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Take 2@2 Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. We spend a second day with the new Shovels & Rope covers collection Busted Jukebox Vol. 2. Yesterday, we heard Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst team up with Nicole Atkins for a cover of Concrete Blonde’s “Joey.” Today, we will hear them enlist John Fullbright for a new rendition of a Leonard Cohen classic.

“I’m Your Man” is the title track to Cohen’s 1988 album. This song of begging for forgiveness is Cohen surrendering to his love for another person.

Shovels & Rope is heading our way. You can see them at the Warehouse Concert Series in Lynchburg on Thursday, March 29th.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Monday, December 11, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, December 11th, 2017. Today we dive into a new album from Shovels & Rope. On Friday, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst released Busted Jukebox Vol. 2. Just like Vol. 1 this is an all covers album from the South Carolina couple.

One of the tunes they cover is Concrete Blonde’s “Joey.” The song is from the 1990 album Bloodletting.

The new Shovels & rope version features Lockn’ alumnae, Nicole Atkins. On March 29th S&R will be in Lynchburg performing for the Warehouse Concert Series.


Busted Jukebox Vol. 2 tracklist:
1      Cleanup Hitter feat. Brandi Carlile 03:53

2      Joey feat. Nicole Atkins 04:49

3      Do You Love Me Now feat. Rhett Miller 02:56

4      Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain feat. John Moreland 04:29

5      Untitled 1 feat. Matthew Logan Vasquez 04:08

6      The Air That I Breathe feat. Indianola 04:35

7      I’m Your Man feat. John Fullbright 04:26

8      Death Or Glory feat. Hayes Carll 03:40

9      Epic feat. Lera Lynn 05:50

10    You Never Can Tell 02:19

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Friday, December 8, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, December 8th, 2017 we celebrate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday. Gregg passed away from liver cancer on May 27th of this year.GreggAllmanApproved-20151

In Macon, Georgia, where he is buried, Mayor Robert Reichert has declared December 8th, 2017 as Gregg Allman Day. In the proclamation, Reichert writes, “I encourage all citizens to honor his memory and place in our community by supporting arts education and attending concerts by local musicians, both established and up and coming.”Allman-proclamation-1207-SC_medium

Allman was also posthumously honored with the key to the city, which his son Devon donated to The Big House Museum, the onetime home of The Allman Brothers, which now displays band memorabilia.

The Big House is also taking part in the celebration with a reduced admission and a display of some items from Gregg’s career, including the original painting for the cover of his debut album, 1973’s Laid Back.

Gregg Allman on how he would like to be remembered.

“That I played honest music, didn’t use any tricks and I was a fair man to work with. Nobody ever worked for me, they worked with me.”

The Allman Brothers Band’s music will go on forever. So let’s hit the road one more time and raise a glass for Gregg Allman with 2 versions of “Midnight Rider.”


The cover is from Willie Nelson and Ben Harper. It can be found on Willie’s album Outlaws and Angels.

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, December 7, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, December 7th, 2017. 75 years-ago-today, Harry Chapin was born.Harry-Chapin-Color-1 Chapin, was one of the most prolific and successful performers during the singer-songwriter’s era of the 1970’s. Harry Chapin was also extremely generous and fought to end world hunger. He actually spurred the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. For his efforts, Harry Chapin received the Congressional Gold Medal following his death in 1981.

In 1974, Chapin released his 4th album, Verities & Balderdash. This released made Chapin a star thanks to one song about a dad dealing with son getting too old, too quick. Take 2 versions of “Cats in the Cradle.”

Ugly Kid Joe covered “cats in the Cradle” on their debut album America’s Least Wanted. It became a top 10 hit for the group, and they never found similar success with any of their original material.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 we salute the 40th anniversary today of Jackson Browne’s bestselling album. On December 6th, 1977 Browne released Running on Empty. The album spun off a pair of hit singles: the title track and the medley of “The Load-Out” and “Stay.” Jackson Browne, just announced a new tour including a show in Richmond at the Altria Theater on Wednesday, May 2nd.Jackson-Browne-concert-poster-1205-MC_medium

The cover is from Bob Schneider. It appears on the 2014 compilation Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne. The album also features performances from Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Lyle Lovett and others.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 we celebrate the 85th birthday of a rock and roll pioneer, Little Richard. little-richard-Richard Wayne Penninman was born on December 5th, 1932 in Macon, Georgia. He grew up singing in a Baptist Church where his father was a deacon and his mom helped out with the choir. When he was 14, Sister Rosetta Thorpe heard Little Richard performing one of her songs. She then brought Little Richard on stage to sing with her. In 1952, Little Richard got the attention of a local radio DJ who helped Little Richard get his first recording. That recording lead to a deal with RCA Records. After a few stops and starts with various bands, in 1955 Little Richard released his first single “Tutti Frutti.”

In 1956, Little Richard released the song “Rip It Up.” It did well for him reaching number 17 on the pop chart. Just after Little Richard released the song, Bill Haley and the Comets released their version of the song. Time and time again, songs Little Richard released were redone by white musicians for a white audience. Whether it was Bill Haley or Pat Boone, the record labels routinely whitewashed Little Richard’s art to fit the racial divide in America. With Little Richard, his original is always better than any cover.

