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Take 2@2 Friday, August 11, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, August 11th, 2017 we get prepped for tomorrow’s Blues Traveler show for the Riverfront Park Concert Series in Lynchburg. BluesTraveler-smBlues Traveler is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. BT began in Princeton, New Jersey and eventually became the house band for the legendary Wetlands music venue in New York City. The live presence of Blues Traveler, led by singer and harmonica great, John Popper, attracted many fans. So much so that in 1992, Blues Traveler launched the H.O.R.D.E. Tour. The tour was designed as an alternative to Lollapalooza and brought on Phish, Barenaked Ladies, and even Smashing Pumpkins one year.

In 2004, Blues Traveler released a live album recorded at Red Rocks Ampitheater. Live on the Rocks has many fan favorites and few hits but is a fantastic showcase of Blues Traveler’s live power. During the set they brought Ziggy Marley on stage to cover one of Ziggy’s dad’s songs, “No Woman, No Cry.”

The other version of “No Woman, No Cry” is from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. It is found on the compilation Putamayo: Tribute to a Reggae Legend.


August 12
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$10 – $45
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Riverfront Park
1100 Jefferson Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by Blue Mountain Brewery.

– Tad Abbey

putamayo tribute

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, August 10, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, August 10th, 2017 we travel back 33 years ago today, to when Red Hot Chili Peppers released their debut album. Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-Maxwells-HobokenThe self-titled release was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill. Only lead singer Anthony Keidis, and bassist Flea, remain in RHCP from that first album. Their original guitarist, Jack Sherman, was fired and replaced by Hillel Slovak. Cliff Martinez, was the drummer on the album who was later replaced by Jack Irons.

As the Chili Peppers lineup has evolved so has the band’s sound. The debut album is raw and only produced one single, “Get Up and Jump,” which never charted. The following albums Freakey Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan honed in on the funk to stylize the Red Hot Chili Peppers sound. It wouldn’t be until 1991 when their 5th album Blood Sugar Sex Magic put Red Hot Chili Peppers into the mainstream.

Today we are going to go way back to that first release Red Hot Chili Peppers. This album actually contains an odd cover. In 1950, Hank Williams released the single “Why Don’t You Love Me.” A sober song reflecting on his marital problems.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 we say farewell to Glen Campbell. Campbell died Tuesday at age 81. He was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease.glen-campbell-1024

Glen Campbell came into the world on April 22nd, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas. At the beginning, Campbell was a session guitarist in the group The Wrecking Crew. You can hear Campbell playing guitar for Frank Sinatra, The Mamas and the Papas and The Beach Boys.

Campbell struck out on his own and his country songs found mainstream success. Classic tunes like “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston” crossed over from country to mainstream pop charts.

Many Americans love him for the TV variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which put him in American living rooms from 1968 to 1972. Campbell also starred in the John Wayne film True Grit in 1969.

Here is Campbell discussing his crossover success:

For his musical accomplishments, Campbell won nine Grammys (plus Lifetime Achievement recognition), nine Academy of Country Music awards, three AMAs and two Country Music Association awards. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 2011, Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he was the subject of a bittersweet 2014 documentary called I’ll Be Me. Glen leaves behind his fourth wife, Kim, and seven children.

His last studio album, Adiós, was released earlier this year. In June we showcased this album on Take 2. Today we will hear Campbell and lifelong friend, Willie Nelson join together for a new take on Willie’s “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

The other version of “Funny How Time Slips Away” is from Al Green and Lyle Lovett. They recorded it for the 1994 compilation Rhythm Country & Blues.

A long list of celebrities and musicians are paying their respects to Campbell on social media. Here’s some of their thoughts:

Jimmy Webb: “Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced. He was bountiful. His was a world of gifts freely exchanged: from Roger Miller stories to songs from the best writers, to an old Merle Haggard record. My friend, my brother in music, Glen Campbell has passed…I am full of grief. I am writing because I think you deserve some sort of message from me but I am too upset to write very well or at any great length…This I can promise. While I can play a piano he will never be forgotten. And after that someone else will revel in his vast library of recordings and pass them on to how many future generations? Possibly to all of them.” (Click here for full statement)

Ringo Starr: “God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music The real rhinestone cowboy and love to all his family.

Carole King: RIP Glen Campbell — a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs.”

Joe Walsh: “Sad to hear Glen Campbell passed. He was a GREAT guitar player and a great person. Rest in peace, my friend — thanks for all the music.”

Brian Wilson: “I’m very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I’m at a loss.”

Ed Helms: “RIP Glen Campbell, a true gentleman genius — you will forever be gentle on our minds!”

Charlie Daniels: “Thank you, Glen Campbell, for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten.”

Dolly Parton: “Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!”

Roy Clark: “Sorry to hear about my good friend Glen. The loss is too big to put into words. He was an incredible voice, incredible musician, incredible friend, movie star and recording artist. We had so much fun together, and sort of grew up together in our music and our careers. There were so many memories that only he and I shared.”

Peter Frampton: “Dear Glen Campbell. Rest in Peace. As well as your incredible musical abilities, you were one of the most down to earth people I have ever known.”

Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick): “Glen Campbell, one of the best. Bless you Glen.”

Sheryl Crow: “Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell.”

Kenny Rogers: “So very sorry to hear this. Glen was such a talented, great guy. Thankful to have known him.”

Lenny Kravitz: “Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius solo musician as part of the Wrecking Crew, playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart and courage. Rest in peace, brother, you brought us a lot of joy.”

Jerry Lee Lewis: “Glen was a dear friend to me. One of the best. Let the Lord be with him to rest his soul and to comfort his family.”

Ellen DeGeneres: “Country music will never be the same. Sending love to Glen Campbell’s family.”

Steve Martin: “RIP Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality.”

Peter Fonda: “RIP Glen Campbell…still love the GC edition of the 12-string Ovation you gave me in ’73…I’ll play it tonight with love.”

Senator John McCain: “Saddened by the passing of Glen Campbell, a great entertainer, a great man and a great Arizonan — thanks for the memories.”

Jason Isbell: “Sure played one hell of a guitar…Saying Glen Campbell ‘lost his fight with Alzheimer’s’ is like saying ‘John McCain lost the War in Vietnam. That’s just not how it works.”

Statement from Campbell family: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace ‘Shorty’ and Gerald.

“In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org DONATION PAGE.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 we get ready for tonight’s show at Charlottesville’s Sprint Pavilion. The American Acoustic Tour lands in C’ville tonight featuring Punch Brothers, I’m With Her, and Julian Lage. Each one of the nine musicians that take the stage tonight are incredible players, and composers.

I’m With Her members Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan have each won me over with their own work and together their harmonies are spellbinding. Julian Lage, bases his music in jazz. I’ve never seen him live but I’ve been a fan of his studio work for the past few years. He has recorded two albums with Punch Brothers guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge. Their latest, Mount Royal is fantastic and has been featured on Take 2. I hope we get to see them play live together, tonight.

Punch Brothers have released 4 albums and 2 EPs in the last 9 years. As all five members each have other projects and seemingly non-stop performance schedules, it amazes me how they still have time to craft truly original compositions. Way back in February of 2010, Punch Brothers performed at WNRN for an In-Studio session. During the set they performed a cover. We recorded and filmed that cover and to date it has been seen on YouTube 1,122,408 times. 5 musicians, one microphone. This is Punch Brothers with “Reptilia”

 The Strokes recorded “Reptilia” for the 2004 album Room on Fire.

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

– Tad Abbey


August 8th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, August 7, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, August 7th, 2017 we go back 36 years ago today to when the movie Heavy Metal was released. heavymetalposterFans of shows like Stranger Things, Rick & Morty, or the book, Ready Player One should be quite familiar with this movie. Heck, if you’ve been a devoted Game of Thrones fan for the past 7 seasons, I hope you have seen Heavy Metal.

This movie, which came out on August 7, 1981, combined many elements that nerdy guys like me just loved. The animated film combined several stories that were featured in Heavy Metal Magazine. The vignettes were futuristic, gritty, violent, raw, and sexed up. Originally the film had nothing to do with heavy metal music until Columbia Pictures and Sony thought about a soundtrack. The bands that were brought on for the film included Blue Öyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Journey, and Grand Funk Railroad. The music combined with the out-of-this-world stories made for a cult classic. There is even one segment that is meant to be synced to Pink Floyd’s “Time.”

Last Friday, for Take 2 we saluted Allen Toussaint. Today, we feature two more Allen Toussaint covers. Devo, covered Toussaint’s “Working in the Coal Mine” for Heavy Metal.

The second cover is from Galactic’s live release We Love ‘Em Tonight: Live at Tipitinas.

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

– Tad Abbey


August 7th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, August 4, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, August 4th, 2017 we take a listen to a new tribute project for Allen Toussaint.allen_toussaint_promo_photo_4_copy__large On November 10th, 2015, Allen Toussaint passed away at the age of 77. Following Louis Armstrong, it might be hard to find a more influential person in the New Orleans music scene, than Allen Toussaint. From the 1950’s up until his death, Toussaint helped frame the R&B sound of the Big Easy. He wrote some of the city’s best known songs and produced some of the biggest artists to ever come out of New Orleans. Allen Toussiant also enjoyed writing and recording for himself. In 1978 he released the album Motion that begins with a James Joyce like description of the folks you run into after dark. Here are two versions of “Night People.”

The cover is from Stanton Moore featuring Maceo Parker. Moore is the incredible drummer from the New Orleans band Galactic. While his main project is always on tour and recording, somehow Stanton Moore finds time for his other band the Stanton Moore Trio. The other two musicians are David “Tork” Torkanowsky (keys) and James Singleton (bass). Stanton Moore says the trio had an album’s worth of new songs but as Moore says, “a couple of days before we were supposed to start recording, Allen Toussaint passed.”

