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Take 2@2 Friday, February 16, 2018


Take 2@2 for Friday, February 16th, 2018. On this date in 1990, a young Billie Joe Armstrong, dropped out of high school.billie-joe-armstrong The following day Billie Joe turned 18. A week later, Billie Joe and his buddies, bassist Mike Durnt, and drummer John Kiffmeyer, released their first album 39/ Smooth. They called their band Green Day.

Kiffmeyer, dropped out of Green Day to attend college. Then Tre’ Cool was brought on and the rest is history. Green Day broke through in a big way with the 1994 release of Dookie. The guys were mainstays on alternative radio and MTv.

A few years later, Green Day released Nimrod. The album was a departure from Green Day’s punk style. One song on this album became a prom song and one of the most successful tunes Green Day ever recorded. That song is “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)”

The cover is from Glen Campbell. The country legend recorded it for his 2008 release Meet Glen Campbell.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 16th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 15, 2018


Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 15th, 2018 we get a preview of a new album The Reverend Shawn Amos. He refers to his music as “joyful blues.” On his new album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, he delivers the goods. Like so many other musicians, Amos was raised in the deep south. There he grew up listening to The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield, while reading the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Amos, is working with some of music best musicians including drummer Steve Jordan, and Tom Waits bassist, Larry Taylor. The new album is being released tomorrow and we get a preview with this new cover of a David Bowie tune.

“Jean Genie” is a song David Bowie, wrote and released in 1972. The character is said to be based on Iggy Pop. The tune appears on Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, which came out after The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 15th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Mardi Gras Day, 2018


Take 2@2 for Fat Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. All day long we are listening, and dancing, and rejoicing to the music of New Orleans. One of the original funk bands came from the Big Easy, The Meters. Although this group of incredibly talented musicians are some of the most revered performers of all time, The Meters never enjoyed mainstream success.

Last week, Lockn’ Music Festival announced that Foundations of Funk will be performing this year.foundations of funk This group is comprised of drummer, Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist, George Porter Jr. both founding members of The Meters. Zig & George have been playing with Neville family members Cyril, Ian, and Ivan Neville along with Tony Hall. Together the Foundations of Funk will celebrate 50 years of music from The Meters.

In 1969, The Meters released their second studio album Look-Ka Py Py. This instrumental classic is number 218 on the Rolling Stone list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. From this album let’s take two versions of the title track, “Look-Ka Py Py.”

The cover is California funk outfit, Orgone. They have been playing together since 1990 and have been the backing band for recordings by Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green. The group has just released two new albums, Big Day and Undercover Mixtape. You can find the cover of “Look-A Py Py” on the later.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 13th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, February 12, 2018


Take 2@2 for Monday, February 12th, 2018. Earlier today, Anne Williams mentioned that another of her clan, Lucinda Williams, is working on an autobiography. The book will be published in 2020 by Henry Holt and Company. Williams said in a statement, “I have a lot to say and a big story to tell. I want everyone to know what’s behind the songs and to know more about me than what people previously thought they knew. It’s time to tell my truth.”

With this news, we will dig into Lucinda’s catalog. From her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, we Take 2 versions of “Joy.”

The cover is from Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa. The pair have just released the album Black Coffee. The album of all covers, also features their take on songs by The Edgar Winter Group, and the title track from Ike & Tina Turner.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 12th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, February 9, 2018


Take 2@2 for Friday, February 9th, 2018. Today we will travel back in time ten years-ago, tomorrow. On February, 10th, 2008, Amy Winehouse was the big winner at the Grammy Awards. Winehouse, won five trophies, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Both of those awards are for this song, “Rehab.”

The cover of “Rehab” is from Keller & The Keels. Keller Williams, performs often with Larry and Jenny Keel. Together in 2010, they released a covers album titled Thief. Keller, is performing multiple sets at Lockn’ Music Festival this summer including a set with The Keels. Next Friday, Keller Williams, is performing at WNRN for an In-Studio Session before his concert at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville. WNRN VIP Members will have an opportunity to win tickets to the show on Monday’s VIP List.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 9th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 8, 2018


Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 8th, 2018. With a very heavy heart, today we say fare thee well to John Perry Barlow.barlow-seal-blue JPB was a poet and rancher who was Bob Weir’s writing partner for the Grateful Dead from 1971 through the late ’80s. Barlow died Wednesday morning at the age of 70. Barlow had a hand in such Dead staples as “Cassidy,” “Hell in a Bucket,” “I Need a Miracle” and “Estimated Prophet.”

Weir, responded to the news on Twitter, writing,” This life is fleeting, as we all know – the Muse we serve is not. John had a way of taking life’s most difficult things and framing them as challenges, therefore adventures. He was to be admired for that, even emulated. He’ll live on in the songs we wrote…”

Barlow, was featured and interviewed quite extensively in the Amazon Video Documentary Long Strange Trip. Here is Barlow, discussing his relationship with the Dead.

