WUMB March Program Guide

From the Studio

Did You Know…..with Brendan Hogan

Did you know that Bobby Bland – one of the great Memphis soul/blues singers of B.B. King’s generation who passed away at the end of June at the age of 83 – recently discovered that fellow Memphis bluesman James Cotton is his half brother? Cotton is still making great music with the release of his new record “Cotton Mouth Man”, which you can hear throughout the week on WUMB.

Summer has arrived!

Summer makes you feel life’s possibilities:  Places to go, events to experience, outdoor activities to participate in.  Even just taking a leisurely walk in the early evening is kind of exhilarating.  It’s light until the 8 o’clock hour—how great is that?!?

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Traditional Folk with John Gersh

Trad Folk once again blurs the lines between vintage blues, bluegrass, old-time country, country and western, western swing, honky-tonk, hillbilly, rockabilly, truck driving songs and more!  Read More…

Dark Was the Night

Tune in Saturday, June 10th!  I will be celebrating my 10th year in radio. During the 10pm hour I will play and talk about songs that got me interested in blues, roots and songwriter, inspiring me into my career.

See you there!
-Brendan Hogan
Dark Was the Night
Saturday 8p-Midnight


Did you know:
Memphis blues guitarist Pat Hare – who had one of the first distorted electric guitar sounds on record – recorded a song in 1954 at Sun Studio called “I’m Gonna Murder My Baby”, and in 1963 he did just that. Hare shot dead his girlfriend and a responding Chicago police officer and spent the rest of his life in prison

Dark Was the Night

– Did you know Little Walter was a big part of Muddy Waters’ electrified Chicago blues sound in the early 50s, but decided to front his own group when a patron in a bar tipped Little Walter less than the rest of Muddy’s band? We’ll celebrate the music of Walter in recognition of his birthday on 5/1.

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Happy Birthday to Mr. Dylan!

May has got to be one of my favorite months in the year for so many reasons…too many to mention here.  On top of the obvious weather references May is a darn fine month for musical birthdays as well.  Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and more all call May their month….but on the 24th it’s the birthday of Bob Dylan.

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Troubled Times – New Recordings from North of the Border

In just the last couple of months new albums have arrived from three of my favorite Canadian Singer/Songwriters. All three arrived with basically the same message: recorded after suffering some troubled times.

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New from Traditional Folk

Traditional Folk (Sundays 9pm – Midnight) is ramping up!  Our intrepid volunteer, Kathy, has now loaded 1500 cool vintage, mostly hillbilly, recordings into the WUMB library, and more are coming!

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Sandy Sheehan’s Traditional Folk – Featuring Jon Gersh

In the last few months we’ve added almost 1400 new (old) songs to the “Traditional Folk” music library!  Read More…

Poetry, Baseball and Music

Check me on this, but my sources tell me that April is National Poetry Month.  OK, “sources” is a former boss of mine who told me of this in 2004.   Besides that, a couple of events make me take note of it.

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