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Take 2@2 Thursday, March 23, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 we take a listen to a new cover recorded by Strand of Oaks. In 2011, Tim Showalter from Strand of Oaks was recruited for the Lagniappe Sessions. Lagniappe means something bonus as a gift. Tim Showalter’s covers on this session are a true gift. We will get to his cover in a bit but first the original.

Phish’s 2000 album Farmhouse is the groups 8th studio album. All of the songs were well tested for years before they were brought into the studio. From this release we find “Dirt.”

In the Lagniappe Sessions Tim Showalter recorded songs by Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, and Phish. He completely transforms the songs, especially the Phish cover. Showalter shares this about the song:

I might be the newest Phish fan in the world. I was never exposed to them until this summer. My manager asked me to go to both nights Phish played at Wrigley.  Of course! So in anticipation of the show I started listening to a lot of their music and quickly fell in love. Those two nights at Wrigley we’re some of the most genuinely fun times I’ve had in a long time. Just getting to spend time with my manager Ryan, not in any work capacity, us just having fun. And if anyone ever has doubts about Phish, please just go to a concert. Being basically hugged by 30,000 people is hard to combat against.  I needed those fans and needed those four wonderful musicians that night. I chose “Dirt” simply because it basically has the same chord structure of an Oaks song (which is good because I don’t know that many). Its also just a beautiful melody.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 23rd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 we pay tribute to James Cotton. James CottonCotton was born and raised in Tunica, Mississippi. As a young boy he received a 15 cent harmonica and his life forever changed. One night he heard Sonny Boy Williamson on the radio and learned how much a harmonica could do. When Cotton was 9 his parents had passed away. Then Cotton’s uncle took him to meet Sonny Boy Williamson. Cotton was quick to show Sonny Boy how he too could play the harmonica. Williamson took Cotton under his wing and young James Cotton would play the harmonica on the steps of whatever juke joint Sonny Boy was playing at. Some nights Cotton would make more money on the stoop that Sonny Boy would make on the stage.


A few years went by and at age 15 James Cotton recorded his first songs at Sun Records. He became known as “Superharp” thanks to his showmanship. Cotton gained the admiration of Muddy Waters who used Cotton’s harmonica talents on many songs. Muddy Waters also brought Cotton to his stage show including a legendary set at Newport Folk Festival in 1960 where we find this version of “I’ve Got My Mojo Working Pts I & II.”

James Cotton passed way last Thursday, March 16th in Austin, Texas at 81.


The cover is from Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis from their self-titled album in 2009.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

kitty daisy lewis

March 22nd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 it’s a birthday celebration for Jonas Berggren! Yes! Jonas Berggren! He’s turning 50 today!



How many of us are Berggrenders?! You know members to the official Jonas Berggren fan club. That may or may not be an actual organization. But it should be! Because Jonas Berggren is the guitarist, and keyboardist for one of the 90’s greatest global groups, Ace of Base! In 1993, the greatest Swedish group since Abba smacked the world in the face with hit after hit including the smash sensation, “The Sign” which was written by Berggren.


The cover is from The Mountain Goats. It is the final track on the 2002 album Bitter Melon Farm. Why John Darnielle wanted to cover the song, I have no idea.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 21st, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, March 20, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, March 20th, 2017 is dedicated to Chuck. On Saturday Chuck Berry died in his hometown, St. Louis. He was 90.

The unquestioned father of rock and roll created an enduring legacy of teenaged music which became a songbook for countless musicians, including The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. He took the basics of R&B in the 1950s, added some country flavor, his own showmanship and wit and crafted a music that knew no boundaries. John Lennon summed it up best, saying, “If you were going to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”

There are a number of resources to use to learn the biography of Charles Edward Anderson Berry. He joined his first band in 1952 with a love for showmanship. There is no record of his cousin Marvin Berry calling him from a prom in Hillsdale, California. Chuck Berry’s music not only created Rock and Roll, it is the heartbeat of Rock and Roll. It is impossible to think about the formation of the genre without Chuck Berry.

Today we are going to do 2, Take 2’s. Chuck Berry’s influence on the rest of popular music is unquantifiable. Too many artists and legends were influenced by Berry to talk about them all. I am choosing two different songs covered by two different bands to show how Berry influenced them.

In 1955, Chuck Berry sought out Leonard Chess of Chess Records. At Chess Chuck recorded a few songs. The following year his song “Roll Over Beethoven” foreshadowed the music takeover of Rock and Roll and was at the top of the charts.

The Beatles recorded “Roll Over Beethoven” in 1963 but they had been playing the song since the earliest days as a band, even before they were called The Beatles. When you enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum the first thing you do is walk under a sign that reads in neon glory “Roll Over Beethoven.”

The second song we will feature today is “Johnny B. Goode.” This is one of the most recognized songs of all time. The somewhat autobiographical song of a guitarist who wants to see his name in lights. An ideal Chuck Berry kept with until the end as he still kept his weekly show in St. Louis going until 2014.

The cover is from the Grateful Dead. This version closed out a two night run in Oakland, California in 1976. You can find it on Dick’s Picks Vol. 33.


The Beatles and The Grateful Dead covering Chuck Berry. They’re just 2 of the greatest bands of all time that were inspired to become musicians because of Chuck Berry. You can then think about all of the musicians that these bands have inspired.

Chuck Berry considered it more important to have earned the respect of his fellow musicians.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born on October 18th, 1926, the third of six children of Martha and Henry Berry, a Baptist deacon in St. Louis. His music career began on New Year’s Eve in 1952, when Berry joined a local band called Sir John’s Trio. His showmanship and hillbilly music made him a local star and rival of Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. He once said, “Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience, and some of our black audience began whispering, ‘Who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?’ After they laughed at me a few times, they began requesting the hillbilly stuff and enjoyed dancing to it.”

Berry was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry in 1926 and grew up in St. Louis.

His hits, all recorded for the Chess label in Chicago, included “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “School Day,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Johnny B. Goode” and “My Ding-a-Ling.”

His film appearances included Go, Johnny, Go; Rock, Rock, Rock; Mr. Rock; and the 1978 documentary American Hot Wax.

Berry’s legal troubles included an armed-robbery conviction as a teen, a jail stint in 1961 for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes, a brief imprisonment in 1979 for tax evasion and accusations in the 1990s from female employees who said he’d videotaped them in bathrooms.

He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985.

Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Director Taylor Hackford filmed his 60th birthday concert for the 1987 theatrical documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Berry is survived by Themetta “Toddy” Suggs, his wife of over 68 years, and his four children Ingrid Berry-Clay, Chuck Berry Jr., Aloha Isa Lei Berry and Melody Exes Berry.


The door to a recording career opened after a visit to Chicago at the request of Muddy Waters. During the visit, Berry sought out Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Chess, along with producer Willie Dixon,was impressed with Berry and his upbeat country song, “Ida Red” — later re-named and recorded as “Maybellene.” The single reached number-one on Billboard’s R&B chart and number-five on the pop chart.


He reached the Billboard Top 40 14 times in all, scoring his only number-one in 1972 with a live rendition of the dirty joke song “My Ding-a-Ling.” The classics in his canon, all of which have been covered innumerable times over the past six decades, include “Roll Over Beethoven,” “School Day,” “Carol,” “You Can’t Catch Me,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.”


During the ‘50s, Berry had cameos in various films, including Rock, Rock, Rock; Mr. Rock and Roll;and Go, Johnny, Go. In 1978, the film American Hot Wax, which told the story of Alan Freed, featured Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, and recounted the riot at one of Berry’s concerts promoted by Freed.


Berry had a number of run-ins with the law. As a teen, he and a few friends were sentenced to 10 years to prison for armed robbery, although he only served three. In 1961, Berry began a three-year term for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes after a young Native American girl working at his Club Bandstand couldn’t produce a birth certificate. In 1979, he went to jail briefly for tax evasion, and during the early 1990s, a few women accused Berry of videotaping them at his Berry Park recording studio and his Wentzville restaurant. Though he eventually settled with all 59 women before a verdict was reached, a police raid on Berry’s home revealed several video tapes of women in the restroom, as well as 62 grams of marijuana. He was subsequently sentenced to six months in jail, as well as two years’ probation and other fees.

In 1986, Berry was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1987, published Chuck Berry: The Autobiography. Also in 1987, the documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, based on a concert in honor of Berry’s 60th birthday, was released.


In 1985, his trademark duckwalk was copied by Michael J. Fox in the movie Back to the Future.


Berry toured around the world through the tail end of his life, but succumbed to the physical pressures of the life towards the end of his run. The legendary guitarist had to be helped off the stage after passing out from exhaustion during a New Year’s concert in 2011. He was legendary for always demanding payment in full before setting foot on stage and using unrehearsed pickup bands wherever he performed. Countless veteran musicians have stories about the hair-raising experience of backing Chuck in concert.

Berry is survived by Themetta “Toddy” Suggs, his wife of over 50 years, and his four children Ingrid Berry-Clay, Chuck Berry Jr., Aloha Isa Lei Berry and Melody Exes Berry.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 20th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, March 17, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, March 17th, 2017. St. Patrick’s Day is a time of feasting and celebration in Ireland. So much so that the Lenten observations are lifted this one day alone purely for alcohol consumption.

