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Take 2@2 Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, May 23, 2018. st vinTonight, at long last, St. Vincent performs at The National in Richmond. The concert was rescheduled from an earlier date and tonight Annie Clark fans get to finally experience her music live. St. Vincent’s latest album Masseduction is one of my favorites of 2017.

Today, we are going back a few years. In 2010, Beck was working on a project called Record Club. The idea was to get some musical friends to join Beck in a recording studio and in one day cover another artist’s album in its’ entirety. Not an easy feat. Beck brought St. Vincent in to help him cover the INXS album Kick. St. Vincent duets with Beck on “Never Tear Us Apart.”

Record Club: INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

INXS released Kick featuring “Never Tear Us Apart” in 1988.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 23rd, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. Today, we dive into Prodigal Son the new album from Ry Cooder. Cooder, is heralded by many as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Having worked with Captain Beefheart, Rolling Stones, Buena Vista Social Club, Taj Mahal, and the list goes on and on.

Author of HBO’s Treme’ and the novels A Free State and City of Refuge, Tom Piazza, has an incredible tale of meeting up with Ry Cooder at church in rural Tennessee. In his story Piazza says,

“The way you do Blind Willie Johnson’s ‘Nobody’s Fault but Mine’ here… it’s even scarier than the original, if that’s possible. That eerie sound… The track has a mood of dread, of fear of damnation because of mortal error. Where did that come from?”
“Joachim had this strange tone-cluster track he thought I could use,” he said. “It baffled me until I heard that the scale, the mode might suit ‘Nobody’s Fault.’ Blind Willie preferred Gibsons to Martin guitars. Ladder-braced, they give you something in the mid-range, good for so-called ‘slide.’ Later in life, I learned Willie played slide flat, not upright like I had assumed from the photograph. Then I felt better; it explained why I couldn’t match his vibrato. Blind Willie’s music is pure trance, it’s not 12-bar blues or any suchlike. Joachim’s Orwellian march of the doomed showed the way. Who would have figured it? In steel guitar heaven, I felt Willie looked down and saw that was good.”

You can read the full story here.

Blind Willie Johnson, wrote “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine” in 1927.It's_Nobody's_Fault_but_Mine_single_cover Led Zeppelin then reworked the tune as “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” for the Presence album in 1976. In the mid-nineties, Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, got back together with guitarist Jimmy Page, for a more acoustic and world sounding album they called No Quarter. Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters are performing at Virginia Credit Union Live, in Richmond on Sunday, June 10th.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 22nd, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, May 21, 2018


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 21st, 2018. 35 years-ago-today, David Bowie found himself back at the top of the charts. The song that got him there has quite the story. In the fall of 1982, music producer Nile Rodgers, met David Bowie at a New York City night club. Bowie, then invited Rodgers to join him at a recording studio in Switzerland. At the time Nile Rodgers thought he was just auditioning for Bowie. Bowie played a new folk song as he called it. Rodgers advised Bowie to change the key to B flat and to bring in some upstrokes to make the song funkier.

The recording became the title track to Bowie’s album Let’s Dance. The tune and video came out in the spring of 1983 and immediately people responded to the song. Earlier this year, Capitol records celebrated what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday, by releasing the demo version of “Let’s Dance.” For a moment let’s travel back in time to hear what David Bowie and Nile Rodgers initially concocted as “Let’s Dance.”

The cover is from Lucius. They added this cover of “Let’s Dance” to their expanded release of Good Grief. You can see Lucius with Portugal. the Man at Virginia Credit Union Live in Richmond, on September 20th.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 21st, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, May 18, 2018


Take 2@2 for Friday, May 18th, 2018. Fifty years-ago-today, Archie Bell & The Drells had the number one song in America. Who?arcchiebelldrells
Archie Bell & The Drells were an R&B group out of Houston, Texas. Archie and his pals formed a band and developed a funky little sound for themselves. One day, Archie was pretty down and was talking with his bandmate, Bill Butler. Archie told Butler that he had been drafted by the military, during the Vietnam War. Butler tried to perk up Archie Bell and told him to “Tighten Up.” Through that conversation a song was born. That tune caught the nation’s attention On this date in 1968, “Tighten Up, Pt 1” from Archie Bell & The Drells was the number one song in the country.

The cover of “Tighten Up, Pt. 1” is from R.E.M. You may remember yesterday we covered R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” with First Aid Kit. Today, R.E.M. is doing the cover. This rare instrumental from R.E.M. is found on the Complete Rarities: I.R.S. 1982–1987 compilation.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 18th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, May 17, 2018


Take 2@2 for Thursday, May 17th, 2018. Last week, Justin R. sent me an email. Justin wrote:

Hey Tad,
You guys may or probably have already done this, but First Aid Kit has a great cover of R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid” out there. Being a big R.E.M. fan and really liking First Aid Kit’s new album, I wouldn’t mind hearing that sometime if you feel like doing it.

Hey Justin, first you have excellent tastes. Also, I am very impressed that you know this R.E.M. song. “Walk Unafraid” is a deep cut from their 1998 album Up. The fact that you know this song at all, proves you are a big R.E.M. fan. Requested by Justin, two takes of “Walk Unafraid.”

