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Take 2@2 Thursday, October 12, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, October 12th, 2017 we get prepped for tonight’s WNRN presents show with The Wood Brothers at The National, in Richmond. woodbrosWe’ve been big fans of Oliver & Chris Wood’s music from the beginning. The Woods with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix combine to form a folk rock trio that has been wowing audiences with every show they perform.

A few years ago, The Wood Brothers were asked to take part of an Americana tribute to Paul McCartney. The resulting compilation is Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney. On this album you will find The Wood Brothers covering a McCartney tune that is most known by another band.

“Come and Get It” was written by Paul McCartney during The Beatles Abbey Road recording sessions. He produced the song for the band Badfinger. Their version, under McCartney’s supervision, was used for the film The Magic Christian. The picture stared Peter Sellers and another one of Sir Paul’s buds, Ringo Starr.

The Wood Brothers are at The National tonight. They have just announced a new tour including a stop in Charlottesville. In 2018, you can see The Wood Brothers at The Jefferson Theater on Thursday, January 18th.

– Tad Abbey


October 12th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 we feature two live versions of the same song. Both versions also feature the same guitarist. Twenty years ago, Warner Archives released The Yardbirds Live at the BBC. This compilation features The Yardbirds many visits to play live on the British radio service. The songs are put on the album in chronological order. Just prior to the first session, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds. Jeff Beck then became the group’s guitarist followed by Jimmy Page. In 1964, The Yardbirds gathered in the BBC studio to perform this memorable tune, “For Your Love.”

The second live version also features Jeff Beck on guitar. Jeff Beck is releasing his latest concert album Live at The Hollywood Bowl. The performance occurred last year and features guest musicians Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler.

– Tad Abbey


October 11th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, October 10, 2017 we celebrate a century of Monk. 1200px-Thelonious_Monk,_Minton's_Playhouse,_New_York,_N.Y.,_ca._Sept._1947_(William_P._Gottlieb_06191)Thelonious Sphere Monk, was born on October 10th, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. By the time he was 5, his family moved to Manhattan. There young Thelonious, would learn the piano at age 6. In the mid 1940’s, Monk became a fixture in the New York Jazz scene. Along with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and later Miles Davis, Monk helped define Bebop.

Over the years Monk’s songs became synonymous with Jazz. Monk’s pieces are the second most played Jazz compositions, following Duke Ellington. Today, we are going to play Thelonious Monk’s most well-known song and showcase how quickly he inspired other musicians with the cover. It is not known for certain when Thelonious Monk first composed “‘Round Midnight.” Some say he first penned the tune at age 19, and then he recorded the tune for the 1947 album Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1.

I understand that Jazz isn’t everyone’s thing. Today, though spend a few minutes and listen to how Monk approaches not only the song’s structures but also how he plays. He attacks the keys on disharmonized chords. At the same time, he can play with such a light touch you can envision his hands dancing across the keys.

Miles Davis came to the Bebop scene after Monk, Gillespie, and Parker had already started the movement. In his version of “‘Round Midnight,” or “‘Round About Midnight” (as it is sometimes titled) he brings a longing to the piece. His mood is darker and he is drawing you in. Miles Davis recorded this just a decade after Monk in 1957 to help bridge the gap from bop to the Birth of the Cool.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Monday, October 9, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, October 9th, 2017. Today would be John Lennon’s 77th birthday.WHY-JOHN-LENNON-WAS-A-SOUL-MAN-1 There are an infinite number of cover songs from the McCartney/ Lennon catalog. On John’s birthday I want to focus on his non-Beatle work. In 1970, Lennon wrote, recorded, and released a song in just 10 days. Producer, Phil Spector oversaw the project which then landed Spector the producer role for The Beatles final album Let It Be. “Instant Karma!” became an instant classic in the short time it took to become a hit song. The song became a top 5 hit in the U.S., the U.K., and in Canada.

Lennon was assonated in December 1980 at age 40. Nearly 40 years have passed since his death. “Instant Karma!” became somewhat prophetic though. Even after death, fans around the world still listen to The Beatles and Lennon’s solo work on a daily basis. Like the song says, “We all shine on.”

Ten years ago, U2 covered “Instant Karma” for the Amnesty International benefit compilation, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Friday, October 5, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, October 6th, 2017. Ani DiFranco returns to the Commonwealth tomorrow to perform at the 8th annual Festy Experience.ani-difranco-tickets_10-01-17 I went to a smallish state college in Western New York State during the late 1990’s. During this period, Ani DiFranco was a major musical force. At the time, every aspiring singer-songwriter was emulating Ani’s cutting lyrics and syncopated guitar style.

I first heard about Ani when I was in high school. A teacher was listening to a cassette he just purchased. My ears immediately grabbed hold of the incredibly intimate lyrics. At first, I couldn’t believe that I was hearing a female artist share a poignant tale of an unwanted pregnancy. From that moment on I was hooked.