Last April, Bootsy Collins posted to social media, “he is not in the best of health so I ask all the Funkateers to lift him up.”  A month later in May 2016, Little Richard had his lawyer post, “not only is my family not gathering around me because I’m ill, but I’m still singing. I don’t perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago but I’m healthy.” May Little Richard be forever young.

The cover is from Los Lobos. They recorded the song 30 years-ago for the movie La Bamba to salute Little Richard, one of the artists idolized by Ritchie Valens.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Monday, December 4, 2017


Take 2@2 for Monday, December 4, 2017. On Friday, we hear Boy & Bear cover Amy Winehouse thanks to the new covers compilation Like a Version. Australian radio station Triple J released this album in September for North American fans. Today, we’re going back to this set of tunes.

In 2013, Queens of the Stone Age released their sixth album …Like Clockwork. From that we find the song, “I Sat by the Ocean.”

The new cover is from producer Mark Ronson. He is joined by Andrew Wyatt and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.

Like a Version Tracklist:
01. Tame Impala – “Confide in Me” (Kylie Minogue)
02. Flume – “My Boo” (Ghost Town DJs)
03. Mark Ronson – “I Sat By the Ocean” (Queens of the Stone Age)
04. CHVRCHES – “Do I Wanna Know” (Arctic Monkeys)
05. Chet Faker – “(Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good” (Sonia Dada)
06. Ben Folds – “Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service)
07. John Butler Trio – “Happy” (Pharrell Williams)
08. Meg Mac – “Bridges” (Broods)
09. Bon Iver – “Coming Down” (Anaiis Mitchell)
10. Mumford & Sons – “Unfinished Business” (White Lies)
11. Boy & Bear – “Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse)
12. Cub Sport – “Ultralight Beam” (Kanye West)
13. Broods – “One Dance” (Drake)
14. Robert DeLong – “The Mother We Share” (Chvrches)
15. James Vincent McMorrow – “West Coast” (Lana Del Rey)
16. San Cisco – “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk)
17. DMA’s – “Believe” (Cher)
18. City & Color – “Settle Down” (Kimbra)
19. The Jezabels – “Don’t Stop Believing” (Journey)
20. Ásgeir – “Stolen Dance” (Milky Chance)
21. Catfish & The Bottlemen – “Read My Mind” (The Killers)

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Friday, December 1, 2017


Take 2@2 for Friday, December 1, 2017. Last night I was hanging out with Marc Smith, from Grateful Dead & Phriends. Biggs was joking about “Tad’s Tutu” as he calls it. Marc did say that it must be hard to find new covers all of the time. Well Marc, yes, yes it is difficult. Luckily I know that I am not the only radio DJ doing this.

Australian radio station Triple J has been hosting a covers segment called Like a Version since 2005. For the past dozen years, a long list of acts has performed live cover tunes for listeners of Triple J. Fans of Triple J have enjoyed multiple volumes of these cover songs, however those of us in the Western Hemisphere have never heard them, until now. This September Triple J released a North American compilation titled Like a Version. The 21 track set includes a long list of diverse acts like Tame Impala, Ben Folds, Mumford & Sons, and Chvrches.

As this is an Australian creation, I want to focus on one of the Aussie groups on the CD. Boy & Bear performed a song that they make their own. Their interpretation of this tune is perfectly transformed to their style with regard to the original.

Amy Winehouse recorded “Back to Black” for the album of the same name in 2006. The song deals with Winehouse’s relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil. The dude left Winehouse to return to his ex-girlfriend and Winehouse returned to the bottle.

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Thursday, November 30, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, November 30th, 2017 gets into the holiday spirit. Today we are focusing on 2 renditions of the same seasonal song. One from 20 years-ago, and the other from 40 years-ago.

One this date in 1977, Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special was broadcast on national television. Bing Crosby is forever tied to the holidays with his performance of “White Christmas.” There is also his role in the classic film Holiday Inn. On November 30th, 1977 Crosby’s last Christmas special aired. The show was recorded earlier that fall, and a month before the show was broadcast Bing Crosby died at 74. The show is not remembered as Bing’s last television show. During the program Crosby performed a duet with David Bowie. They called their song “Peace on Earth-Little Drummer Boy” as Bowie sings alternate lyrics to Crosby’s performance. Take 2 versions of “Little Drummer Boy.”


The second “Little Drummer Boy” is from Dandy Warhols. They recorded the song back in 1997. A few years ago, they put the song up on their website for fans to download on a pay-what-you-will scale.

– Tad Abbey

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November 30th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 it has been just over a year since Leonard Cohen passed away. His music will last for decades to come. I expect from time-to-time, new interpretations of Cohen’s words and music will be created. Today, we will hear a new version of one of Cohen’s most known songs.

In 1998, Leonard Cohen released the album I’m Your Man. Cohen’s baritone voice matched with his incredible skills as a lyricist combined in such a way that his songs would ruminate in your head.  One song on I’m Your Man does that in abundance as Cohen drives the song’s title into your conscious again and again. This tune is downright pessimistic, no matter what, the world is not going to change. Take 2 versions of “Everybody Knows.”

The cover is from Norwegian singer, Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, or Sigrid. The 21 year-old, recorded this cover for the soundtrack to Justice League. Despite the mixed reviews for the superhero flick, the song is placed well in the plot line of the movie.

– Tad Abbey


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