Decade of Difference: James Taylor

Released in 1970, James Taylor’s album, Sweet Baby James, is his second album, but first for Warner Brothers. While he was recording his first album, his friend Suzanne committed suicide. Writing “Fire and Rain” Taylor deals with that along with his own issues with addiction and depression. Carole King plays piano.

After James Taylor’s divorce from Carly Simon in 1983, he considered retiring from music. A series of events changed his mind, he played the Rock in Rio Festival, he married Kathryn Walker, and got off methadone. From 1988, WNRN played the title track to Never Die Young.

Decade of Difference is brought you by the Brown Automotive Group.

August 16th, 2017|Anne Williams, Decade of Difference, Featured|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry recently passed away at the age of 90. Three months after his death, Berry’s final album, Chuck, was released — one last gift to all his loving and dedicated fans. Chuck Berry’s son, Charles Berry Jr., played guitar on the album and joins us to share stories of growing up, recording and touring with his late father on the next World Cafe.

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

August 16th, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 we travel back 30 years ago… again. 1987, was a fun year for music. On this date in ’87 Substance was released. This full length LP from English dance-rock group New Order put all of their singles together in one package. Prior to Substance New Order had only released singles. The song “True Faith” was a new single for the release of Substance. The album also features hits like “Temptation,” “Bizarre Love Triangle,” and “Blue Monday.”

The cover is from American metal band Orgy. They took on the New Order song in 1998. Orgy’s version actually got to the charts and received plenty of airplay on MTv.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by Blue Mountain Brewery.

– Tad Abbey


August 15th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

WNRN VIP Member List 8/14

Concerts and Events:    
1. Two tickets to Portugal. The Man at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville on Monday, August 21.
2. A pair of tickets to Buddy Guy at The Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville on Wednesday, August 23.
3. Two tickets to The Temptations at Innsbrook After Hours in Richmond on Wednesday, August 23.
4. 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.
5. Two tickets to Virginia Chili Brews and Blues at Lumos Plaza in Waynesboro on Saturday, September 23.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to The Motet & Dopapod at The National in Richmond on Wednesday, November 15.

7. A pair of tickets to the Virginia Craft Brewer’s Festival at IX Art Park on Saturday, August 19, with a behind the scenes tour of the new Three Notch’d Brewery and a free flight of Three Notch’d Brewery’s beer.

Club Shows:

8. Tickets for you and a friend to The Haus of Belle Drag Show at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, August 18.
9. Two tickets to Kings at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, August 18.
10. A pair of tickets to Big Mama Shakes at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, August 19.
11. Two tickets to Adar at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 19.
12. Two tickets to Yours for Mine at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg on Saturday, August 19.
13. Tickets for you and a friend to Lowbirds at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, August 19.
14. Tickets for you and a friend to Culture and Murphy’s Kids at The Broadberry in Richmond on Sunday, August 20.
15. Two tickets to Lady God at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg on Sunday, August 20.
16. Two tickets to Eyehategod at The Broadberry in Richmond on Tuesday, August 22.
17. Two tickets to Larry Keel at The Broadberry in Richmond on Wednesday, August 23.
18. Two tickets to Illiterate Light at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg on Thursday, August 24.

19. A pair of tickets to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond ($30 value).
20. A $25 gift card to Sedona Taphouse, with locations in Midlothian, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville.
21. A four pack of tickets to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton.
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 $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
26. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
27. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.
28. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Restaurant + Arcade in Charlottesville.
29. A $10 gift card to Beer Run in Charlottesville.
30. A $10 gift card to Kardinal Hall 

in Charlottesville.

31. A pair of tickets to Alamo Drafthouse in Charlottesville.

August 15th, 2017|Membership|

WNRN Free Weekly Download: Deer Tick “Jumpstarting”

Deer Tick took an unplanned hiatus following their 10 year anniversary tour. After four years apart the Rhode Island band decided to return to the studio following their Newport Folk Festival after party shows. Deer Tick completed two full albums Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, coming out September 15.   Get your free download of “Jumpstarting” by clicking the link below.

August 15th, 2017|Featured|

Decade of Difference: Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading first starting performing at 16. Known for blending folk with elements of rock and jazz,  she broke through not only in England but in the US with her third album released in 1976.  From this self titled album, WNRN aired “Love and Affection.”