Ani DiFranco has always been brutally real. She always speaks her mind and opens up her soul. The song we are going to spotlight today was actually too real for the artist that covers it. From Ani’s 6th album Not a Pretty Girl this is “32 Flavors.”

Alana Davis recorded “32 Flavors” as her debut single for her album Blame It on Me. Davis’ version is a bit different than DiFranco’s. First, Alana’s version is much shorter and the lyrics have changed. Alana told MTv News, “I took out the parts that I wasn’t comfortable with, you know, and I put in ideas of my own and sent her a copy of it and she said she loved it, so..”

– Tad Abbey


October 6th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, October 5, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, October 5th, 2017 we celebrate the 70th birthday of one of rock’s biggest voices, Brian Johnson. brianjohnsonacdcBack in 1980, Johnson became the lead singer for AC/DC. Prior to Johnson, Bon Scott, was the lead singer for the Aussie rockers. After Scott died, AC/DC almost called it quits. Then guitarist, Angus Young, found Brian Johnson and AC/DC carried on.

Johnson would help AC/DC release one of the biggest selling albums of all-time, Back in Black. Following the tragic loss of Bon Scott AC/DC affirmed themselves as one of rock and roll’s greatest bands thanks to growling vocals of Brian Johnson.

The cover is from Living Colour. In 2003, they released their first album in over 10 years, Collideøscope. You can see Living Colour in Charlottesville at The Jefferson Theater on Thursday, October 19th.

– Tad Abbey


October 5th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 we take a listen to a new cover of an 80’s classic. In 1986, Crowded House released their self-titled album. Following the break-up of Split Enz, Neil Finn put together Crowded House and this debut album became an instant classic. The release features songs like, “Something So Strong,” “Mean to Me,” and the forever sing-a-long tune “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

The new cover is from The Head & the Heart. The longtime friends of WNRN just released this new single version of “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” Last Sunday, a few WNRN VIP Members got to hang out with TH&tH before their show at The National in Richmond.

On Monday, founding member of The Head & the Heart, Josiah Johnson will be my guest. Join us for this In-Studio Session and chat with Josiah after he put some distance between himself and the road.

– Tad Abbey


October 4th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 we continue to celebrate Tom Petty. TP_1950-2017_100217We first learned about Petty’s health yesterday afternoon. Tabloid outfit TMZ reported that Tom Petty suffered a heart attack on Sunday night, he was admitted to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support. Last night, Tom Petty’s manager ,Tony Dimitriades, posted the following:
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers rocked for over 40 years. That is a true testament to their music. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1989, Petty became a solo artist as well as a bandleader, recording the first of his three solo albums, Full Moon Fever. Even on his own, he never strayed too far from the Heartbreakers, as their guitarist Mike Campbell was a major player on all three, and the Heartbreakers contributed to two of them, particularly the second, Wildflowers. One song from Full Moon Fever, to me always showcased the rebellious spirit of Tom Petty. Take 2 versions of “I Won’t Back Down.”

The cover is from Johnny Cash, who recorded Petty’s song on American III: Solitary Man. In 2007, Peter Bogdanovich released the four-hour documentary film, Runnin’ Down a Dream. In the movie producer Rick Rubin and Tom Petty discuss working with the man in black.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by Blue Mountain Brewery.

– Tad Abbey


October 3rd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, October 2, 201


Take 2@2 for Monday, October 2nd, 2017 we light the birthday candles for Gillian Welch.

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©Jay Blakesberg

You may have seen Gillian recently on her Harrow & the Harvest tour at Charlottesville’s Sprint Pavilion. Soon, she will be back in the Commonwealth this December performing at the National in Richmond and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville. These shows will be with her longtime partner David Rawlings for his Poor David’s Almanack tour.

Let’s go back to her 1996 release Revival. This is the album that first introduced us to Gillian Welch and her music. The song “Orphan Girl” is a glimpse into her early life, being adopted and raised in New York City.

The cover is from Emmylou Harris. Emmylou included this song on her 1995 album Wrecking Ball. Yes, Emmylou’s version did come out before Gillian Welch’s. Welch had yet to release her debut album when Emmylou released this album of songs from other song writers.

– Tad Abbey


October 2nd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, September 29, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, September 29th, 2017 we put an ear to one of the 2 covers featured on In-Studio at WNRN Vol. 5.

Buddy Holly made the tune “Rave On!” famous. Sonny West originally wrote the song with Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty back in 1958. West’s version was released by Atlantic Records and became a hit tune but not by Sonny West. The same year West recorded the song, Norman Petty produced another version with Buddy Holly.

M. Ward covered “Rave On” for his 2009 album Hold Time. In 2016, he stopped by WNRN and performed this cover for one our In-Studio Sessions. You can now own this tune with your support of WNRN.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by Blue Mountain Brewery.

– Tad Abbey

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September 29th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|