Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 Red Wing Roots Music Festival just announced a whole lotta additions to this year’s lineup. A portion of the beverage sales from the beer gardens supports WNRN.
Darlingside  is coming to Red Wing Roots this year. This band which grew out of Williams College quickly won over the WNRN staff thanks to their vocal harmonies, romantic lyricism, and quick wits. Darlingside’s songs “Good for You” and “White Horses” are now staples on WNRN.

When Darlingside toured through Virginia they performed at The Southern Café & Music Hall with David Wax Museum. The crowd enjoyed the live versions of tunes from Darlingside’s Birds Say album. Then they performed this cover from their also avian titled EP Whippoorwill.

“1979” is from Smashing Pumpkins. The song was an Alternative Radio hit in the mid-nineties. The video featuring teens having a carefree day got regular rotation on MTv, VH1, among others. The tune is from the 1995 album Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.

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

– Tad Abbey


February 22nd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Submit Your Essential Listening Picks Here!

Picture this: you’re packing for a vacation of a lifetime, but there’s a catch— there’s no radio, TV, or Internet!

You’re allowed to bring your five favorite albums of all time. We want to know what they are.

Think of them as your “essential listening”. The albums that stand the test of time and that you come back to again and again.

Let us know which albums you’ll bring here. We’re counting down your favorites on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26!  Voting closes on Friday, March 17.

February 22nd, 2017|Featured|

Coming Up On World Cafe…

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

After years of searching, singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk has finally found himself with his album, Twin Solitude.

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

February 21st, 2017|Featured, World Cafe|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 we go back in time 60 years ago and one month ago today. On January, 21st, 1957 Patsy Cline performed on CBS during the Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts program. She won the competition thanks to her rendition of “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Cline’s performance of the song was so popular that Decca Records rushed her into the studio. The song was released as a single. By February 21st, 1957 Patsy Cline was quickly climbing the charts.

In 1998, Cowboy Junkies went to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto to record a new album.  Dubbed The Trinity Sessions, Cowboy Junkies used only one microphone to record the songs. The album features a mix of originals and covers including a take on “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

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

– Tad Abbey


February 21st, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Les Temps Perdue Playlist 2/19/17

12 p.m.

Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”

Big Audio Dynamite “Medicine Show”

They Might Be Giants “The Statue Got Me High”

Talking Heads “Road to Nowhere”

Living Colour “Cult of Personality”

Hoodoo Gurus “What’s My Scene?”

The Vapors “Turning Japanese”

Nirvana “Polly”

The Sheila Divine “Like a Criminal”

The Bangles “Manic Monday”

Garbage “Queer”

Echo & The Bunnymen “Rescue”

10,000 Maniacs “What’s the Matter Here?”


1 p.m.

Joan Osborne “One of Us”

The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry”

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions “Perfect Skin”

Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights”

The Replacements “Waitress In The Sky”

The Pretenders “Back on the Chain Gang”

David Bowie “Suffragette City”

Dexys Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen”

Tom Petty “Wildflowers”

Mad Season “River of Deceit”

Smashing Pumpkins “1979”

Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain”

Blur “Girls & Boys”

February 21st, 2017|Les Temps Perdue|

WNRN VIP Member List 2/20/17

Here are this week’s VIP Member List opportunities. Email prizes@wnrn.org with the name of the prize in the subject line to enter to win. All winners will be notified on Thursday, February 23.
Concerts and Events:

1. Two tickets to Bonobo at The National in Richmond on Tuesday, May 2.  
2. Two tickets to The Decemberists at The National in Richmond on Saturday, April 9.
3. Tickets for you and a friend to Blackberry Smoke at Innsbrook After Hours on Thursday, June 22.
4. A pair of tickets to Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Sailers at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville on Tuesday, June 6.

5. A pair of tickets to Margo Price at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 25.
6. Two tickets to Moon Hooch at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Tuesday, February 28.

