WUMB November Program Guide

From the Studio

IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO…


…November 25th,1968 when The Beatles’ self-titled album otherwise known as The White Album was released in the United States of America!

In honor of this momentous occasion and as a thank-you to all who pledged a commitment during our WUMB Fall Fundraiser, you are invited to our White Album Anniversary Party at The Hard Rock Café in Boston on the very day that The White Album was released back in 1968! Read More…

I’m not crying, I swear….

I read something recently about how people look to artists to make sense of the world. After watching the video for Neko Case’s “Last Lion of Albion”, I couldn’t agree more. The song itself ponders extinction, while the video demonstrates just how easy it is to let things slip away. The lion puppet in the video is very expressive as he moves through the landscape which changes from colorful to dark. No matter how times I’ve watched it, I still tear up at the end. Also, I am a cat person and it doesn’t take much for me to get emotional over any kind of feline…or animal, really. Read More…

YOU DON’T KNOW GEORGE

Aha!  You’re reading the Dixie Bee Line blog, so you must realize I mean George Jones.  😀  I still collect music obsessively, and even though most of my heroes are long gone, I still find things that really turn me on.  This is the case with George Jones.  I mean, I have some early George, but this album contains material from his early days, and I swear I just didn’t know George!  Read More…

Beloved Icons & Forgotten Legends

Folk Tales visits Emmylou Harris on November 3, including the perfect advice Pete Seeger gave a teenaged Emmylou, who worried she hadn’t suffered enough to sing folk songs. On November 10, a forgotten giant of early jazz, blues and popular music, from Storyville to Broadway, as performer, producer, publisher and hitmaker — Clarence Williams. Read More…

Farewell for now…

“San Diego Serenade” by Tom Waits is one of those great songs that takes the expression, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” and gives it a gut feeling. Funny, I used to think of that song from the perspective of California…from where I came from. Now after 21 years in Boston, the tables are turned. Two years after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, I found myself walking along Boylston Street in Boston thinking that if you’ve been here more than a few years, you can’t wash this town out of your skin. Now in the last few days I’ve found myself looking at various places in the area and thinking…I’m going to miss this place. Read More…

Ode to Cotton Eyed Joe

Friends, I’ve been doing hillbilly on the radio for many years. Sometimes you just wonder if anyone’s listening! I know, you guys turn out at fund-raising time, and I love you for it, believe me. But once in a great while I get a letter like this, and it really makes my day. Read More…

Must Be the Season of the Witch

For as much as I love summer, I will tip my hat to October. It’s cool enough to get cozy but not so cold that you need to think too much about what you’re wearing before you leave the house. Read More…

All About October on H61

-hard to believe it’s October ALREADY, soon the leaves will have to be raked, the heat will be an issue, and those Saturday mornings will not be quite as nice as they have been, but…H61 soldiers on, finishing September strong with our back-to-back covers feature…our second! and looks to be more… Read More…

Le Bon Temps Rouler, Le Bon Temp Hootenanny, Texas Troubadours & the Birth Of the Blues

Folk Tales begins a busy September on the 1st with Nanci Griffith, the Texas songwriter who helped reinvent the folk career after the ‘60s revival. September 8, we two-step next door to Cajun country, and how their rollicking good-time music became the blood-brother of the blues. Read More…

Golden Brown Texture Like Sun

Summer’s winding down. Even if I wasn’t looking at a calendar, I can just feel it – the slight drop in temperature in the morning, the dip in humidity at night. For some people, the seasonal transition signals back to school or back to a regular work routine. For me, it indicates I need to get serious about plotting my annual escape to a snow-free place in January or February, preferably one with coastal sage or Manuka trees. Regardless of the subtle temperature shifts, it’s still technically summer until September 21. I’ll just keep wearing my sandals and enjoying all the summer music until further notice. Read More…