Juan de Fuca should’ve been cowboys

Juan de Fuca in the WVUD studio

The Athens, GA, band Juan de Fuca at WVUD: Jack Cherry, Jack Webster, CJ Brown, & Howard Stewart (l. to r.)

For the second year in a row, Jack Webster stopped by the WVUD studios with one of the bands he plays with in Athens, GA. On Memorial Day, Juan de Fuca — Jack Webster (bass), Jack Cherry (vocals, keyboards, guitar), CJ Brown (guitar & keyboards), and Howard Stewart (drums) — stopped by WVUD to visit with us on their way home from playing in and around New York City.

We learned about the Athens music scene, Jack Cherry’s song-writing, Jack Webster’s talented sister, the lack of air-conditioning in CJ’s apartment, Howard’s drumming with multiple bands, and all the band’s current obsession with Toby Keith.

Their current music is available at their JuandeFucaMusic site at Bandcamp. They expect to release a new record called Solve/Resolve in late June.

Check out this fun conversation with an inventive Athens band. And keep listening until the very end of the podcast for a surprise Juan de Fuca station ID!

Listen to the interview

Juan de Fuca, recorded at WVUD, May 29, 2017, first aired June 6, 2017.
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The music

Artist Track Album or source Year released
Juan de Fuca AA single 2016
Juan de Fuca Instructional Video single 2017
Juan de Fuca A Place to Wait Solve/Resolve 2017 (forthcoming)

Tret Fure

Tret FureThis week on The Music Room, we chatted with folk artist Tret Fure. Fure is a well-accomplished musician, with nearly 50 years of experience in the business. Fure uses life experiences to write her songs, whether they are her experiences or not. For example, her inspiration for “Closer to My Sons” and “Six Beers” came from a magazine article and a movie scene, respectively. Additionally, Fure shared with us her feelings about the changing landscape of the music industry, and the importance of becoming a unionized musician.


Fure will be playing at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 8pm.

The Interview

Tret Fure hosted by Mandorichard. Recorded live on April 25, 2017.
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About Our Guest

Tret Fure began her music career at age 16 in the Midwest. By the age of 19, Fure moved to Los Angeles, hoping to obtain a record deal. In her 47 year career, Fure has released 15 albums, with a variety of artists. She began her career in the women’s music genre, but has rebranded into the folk genre. Tret Fure has her own music label, and clothing line, named after her song “Tomboy Girl”. Fure enjoys teaching songwriting and guitar when she is not traveling.

The Music

Artist Song Album Year
Tret Fure Catalina Tret Fure 1973
Tret Fure Closer To My Sons Back Home 2001
Tret Fure Foolish or Fool Hearted Rembrandt Afternoons 2015
Tret Fure Six Beers True Compass 2007
Tret Fure Freedom Rembrandt Afternoons 2015

Learn More

Mandorichard: Producer, host, recording engineer, audio editor
Sam O’Donnell: Web page author and editor

Jesse Ruben: We Can!

Jesse RubenPrior to playing an Aug. 13 show at Wilmington’s World Cafe Live at the Queen, Jesse Ruben joined us on WVUD’s The Music Room on Aug. 9, 2016.

Jesse’s energy and positive attitude came through loud and clear in his conversation with Mandorichard. He shared two tracks from his upcoming EP that will be titled A Reply to Violence. The title to that EP is taken from Leonard Bernstein’s statement in response to President Kennedy’s assassination: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Listen to Jesse Ruben’s music and you’ll hear an artist who uses his music to react to all that the world brings us–the good and the difficult.

Jesse also told us how his 2012 song “We Can” has helped people achieve things they thought they couldn’t, been the centerpiece of his We Can project with school children all across North America, and even inspired him as he recovered from Lyme Disease.

Check out our interview with the upbeat and energetic Jesse Ruben at the link below! Learn how he uses music to connect with people and inspire them, too.

The Interview

Jesse Ruben, hosted by Mandorichard, Aug. 9, 2016.
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The Music

Artist Song Album Year
Jesse Ruben First Day of Summer Single from A Reply to Violence

Jesse Ruben We Can
(Official Video)
Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before, Part 1 (EP)

Jesse Ruben This is Why I Need You Single from A Reply to Violence


Photo courtesy jesseruben.com.