WUMB October Program Guide

From the Studio

Easing Into Fall on H61

-soooo…it being the first of September, I gather, according to meteorologists, it is now officially autumn…which means it’s a tad easier to come into work Saturday mornings to host Highway 61 Revisited without feeling like I’m missing out on the good weather…which also explains why we’ve found more of you good people tune in for the repeat Sunday evenings during June/July/August… Read More…

Local Folk Alert!

We spent some time with Rhode Island bands on Sunday Aug 5th.  On August 12th we’ll look at what I humbly think are some of the best new releases by area bands so far in 2018. Read More…

Folk Tales Goes Full-Tilt Hootenanny

August marks a new milestone for Folk Tales. On the 11th and 18th, we’ll air our first Folk Tales/WUMB Members Concert, “A Pete Seeger Hootenanny,” starring Alastair Moock, Antje DuvekotDanielle Miraglia, and Dinty Child honoring Seeger’s spirit with a rafter-raising show. Read More…

1969 – The End of the Beginning, or The End of the Innocence?

One Year at a Time takes a listen to 1969, stopping off in Woodstock, and traveling down south to sample the work of Duane Allman, up to the Dakotas for the eternal Peggy Lee, and finally out to San Francisco, to hear an influence on Led Zeppelin‘s first album that went uncredited for decades. Read More…

A Deep Well of Buck

It’s festival season in full swing!  Hardly a weekend goes by without some great live music… and radio, if you’re around!  One thing’s for sure, you won’t hear too many of the artists on the Dixie Bee Line at a festival any more!  But they did, and we visit lots of the old bands this month on Saturday nights from 9 to Midnight, right after Holly Spins the Blues.  Read More…

The Summer Of Love Returns 50 Years Later!

It’s been déjà vu all over again this summer as we find ourselves reliving “The Summer Of Love” 50 years later. Amazingly, The Beatles were leading the way then and now! Read More…

Business As Usual

For the record: I love summer. I love hot weather. I love the humidity. I intensely dislike air conditioning, snow, and ice…unless it’s floating in a glass of yellow Chartreuse. Green Chartreuse should always be served neat. Read More…

It’s 1968 Again On One Year At A Time!

For July we take a listen to 1968. The turmoil that hit the streets is reflected in the popular music of the year – but it wasn’t the only thing going on. Read More…

Myth and Mystery from Folk Tales

You might call July “Myth Month” at the Folk Tales corral. July 14, we dig into Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues,” and the eerie myth that he sold his soul to the Devil. On the 21st, the most famous folksinger you’ve never heard of, Derroll Adams, a minor player in the folk revival––so why did Donovan write songs about him? And on the 28th, the remarkable saga of the festival that started it all, decades before Newport––the National Folk Festival, a story full of twists, mysteries and surprising cameos by Zora Neale Hurston, W.C. Handy, and J. Edgar Hoover. Wait, what? Read More…

More Thoughts on Music as a Force For Healing and Why I Love The Boston Music Community

I suppose you would expect that I would tell you about something from one of my recent shows. But it’s something that happened on Albert O’s show just after me in the closing days of June. It’s something that encapsulates why I am glad to have commercial-free WUMB around. Albert’s show began with one of the many powerful songs from Mary Gauthier’s latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads, the track “I Got Your Six” (written by Mary Gauthier with Iraq War veterans Meghan Counihan and Britney Pfad ). It was followed by Tom Petty’s “Don’t Fade On Me.” Read More…