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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.

Anne Williams News & Updates

Decade of Difference: Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading first starting performing at 16. Known for blending folk with elements of rock and jazz,  she broke through not only in England but in the US with her third album released in 1976.  From this self titled album, WNRN aired “Love and Affection.”

The trend for Joan Armatrading in the 1980s was to go electric. On the album, The Key, Armatrading worked with producer Steve Lilywhite, and players, Tony Levin and Adrian Belew. The biggest single from this album was “Drop the Pilot.”

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By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference, Featured|0 Comments

New Morning Picks, August 15, 2017

Not Dark Yet is the first collaborative effort from sisters, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. The prelude to this covers album was a few tours that they did together starting in 2010. Covers include Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Townes Van Zandt and the Louvin Brothers. WNRN will play the sisters version of  Jason Isbell’s “The Color of a Cloudy Day.”

Known for fronting a Loretta Lynn covers band, Eilen Jewell covers some country blues on Down Hearted Blues, out on September 22nd. WNRN has been a fan of her voice and songwriting since the first album, Boundary County. “I’m a Little Mixed Up” comes from the new album.

FreshGrass winner, Old Salt Union, has teamed up with producer, Alison Brown, for the new self-titled album. They do a fine cover of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” but it is their own compositions that dominate the album and our attention. “Here and Off My Mind” is written and performed by Jay Farrar’s nephew, Jesse Farrar.

David Ramirez will release the new CD, We’re Not Going Anywhere, on September 8th. He worked with the same producer, Sam Kassirer, who helped with the Steel Wheels most recent CD. We are looking forward to hearing the whole project. In the meantime, we are enjoying “Watching From a Distance.”

 

 

 

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe joined Brinsley Schwarz in the late 1960s. There he wrote some of his most famous songs including “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding.” After leaving Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe joined Rockpile as the bass player in 1975. In August of 1976, Nick Lowe released his first single on Stiff Records, “So It Goes.”

It was Dave Edmunds who first popularized this song. Nick Lowe started performing it when he was out on tour with Elvis Costello and Ian Drury in 1981. WNRN featured the Huey Lewis produced version of  “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock n Roll)” from the album, The Rose of England.

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By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal will be playing at Richmond Jazz Festival this weekend. The album, Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff, was released in 1972. This album places him between the era where he worked with many of the blues greats but it is before he starts incorporating more West Indian and Caribbean music, jazz and reggae into the mix.  WNRN featured “Cakewalk Into Town” with Taj Mahal  from the 1970s.

Taj Mahal moved to Hawaii in 1981. For most of this decade, he did little touring or recording. He did form the Hula Blues Band, which mostly played local gigs. From the family album from 1985, Shake Sugaree, it’s”Fishing Blues.”

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By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Kate Bush

Kate Bush’s song, “Wuthering Heights” was inspired by the Emily Bronte novel. In 1978 at 19, Kate Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with this debut single.  She became the first female artist to achieve a UK number-one with a self-written song. From a Kick Inside, WNRN featured “Wuthering Heights.”

In 1985 when Hounds of Love topped the UK charts, it took the spot from Madonna’s Like A Virgin. From the more accessible ‘first side’, “Running Up That Hill” made it to #3 on the UK charts also to #30  on the Hot 100 Billboard chart.

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By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Santana

The double-feature, A Decade of Difference, shines the spotlight on an artist or group that spans the decades of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today’s Decade of Difference artist is Santana. From their second studio album, Abraxas, “Oye Como Va” is one of several covers. Tito Puente loved this Latin Rock version of his song.

Santana saw huge success in the 1970s but in the early 1980s album sales started to decline. They continued to tour after they stopped releasing albums, then took a seven year hiatus. 1982’s Shango is their last commerically successful album until 1999’s Supernatural. WNRN featured “Hold On” from Shango on a Decade of Difference.

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