Stanton Moore has just released the new album With You in Mind. The tribute to Allen Toussaint features:


  1. Here come The Girls (feat. Cyril Neville & Trombone Shorty)
  2. Life (feat. Cyril Neville, Nicholas Payton & Skerik)
  3. Java (feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. & Trombone Shorty)
  4. All These Things (feat. Jolynda Kiki Chapman)
  5. Night People (feat. Maceo Parker)
  6. The beat (feat. Cyril Neville)
  7. Riverboat (feat. Nicholas Payton & Donald Harrison Jr.)
  8. Everything I Do Gone Be Funky (feat. Maceo Parker)
  9. With You In My Mind
  10. Southern Nights (feat. Nicholas Payton & Wendell Pierce)

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Thursday, August 3, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 is the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album. If you think this is an odd album for WNRN to be celebrating today, you are absolutely right! Just wait until you hear the cover though.

Hysteria became a major album for the metal head bangers, Def Leppard. Their previous album Pyromania began a shift for DL away from heavy metal to more glam rock that became very popular in the late 1980’s. Once Def Leppard saw the success of tunes like “Photograph,” “Foolin,” and “Rock of Ages” they realized what Hysteria needed to sound like.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Def Leppard front man, Joe Elliott describes the making of Hysteria. Elliott tells RS that producer Mutt Lange said,

“It’s got to be sexy. You’ve got to imagine people on the pole to this.” So I suppose he encouraged us to do it in that tempo, but I never walked in and went, “We’re gonna write a song for strippers.” That’s probably somebody else’s territory more than mine.”

The song that Joe Elliott is referring is “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

The cover is from bluegrass outfit Hayseed Dixie. In 2015, Hayseed released a tribute to arena rock with the album Hair Down to My Grass. The record also features covers of classics by Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and Blue Oyster Cult.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 we remember when rock helped bring down the Iron Curtain. On August 2nd, 1987, Billy Joel performed in Leningrad in the Soviet Union. joel_russiaThirty years ago the United States and the U.S.S.R. were embattled in the Cold War. The two superpowers knew the end of Communist Russia was coming but neither nation could back down.

At the same time, Western popular culture was seeping into the Soviet Union. The Russian people could see the prosperity that other Europeans and Americans had. Musicians like Billy Joel, used their popularity and influence to sway the Soviet government to allow him to perform three shows, 2 in Moscow and 1 in Leningrad.

These concerts were a result of Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost policy. The U.S.S.R. actually had to learn how to put on a rock concert because none had ever taken place before. Billy Joel brought his family to the concerts and urged the fans to get up and dance because they didn’t know that dancing was allowed.

The shows were recorded and filmed and were eventually released as the Konsert album. One song during these shows took a somewhat new meaning given the stand-off of the Cold War. Here’s two versions of “You May Be Right.”

The cover is from Yo La Tengo. The Indy outfit covered the Joel 80’s staple for their 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 Happy 75th birthday, Jerry Garcia!jerry Forming the Grateful Dead in 1965, Garcia also played in numerous other bands and combos, including his own solo band as well as New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Married three times and the father to three daughters, the 53-year old Garcia died of a heart attack while in rehab on August 9th, 1995, which brought to an end the Grateful Dead.

Jerry Garcia, in a 1993 interview, talks about his poor health. OC:…want to do that. :12

“I got a message from the overmind that if I kept going the way I was going I was going to die or at least feel very bad for a long time. And I thought I really don’t want to do that.”

In celebration of Jerry’s birthday, the seventh annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies night is tonight. The film will be a July 12th, 1989 concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. For a list of theaters and tickets go to FathomEvents.com.

Last Friday, Garcia Live Vol. 9 was released. This new collection of tunes was recorded August 11th, 1974 at the Keystone in Berkeley, California. This show features Jerry working with his longtime collaborator, Merl Saunders. Here’s their version of a tune from The Band.

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is a song from The Band. This tune about a Southern soldier during the end of the Civil War has been heralded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. We just heard the version from the 1976 legendary concert and film The Last Waltz.

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

– Tad Abbey


August 1st, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, July 31, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, July 31, 2017 let us salute the music of another realm. Game of Thrones season 7 is now past episode 3. The fans are saying this season might be the best yet. No spoilers here but there were some big moments in last night’s show.

There are many factors that make Game of Thrones great. The story telling, the cast, the locales all combine for an epic television experience. The opening credit scene is forever transforming to give viewers insight on where the story is on the Westeros map.

During this credit sequence we are taken to this magical world in song with the “Game of Thrones Theme.” This song echoes the troops marching across vast battlefields while ominous motifs showcase the evils that are transpiring across the lands. The man behind the music is Ramin Djawdi.Ramin_Djawadi

Djawdi was born in Germany and is of Iranian descent. He says the music from The Maginificent Seven inspired him to create the music for Game of Thrones. Following his work with GoT, HBO hired him again, for a western. Ramin Djawdi is also the creator of the music of Westworld. Not only is he behind that show’s theme song, but Djawdi also has transcribed many popular songs for the player piano sequences in the show. Let’s see if you recognize this piece from Westworld

Soundgarden recorded “Black Hole Sun” in 1994. Following Chris Cornell’s death earlier this year, “Black Hole Sun” has been covered by Norah Jones, Metallica, Ann Wilson of Heart, Ryan Adams, Guns n’ Roses, and Choir Choir Choir just to name a few.

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

– Tad Abbey


July 31st, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|