WUMB April Program Guide

From the Studio

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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Acoustic Sunrise with Dave Palmater

You might be wondering what’s up with Sunday mornings and Acoustic Sunrise. Well, I have to admit that I’ve had a ball digging back into the dark, dusty (and I do mean DUSTY!) corners of the WUMB music library, for songs, and artists that, at least I, haven’t heard for a very long time. It’s amazing what you find when you delve into the back catalog of folks like the Bills (Morrissey, Miller, and Staines… not the band formerly called the Bill Hilly Band… though them too,) or the Toms (Rush, Paxton and Dundee.) Read More…

Dark Was the Night

- Saturday, 4/6 on “Dark Was the Night”: In recognition of National Poetry Month, I’ll feature poetry in song during the 10 PM hour from early blues, country, and rock ‘n’ roll musicians, as well as from singer/songwriters and some spoken word recordings. Read More…

Perry’s Album Surprise of the Month

Let me be the fifth person to echo this: there are so many highly anticipated new albums coming out now or since early February.  Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell’s first project together since the ‘70’s , Billy Bragg’s first studio album in five years, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle.  It’s like a musical version of colorful flowers blooming together in bursts.  Yes, I am still enthusiastic about these projects. Read More…

Did you know….

“Did you know that Jimmy Reed’s wife, Mama Reed, can be heard singing on several Jimmy Reed classics including, “Baby, What You Want Me to Do”, “Bright Lights, Big City”, and “Big Boss Man”? Mama wasn’t credited as a background singer, but she was there to help Jimmy remember the lyrics to his own songs.”

Thanks for listening!
-Brendan Hogan
Dark was the Night   Saturdays 8–Midnight