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Coming Up On World Cafe…

Monday, October 23, 2017

What did Billie Joe throw off the Talahatchee Bridge? What’s with Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts? There’s nothing quite as compelling as a good story song. We’re digging into tunes that tell tales, by yarn spinners like Bobbie Gentry, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell on the next World Cafe.

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October 21st, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

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October 21st, 2017|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Live at 5, Friday, October 20

Today would have been Tom Petty’s 67th Birthday and throughout the day we have been celebrating his life. For our live dose we have music from Running Down a Dream the 2007 documentary that was produced by Peter Bogdanovich. The 4 hour film followed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their origins in Florida as Mudcrutch to the 30th Anniversary concert in Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, Florida in 2006. On Live at 5 we get a peak into the 1977 rehearsal from L.A. that featured “Breakdown”.

Who would you like to hear on Live at 5? Email your suggestions to melissa@wnrn.org

Live at 5 is supported by Virginia National Bank.

October 20th, 2017|Live at 5, Miscellaneous|

Decade of Difference: Tom Petty

Decade of Difference features Tom Petty. Today would have been his 67th birthday. In Petty’s native Florida, he first formed Mudcrutch. After one album released in 1975, they parted ways and Petty went on to form his new band. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their first and self-titled album in November of 1976. Although it gave us three singles including “Anything That’s Rock and Roll” “Breakdown” and “American Girl,”it had only moderate success.

Tom Petty joined the Travelling Wilburys in 1988. In 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo album. Heartbreaker, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne of ELO co produced Full Moon Fever. Some of his fellow Wilburys, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, helped with back up vocals. “Free Falling”  came from the album. This morning, WNRN featured “I Won’t Back Down” on a Decade of Difference.

Photo: Emmis Gallery

October 20th, 2017|Anne Williams, Decade of Difference, Featured|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Friday, October 20, 2017

This year, Suzanne Vega’s album Solitude Standing turned 30 while 99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees turned 25. Those records include the songs “Luka,” “Blood Makes Noise,” and “Tom’s Diner” (you know, doo doo doo doo). We hear about the evolution of “Tom’s Diner” and Suzanne Vega performs live with guitarist Gerry Leonard.

Catch World Cafe weekdays from 6-8 p.m. on WNRN.

October 20th, 2017|World Cafe|

Live at 5, Thursday, October 19

Friday night Third Eye Blind will play a sold out show at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville and we are going to dive into their first live album that came from the beginning of their Fall of the Summer Gods Tour. The album and video feature music from the 20th Anniversary and today on Live at 5 we’ll hear “Motorcycle Drive By”.

Who should we play next on Live at 5? Email your suggestions to melissa@wnrn.org

Live at 5 is supported by Virginia National Bank.

October 19th, 2017|Live at 5, Miscellaneous|

Decade of Difference: Merle Haggard

Decade of Difference features Merle Haggard. Merle Haggard along with Buck Owens helped define country music’s Bakersfield Sound. In 1969, Merle Haggard release Okie from Muskogee album, which reflected a conservative, blue collar image. The single, “Fightin’ Side of Me” was released in 1970. In more recent interviews, Haggard stated that he was not educated on the issues and encouraged others to read up before criticizing.

The early 1980s were a successful time for Merle Haggard. He had 12 top 10 hits, duets with George Jones and Willie Nelson, narrated a movie, plus published an autobiography. Along with studio albums, he released Rainbow Stew Live from Anaheim in 1981. WNRN played  “Rainbow Stew” on a Decade of Difference.

Photo: AP

October 19th, 2017|Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Devon Gilfillian relocated to Nashville a few years ago hoping to fulfill his songwriting dream. Now, he’s released a self-titled EP, which caught the attention of our Nashville correspondent Ann Powers.  Hear why people feel so strongly about this up-and-coming artist on the next World Cafe.

Catch World Cafe weekdays from 6-8 p.m. on WNRN.

October 19th, 2017|World Cafe|

Live at 5, Wednesday, October 18

Eddie Vedder is a massive Cubs fan and while the team worked toward their 2016 World Series Vedder brought his band to Wrigley Field. The two dates that Pearl Jam played in August of 2016 have been turned into a live album (released on September 29) and a documentary that hits theaters on November 17th. Let’s Play Two features music from throughout the band’s career including our Live at 5 of “Better Man”.

Who should be next on Live at 5? Send your suggestions to melissa@wnrn.org.

Live at 5 is supported by Virginia National Bank.

October 18th, 2017|Live at 5, Miscellaneous|

Decade of Difference: Laura Nyro

Decade of Difference features Laura Nyro. Best known for her song writing in the late 1960s including “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “When I Die”, these song gave other artists number one hits. Laura Nyro continued writing and releasing her own music in the early 1970s. From the 1971 release with Labelle, it’s Laura Nyro with the title track to Gonna Take a Miracle.

To understand Laura Nyro in the 1980s, it is best to look at what she was doing for the rest of the 1970s. She rejected David Geffen’s offer to sign to Asylum, she married, and retired from music for most of the 1970s. After the marriage ended, she reemerged, started making music, and gave birth to her only child. Her only album she released in the 1980s was Mother’s Spiritual. Decade of Difference featured the title track.

Laura Nyro passed away from ovarian cancer in 1997. She was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 18th, 2017|Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|