Thursday, July 14, 2016

New at WUMB

We're loving this collaboration of Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs! lang invited Case and Veirs to make this album three years ago in a one-line email, and what they've made is fantastic.

"case/lang/veirs, their first album together, feels like something ... substantial and exciting: a worthy extension of three tremendous catalogs, in which three great singer-songwriters sound enhanced and invigorated by the challenge of living up to each other's legacies."
 -- Stephen Thompson, NPR Music

Eric D. Johnson's group Fruit Bats is getting attention for their recent album Absolute Loser. After a five-year hiatus, Fruit Bats' new record is a great renewal of their old sound. Says Eric Swedlund of Paste Magazine, "anyone who’s tapped feet or nodded along to Fruit Bats in the past will find plenty to embrace with this new batch of familiar, comfortable tunes."

 Esmé Patterson's song "No River" comes off her album We Were Wild. Check out the music video, and see why she's one of our favorite new artists here at WUMB!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New on WUMB

We've recently been playing the new Paul Simon single "Wristband" from the forthcoming album Stranger to Stranger. The album comes out June 3rd.

Stranger to Stranger is a set of songs that crack jokes and ponder questions about love, death, spirituality, baseball, economic inequality, brain chemistry and music itself. It’s the latest ambitious, tuneful installment in…an exceptionally long career.”

 – Jon Pareles / The New York Times

We've been loving the new Lumineers album Cleopatra! They haven't put out an album since their debut in 2012.

"The number of fans we have blows us away. I don’t care about the number of records we sell, I’m just happy that the music connects with people."

-Wesley Schultz   guitarist/singer

 Have you heard the Eli Paperboy Reed cover of the Johnny Cash tune "Cut Ya Down"?


Check out more new music we've been playing HERE.

Friday, December 18, 2015

WUMB's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

After tallying listener votes, we made a list of the Top 10 Albums of 2015... here they are!

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free2) Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks3) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind4) Patty Griffin - Servant of Love5) Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter6) Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color7) Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete8) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands9) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn10) Mark Knopfler - Tracker

Monday, December 14, 2015

WUMB Hosts Choose Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

We'll start our TOP 10 COUNTDOWN tomorrow! Tune in throughout the week as we reveal WUMB's Top 10 Albums of 2015...meanwhile the staff here has shared their personal favorites:

Brendan Hogan


1) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt As Wolves
2) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
3) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
4) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
5) The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
6) Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
7) The Suitcase Junket - Make Time
8) Mark Knopfler - Tracker
9) Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Ruffian's Misfortune
10) Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Volume 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966

Dave Palmater

1) The Dustbowl Revival - With a Lampshade On
2) Barnstar - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!
3) Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks 
4) Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric
5) Darlingside - Birds Say
6) Tom Russell - Rose of Roscrae
7) Tim O’Brien - Pompador
8) Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds
9) James McMutry - Complicated Game
10) Della Mae - Della Mae

Albert O

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Christopher Paul Stelling - Labor Against Waste
3) New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
4) Josh Rouse - The Embers Of Time
5) Joan Shelley - Over + Even
6) Joe Pug - Windfall
7) Israel Nash - Silver Season
8) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
9) HoneyHoney - 3
10) The Wood Brothers - Paradise

Jess Phaneuf

1) Alabama Shakes - Sound And Color
2) My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
3) Decemberists - What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World
4) Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
5) Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter
6) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
7) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
8) Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues
9) Laura Marling - Short Movie
10) JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll

Perry Persoff

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
3) Calexico - Edge Of The Sun
4) Mike & Ruthy Band - Bright As You Can
5) Ana Egge w/The Stray Birds - Bright Shadow
6) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
7) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
8) The Dustbowl Revival - With a Lampshade On
9) Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town
10) Danielle Miraglia - Glory Junkies

Patrick Coman
Local Folk

1) Suitcase Junket - Make Time
2) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt As Wolves
3) Brown Bird - Axis Mundi
4) The Grownup Noise - Stewing
5) Caitlin Canty - Reckless Skyline
6) Session Americana - Pack Up The Circus
7) Darlingside - Birds Say
8) Barnstar - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!
9) Tall Heights - Holding On, Holding Out
10) Krista Baroni - The Alabaster Girl

Jay Moberg
Program Director/Music Director

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
3) Israel Nash - Silver Season
4) The Wood Brothers - Paradise
5) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
6) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind
7) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt as Wolves
8) Joan Shelley - Over + Even
9) The Ballroom Thieves - A Wolf in the Doorway
10) The New Basement Tapes - Lost on the River

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In Memory Of Michael Troy

We lost one of the good ones last Sunday. Michael Troy lost his long, courageous battle against cancer. He was a brilliant songwriter, a kind and gentle man, and I am proud to have called him friend for some three decades. He was a true working class folksinger. More Guthrie than Dylan. He worked hard all his life. He had been a commercial fisherman and a mill hand.

The thing about Michael’s songs it that you believe every word of them, every line of every song. That's because Michael has seen it, done it, and been it. His songs are about real people who have real lives. People who work and love and triumph over the everyday obstacles that we all face, and sometimes fail. He writes of the people that populate the seacoast of his native Massachusetts but are they that different from the people that you know? And as soon as you've heard the songs don't you feel like you've known them all your life?

