Anne Williams on WNRN
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.
Anne Williams News & Updates
“Father of Newgrass,” three time Grammy award winner, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist Award from the Americana Music Association, Sam Bush , is releasing a new CD, Storyman, this Friday. Four years in the making, you can hear Bush’s freewheeling style in all of these co-writes. He worked with bandmate, Stephen Mougin, along with Emmylou Harris and the late Guy Clark. “Transcendental Meditation Blues” was co-written with Jeff Black. Sam Bush plays live at The Festy, in Nelson County, October 9th.
Undercurrent , out last week, is Sarah Jarosz’s fourth release, but first since graduating last year from the New England Conservatory then relocating to New York City. All original songs, some co-writes, Jarosz recorded her song cycle capturing the process of personal evolution and the nature of change. WNRN spins “Take Me Back.” Jarosz will be at both the Harvester Performing Arts Center and Birchmere in late July.
Young in All the Wrong Ways, Sara Watkins’ newest solo release, will be out July 1st. Best known a singer and the fiddler of Nickel Creek, she has toured with A Prairie Home Companion, The Decemberists, and The Mutual Admiration Society. Watkins states that this third solo record is her break up record with herself. Watkins tries out a variety of styles including some stand-out percussion on the track, “One Last Time.” Watkins will be at The Hamilton in DC, on October 6
Mountain Heart is re-formed and, by all accounts, better than ever. Five years after their last release, Mountain Heart is still driven by the talents of lead singer and songwriter, Josh Shilling. Blue Skies has a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and a couple of songs that were written by others including a Chris Stapleton/Ronnie Bowman/James Stewart co-write. “Addicted,” written by Shilling, shows Mountain Heart’s bluegrass roots while trying out arrangements that help them step outside of its confines.
Toronto’s ex-punk rocker turned Alt-country artist, Daniel Romano, is back with a new CD, Mosey, on New West Records. “Hunger Is a Dream You Die In” has that ironic twist that comes when beautiful melody is paired with dark lyrical content.
WNRN joins Bonnie Raitt as a fan of Bonnie Bishop. Raitt performs “Undone” on her new CD, Dig in Deep. The title of Bonnie Bishop’s new CD, Ain’t Who I Was, refers her return to the music business. She was always on the soulful side of country music. This new one focuses more on her blues side. “Mercy” is a fine example of her soulful voice, her writing and her re-emergence with the help of Dave Cobb as producer.
The Acoustic CD of the Month for June 2016 is the Darrell Scott’s album, Couchville Sessions.
Darrell Scott is a successful country songwriter, placing songs with the biggest names in country music, including several major chart hits. Travis Tritt made “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” a hit. The second single from the Dixie Chicks’ Home was Darrell Scott’s “Long Time Gone”. For over 20 years, Scott has worked consistently as a studio musician and released a series of his own solo albums. He also performed as part of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy tour.
For this new career spanning release, Darrell Scott recorded 5 covers and 9 originals. Some of these new songs were recorded back in 2001 and others as recent as last year. The album version of “Down to the River” includes a story made up and told by the late Guy Clark. One covers is Peter Rowan’s “Midnight Moonlight.” Through out the whole disc, you get the sense of his range as a singer, master musician and performer.
The Electric CD of the Month for June is 2 from Mudcrutch.
Mudcrutch moved from Gainesville, Florida to LA and in 1974 they put out one single. The following year the band broke up, but in 2008 Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Randall Marsh reformed Mudcrutch and made their debut. Their second album, 2, was just released and feels loose and fun, like Tom Petty got a chance to go play with his friends.
Throughout 2, there seems to be an ethic of ‘you wrote it, you sing it.’ “Welcome to Hell” sung by Benmont Tench has a great boogie woogie swing, that the longtime pianist and organist pulls off with style. Mike Campbell is challenging his inner road warrior on “Victim of Circumstance”. Randall Marsh adds “Beautiful World” that enjoys a current sense of indie rock. Tom Leadon wrote “The Other Side of the Mountain”, a song that wants you to dance around the bar room floor after you applaud for the banjo player, Herb Pedersen.
Petty adds in seven original songs include “Beautiful Blue” and “Hungry No More” that clock in at more than 6 minutes each. There is also a gorgeous lullaby in “I Forgive It All” sung over an acoustic guitar with wisdom that comes with age or at least a change of pace. “Trailer” is a crazy, slice of life ride and “Dreams of Flying” will also give you that sense of longing for a simpler life that a star like Petty might never know again.
2 will be a great road trip album for you this summer. Enjoy it!
Williamsburg’s own, Bruce Hornsby, has a new CD, Rehab Reunion. Hornsby shows us his non-keyboard talents. Constantly reinventing himself, he mastered the hammer dulcimer along with creating new songs for this new effort. He adds Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Mavis Staples to the Noisemakers for a song each. Mavis sings soulfully on “Celestial Railroad.”
William Bell is a staple of the Stax line up and has been making hit records since the 1960s. This Is Where I Live gives us “The Three of Me” and joins his many stellar performances that include “Tryin’ to Love Two” and “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” Bell also penned the blues classic “Born Under a Bad Sign.”
Derek Hoke is back on the WNRN airwaves! In 2013, we enjoyed his humorous song, “Hope We Make It on Love.” Derek has created another fine collection of well crafted songs, Southern Moon. We will feature the song where Hoke channels his inner Roy Orbison, “Nothing I Won’t Do.”
WNRN introduces The Lonely Heartstring Band, and their first Rounder release, Deep Waters. Winners of the IBMA 2015 Momentum award, this band is predominantly Berklee College of Music grads and have been touring since 2012. You can catch them at the Hill Country BBQ event in DC on June 25. In the meantime, please enjoy “The Tide” when it plays in the mornings on your radio.
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.