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Ease into your day with the best music around, every weekday from 6am until 10am. Hosted by Anne Williams. Anne has been with the station for over 16 years. The Acoustic CD of the Month Club has become a staple of WNRN’s fund drives and grows in members each year.

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New Morning Picks, May 17, 2016

Yarn is one of the hardest working bands on the Americana music circuit. They play 170 shows a year. Recently transplanting itself from Brooklyn to North Carolina, Yarn took some time off from the recording treadmill to take a look at real life circumstances and write from the heart. May 27th is the release date of the new CD, This is the Year. “Easy Road” is about the temptation to step around consequences.

Robert Ellis’s self titled album will be out June 3rd. You may have seen him when he has performed at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall or a WNRN VIP member event. The new album on New West continues to showcase Ellis as a songcraftman. Here he take the reigns as producer and creates an exceptional space for his songs. “Perfect Strangers” lets us hear the songwriting and production chops that is woven through out this effort.

By |May 14th, 2016|Categories: Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

May 2016 Electric CD of the Month

Cleopatra by The Lumineers is the Electric CD of the Month for May at WNRN. Their second full length album doesn’t stray far from their 2012 debut, but the Denver trio has given themselves time to craft their follow up and it shows. Throughout this sophomore effort the band has been precise and not added an extra note or syllable. Although the raucous quality of The Lumineers  felt unbridled Cleopatra doesn’t feel contrived, it feels accomplished and understated.
The beginning notes of “Sleep on the Floor” quietly bring you back into The Lumineers world and once you think you know where you are the song opens up and the four years since their debut melt away.
The suite of feminine songs that make up the first half of the album include “Angela” with descriptions of a love for the modern time for a flawed character. There is also “Cleopatra” where Wesley Schulz becomes the character of an aged woman who is looking back on her past lives. With “Ophelia” TheLumineers start with a stomp similar to their well known “Ho Hey” but the song becomes a sophisticated romp.
Throughout Cleopatra The Lumineers find new ways to tell unique stories, weave lovely compositions and use their percussive style of stomping, rhythm guitar and stomping to remind you that the sophomore slump has skipped a generation.
The Lumineers have planned two stops in Virginia, at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on September 13th and then at Richmond International Raceway on September 16th.
By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: CD of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

New Morning Picks, May 3, 2016

Willie Sugarcapps came from a Southern Alabama songwriters circle. Taking their name from members of the band, Will Kimbrough, Sugarcane Jane (Anthony Crawford and Savanna Lee), Grayson Capps, and Corky Hughes, this band has just released its second album, Paradise Right Here. “Dreamer’s Sky” is the first track.

Asheville, NC country roots band, Honeycutters, has been playing up and down the East coast for years. Centered around the vocals and songwriting of Amanda Anne Pratt, she enlarged her role to the producer starting on the last album. On the Ropes is just a solid piece of work where you can hear them finding their voice. They do a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. WNRN focuses on the title track. The album will be out May 20th.

Central Virginia’s own, Carl Anderson, has just released this song, “Not Forgotten You” prior to his return for a show at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall, May 28th. WNRN welcomes any music from this now Nashville based performer and hopes for a follow up to Risk of Loss soon.

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Anne Williams, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

May 2016 Acoustic CD of the Month

Andrew Bird’s Are You Serious is the May Acoustic CD of the Month. This is the work of a high-caliber musician.  Known initially for working with Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird has been putting our critically acclaimed albums since 2003. All are immaculately written, full of surprise with a different pallet of instruments and arrangements than the average singer-songwriter. But Andrew Bird is not average.

For this new work, Bird issued his own challenge then answered it with this project. Bird said, “That friction between the tone of the music and what the lyrics are saying creates the humor and melancholy that helps us deal with it all. If its dark on dark my eyes glaze over or I think ‘are your serious?’ In fact, that’s what I was thinking of calling this record, I guess because the songs got into a personal territory that, dare I say, are almost confessional, and that naturally makes me a bit uncomfortable.”

In Bird’s personal life since his last album, he has gotten married, had a child — and his wife battled cancer. The single, “Capsized,” sings uncharacteristically in plain terms his experience with a break up. The title track teases that he “used to be so willfully obtuse, semantics like a noose, get out your dictionairies” and declares “this is all non-fiction.” In the duet with Fiona Apple “Left Hand Kisses” confronts love’s charm and vulnerability. Other favorites are “Puma” and “Saints Preservus.”

By |May 1st, 2016|Categories: Anne Williams, CD of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

New Morning Music Picks for April 26, 2016

More Charlottesville area music is coming to the mornings at WNRN with the single from the Will Overman Band. They have been instudio with us in the past. WNRN is playing “All I Say” in anticipation of the album release at The Southern on June 4th. The album is self-titled Will Overman Band.

Margo Price wowed us all with her appearance on Saturday Night Live on April 9th. Her debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, is on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Although Price’s sound does harken back to classic country singers like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, the heartache you hear comes through her own loss and betrayal that she has experienced. WNRN brings you, “Since You Put Me Down.”

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Darrell Scott, has written country hits, played with Robert Plant in his Band of Joy, and toured and collaborated with others including Tim O’Brien. Digging through the archives he found a majority of these songs already to go. The album features Bill Payne (Little Feat), Guy Clark, and Peter Rowan. We can look forward to the cover, “Midnight Moonlight” when the Couchville Sessions is released on May 13th. Right now, we will enjoy Darrell’s own glorious waltz, “Down By the River.” Darrell Scott will be performing at the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on May 21st.

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Anne Williams, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

New Morning Picks for April 19, 2016

Central Virginia own, Mary Chapin Carpenter, will be releasing a new Dave Cobb produced CD on May 6th called The Things That We Are Made Of. “Something Wild Something Tamed” sounds like it came from 1987’s Hometown Girl album. The new 14th studio album gets back to what captured fans with her early releases as well as chronicling where she is now and how she is moving forward.

Charlottesville and Lynchburg based Hackensaw Boys worked with Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) to produce this new project, Charismo. Campbell states, “The Hackensaw Boys have an infectious musical spirit that’s pure and delightful. It was a thrill to get to work with these guys.WNRN featured the new CD during the recent fundraiser and looks forward to playing, “Don’t Bet Against Me.”

Putting together indie folk’s idiosyncratic artists, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, results in Love Letters For Fire. Beam is known for his intimate vignettes.  Hoop tends towards more abstract and figurative music.  Here they balance  while adding innocence and mischief.  The single “Every Songbird Says” gives you a taste of this collaboration with sugar on top.

The new project from producer Dave Cobb is his reenvisioning of the 1979 album White Mansions. He invited artists  he produced including Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Anderson East and others to contribute tracks. The compilation is called Southern Family, capturing the everyday moments of family through the lens of the American South and its culture. Holly Williams (Hank’s granddaughter) gives us “Settling Down.”

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|0 Comments