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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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Decade of Difference: Dolly Parton

Decade of Difference features Dolly Parton. Parton was born in Eastern Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children, grew up on a subsistence farm and went to the church that her grandfather pastored. She started performing in church, then local radio and TV. She moved to Nashville after high school, started her music career as a songwriter and back up singer and released her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly in 1967. She came to prominence through her work with Porter Wagoner and his weekly TV show. WNRN played the autobiographical, title track to her second album released in 1971, “Coat of Many Colors” on a Decade of Difference.

In the 1970s, Dolly Parton solidified her standing in Country Music community with series of country hits and numerous TV appearances including hosting her own show. In the early 1980s, she widen her appeal by launching her film career and starred in the movie, 9 to 5 along with Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. Parton wrote and sang the title song to the movie. It charted at number 1 on three separate charts and was nominated for an Academy Award.


Photo: IMDb profile picture

By |December 12th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

New Morning Picks, December 12, 2017

WNRN adds another former member of Old Crow Medicine Show to the morning show picks. (Willie Watson is the other.) Gill Landry’s newest, Love Rides a Dark Horse, was written after Landry and his fiance broke up and as he tried to make sense of his life as a solo artist. It’s a “map out of the darkness,” he says in the disc’s promotional notes. WNRN plays “Berlin.”

Brent Cobb’s Shine On Rainy Day ended up on many “best of 2016” lists. Now it is up for a Grammy. Cousin of the famed producer, Dave Cobb, Brent Cobb has been a quiet force in Nashville writing songs that others have covered. His new CD will be out in April or May, but WNRN will give it some love early. The newest song from Brent Cobb is “Ain’t  a Road Too Long.”

The last of this year adds for WNRN’s mornings is the new one from Bahamas. This is the stage name of Toronto’s Afie Jervanen. WNRN enjoyed 2014’s Bahamas is Afie album and played “All the Time.” WNRN is looking forward to the new Earthtones album, due January 19, 2018 on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label. The new song is “Way with Words.”

The collage is made from promotional photos.

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Decade of Difference: Electric Light Orchestra

Decade of Difference features Electric Light Orchestra. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood. They share a desire to create modern songs with Classical overtones. Roy Wood left ELO in 1972. Original members, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, continued to put out a string of award winning and chart topping albums through out the 1970s, including Out of the Blue in 1977, which gave us “Turn to Stone” “Sweet Talking Woman” plus  “Mr. Blue Sky.”

After the successful release and tour with Out of the Blue, ELO paired down to 4 members and took on touring musicians as needed. Jeff Lynne’s plan to make Secret Messages a double album was blocked by their record company. Touring for the album was also difficult since Bev Bevan was touring with Black Sabbath and the bassist left during the recording of the album. The hit from 1983’s Secret Messages is “Rock N Roll is King” on a Decade of Difference.

Photo: vinyl cover to Out of the Blue

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: The Allman Brothers

Decade of Difference features The Allman Brothers. The Allman Brothers were formed in the late 1960s by Gregg and Duane Allman and won acclaim with the release of the live album from 1971, At Fillmore East. Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in late 1971. Dedicated to his memory, Eat a Peach features tracks with and without Duane Allman. Along with “Mountain Jam” and “Blue Sky,” Eat a Peach features the song “Melissa” WNRN played “Melissa” with Gregg Allman on lead vocals.

The death of Duane Allman in 1971 was followed by the loss of Berry Oakley to a motorcycle accident in 1972. The Allman Brothers did release another album in the 1970s then parted ways. They reformed briefly in the early 1980s and released their only studio album of this decade, Brothers of the Road. “Straight From the Heart” was the single. This made it onto the Billboard charts.

Photo: Allman Brothers 1971 from Big House Museum collection

By |December 8th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Talking Heads

Decade of Difference features Talking Heads. Members of the Talking Heads, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison, all former art students, came together in New York City, to create their own version of New Wave that integrated punk with art rock. Their debut, 77, was released to critical acclaim. “Psycho Killer” reached 92 on the Billboard singles chart. Talking Heads’ first single,“Psycho Killer,” aired on  a Decade of Difference on WNRN.

After their debut, Talking Heads, worked with Brian Eno on a trio of albums then took a brief hiatus. On their return in 1983 with Speaking in Tongues, the song “Burning Down the House” gave the band their highest charting song of their career. Inspired by a Parliment/Funkadelic show, Chris Frantz talked about the concert “burning down the house.” These lyrics were picked up by David Byrne and integrated into the song. WNRN featured the Talking Heads with “Burning Down the House.”

Photo: From Rolling Stone bio of the Talking Heads

By |December 7th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Iggy Pop

Decade of Difference features Iggy Pop. The Lust for Life sessions were recorded in Berlin with David Bowie. They started working on it shortly after Iggy Pop ended the tour for The Idiot. According to Iggy Pop, the inspiration for Bowie’s riff on “Lust for Life” was the Morse Code used by the American Forces Network News when they went on the air in Berlin. This album went to 28 on the UK. In the US, the death of Elvis Presley overshadowed the release of  this album. WNRN featured Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”.

The song “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” was originally written in the late 1950s and recorded by a member of the Crickets, Jerry Allison, with Buddy Holly on guitar. Iggy Pop recorded it for his album, Blah-Blah-Blah, released in 1986. Iggy Pop’s version of this song went top 10 in the UK, and was included in films: Crocodile Dundee II, Adventures in Babysitting, Problem Child and its sequel.  Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” played on a Decade of Difference.

Photo: cover of Lust for Life

By |December 7th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments