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Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 Red Wing Roots Music Festival just announced a whole lotta additions to this year’s lineup. A portion of the beverage sales from the beer gardens supports WNRN.
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Darlingside  is coming to Red Wing Roots this year. This band which grew out of Williams College quickly won over the WNRN staff thanks to their vocal harmonies, romantic lyricism, and quick wits. Darlingside’s songs “Good for You” and “White Horses” are now staples on WNRN.

When Darlingside toured through Virginia they performed at The Southern Café & Music Hall with David Wax Museum. The crowd enjoyed the live versions of tunes from Darlingside’s Birds Say album. Then they performed this cover from their also avian titled EP Whippoorwill.

“1979” is from Smashing Pumpkins. The song was an Alternative Radio hit in the mid-nineties. The video featuring teens having a carefree day got regular rotation on MTv, VH1, among others. The tune is from the 1995 album Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 we go back in time 60 years ago and one month ago today. On January, 21st, 1957 Patsy Cline performed on CBS during the Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts program. She won the competition thanks to her rendition of “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Cline’s performance of the song was so popular that Decca Records rushed her into the studio. The song was released as a single. By February 21st, 1957 Patsy Cline was quickly climbing the charts.

In 1998, Cowboy Junkies went to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto to record a new album.  Dubbed The Trinity Sessions, Cowboy Junkies used only one microphone to record the songs. The album features a mix of originals and covers including a take on “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Monday, February 20, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Monday, February 20th, 2017 we celebrate what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday. cobainHe was born on February 20th, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5th, 1994 in a Seattle home. Even though his music career only covered the last seven years of his life and included just three studio albums with Nirvana, he left an impact that has lasted for more than two decades.

Nirvana was one of those bands for me that turned the lights on. Like all of a sudden music made more sense in my life. Growing up in a rural area, we weren’t exposed to much Alternative Music before Nirvana broke through. After listening to Nirvana in my teens I began going to see bands live. A regional cover band came through so I went with a few friends to see the show. There were only 10 of us in the bar so we started a mosh pit to be like the fans we had seen on MTv. The band covered “Lithium.”

This song was actually a turning point for Nirvana. When they met with producer Butch Vig in 1990 in Wisconsin to record the song, Cobain was growing increasingly frustrated with then drummer Chad Channing. Cobain wanted Channing to be more consistent with the song. They put “Lithium” on a demo which helped land Nirvana their record deal with DGC.

In 1991, Nirvana met make up with Vig again at the Sound City Recording Studio in Van Nuys, California. By this time Dave Grohl was the drummer and he used a more simplified rhythm that laid down a powerful beat for the song. With the rhythm in place, “Lithium” was a real look inside the head of Kurt Cobain. The song about a man who turns to religion, then drugs, and thoughts of suicide showcased how Cobain perceived the world around him.

The cover is from Polyphonic Spree. The large ensemble led by Tim DeLaughter, who formed the group after his band Tripping Daisy fell apart. Like Cobain, DeLaughter is an eccentric sort, and I truly appreciate his take on “Lithium” which is found on the 2009 EP Wait.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Friday, February 17, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, February 17th, 2017 we celebrate the 45th birthday of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. billiejoearmstrong

He met future Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in elementary school. The Oakland, California kids started playing punk music together and started Green Day. In 1990, they hired Tre’ Cool as their drummer and a year later they released Kerplunk. Now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day has released 12 studio albums including their latest Revolution Radio.

Twenty years ago, Green Day released Nimrod. One song on the album was written several years prior to Nimrod’s 1997 release. In 1990, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song that he kept to himself for several years. In ’93 during the sessions for Dookie, he then shared a song with Dirnt and Cool called “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)” The guys loved the song but they all agreed it didn’t fit with the rest of the songs on Dookie. Their producer for Nimrod decided to add the strings to the arrangement. After the song was released it quickly took a life of its’ own. It is now a staple at proms, graduations, and infamously used in the final episode of Seinfeld.

For all their ups and downs, Green Day has been on quite the ride since the early 1990’s. Let’s raise a glass for Billie Joe on his birthday and wish him well.

Country legend Glen Campbell released his 60th (yes 60th!) album in 2008. Meet Glen Campbell is all covers of more modern tunes. Campbell puts his signature voice on songs from John Lennon, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, and this cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)”

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 16th, 2017 it has been a while since played a round of Who Covers It Better? Today we are focusing on the classic tune “I Thank You.” The song was written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes in 1968 and then recorded by their Stax Record Label mates Sam & Dave. This original version of the song got to #9 on the Billboard Pop charts.