Some folks see today as a day of remembrance for Ireland’s war torn past. In 1913, a British lawyer, Frederic Weatherly, penned a new song he called “Danny Boy.”
dannyboyThe song tells the story of a father sending his son off to war. Throughout the past century “Danny Boy” has been recorded by too many musicians to count. There are two main distinctions in the various versions. There is a traditional, soft Celtic take on the song, and then a more raucous version. We start with a tender live instrumental version from guitar great Jeff Beck. Beck’s version of “Danny Boy” is on his Live+ release in 2015.

The rowdy version is from New York City-Irish punks, Black 47. They recorded this lengthy version on their 1994 album Home of the Brave.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 17th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, March 16, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, March 16th, 2017 we celebrate the beginning of one of the greatest tournaments in sport, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. UVa, VCU, and Virginia Tech are all playing today.


That said let’s raise the rafters with 2 versions of one of sports most played anthems. 40 years ago, Brian May wrote “We Will Rock You” for Queen. According to May, the song was conceived after they played a show in Birmingham, England.

We did an encore and then went off, and instead of just keeping clapping, they sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to us, and we were just completely knocked out and taken aback – it was quite an emotional experience really, and I think these chant things are in some way connected with that.

“We Are the Champions” is usually after “We Will Rock You.” The songs are back-to-back on News of the World and their themes make them a perfect pair. However, we are only going to focus on “We Will Rock You.” The stomp-stomp-clap-pause-beat rhythm makes the song a perfect fit for cheering on any event. As the tournament is just underway and we are weeks from seeing the new National Champion let’s get ready to enjoy college basketball in all of its glory. Two versions of “We Will Rock You.”

The cover is from fellow Brit band The Stone Roses. Their take on the tune is from another tournament. In 2006, The Stones Roses performed this live version of “We Will Rock You” for the Football World Cup.


As the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway I issue this challenge. I am looking for any musician to record their own version of Joe Eposito’s 1984 classic “You’re the Best.” The song was perfectly synched to the best movie sports tournament montages ever in The Karate Kid.

It is impossible to hear the song without thinking of Daniel LaRusso taking on the Cobra Kai Karate Team all by himself. All musicians are invited to participate in this project. You have until Friday, March 31st to submit your recorded cover to tad@wnrn.org. If your cover is indeed the best around, we will play it on Monday, April 3rd before the National Championship game.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 16th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 we get a preview of a new project from Danger Mouse. More on the release in a bit but first the original. “The House of the Rising Sun” is a blues-folk song that is partly based on a British folk song from the 17th century. In 1964 the British Invasion Band, The Animals recorded the song and made it into a Rock ‘n Roll classic.

Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle is a new soundtrack project to coincide with the Amazon Original Series The Man in High Castle. The show is based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. The basic premise is that the Axis not the Allies win World War II and divide the globe between the three powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Given Japan’s flag, “The House of the Rising Sun” takes on new meaning in context of the show. Sam Cohen is the singer on the new version with producer Danger Mouse. Together they oversaw all of the songs on the project. Other artists involved are Beck, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, and Sharon Van Etten who we will feature tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

resistance radio

March 14th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, March 13, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, March 13th, 2017 we preview some new unreleased audio from the Pink Floyd vault. Friday, March 24th is release day for Pink Floyd -The Early Years.  The full track listing can be found below. There has been some energy in the Pink Floyd camp lately.

Roger Waters was on hand Saturday for the unveiling of a new version of his Pink Floyd masterwork The Wall. Another Brick in the Wall: L’Opéra had its World Premiere at the Opéra de Montréal in Canada and Rolling Stone reports that its original songwriter was given a standing ovation when it was announced that he was in the house at the start of the show.

Coincidentally, it was an incident at a 1977 Pink Floyd concert in Montreal that provided the spark for Waters to write The Wall. An irritated Waters purportedly spit at a concert-goer who was annoying him and his embarrassment afterwards inspired him to begin working on a concept album exploring his own alienation and isolation.

Roger Waters is taking Pink Floyd’s catalog on the road this summer with his Us +Them Tour. This includes a Washington DC show at the Verizon Center on August, 4th.

Plus, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is opening “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” on May 13th.

Heck even the Avett Brothers are getting into Pink Floyd as they closed out their sold out run at The National in Richmond with a version of “Time.”

One of Pink Floyd’s most heralded releases is Live at Pompeii. The concert film was filmed over 4 days in the fall of 1971. This concert is part of the re-release and here is a newly mixed version of “One of These Days.”


