WUMB July Program Guide

WUMB Acoustic Music Camps

Summer Acoustic Music Week’s 20th Anniversary

SAMW Gala Fundraising Challenge


We met our $12,500 challenge!!
We are grateful to each of you for your contribution to the WUMB/SAMW Gala Fund, and delighted that those dollars will be doubled. Thank you for your generosity, and for your commitment to both the radio station and the Summer Acoustic Music Week programs.

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New Releases

Isn’t it ironic that this long cruel Winter (which took forever) is finally over and already Spring is flying by?  As I’m writing this we’re looking ahead to May, which in turn, leads to the Summer.  So far 2015 has been tremendous for new music and I can’t see why it won’t stay the course or perhaps get even better!  Here are some new releases that just came out over the last few weeks.  If you missed them, give them a listen and see what you think!

Calexico Edge of the Sun.  It’s hard to believe this group started off as an all instrumental group.  Founding member Joey Burns has done an amazing job of blending the Tex/Mex sound they’re known for along with keeping the group contemporary.  This is another solid release from Calexico.

Tom Russell The Rose of Roscrae.  Speaking of Tex/Mex, nobody does it better than Tom Russell.  In essence this is a double disc Cowboy/Folk opera featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack and more.  What could be cooler than that?

Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune.  This is a new EP from Mavis.  The last couple of releases she’s teamed with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco as Producer.  This time she’s got young artist Son Little producer for her.  Read More…

Summer Acoustic Music Week 2015

SAMW 2015 has sold out in record time!  If you were not able to reserve your space, there is a waiting list.  Wait-list reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are not guaranteed if you are listed.  If you have any questions, please contact Patty at 617-287-6915.

SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala

In case you missed the news, WUMB will be hosting a Gala to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Summer Acoustic Music Week

The Gala is a benefit for WUMB to help the station continue with community initiatives such as SAMW, and to ensure that we can maintain the radio programming you count on.  We hope to have all of the expenses for the Gala underwritten in advance.  This is where you come in.

We have already received a $12,500 matching grant from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  We must receive donations that total this generous amount in order to take full advantage of the pledge.  (We have raised a total of $3,375 so far).  If you make a donation right now, in any amount, it will be matched with this grant.  We will, of course, thank you in the printed program for the event, (if you wish), and as with any contribution to WUMB, your donation is tax deductible up to the amount allowed by law.

The Gala offers us a rare opportunity both to raise additional funds for WUMB, as we look to the future of our unique brand of music programming, and to create a vision for the next twenty years of WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patty at the station.  We look forward to hearing from you and send our best wishes for a year filled with good health, wonderful music and great happiness.


Warm Regards,

Lorraine Hammond
Music Director, Summer Acoustic Music Week

Patty Domeniconi
General Manager,WUMB
Camp Director, Summer Acoustic Music Week


Summer Acoustic Music Week-20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW).   We kicked off the celebration on January 10th with a stunning concert with Kate Campbell here at the UMass Boston Campus, and our annual reunion on January 11th.  This coming year will be jam packed with fun activities on and off campus, leading up to our weeks at Geneva Point Center this summer.   Bennett Hammond has been writing a blog of SAMW memories from the past 20 years.  You can check it out on the SAMW homepage!

Registration is now open for SAMW, and we only have a couple of spots left for WAMW!  You can register here.

To stay informed about SAMW happenings, be sure to register for the SAMW ListServ.  For instructions, please email samw@umb.edu

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the SAMW 20th Anniversary celebration!








Perry’s Choice for Album of the Year

I’d like to thank Mrs. Wolf, my 8th grade History teacher.  It would be weeks after the term before I realized she had been giving lectures.  I had thought she was telling stories of the events in our textbooks.  Who knew they could be both?Because of Mrs. Wolf’s ability to give lectures like stories, I grew up liking History. If you are both a fan of history and a music fan, you might find the new release by Nell Robinson pretty fascinating.  As soon as I heard the story behind the album, I was hooked…without having heard a note.  Nell has been able to trace her family’s history of service in wars for 250 years.  Read More…

New Music with Jay Moberg

New Music!


I know times flies…but the Summer has broken a new record for how fast time has flown.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and now we’re looking at Fall and the return of brisk temperatures here in New England.  I’m always excited for the Fall for some reason, and the more I thought about it the more I realize it probably has something to do with a plethora of new music being released in the coming weeks.  I can’t possibly break it all down for you in one paragraph but I’d like to point to some new releases that might be worth jotting down.  Read More…

New Music

Looking for new music to add to your collection?  Be sure to check out our New Music section of the wumb.org website:  http://www.wumb.org/music/newmusic.php

Sneak Peek at 2014 releases

Well I hope you’re Holiday celebrations are going well and things aren’t too crazy just yet.  As we go through the process of wrapping up 2013, it’s usually a fairly convenient time to look back and reflect.  Instead of that…let’s look forward!  2013 was indeed an amazing year of music (every year is really).  We had amazing albums from Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.  We got introduced to new talent like Hurray For The Riff Raff, Laura Marling and Gregory Alan isakov.  And 2014 is already shaping up to  be a good one…here’s a quick preview of material that will be out as soon as we hit the new year! Read More…

Gearing Up for the Holidays…

Usually the end of the year is a slower time for new releases where the labels and artists start to gear up for the New Year, but we are so fortunate to be inundated with tons of great music.  Here’s some new stuff that might peak your interest or at the very least give you some ideas for that ever difficult holiday gift! Read More…