7. A pair of tickets to Sleigh Bells at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Wednesday, March 1.

8. Two tickets to Haywyre and the Opiuo Band at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Thursday, March 2.

Club Shows:

9. A pair of tickets to Vegabonds, Will Overman Band and Cris Jacobs at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, February 24.

10. Tickets for you and a friend to Gill at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, February 24.

11. Two tickets to Larry Keel and Boy Named Banjo at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, February 24.
12. A pair of tickets to Gang of Theives with Disco Risque at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Friday, February 24.

13. Two tickets to Eisley at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, February 25.

14. Tickets for you and a friend to Rob Cheatham and Co. at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 25.

15. A pair of tickets to Gang of Theives, Disco Risque & The Slank at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, February 25.

16Two tickets to NRBQ at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Sunday, February 26.  

17. Two tickets to Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Concealed Blade and Genocide Pact at The Broadberry in Richmond on Tuesday, February 28.

18. A pair of tickets to Debra Guy with Erin Lunsford and Sarah White at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Tuesday, February 28.

19. Tickets for you and a friend to Major and the Monbacks at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Wednesday, March 1.

20. A pair of tickets to Riff Music Fest at The Broadberry in Richmond onWednesday, March 1.
21. Two tickets to Major and the Monbacks & The Dawn Drapes at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg on Thursday, March 2.

22. A pair of tickets to Victor Wooten with Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini at The Broadberry in Richmond on Thursday, March 2.

23.  A one hour massage from Rivanna Therapeutic Bodywork ($100 value).
24. A $10 gift certificate to Rethreads: Consignment Clothing for Men & Women in Charlottesville.
25. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall ($16 value) in Richmond.
26. A three class pack ($60 value) to Let It Be Yoga in Downtown Charlottesville.
27. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
28. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
29. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.
30. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Restaurant + Arcade in Charlottesville.
31. A $10 gift card to Beer Run in Charlottesville.
32. A $10 gift card to Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville.
February 21st, 2017|Membership|

Bluegrass Sunday Morning 2/19/17

7 a.m.

Balsam Range – Blue Collar Dreams

Blue Highway – Don’t Weep for Me

Seldom Scene – Hello Mary Lou

Johnson Mountain Boys – Get Down On Your Knees & Pray

Jerry Salley – Where I’m Coming From

Gibson Brothers – Homemade Wine

Ronnie Bowman – Stone Cold Blue

Kenny & Amanda Smith – You Know That I Would

The Grascals – Road of Life

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – Time Lapse

Virginia Ramblers – I Couldn’t Find My Walking Shoes

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive – Fourth & Goal

Steep Canyon Rangers – Don’t Ease Me In

Dave Evans – My Bluegrass Memories


8 a.m.

Ray Cardwell – Cedar Creek Pickaway

Alison Krauss & Union Station – Lay My Burden Down

Red Smiley – Take This Hammer

Wildfire – Nobodys Love Is Like Mine

Nothin’s Fancy – Where I Came From

Donna Ulisse – Fist City

John Bowman – Reach of His Hand

James King – Highway to Nowhere

Claire Lynch – Wabash Cannonball

Osborne Brothers – The Kind of Woman I Got

Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Someday Soon

Country Gentlemen – Let Me Fly Low

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive – Charlie Cotton

Special Consensus – Life Stories

Irene Kelly – Carolina Wind

Larry Sparks – Walkin’ the Dog


9 a.m.

Rickey Wasson – You Can Share My Blanket

Tony Rice – Freeborn Man

Soggy Bottom boys – In the Jailhouse Now

Shawn Camp – Going Back to Bristol

Gibson Brothers – Highway

Lonesome River Band – Carolyn the Teenaged Queen

Rhonda Vincent & Dolly Parton – Heartbreakers Alibi

Kenny & Amanda Amith – Wherefore & Why

Junior siske & Ramblers Choice – Longneck Blues

Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band – Don’t Wait for the Hearse to Take You to Church

Flatt & Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Four Bitchin Babes – Viagra in the Waters

O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor – Ruby Are You Mad

Wildfire – A Bible & a Bus Ticket Home

Bill Monroe – I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World

Jim Lloyd & the Skyliners – The Preacher & the Bear

Rebekah Long – Ain’t Life Sweet


10 a.m.

