Tom Ball

Host and Marketing Representative

Tom Ball is the host of 'Homespun' on WCMU, and is also a marketing representative for the station. He is responsible for securing program sponsorships for both WCMU Public Radio and WCMU Public Television. 

Tom has been married for nearly 20 years to his lovely and talented wife Diana. They have one cat, and a yard full of beautiful flowers (no thanks to him!). Tom has been associated with WCMU for over 35 years, doing everything from fundraising, to filling in for vacationing staff members, to even taking out the trash! 

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Flickr User Richard Heaven /

This week on Homespun we dove into the archives for some vintage Flatt and Scruggs, Jim & Jesse,  and Doc & Merle Watson.

We also heard from Steve Goodman, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and songwriter Dirk Hamilton.

Flickr User Mike Ball /

We continued sampling tracks from the list of "The 50 Greatest Bluegrass Albums by Women" that included music by Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch and Alison Krauss. We also heard some sweet sounds form the Swan Silvertones and Sweet Honey in the Rock and new music from Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.

Homespun: October 29, 2017

Oct 28, 2017
Flickr User Alan Levine /

This week on Homespun, we spun music from the recent list of the "50 Greatest Bluegrass Albums Made by Women" as compiled by the website "the Bluegrass Situation". That list included music by Laurie Lewis, Hazel Dickens, Amanda & Kenny Smith, Uncle Earl, and others!

Homespun: October 22, 2017

Oct 22, 2017
Flickr User Larry Miller /

This week on Homespun, we spent time with music from John Hartford, Flatt & Scruggs, and guitarist David Grier.

We also swung with the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Newman, &  Adolph Hofner and finish up with a couple of songs from Lucinda Williams 25th Anniversary album "Sweet Old World."

Homespun: October 15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017
Flickr User Allan Ramirez /

This week on Homespun, we sampled music from  a few of the recent International Bluegrass Music Award winners including Volume 5 (Emerging Artist, Song of the Year) Bobby Osbourne( Recorded Event of the Year) and Noam Pikelny(Banjo Player of the Year). We also spun new music from Jerry Douglas, and Lizz Wright.

Homespun: October 8, 2017

Oct 8, 2017
Flickr musicentropy /

This week on Homespun we heard music from some the winners at the recent International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina- And we remembered singer/songwriter Tom Petty who passed away recently at age 66.

Homespun: October 1, 2017

Oct 1, 2017
Flickr User Will Powell /

This week on Homespun we heard some early sides for Blue Highway and Norman Blake as well as some solo Ralph Stanley. We also celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Buena Vista Social Club with tracks for their debut along with cuts for vocalist Omara Portuondo and pianist Ruben Gonzalez!

Music this week brought to you by the Gibson Bros., Red Clay Ramblers and the Happy Land Singers.

Flickr User Earl McGehee /

This week on Homespun, we visited some early sides from Alison Krauss as well as new music form The Grascals and Town Mountain. We also heard acoustic tracks from Los Lobos and a Darrell Scott cover from Patty Loveless!

Flickr User Justin /

This week on Homespun we heard the Gospel sounds of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Eric Bibb, and the Songbirds of the South. We also heard a new track from Doyle Lawson as well as The Accidentals new major label debut!