Not only was John Perry Barlow, a songwriter but he was also an internet pioneer. In 1990, he founded Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF is a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the rights and freedoms of the internet.

John Perry Barlow, died at the age of 70. As I mentioned earlier Barlow helped write some the Dead’s best known songs. With Bob Weir, Barlow penned a tune about their friends’ daughter named, Cassidy Law. There are also references to Neal Cassidy, from the Merry Pranksters, and Jack Kerouac. Let’s listen to the tune and rejoice in his life, “Fare thee well now, let your life proceed by it’s own design.”

The cover is from Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis, & Friends. It can be found on the Grateful Dead tribute release Day of the Dead.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 8th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 7th, 2018. Today, is International Clash Day! 02.11x17_Andy.Stewart_ICD2018Today, music lovers all over the world are observing International Clash Day, an annual celebration of seminal UK punk band the Clash, and a recognition of the enduring influence of their music and human rights message.

This year, city governments, radio stations, record stores and music venues on all seven continents are marking the occasion with special programming, spotlights, official city proclamations and more.

“Know Your Rights,” the first single from The Clash album Combat Rock, is a biting take on the civil rights of the poor and disenfranchised, and serves as a prime example of the Clash’s unique ability to blend social commentary, activism, and incredible music. Today, the music of the Clash will serve as the soundtrack to the hard work, resolve and commitment to upholding and advancing the values of a free society and an inclusive world.

To that end, let’s not only hear the Clash but then pay tribute to the Clash with a cover. From the 1982 album, Combat Rock, let us Take 2 Versions of “Know Your Rights.”

The live cover is from Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder and the guys cover “Know Your Rights” and the Clash somewhat frequently. This version is from July 11th, 2003 on Mansfield, Massachusetts.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 7th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 we celebrate Bob Marley.bob-marley On this date in 1945, Bob Marley was born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. Marley and his lifelong friend, Neville Livingston (AKA Bunny Wailer) began making music together in junior high school. When they were 12, their parents moved with Bunny and Bob, to Trenchtown in Kingston. There, they met Peter Tosh, Beverley Kelso and Junior Braithwaite.

This group began singing together and evolved their sound over the years. By the early 1970’s they had created a new band and explored reggae music. In 1974, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left Bob Marley & the Wailers, to follow solo endeavors. During this time, Bob Marley released Natty Dread and Bob Marley continued to use The Wailers as his backing band’s name. This album gave Bob his first international hit with “No Woman, No Cry.” The album begins with this song, “Lively Up Yourself.”

The cover is from the Charlie Hunter Quartet. Hunter is a renowned guitarist that has released 20 albums to date. In 1997, Hunter released Natty Dread a track-for-track tribute to Bob Marley’s album.

The Wailers are performing at The Jefferson Theater, in Charlottesville, tomorrow night. Charlie Hunter, is performing at The Southern Café and Music Hall in Charlottesville, on Sunday, February 18th.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 6th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, February 5, 2018


Take 2@2 for Monday, February 5th, 2018. Today we celebrate the 70th birthday of Christopher Guest. guestGuest, is an actor, producer, director, and musician. He is also a British Lord. Guest, retains dual citizenship in both the United States and England. His birth name is Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest and his English title is Lord Haden-Guest.

Here in the United States, Guest is known for his work in the films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman, and as the six-fingered man in The Princess Bride.

Prior to all of those films, Christopher Guest portrayed Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 Rob Reiner film This Is Spinal Tap. The mockumentary became a cult classic and the band Spinal Tap released a few albums and toured. From the 1984 soundtrack, please help Nigel turn it up to 11 with 2 versions of “Big Bottom.”

The cover is from bluegrass outfit Hayseed Dixie. They recorded “Big Bottom” on the album Mountain Love in 2002.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 5th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 1, 2018


Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 1st, 2018. 70 years –ago-today, the funkiest thing since the chicken wing was born in Buffalo, New York. Rick James, was born on this date, February 1st, 1948. Rick James, had several stops and goes in his musical career. Eventually, he returned to Buffalo and started the Stone City Band. With this group, Rick James, got signed to Motown’s Gordy Records. They released an album Come Get It, in 1978. Then in 1981, the album Street Songs made Rick James a household name.

You can hear today’s featured tune at any nightclub, wedding, sports event, or backyard party on a daily basis. Dave Chappelle made Rick James infamous again during an episode of Chappelle’s show

Let’s go to club and get the birthday party started with 2 versions of “Super Freak.”

Rick James, died on August 6th, 2004 in his Los Angeles home. The cause of death was listed as pulmonary and cardiac failure. Basically his heart stopped. In the autopsy report, Rick James had a few substances in his blood including: hydrocodone, methamphetamine, cocaine, and 6 other drugs. Up until the bitter end, Rick James partied like a true super freak. The cover was performed by Dave Matthews Band on the day Rick James died. You can find it on Live Trax Vol. 8: Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


February 1st, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|