Trinity River Band – Times a Crooked Thing

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show – Sally Was a Good Old Girl

Stanley Brothers – Little Glass of Wine

The Chapmans & Rhonda Vincent – Loves Gonna Live Here

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – Hard Rock Mountain Prison

Dark Hollow – The In Crowd

Virginia Ramblers – Rust on the Tracks

Gibson Brothers – I Found a Church Today

The Boxcars – When the Bluegrass is Covered with Snow

Ray Cardwell – Tennessee Moon

Lost & Found – I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could

Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers – Last Frost

Missy Werner Band – Gypsy, Joe & Me

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive – Mary’s Rock

MD Mallory Band – Country Boy Rock & Roll

Dave Adkins – Turn & Burn

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time – Rough Around the Edges

Kristy Cox – I’m No Stranger to This Lonesome Road

Tyler Grant – Last Day on the Job

Darrell Webb Band – If Your’ Thinking You Want a Stranger

February 21st, 2017|Bluegrass Sunday Morning|

Free Weekly Download: Bell X1

Irish band Bell X1 went into a garage studio to bother the neighbors with their punk rock practice sessions. Their 7th album, ARMS, takes the energy of the genre, but sounds a bit more polished than punk as they headed to various Dublin studios to add production and synthesizers. Bell X1 share their latest for WNRN’s Weekly Download of “Bring Me a Fire King”.  Get your free download by clicking the link below!

February 21st, 2017|Featured|

New Morning Picks, February 21, 2017

Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members, Old Crow Medicine Show, release two new songs along with their most beloved songs on the new Best Of. WNRN plays a new toe-tapper, “Heart Up In The Sky.”

Winnipeg resident, Scott Nolan, was planning on a tour in the US when the opportunity arose to record a whole album in one day with Willie Sugarcaps as his backing band. He made his way to Admiral Bean Studio outside of Silverhill, Alabama while on tour with Mary Gauthier. Out of this effort came this new collection, Silverhill, featuring collaborations with Hayes Carll and Mary Gauthier. “Forever Is a Long Time” shows Nolan’s songwriting skill as well as what Kimbrough, Capps, Crawford, Lee, and Hughes brought to the recording.

February 21st, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Monday, February 20, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, February 20th, 2017 we celebrate what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday. cobainHe was born on February 20th, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5th, 1994 in a Seattle home. Even though his music career only covered the last seven years of his life and included just three studio albums with Nirvana, he left an impact that has lasted for more than two decades.

Nirvana was one of those bands for me that turned the lights on. Like all of a sudden music made more sense in my life. Growing up in a rural area, we weren’t exposed to much Alternative Music before Nirvana broke through. After listening to Nirvana in my teens I began going to see bands live. A regional cover band came through so I went with a few friends to see the show. There were only 10 of us in the bar so we started a mosh pit to be like the fans we had seen on MTv. The band covered “Lithium.”

This song was actually a turning point for Nirvana. When they met with producer Butch Vig in 1990 in Wisconsin to record the song, Cobain was growing increasingly frustrated with then drummer Chad Channing. Cobain wanted Channing to be more consistent with the song. They put “Lithium” on a demo which helped land Nirvana their record deal with DGC.

In 1991, Nirvana met make up with Vig again at the Sound City Recording Studio in Van Nuys, California. By this time Dave Grohl was the drummer and he used a more simplified rhythm that laid down a powerful beat for the song. With the rhythm in place, “Lithium” was a real look inside the head of Kurt Cobain. The song about a man who turns to religion, then drugs, and thoughts of suicide showcased how Cobain perceived the world around him.

The cover is from Polyphonic Spree. The large ensemble led by Tim DeLaughter, who formed the group after his band Tripping Daisy fell apart. Like Cobain, DeLaughter is an eccentric sort, and I truly appreciate his take on “Lithium” which is found on the 2009 EP Wait.

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

– Tad Abbey


February 20th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|