May 9 - 15
WTJU will have 71 candles burning for the 2011 Folk Fundraising Marathon, May 9-15 on 91.1 FM and WTJU.net. We’ll light 70 of them for Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash. In addition to playing a wide range of covers and original material, as well as exploring interesting tidbits about the grouchy bard, we’ll delve directly into his source material—old time country, British folk, rhythm and blues, early rock and roll and gospel. You know, the kind of stuff you used to hear from Emmett Boaz on Leftover Biscuits. For our beloved, late Emmett, we’ll keep one big eternal flame burning. His extensive musical knowledge and unique personality will be so missed during our exploration of Folk and Roots music, and his great cooking will be missed at the party afterward. You'll hear his voice and be reminded of his considerable contributions to WTJU when we rebroadcast recordings of some of his shows and shape shows with him in mind.
Listeners may not realize that federal rules about radio streaming on the internet prohibit us playing shows of all one artist’s recordings. No more entire shows dedicated to Tom Waits, Nanci Griffith, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt or Neko Case. But we can still have fun playing songs written by one person, so you’ll hear Neil Young covers, Johnny Cash covers and tons of Dylan covers in all flavors of Folk and Roots music.
The Folk marathon will also feature terrific live music performances during the week, with an exclusive broadcast of the entire Dervish and Lunasa benefit concert from this past March that WTJU helped to present in Charlottesville, as well as more than a dozen late-night folk and world music documentaries from the Pacifica Radio Archives program "From the Vault."
Help us celebrate Dylan’s birthday and honor the memory of Emmett with a gift to WTJU by calling 434-924-3959 or making a secure on-line pledge at WTJU.net. You can feel proud of the breadth and range of music that can only be heard on WTJU, 91.1 FM and WTJU.net.