WUMB December Program Guide

From the Studio

Summer of the “Stockpiled” Songs

If we let ourselves go to that blissfully ignorant place of pure impulsive reaction, it can seem like an artist is stockpiling songs on us: playing songs on stage that stick with us – and are not on an album. Some artists appear to do this on a nearly regular basis. For example, it no longer surprises me for Robyn Hitchcock to perform a song that won’t appear on an album for two years.

Of course, the musicians are not really stockpiling songs to toy with us. Sometimes they have not created the right album or project for a song to fit on. We read of this sort of thing quite often. In the case of independent artists who don’t have the budget of a major label behind them, it probably means they simply have not had the money and/or time to record an album for that song you fell in love with two years ago…and cannot find on an album. Read More…

New Music for the Dixie Bee Line Comin’ Up!

I just got back from Western & Swing Camp at Ashokan with a whole lot of new tunes to share! I’ll curate them over the next several weeks and share them with you. Some great fiddlers were there including New Mexico Grand Master fiddler Junior Daugherty and Louisiana fiddlers Paul Anastasio and Kevin Wimmer, as well as the camp founder, Jay Ungar (of Ashokan Farewell fame.) Wow!

~ Jon

Got a Suggestion for Highway 61 Revisited?

Even the casual listener to H61 notices that on occasion we do special ‘themed’ shows. Annually we acknowledge Dylan’s birthday with four hours of Dylan songs and covers. We always do an all Christmas show. We’ve been known to broadcast all Valentine’s, Thanksgiving and July 4th as well. Not to mention, four hours of shows that focus on a specific year such as 1965 or ’66 or ’67. We’ve even done all Canadian broadcasts, all instrumental shows and the very popular long-song show as well (another coming soon!). So my question is: do you, our faithful H61 listener have an idea for a future themed show that is both unique and of interest to your fellow H61 listeners? If so, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at albert.o@wumb.org…thanks much!

~ Albert O.

Coming up on Folk Tales!

June 3, we’ll visit with B.B. King and why he really named his guitars, “Lucille.”  June 10, it’s the story behind “Tom Dooley,” the song that kick-started the Folk Revival.  June 17, we’ll remember the quintessential New England songwriter, Bill Morrissey; and June 24, a look at slave songs, and the remarkable story they tell us about the people who created them.  All this, along with great music and surprises.  Please join me for these journeys to the roots of roots music.

~ Scott Alarik

WUMB’s Third Thursdays at THE BURREN

I was the host for our Third Thursday at the Burren in May and it was another very special night of live and local music.

Dietrich Strause was our artist and he brought a killer band – Lyle Brewer on guitar, Billy Beard on drums and Zachariah Hickman on bass!

Minor league baseball announcer David Tanklefsky was brought along as well…and did a hilarious “play by play” of the show for radio listeners. Read More…

Family Connection on The Morning Show

For June the Family Connection feature will highlight  brothers and sisters in R&B, every Wednesday at 8 AM.


Come and Join Me on the Dixie Bee Line!

I’ve been collecting old hillbilly music since the early 1970’s… and the more obscure, the better!  My collection ranges from the dawn of recorded music (early 20th century) to the current day… but the real focus lies before 1970…. this month (like many other months) we’ll be doing a deep dive into what I call the “Full Hillbilly Spectrum”, which would include vintage country blues, bluegrass, old-time country, Country & Western, LOTS of western swing (really a lot like early jazz), Honky-Tonk, Rockabilly, truck-driving, and drinking songs.  Oh yes, lost love and lots of small critters and barnyard animals.  Lots of antiquated double-entendres, CB radio lingo, etc!  So do drop in to the Dixie Bee Line, Saturday evenings from 10 PM till midnight.  I do this for the fun, and you will be drawn into the fun, guaranteed!

~ Jon

WUMB Moments (some of mine, and how about some of yours…)

So when last we left each other, I had copped to the fact that I was about to turn six years at WUMB.  And now that I have, well, what a way to tempt the Gears of Looking Back to lubricate themselves.  I think I hear them squeaking now (referencing sound effects in print isn’t so strange…not when it’s from a sound production guy).

And while I might entertain you with a few of my special WUMB moments, what would really be interesting is to compare your WUMB moments.  They could be your responses to a song or artist the first time you heard them, an experience at a WUMB Member concert, or at a show by a group you first heard on the station.  Maybe we have some special WUMB moments in common.  Alright, here goes with some of mine… Read More…

The Apple and the Tree: Generations of Family Relations in Music

Throughout the month of May The Morning Show will explore family relations in music that span multiple generations, from child to parents to grandparents.

~ Brendan 

Dear Mike, Thanks Again For Your Encouragement and Inspiration 20 Years On.

I did not really think it would happen.  But today as I write this [on May 1st], I turn 20.  This is a neat trick at any age.  I should explain.  I turn 20 in Boston.  For years I imagined telling people, “I lived in Boston for nearly 20 years.”  But today it is 20 years on the dot.  And I am still here…often still trying to figure it out. Read More…