The trend for Joan Armatrading in the 1980s was to go electric. On the album, The Key, Armatrading worked with producer Steve Lilywhite, and players, Tony Levin and Adrian Belew. The biggest single from this album was “Drop the Pilot.”

Decade of difference today brought you by the Brown Automotive Group.

(Photo: Paul Lester)

August 15th, 2017|Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|

New Morning Picks, August 15, 2017

Not Dark Yet is the first collaborative effort from sisters, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. The prelude to this covers album was a few tours that they did together starting in 2010. Covers include Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Townes Van Zandt and the Louvin Brothers. WNRN will play the sisters version of  Jason Isbell’s “The Color of a Cloudy Day.”

Known for fronting a Loretta Lynn covers band, Eilen Jewell covers some country blues on Down Hearted Blues, out on September 22nd. WNRN has been a fan of her voice and songwriting since the first album, Boundary County. “I’m a Little Mixed Up” comes from the new album.

FreshGrass winner, Old Salt Union, has teamed up with producer, Alison Brown, for the new self-titled album. They do a fine cover of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” but it is their own compositions that dominate the album and our attention. “Here and Off My Mind” is written and performed by Jay Farrar’s nephew, Jesse Farrar.

David Ramirez will release the new CD, We’re Not Going Anywhere, on September 8th. He worked with the same producer, Sam Kassirer, who helped with the Steel Wheels most recent CD. We are looking forward to hearing the whole project. In the meantime, we are enjoying “Watching From a Distance.”




August 15th, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It’s an indie dance-pop rave-up with Javiera Mena for World Cafe‘s Latin Roots session! Get ready to move to a live performance that showcases why the Chilean songstress is so beloved at home, and earned a Latin Grammy nomination here for her last album, 2015’s Otra Mena.

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

August 15th, 2017|World Cafe|

Hear Together: Camp Holiday Trails

“We focus on the camper and not the illness. Campers better learn to manage their diagnosis, whether it be a camper with Type 1 Diabetes who’s learning to carb count, campers with hemophilia learning to infuse for the first time. Some of these pieces of education really help empower the kids. When they go back home, they’re able to have so much more independence. Learning how to test your own blood sugar and how to correct is the difference between going to that friend’s sleepover and not,” says Ana Baggiano, the director of Camp Holiday Trails.

Founded in 1973, Camp Holiday Trails encourages and empowers children with chronic illnesses — and their families — through traditional camp programming. Along with archery, arts and music, hiking, and water sports, Camp Holiday Trails incorporates training with healthcare professionals to educate campers ages 5 – 17.

“I like to say that camp is a way of life,” explains Keimonte Mims, a first-year Counselor and long-time CHT camper. “You look forward to camp all year and you take camp with you when you leave.”

We speak with Baggiano and Mims to get a taste of Camp Holiday Trails’ community for this Hear Together.

August 14th, 2017|Hear Together|

Les Temps Perdue Playlist – 8/13/2017

12 p.m.

David Bowie – “Life on Mars”

Primal Scream – “Moving On Up”

Talking Heads – “Girlfriend Is Better”

R.E.M. – “Can’t Get There From Here”

Chris Bell – “I Got Kinda Lost”

fIREHOSE – “Brave Captain”

Dead Milkmen – “Punk Rock Girl”

They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse In Your Soul”

Boomtown Rats – “Lookin’ Out For #1”

The Only Ones – “Another Girl, Another Planet”

Frank Black – “I heard Ramona Sing”

Squeeze – “Take Me, I’m Yours”

Charlatans UK – “The Only One I Know”

Hoodoo Gurus – “Bittersweet”

Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Dear Prudence”

Pixies – “Dig For Fire”


1 p.m.

Joe Jackson – “It’s Different For Girls”

Aztec Camera – “Good Morning Britain”

Nerves – “Hanging On The Telephone”

The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry”

Ian Dury and the Blockheads- “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”

Air – “Playground Love”

Pretenders – “Bad Boys Get Spanked”

PJ Harvey – “This Is Love”

John Lennon – “Instant Karma”

Gang of Four – “I Found That Essence Rare”

The Plimsouls – “A Million Miles Away”

Love and Rockets – “No New Tale To Tell”

Members – “Working Girl”

U2 – “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”



August 14th, 2017|Les Temps Perdue|