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WUMB Ripples

An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community

April 2011



April 25th at 2:00pm

Shawn Mullins - live in studio

April 29th at Noon

The Nields perform in studio for Live at Noon

May 12th at Noon

Deb Cowan performs in studio for Live at Noon

May 13th at Noon

Sarah Jarosz performs in studio for Live at Noon

May 20th at Noon

Jesse Colin Young performs in studio for Live at Noon

Out Now

Steady as She Goes
(Red House)

How to Become Clairvoyant
(429 Records)

Paper Airplane

So Beautiful Or So What
(Hear Music/CMG)

I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
(New West)

Hard Bargain

Here We Rest
(Lightning Rod)


Roadside Attractions
(Alligator Records)


At the End of Time
(Red House)

Helplessness Blues

Horse Latitude
(Signature Sounds)

Sleep with One Eye Open

Follow Me Down
(Sugar Hill)

The Dreaming Fields
( Dualtone)


Any comments? Let us know what you think.


WUMB Music Festival – Sunday, June 5th, Noon-7:00pm

MusicFest150_1 It’s a world class music festival in Boston, with three stages. Once again this year, the Field Stage will be covered by a large tent so the show will go on rain or shine. From the unprecedented collaboration between Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky called Red Horse to the Squeezebox Stompers, David Mallet, Vance Gilbert, Greg Greenway, Buskin & Batteau, Anthony da Costa, Pesky J Nixon and Michael Troy, there is something to please every taste. Two of Canada’s most well respected songwriters, James Keelaghan and Lennie Gallant, are joining us for the first time, and Susan Werner, Kate Taylor and Amy Black will all be accompanied by their bands. Tickets start at only $15; purchase your tickets by April 30th for the best buy. Click for more info..

Promoting Cultural Understanding

smithsonianfolkways150 Tools for Teaching from Smithsonian Folkways provides ideas and resources for educators to inspire their use of Folkways music from around the world. Information about these sounds and the cultures that create them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts - and of course music and dance. Curricular experience, activities, streaming videos, liner notes, music samples, and other features are available for free. Click here for more information on this material.

Celebrating Robert Johnson and the Blues

robertjohnson150 On the 100 Anniversary in May of the birth of one of the most influential Delta Blues musicians who ever lived - Robert Johnson, WUMB will be presenting a special one-hour show on Sunday, May 8th at 6:00pm about Johnson with brand-new exclusive interviews & Johnson’s legendary songs. Comments by guitarists Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule), Corey Harris, and Johnson’s grandson David Johnson, blues historian Peter Guralinick and Scott Barretta.

We thought the 100th Anniversary of Robert Johnson’s birth was also an appropriate time to launch the new WUMB Blues Music Internet Channel. While we hope to eventually create more than one Blues Channel to pay tribute to several styles of blues music and musicians, you can enjoy the variety which includes some of the more contemporary blues musicians such as Chris Smither, Eric Bibb and Bonnie Raitt with a sprinkling of the old masters such as Blind Willie McTell, Etta James and Big Bill Broozy. Listen here

Want to see Bruce Cockburn live, for free?

brucecockburn150 WUMB will have 12 pairs of tickets to give away to see Bruce Cockburn at the Berkelee Performance Center in Boston on May 14th. Mark your calendar to tune in May 2nd–6th, 6:00am-10:00pm for details on how to win.

In Memory – Hazel Dickens

hazeldickens150 Appalachian singer and bluegrass musician Hazel Dickens passed away on April 22 at 75 from complications of pneumonia. A native of West Virginia, Hazel received many awards including the NEA’s National Heritage Award and a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor of West Virginia. She became the first woman to receive the International Bluegrass Association Merit Award for contributions to Bluegrass music. Her music influenced many prominent musicians including Emmylou Harris and Naomi Judd.

Music Briefs...

  • In honor of Ralph Stanley’s new record coming out Tuesday, No Depression thought it was a good time to share this video of his song, “A Mother’s Prayer” A Mother’s Prayer
  • Watch Alison Krauss & Union Station YouTube video discussing the making of their latest CD Paper Airplane here
  • You can hear Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas on the Jay Leno show on April 25th at 11:30ET and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 27th.
  • Eliza Gilkyson's new album won’t be in stores until May 3rd, but you can hear it on WUMB, and you can download a song from the CD at the Red House Records Website here. Eliza will be performing with John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky as Red Horse at the WUMB Music Fest on June 5th.
  • Enjoy discovering new music? Tune in to WUMB on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 for the Tuesday Music Test and Friday morning at 8:30 for Friday First Listen as Dave Palmater and Jay Moberg get together to present special features about the latest new music that’s just been released…or, maybe hasn’t even been released yet! This Tuesday at 7:30am will be new music by Dave Alvin.
  • From the Arts Watch ArtsBlog, The Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts, by Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts
  • Songwriter and community activist, Si Kahn has written the music and lyrics to a new romantic musical comedy set in the late 1960s against the background of the grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers of America, it’s about parents and grandparents who, proud of the institutions they’ve helped build, want their children and grandchildren to carry on after them – and, in the process, to justify the work they’ve done and the choices they’ve made. The play is called Silver Spoon and will have its world premiere in Cambridge at the Central Square Theater and will be presented by The Nora Theater Company from May 19th-June 19th. More info

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