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New Morning Picks, April 19, 2018

Like the Woody Guthrie Archives asking many musicians over the years to set lyrics to music (including the memorable Billy Bragg and Wilco project, Mermaid Avenue), now there is a project featuring Johnny Cash lyrics set to music by a wide array of talent musicians. On Johnny Cash Forever Words, each song showcases the style of the artist. These include Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, and Jamey Johnson bringing these poems to life. WNRN chose the angel-voiced Alison Krauss along with Union Station for  “The Captain’s Daughter.”

Unapologetically Classic Country sounding, Joshua Hedley sings and plays like he making music for the 1960s Country chart. Hedley is known in Nashville as the guy who can play just about anything anyone would ask for, thus his nickname, “Mr. Jukebox.” His schooling in the great songs of Nashville shows through out the rest of the album. This was released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Mr. Jukebox is going to reintroduce listeners to country songwriting and may send a few out looking for a place to go two-stepping. WNRN plays the title track.

John Lee Hooker introduced Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite when making 1992’s Burnin’ Hell. In 2013, Harper and Musselwhite released their first album together, Get Up!. This critically acclaimed album won a Blues Grammy. 2018 brings No Mercy In This Land with a similar format. Ben Harper does most of the writing and singing. Charlie Musselwhite brings his trademark harmonica sound. This album is as worthy of praise as their last one. WNRN is playing “Found the One.”

Photos are from album covers

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Morrissey

Decade of Difference follows a musician or band across two decades. Today it’s Morrissey. The Smiths started because of the songwriting collaboration between Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Guitarist, Johnny Marr, had read Morrissey’s book on the New York Dolls, showed up on his doorstep and ask if he would like to form a band. In the 1980s, The Smiths released four albums. From the first album, self-titled, comes this single from The Smiths, “What Difference Does It Make?”

The Smiths split in the late 1980s based on Johnny Marr’s exhaustion and the mutual frustration between Marr and Morrissey. Morrissey launched his solo career in 1988 with Viva Hate. Your Arsenal, his third, was released in 1992. It was nominated for a Grammy. The lead single, “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful” was featured on a Decade of Difference.


Photo: The Smith publicity photo

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Cocteau Twins

Decade of Difference highlights a band’s career by playing one song from them at 7:50a then an hour later playing one from ten years later. Today WNRN looks at Cocteau Twins.  This Scottish rock band is known for the effect-heavy guitar sound of Robin Guthrie and the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser. Through the 4AD’s This Mortal Coil project, Guthrie and Fraser met Simon Raymonde who then joined the band. This trio release a series of critically acclaimed albums including 1984’s Treasure. “Lorelei” from the Cocteau Twins was spun on a Decade of Difference.

Cocteau Twins remained the 4AD label, but signed a distribution deal with Capitol Records for 1988’s Blue Bell Knoll. 1990’s Heaven or Las Vegas became their most commercially successful album despite the difficulties behind the scenes. After the release of 1993’s Four Calendar Cafe, Robin Guthrie entered rehab. The second feature from the Cocteau Twins was “Heaven or Las Vegas.”


Photo: Pitchfork

By |April 18th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: R. E. M.

Decade of Difference looks at R. E. M. The band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 and independently released “Radio Free Europe” in 1981. R. E. M. signed to IRS records, and delivered the Chronictown EP in 1982. They received college radio play with Murmur in 1984. Finally R. E. M. broke through with mainstream success with the song, “The One I Love” in 1987. WNRN played the remake of “Radio Free Europe” found on Murmur.

With the album, Time Out of Mind, R.E. M. became an international sensation selling 18 million copies world wide. The album won three Grammys including two for the song, “Losing My Religion.” Peter Buck was learning to play the mandolin and came up with the initial rift, then he wrote with the chorus. Michael Stipe recorded the vocals in one take.

Photo: publicity picture for Automatic for the People

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: U2

Decade of Difference looks at U2. Their third studio album, War, is considered to be their first overtly political album.  The lyrics to “New Years Day” were started on Bono’s honeymoon then reshaped to pay tribute to Poland’s solidarity movement. It was the lead single and was released in January 1983.  “New Years Day” from U2 aired on a Decade of Difference.

U2 started working on Achtung Baby in Berlin in 1990. Seeking inspiration from the reunification of Germany, they had difficulty settling on songs and what musical ideas to include until they improvised in the studio the song, “One.” They finished the rest of the album in Dublin and released it in September of 1991. It’s “One” from U2 on a Decade of Difference.


Photo: publicity picture from The Joshua Tree

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Simon & Garfunkel

Decade of Difference looks Simon & Garfunkel. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in elementary school in Queens, New York in the 1950s. Under the name Tom & Jerry, they had a minor hit in 1957, then went their separate ways. They reunited and released Wednesday Morning, 3am in 1963. It was the overdubbed version of “The Sound of Silence” with electric guitar went to number one on the Billboard chart in 1966 and launched their career.

While Paul Simon worked on other projects, the lengthy break Art Garfunkel took to participate in the 1969 film, Catch  22, put a strain on the duo’s relationship. Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970, took home 6 Grammys then broke up in 1971. This album is one of the best selling albums of all time. Decade of Difference played the title track.


Photo: Bookends cover photo

By |April 13th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments