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