Over a decade later a little band from Texas put their spin on “I Thank You.” ZZ Top covered the tune in 1979 for the album Degüello.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band is releasing a new album tomorrow called Got Soul. There are some guests on the record including Darius Rucker, Anthony Hamilton, and Cory Henry from Snarky Puppy. Henry appears on this new cover of “I Thank You.” Robert Randolph blends the soul of Sam & Dave with the raucous guitar stylings of ZZ Top to make the song his own.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 it happened 11 years ago today, Jack Johnson got to number 1. Following the success of his first 3 studio albums, Johnson scored the first number one album of his career. Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies the soundtrack to film Curious George was put together by Jack Johnson and his musical buddies. Ben Harper, G. Love, Matt Costa, and Zach Gill from ALO all helped out with tunes for the release. The soundtrack is focused for children with songs about sharing, recycling, and a cover of a White Stripes song about friendship.

“We’re Going to be Friends” is from the 2002 White Stripes album, White Blood Cells. The sing-songy tune telling the story of a boy and girl who meet on their way to the first day of school. In its purest sense this theme is as American as a Norman Rockwell Schoolwalk painting.
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This week on the WNRN VIP List, VIP Members can win tickets to see Jack Johnson at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, June 11th.

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 15th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Valentine’s Day 2017

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 we seal this Valentine’s Day with a kiss. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs that we’ve been highlighting for the past few days. There is still time for you to enter our contest as we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new android voice to ease your solitude and give you some companionship. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

When we first saw the Love Me/ Love Me Not playlist from Amazon Music one song immediately stuck out. JD McPherson does an incredible cover of an 80’s New Wave tune.

“A Little Respect” is from Erasure’s 1988 album The Innocents. The song of a lover pleading for more reverence from his partner mixed with dance beats creates an uplifting experience. The song could easily be a brooding, Morrissey type of tune. Erasure, instead makes “A Little Respect” into a tune of empowering a couple’s love for each other.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Monday, February 13, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Monday, February 13th, 2017 we are in the mood for love for Valentine’s Day. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day. To help you out for V-Day ’17 we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new vocal humanoid facsimile for you to interact with to give you some company. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

I’m Your Man is Leonard Cohen’s 8th album. The record brought us songs like “Everybody Knows” and “Ain’t No Cure for Love.” It also ushered a new sound for Cohen where he utilized synthesizers for the first time. The title track was not issued as a single but over time has become a fan favorite. The lyrics of guy steadfast in his resolve to be anything his love wants him to be. For Valentine’s Day we take 2 versions of “I’m Your Man.”

The gender twisted cover is from Amanda Shires. Shires actually has a tattoo on her forearm featuring a few of the lyrics to “Hallelujah.” In an article for Rolling Stone Magazine, Shires says that Cohen is one of her biggest influences:

“We have taken a thousand road trips together and I have drunk hundreds of bottles of wine with him, ever since I found him in that record store in Lubbock, Texas.”

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 13th, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Friday, February 10, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, February 10th, 2017 we look at the other side of Valentine’s Day. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. To help you out for V-Day ’17 we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new vocal humanoid facsimile for you to interact with to give you some company. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

The Love Me Not playlist is mostly songs of heartbreak and sadness. Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album Darkness on the Edge of Town came out in 1978. Many of the tunes are bleak, including the title track. The song “Darkness on the Edge of Town” follows a heartbroken man hopelessly waiting for his love to return.

The cover is from The Trigger Code. For over a decade this Nashville based band has had a rotating lineup to help evolve its’ sound. Taylor Derik Sorenson is the main brains behind this group and posted this note to Facebook:

A few years ago, after my Grandma had passed away, my wife and I took some time to go live with my Grandpa in an effort to help however we could. Though we weren’t there long, those 6 months gave to us a thousand pieces of valuable and beautiful experiences of which we will never let go. During that time, I set up a little studio, in what was my dad’s childhood bedroom, and managed to scrape together some recordings. One of those recordings has made its way to this Amazon playlist – a preface to the Valentines holiday – and happens to be one of my favorite songs by my favorite artist and biggest musical influence – Bruce Springsteen.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 9, 2019

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 9th, 2017 we put a new spin on a classic from the King. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

In 1961, Elvis Presley stared in the musical comedy Blue Hawaii. Even in the tropical beauty of Waikiki Beach, The King needed to be tender. So the writing team of Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss got together and penned a song. They based their melody on a French romance song, “Plaisir d’amour.” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” became a smash hit for Elvis and has been covered countless times.

Lady Lamb takes on the King’s classic on the new Love Me/ Love Me Not playlist. Aly Spaltro grew up in Maine and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to start her music career as Lady Lamb. Since 2009 she’s released 2 albums and 2 EPs including last year’s Tender Warriors Club EP.

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

– Tad Abbey

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