WUMB May Program Guide

From the Studio

Live Guests? That’s Different!

Greetings, all! As we careen into February I’ve been busy curating some pretty interesting shows. Digging deep into the archives of vintage hillbilly music from the dawn of recorded music in the 1920’s all the way to today… but mostly dead artists from before 1970, as always. With one very glaring exception… I’m bringing in some live guests on Feb 24th, Ben Wetherbee and Ruth Rappaport, a mother/son old-timey duet that is kicking some serious butt. Read More…

Goodness Gracious, Otis Blackwell!

February is Black History month in the US, and while every month is Black History month in my book, we on the Morning Show will pay particular attention to several artists and their significant  contributions to American (and global) culture throughout the month. Read More…

Another Great Month of Music on Celtic Twilight

On February 4 we honor Susan McKeown, Dublin-born singer/songwriter who celebrates a birthday this week. She initially studied opera before turning to folk and world music. Always unique, she has recorded an album of Yiddish and Irish folk songs with the Klezmatics as well as an original album exploring madness and mental illness.  Read More…

Tales That Need Telling

Folk Tales marks Black History Month with a couple of too-seldom-told tales. February 10, it’s the Civil Rights Movement’s front-line group, the Freedom Singers. February 17, the remarkable story of how one of the most important songs in American musical history became a ‘60s cliche, “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.” What we don’t know about that song matters so much more than what we think we know. Read More…

This Month on the Dixie Bee Line!

Brrr!! Happy New Year, all! So I had fun with the Christmas and New Years shows, hopefully you were able to catch them. But there’s plenty of red meat left for January… with these chilly winds you should stay in and listen to the radio 🙂 Read More…

Warming Up the New Year on Folk Tales

We’ll warm up the Folk Tales corral with some January fun, including visits with two of folkdom’s favorite legends, Tom Rush and Rosalie Sorrels; Fairport Convention, who put the British into British folk-rock; a birthday toast to Robert Burns; and some folk mysteries, like the classic song Joni Mitchell thought was “probably terrible;” why klezmer music is called “the blues of Europe;” the fiddler who’s one of Linda Ronstadt’s favorite singers; why Harry Belafonte thought Bob Dylan hated him––and what changed his mind after 40 years. Along with lots of great music, some old familiars and some surprises.

~Scott Alarik

Perry Persoff — Looking Back to Look Forward…

Funny how looking back – looking at what was – can be a springboard to going forward. I might get dinged in Logic Class for that sentiment. But of course, the poets would say, “but of course.” Read More…

Diving Deep on the Dixie Bee Line!

For some reason, I’ve taken a notion to go deep-catalog this December.  I mean REAL deep catalog… meaning, obscure stuff from the archives… odd-ball hillbilly music from the span of the 20th century.  Read More…

Midwinter at the Folk Tales Corral

We’ve started a WUMB holiday tradition with “A Midwinter Folk Tale,” which airs Saturday, December 23 at noon, Eastern. Explore the roots of our holiday rituals, what they say about the ancient people who created them, and about us today – along with lots of hot-chocolatey midwinter carols, and a few surprises, like Joan Baez’s curious connection to P.D.Q. Bach. Read More…

Ready for the Next Third Thursday Experience….

I’m a little embarrassed about how I know of our December “Third Thursday at the Burren” performers. Then again, they are sure to be happy that I am enthusiastic about them just the same. Read More…