Looking Forward to September

September already…sigh. I guess it’s time to reflect on our summer highlights. Music-wise, I think of seeing Australia’s The Waifs (or WAiFS from their early days, which probably stands for Western Australian Folk Singers). I’ve been curious about them for about 15 years; they’ve been a band for most of 27. The Waifs are really big in Australia. How big? In Boston, we’d refer to them as “Yuuuuge!” Yes, with the extra “u’s.” They play for thousands Down Under. Read More…

Louisiana Swings on the Dixie Bee Line!

For the last few years there has been a growing cabal of terrific musicians in and around Lafayette Louisiana that have been putting out great, authentic, old-style, hard-core Country Music.  You might know some of these names, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Joel Savoy, Caleb Klauder, Courtney Granger, to name a few.  Read More…

The Influence and Legacy of Hank Williams Sr. on the 96th Anniversary of His Birth

Hank Williams Sr.’s life is a tale of incredible talent, artistic vision, influence, and career success. His songs and recordings have influenced many of the giants of 20th (and 21st) century songwriting, from Bob Dylan to Merle Haggard, Chuck Berry to Norah Jones. Williams’ life was also one fraught with pain and addiction, ultimately leading to his lonely demise in the back seat of a Cadillac at the age of 29. Read More…

Folk Tales for the Dog Days….

I’ve got some lively Folk Tales to get you through the dog days of August. On the 3rd, it’s a colorful look at Irish music’s most influential fiddler and first recording star, Michael Coleman, followed on the 10th by rock’s folksy grandpa, rockabilly. Read More…

The Local Music Corner

Hi there! How’s your sunscreen supply so far? Oh, I love outdoor summer music. Three years ago, my jaw dropped at the notion of Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, and Sara Watkins teaming up. The potential harmonies and the potent musicianship between them – “I hope they tour, I hope they tour,” I thought. Read More…

White Owls at the Fallout Shelter

Like many WUMB listeners, I believe deeply in the importance of celebrating and supporting live local music. We have often lamented the closing of music venues around Boston and in other towns.  Read More…

King of the Hillbilly Piano Players

As I look back over my old playlists from the Dixie Bee Line (every Saturday night from 9 – Midnight Eastern time) the one most consistently played artist jumps out as Moon Mullican.  Indeed, I have a ton of his material.  Thing is, it’s all good.  Read More…

August Is Blues Festivals Month!

August is the primary month for Blues festivals here in New England. It’s a great time to eat some fun food, gather with the family, taste some libations and of course hear some amazing music. It’s also a perfect showcase for both local talent and national acts that come directly to you…. Read More…

On Celtic Twilight this Month

I found a new release called We Banjo 3, which has a fun, summery vibe. The music is an amalgam of Americana, folk, bluegrass and Celtic. Read More…