Michael was a rare observer who could condense a story into a few simple verses. He was a rare writer who creates poetry that sounds like speech. It seems to be just the way people talk, only better. Michael was also a rare composer who writes melodies that sound like the people whose stories they carry.

In ancient days Michael might have been called a bard, but rather than telling tales of epic battles he chooses to tell the stories of people whose battles are smaller but, in their own way, just as epic. As you listen to Michael's songs you come to know these folks and you come to like them. As you listen to his songs you'll also come to know Michael, you'll like him too, and believe him, every line of every song.

For more information on Michael visit

-Dave Palmater

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WUMB 2015 Fall Fundrive

It's that time again! Here at WUMB we are asking for your monetary support to help us continue to bring you the programming that you love. Where else will you hear artists ranging from Ryan Adams to Townes Van Zandt, to local artists like Darlingside? If you didn't learn about them on WUMB you may not know about these talented artists. Your financial support for WUMB gives you a radio station that plays the music you want to hear even if it's your first time pledging. Listener support makes up a significant percentage of WUMB's overall funding and that is why your contribution is vital.

WUMB is always here for you, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You will always find great music and knowledgeable hosts like Albert, Brendan and Dave. You can count on them being there every day. And we count on you for a pledge.

We're asking you to be as generous as you can when you call 800-573-2100. If you could make a $50 a month commitment to WUMB we'd be glad to thank you with our WUMB jacket. You can also pledge on our website Pledging only takes a couple of minutes. Soon you'll have done your part to keep WUMB on the air. And if $50 a month is out of your price range contribute any amount that is comfortable for you. Every dollar makes a difference.

Call 800-573-2100 or pledge online here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

In-Studio Performance: Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter, who has been dubbed one of the :100 Greatest Living Songwriters" popped into the WUMB air studio on October 14th to chat with Dave Palmater about his new album Sermon On The Rocks. He strictly played tracks from the record, including "Where The Night Goes", "Young Moses" and "Cumberland", in anticipation of it's October 16th release.

Sermon On The Rocks is much more lighthearted, fun and carefree than his previous releases. Describing the departure from his previous style Ritter says that he "realized that [he] didn't have to take things so seriously all the time".He feels that he is at a point in his career where he could start to keep all of his music sounding the same, but that was something he was afraid of. So he chose to experiment with his sounds instead and have the opinion of, "this song [may not] really be me but I'm going to finish it and maybe it will become something".

Ritter recorded the album in New Orleans and co-produced it with Trina Shoemaker who has worked with artists from Emmylou Harris to Queens of The Stone Age. He chose to record the Sermon On The Rocks in New Orleans because it was a place he had passed through on tour and wanted to stay. He rented a big house and brought his family and friends along with him, wanting to reflect New Orleans Culture, "Wanting to live in the bloodstream for a little while.

Dave asked Ritter which song from the  he would choose to play if only asked to play one. The album has strong themes of Autumn and heading back to where you came from, and for that reason he chose to close out the interview with "Homecoming". Josh Ritter is playing a sold-out show at The Sinclair tonight but he will be back in Boston this winter.

-Kendall Stewart

Friday, October 2, 2015

Change is in the Air(waves) at WUMB Radio!

WUMB 91.9 FM, UMass Boston’s full-format folk, roots and world music radio station
is very pleased to announce some changes in its Fall programming line-up.  There will be a new voice on air, and a familiar voice at a new time.

The familiar voice belongs to Brendan Hogan, who is the new host of The Morning Show, Monday through Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 AM.  Hogan has been a fixture on the Boston radio scene since 1999 and at WUMB since 2012, where he created the popular Dark Was the Night blues/roots music program and held the 7:00 – 10:00 PM time slot. Brendan has eagerly embraced his new role: “WUMB has always been my favorite station for music, and having worked the evening show for the past few years has been a dream. Moving to mornings for drive time is even more exciting! I don’t know if there’s a station playing more local music every day than us. Same with blues and old gospel, R&B, country, and folk, in addition to the new music and core roots artists we play. It's something I'm really proud to be a part of.”

The new voice, beginning November 9 from 7-10 PM  Monday through Friday is Jess Phaneuf, who comes to WUMB after seven years at MVYRadio on Martha’s Vineyard. In her own words, “I'm thrilled to be returning to Boston to join the team at WUMB, where I'll have the chance to immerse myself in the city's music scene and bring my enthusiasm to the airwaves. Not only do I love the diverse and independent mix of music on UMB, I appreciate their support of local artists in the greater Boston area. It's so evident that WUMB's listeners are appreciative of the deep cuts, the unknown artists, and the intelligent and eclectic programming -- I can't wait to connect with them!

WUMB Director of Programming Jay Moberg is very much looking forward to this new line-up: “I’m really excited about both Brendan and Jess.  Brendan’s Morning Show is truly unique and I think a breath of fresh air in Morning Drive.  You’ll hear musicians from Woody Guthrie to Ray Charles and everything in between.  Brendan does an amazing job of not only selecting great music but also giving you important information about each song or artist.”

“Jess is someone who’s been on my radar for a while now coming to us from MVY, a station I truly respect and admire.  Jess is not only an extremely hard worker who’s built up a very good reputation around the industry but she’s also wired into the Local Music scene in Boston which is incredibly important to WUMB.”

Tune in to WUMB Radio at 91.9 FM or listen online at for Brendan Hogan and beginning November 9, Jess Phaneuf bringing you the very best of modern and traditional folk, roots and world music!