WUMB September Program Guide


You Don’t Have To Be a Dead Head

“It was right around the day that Jerry died, was the day it seemed my life had just begun…”

So begins the song Mexico 1995 by Asheville, North Carolina band Tellico on their debut release RELICS AND ROSES.  The song is singer Anya Hinkle’s look back at her four month trip from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back, mostly by bus and mostly by herself.  It’s a compelling enough story of an eye-opening journey to a different world, a profound contrast following her college experience.  Yet there was something about the song’s title and the “Jerry” reference (Garcia) that made it more potent.

That missing factor became apparent one night during the first week of July.  I was listening to World Café on WUMB that night.  Host David Dye was talking with author David Browne about his book, So Many Roads – The Life And Times of the Grateful Dead.  Then it hit me.  This August 9th would mark 20 years since Jerry Garcia passed away.  It’s funny how when you put a significant anniversary to an event, the memory windows open by themselves.

Love them or hate them, you don’t have to be a Dead Head to appreciate the Grateful Dead’s impact on musical culture.  Coming from a background of Jug Band, Blues, and Bluegrass music, they morphed into an entity all their own as a touring machine–an extended family of employees, friends…and of course, fans.  Then again, to merely call Dead Heads “fans” is a colossal understatement. Read More…

Summer Leaving

I just LOVE summer nights.  Love, love, love them.  Not sticky humid 90 degrees at 9pm.  Yet warm enough, with just the right amount of comfortable cool to be a welcome relief from flypaper-joke conditions of the day.    There is something so liberating about a warm night.  We usually shut down at night.  But when it’s warm enough to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes at dark, it’s like the evening whispering in your ear, “go ahead—play a little longer…dance outside to some music…smile a little longer.”  Read More…

Programs for February

Live @ Noon/In Studio Interview

2/01  Noon  Heather Maloney
2/05  4pm   Carrie Rodrigues
2/07  2pm   Richard Shindell
2/08  Noon   Michael Tarbox
2/14  4pm      Bruce Robison/Kelly Willis
2/19  2pm      Nels Andrews

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Fairport on Fairport

As you might guess from the fact that I’m a huge Richard Thompson fan, I’m also a huge Fairport Convention fan. I have all the albums (ALL of them) including all of the solo albums by anybody who was ever in the band for more than a day (like David Rea and Dan Ar Bras.) I’ve also been lucky enough to see them in concert, both here and in the UK, over a 40 year period. Yup, I’m a Fairport fan from the get. Read More…