The cover is from Gov’t Mule. Warren Haynes & company recorded this on the Dark Side of the Mule album which came out in 2014. You can see Gov’t Mule at Lockn’ Music Festival this summer.


2 x CDs / 1 x DVD / 1 x Blu-ray

Obscured By Clouds (2016 remix)
1. Obscured By Clouds 3.03
2. When You’re In 2.31
3. Burning Bridges 3.30
4. The Gold It’s In The… 3.07
5. Wot’s…Uh The Deal 5.09
6. Mudmen 4.18
7. Childhood’s End 4.33
8. Free Four 4.16
9. Stay 4.06
10. Absolutely Curtains 5.52
Total 40.25 mins approx.
Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Château d’Hérouville,
France, 23-29 February 1972
Remixed in 2016 by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins

Live At Pompeii (2016 Remix)
1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 6.45
2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10.35
3. One Of These Days 5.50
4. A Saucerful Of Secrets 12.49
5. Echoes 24.57
6. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Alternative Take) 6.09
Total 67.05 mins approx.
Remixed in 2016 by Andy Jackson & Damon Iddins

DVD / Blu-ray

Recording of Obscured By Clouds, Soundtrack for the movie
‘La Vallee’ – Château d’Hérouville, France, 23-29 February 1972
1. Wot’s… Uh The Deal – synced to ‘Obscured By Clouds’ session photos 5.04
2. Pop Deux Documentary 7.14
Recording Obscured By Clouds + David Gilmour & Roger Waters Interview

Brighton Dome, 29 June 1972
3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 9.04
4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 7.39

Roland Petit Pink Floyd Ballet, news reports 1972-73
5. Actualités Méditerranée 3.29
Dancers and Pink Floyd performing 22 Nov 1972 Marseille, France

  1. JT Nuit – Les Pink Floyd 3.04
    Dancers and Pink Floyd performing 26 Nov 1972 – Marseille, France
  2. JT 20h – Pink Floyd 3.01
    Pink Floyd at soundcheck – Paris, France, 12 Jan 1973
  3. Journal de Paris – Les Pink Floyd 5.03
    Dancers and Pink Floyd performing + David Gilmour Interview Paris, France, 16 Jan 1973
  4. Poitiers – Autour Du Passage Des Pink Floyd 4:27
    Concert set up news report – Poitiers, France, 29 Nov 1972

Live At Pompeii (with 2016 5.1 audio Mix)
10. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 6.40
11. A Saucerful Of Secrets 10.09
12. One Of These Days 5.58
13. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10.24
14. Echoes 26.10
Total 107.27 mins approx.
Recorded and filmed in the Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, 4-7 October 1971,
for ‘Live at Pompeii’, directed by Adrian Maben.
Audio remixed in 2016 by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

darksideof mule

March 13th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, March 10, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, March 10th, 2017 we celebrate Neko Cases’ return to Central Virginia. neko-case-heroTonight’s show at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville is only one of a handful of shows Neko is doing before she hits the road with The New Pornographers this Spring.  WNRN has been a career long fan of Neko. We’ve played tunes from her solo career, you’ve probably heard the new New Pornographers’ song “High Ticket Attractions” on the air by now. There’s also the tunes she recorded with K.D. Lang and Laura Viers which we love. I think it is fair to say WNRN is a bit smitten with Neko Case.

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is Neko’s 4th solo album which was released in 2006. Case brought on some friends to collaborate on the album including The Sadies. One song they worked on together is “Hold On, Hold On.”

Just like Neko Case got help on the song, Marianne Faithful worked with Cat Power [AKA Chan Marshall] to cover “Hold On, Hold On.” You can find Faithfull’s cover on Easy Come Easy Go.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 10th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, March 9, 2016


Take 2@2 for Thursday, March 9th, 2017 is dedicated to John Cale for today John Cale celebrates his 75th birthday. JohnCale4704_byShawnBrackbillBorn in Wales in 1942, he studied music in London and then moved to New York City. In 1965, Cale met Lou Reed and together they started a new band called The Velvet Underground. It was Cale who played a wide array of instruments on the VU albums. His vanguard composition style helped define the experimental sound that was The Velvet Underground.

After Velvet Underground, John Cale became a solo musician and producer. He pops up in Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter album, worked with Patti Smith, The Squeeze, and Modern Lovers. In the mid-1970’s Cale released 3 solo albums for Island Records Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy. On that first release Fear, we find this song “You Know More Than I Know.”

The cover is from Iron & Wine & Ben Bridwell. Sam Beam and Bridwell recorded an album of all cover songs in 2015. They put their singer/songwriter spin on songs from Talking Heads, JJ Cale, and this tune from John Cale.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 9th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|