Coming Up On World Cafe…

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daddy Issues just released their first full length album, Deep Dreams. The Nashville-based trio challenges the cliches of both rock music and feminism, and isn’t afraid to take on even taboo subjects with directness and grace.  They perform and chat with Nashville correspondent Ann Powers on the next World Cafe.

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

June 28th, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 we get into the mood for the holiday weekend with a new live tune from Hard Working Americans. The jam supergroup has released a new cover of a rock and roll classic. In 1957, Chuck Berry, released the LP After School Session that featured his single “School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell).” As we are all looking forward to the long holiday weekend, let’s remember what we are not doing. I hope you are not at school, not at work, and are enjoying some carefree days this weekend. Because like Chuck says at the end of the song,
“Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old.”


Hard Working Americans will release their first live album We’re All in this Together on August 4th. The collection includes this cover of Chuck Berry’s rock and roll anthem. HWA has been together for a few years with members Todd Snider, along with Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Neal Casal, Great American Taxi’s Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


June 28th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

WNRN VIP Member List 6/26

1. Two tickets to Foo Fighters at the Richmond Coliseum on Saturday, October 14.
2. Two tickets to Lucero at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, June 30.
3. A pair of tickets to Jam Sandwich, featuring Michael Franti and Moon Taxi, on Mayo Island in Richmond on Saturday, July 1.
4. Tickets for you and a friend to Love Canon at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Saturday, July 1.
5. Two tickets to Gary Clark Jr. at Innsbrook After Hours in Richmond on Thursday, July 6.
6. A pair of tickets to George Clinton at The Riverfront Concert Series in Lynchburg on Saturday, July 8.
7. A pair of tickets to Spoon at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville on Wednesday, July 19.
8. A pair of tickets to The Infamous Stringdusters at Music at Maymont in Richmond on Saturday, July 22.
9. Two tickets to Devil’s Backbone Hoopla, featuring Langhorne Slim and Blitzen Trapper at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company  in Roseland, VA September 29- October 1.
10. A pair of tickets to Carbon Leaf at The National in Richmond on Saturday, December 16.

Club Shows:

11. A pair of tickets to Kendall Street Company at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, June 30.
12. Two tickets to No BS! Brass Band at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, June 30.
13. A pair of tickets to The Trillions at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, July 1.

14. A pair of tickets to Tim Reynolds and TR3 at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, July 1.
15. A pair of tickets to Red Not Chili Peppers at The Broadberry in Richmond on Sunday, July 2.
16. Tickets for you and a friend to Goth Night Presents Mr. Kitty at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Monday, July 3.
17. Tickets for you and a friend to Crystal Garden (ft. Boyd Tinsley of DMB) at The Broadberry in Richmond on Wednesday, July 5.
18. A pair of tickets to The Church at The Broadberry on Thursday, July 6.
19. Tickets for you and a friend to  Space Canoe at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg on Thursday, July 6.
20. A pair of tickets to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond ($30 value).
21. A carload of tickets to see the Charlottesville Tom Sox baseball team at any home game.
22.  A one hour massage from Rivanna Therapeutic Bodywork ($100 value).
23. A $10 gift certificate to Rethreads: Consignment Clothing for Men & Women in Charlottesville.
24. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall ($16 value) in Richmond.
25. A free week of yoga classes ($60 value) at Let It Be Yoga in Downtown Charlottesville.
26. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
27. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
28. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.
29. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Restaurant + Arcade in Charlottesville.
30. A $10 gift card to Beer Run in Charlottesville.
31. A $10 gift card to Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville.
June 28th, 2017|Membership|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On his new album City Music, Kevin Morby, taps into his love of Lou Reed and Patti Smith to craft characters and songs that evoke New York City. Morby was also inspired by a 2015 New York Times article called “The Lonely Death of George Bell” to write about the solitude of living in a big metropolis.

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

June 27th, 2017|World Cafe|

WNRN Free Weekly Download: Washed Out “Get Lost”

Ernest Greene of Washed Out spent the past three years writing, recording, and eventually producing Mister Mellow, the band’s third album.  Enjoy a brighter, dancier sound from Washed Out with the new song, “Get Lost”, our free weekly download. Get your download by clicking the link below.

June 27th, 2017|Featured|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Take 2@2 Tuesday, June 27th, 2017. After today’s In-Studio Session with Love Canon, I’m feeling inspired for more 80’s like covers. In 1978, Eric Goulden, released a song under his moniker, Wreckless Eric. The tune, “Whole Wide World” would become a very influential punk song. It has been covered by Elvis Costello, The Wallflowers, The Vaccines, The Monkees, and even Will Ferrell, in the film Stranger Than Fiction.

The original version features Nick Lowe on guitar and is from the album Wreckless Eric.

The cover is from Cage the Elephant. CtE did a series of acoustic shows, including one in Charlottesville, that produced a new stripped down album. I refuse to call it an “unplugged” album as they are clearly using electric instruments. That said, Unpeeled is the title of the new release coming out on July 28th.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


June 27th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

New Morning Picks, June 27, 2017

Jim Lauderdale has a new album. One of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters is releasing London Southern on Friday, June 30. This is his nod to the Brit Pop/British Invasion sound that he enjoyed as a child. “Sweet Time” is the first track out of 12 fine tunes.

Jeff Tweedy has quietly released Together At Last digitally. It is a career retrospective. If you want to hear some of Wilco’s “Greatest Hits” done solo style with a few covers, this release is for you! WNRN features a cover of Golden Smog from the new release, “Lost Love.”

Sonny Landreth makes his home Lafayette, Louisiana. Earlier this year in front of a live audience in Lafayette for two nights, Landreth played some of this finest. The result is a two disc set: one acoustic and one electric. WNRN gives us a live version of “Bound By the Blues” from the acoustic disc.

Anne is in love with John Moreland’s singing and songwriting. Big Bad Luv is already a 2017 favorite. Many of the tunes are quiet. WNRN now features a second song from the new album, “Amen So Be It.”

June 27th, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Folkie heroine Ani DiFranco continues her rich history of social activism on her new album, Binary. A proud feminist, DiFranco uses songs like “Play God” to advocate pro-choice. Binary was released via DiFranco’s own label, Righteous Babe Records.

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

June 26th, 2017|World Cafe|

Live at 5, Monday, June 26

Got a request for Robert Palmer, so I thought we should find him at the crossroads between the 70s and 80s. That’s when Palmer began to pivot from a singer who was adept at making a song his own to writing those mid-80s classics that so easily became iconic MTV videos with mannequin looking women dancing in the band.   Looking back at his album from his 1974 debut until 1978’s Double Fun Robert Palmer seemed to be paying tribute to his favorite songwriters covering Lowell George of Little Feat as well as the songwriter we’ll enjoy on today’s Live at 5, New Orleans great Allen Toussaint.  Recorded in  1980 at Dominion Theatre, London  and part of Maybe It’s Live Today’s Live at 5 is Robert Palmer singing “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”.

Thanks to John for the request! What would you like to hear on Live at 5? Email with your suggestions.

Live at 5 is supported by Virginia National Bank on WNRN.

June 26th, 2017|Live at 5, Miscellaneous|

Jefferson School City Center Hosts First Fridays Event

On the First Friday of each month, the Jefferson School City Center celebrates two resident organizations to shed light on their impact in our community. The featured nonprofits for Friday, July 7th at YMCA Child Care and The Women’s Initiative. First Fridays at the Jefferson School City Center aims to bring people together around food and mission-driven nonprofits. For more information you can visit



June 26th, 2017|Community Connection|