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Dave Godowsky
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Acoustic Sunrise; Music Mix

Acoustic Sunrise: Sunday 8am-Noon; Music Mix: Saturday Noon-2pm


Acoustic Sunrise is a mix of contemporary-sounding folk, roots, acoustic, and Americana music, mainly but not exclusively from the 80s and 90s.

Dick says, "I was born in the small town of Groton MA, just an hour west of Boston. My musical education started with Guy Mitchell Singing the Blues and wove its way through the 50s, Elvis, the Kingston Trio and great Rock and Roll. Tom Rush influenced me a lot in the 60s. My Dad used to try to teach him French. I went to see him at Cambridge's Club 47 and The Unicorn coffeehouse. I was thrilled by the music of the Kweskin Jug Band, the Chambers Brothers and many of the others on the scene. I loved Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, but it was looking at the track listings of the songwriters that really interested me. I started digging back into the wealth of the blues of Memphis Minnie, Mississippi John Hurt, Sleepy John Estes, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Robert Johnson was being covered by everyone. Who was this guy who only recorded 32 tracks and what was the hold that he had on everyone.

After graduating from Emerson College in 1970, I started in radio on the Cape, bringing together the elements of the music that I loved. It wasn't just folk music but the threads that were winding through it. The urban and country blues had a huge effect on rock and roll in the 60's and 70's, the bluegrass brought us Clarence White and Doc Watson and the songwriters, well they just stared coming after Dylan and Taylor. I kept my ears open and discovered the Byrds, particularly Sweetheart Of the Rodeo and the distinctive voice of Graham Parsons. Of course, his songs with Emmylou set a standard for a particular harmony singing. This edgy country rock music would be a core of my listening for years to come.

For the next forty years, I expanded upon the Blues, Old Time Stringband music, Bluegrass and Newgrass (Jazzy Bluegrass) and the edgy country sound of Buddy Miller, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and the Jayhawks. Starting in 1978 and ending in 2003, I worked with WGBH hosting the Folk Heritage and got to know many of the musicians making the music. I came to WUMB in 1995 with a show in the mornings that eventually evolved into The Morning Express. Now I am on air in the afternoons and loving the sleep. This is an exciting time in radio, with a radio station like ╬UMB showcasing music that is deeply rooted in the American tradition and the songwriting movement of the last 30 years. It's the only one and it must succeed.

The past 30 years has seen a real renaissance in music. Independent artists and labels have enriched us and what a great ride it has been. I feel fortunate to have been part of it. My heartfelt thanks goes out to those that have listened to what I done over the years and maybe joined with me in a musical journey that has really just scratched the surface."

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