First Aid Kit’s version of “Walk Unafraid” is appropriately used in the movie Wild. The film starring Reese Witherspoon, came out in 2014.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 17th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Today we are putting our ears to something new.twistedpine Twisted Pine is an Americana roots band from New England. Over Memorial Day weekend, they are heading to Cumberland, Maryland to perform at DelFest. Earlier this month the group released a new EP of all covers titled Dreams.
On this EP they take a New York City disco tune and retrofit the song for their roots sound. Twisted Pines’ guitarist and singer, Rachel Sumner says about the song, “When we play it, it’s a little less Bee Gees and a little more Dolly Parton, but you can still groove and move to it!”
Let’s see if you can recognize and move to this new cover from Twisted Pines.

“I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” is from Scissor Sisters. The glam, disco band recorded it for their 2006 release Ta-Dah! Scissor Sisters have been on hiatus for a few years. In February, their lead singer, Jake Shears released an autobiography about his freewheeling days titled Boys Keep Swinging. Shears also just ended a Broadway run starring in the hit musical Kinky Boots. Jake Shears is expected to release a solo album later this year.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. Today, marks the 100th birthday of a country legend, Eddy Arnold. eddyarnoldArnold, was a true country music pioneer. He helped define the “Nashville Sound.” Eddy Arnold, is second only to George Jones, with the most amount of country hits. Jones had 150, and Eddy Arnold, only had 147 songs to make the Billboard Country Chart. 147 songs?! That is incredible.

Eddy Arnold, sang professionally from 1943 through 2005. In 2008, he passed away just weeks shy of his 90th birthday. His biggest hit came out in 1965 but it wasn’t one of his songs. In 1960, Hank Cochran wrote the tune “Make the World Go Away” which was recorded by Ray Price. When Eddy Arnold, released his version it became a true hit. The song was number 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and number on the adult-contemporary chart. From his 1965 album My World, take 2 versions of “Make the World Go Away.”

The cover is from Jamey Johnson, featuring Alison Krauss. In 2012, Johnson released a tribute album Living for a Song- A Tribute to Hank Cochran. You can see Alison Krauss at the Charlottesville Sprint Pavilion this summer.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 Monday, May 14, 2018


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 14th 2018. It happened 20 years-ago-today. We said farewell to a sitcom about nothing.

On May 14th, 1998 the final episode of Seinfeld aired on NBC. It lasted nine years. Starring co-creator and writer Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander Seinfeld broke the mold for comedy on television. At first the show included bits of Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up act. Then as the episodic adventures of the main quartet became more elaborate, the stories didn’t need the backdrop of Jerry’s observational comedy. “Did you ever notice the arm movements of someone crossing the street? Like if their arms are moving faster than their legs it looks like they’re running but they really aren’t.”

Unlike, most major network shows, music did not play a role in Seinfeld. There were not any forced story lines where the characters saw and then met their favorite bands backstage. The only time popular music was ever used on Seinfeld was the final episode. During a montage of best known scenes and behind-the-scenes footage, a song played. That song was Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”

The cover is from country legend Glen Campbell. He recorded this version a decade after Seinfeld ended. It is on the 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


May 14th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, May 11, 2018


Take 2@2 for Friday, May 11th, 2018. 45 years-ago-today, Stevie Wonder recorded “Higher Ground.” Stevie-Wonder-Higher-Ground1The tune would be included on his 1973 album Innervisions.

Three days after the album’s release in August of ’73, Stevie was in a bad car accident. Stevie was in Durham, North Carolina on his way to perform at a benefit concert. While on route to the show, a logging truck in front of Stevie’s car stopped suddenly. This sent one of the logs straight through the windshield of the vehicle carrying Stevie. The log hit Stevie Wonder in the head. Stevie laid in a coma for four days.

Stevie’s manager knew that Wonder would listen to music at high volumes. On the third day of Stevie’s coma his manager, Ira Tucker, sang directly into Stevie’s ear. There was no effect. Tucker tried again. On the fourth day with music blaring in Stevie’s hospital room, Stevie’s fingers began to move.

“Higher Ground” is all about second chances. We all get another opportunity to get things right. For Stevie Wonder, I suggest you turn up your speakers and feel good about your day. If only just to make your fingers twitch.

The cover is from Red Hot Chili Peppers. They molded the song for their story on second chances. Their original guitarist, Hillel Slovak died from a heroin overdose. The Peppers used “Higher Ground” as a form of catharsis to cope with Slovaks’s death and their fight for sobriety.

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

– Tad Abbey


May 11th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, May 10, 2018


Take 2@2 for Thursday, May 10th, 2018. In 1983, Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton released one of country music’s biggest songs.Krdpislands

“Islands in the Stream” is from Kenny’s album Eyes That See in the Dark. He didn’t write this song. Neither did Dolly Parton. In a few minutes we’ll hear an updated version of “Islands in the Stream.”

First, let’s discuss the song’s origin story. The tune was based off the title of an Ernest Hemmingway novel. The song was originally written with Marvin Gaye in mind. Believe it or not, “Islands in the Stream” was written by The Bee Gees. Yes, one of country’s most popular songs was written by the kings of disco.

15 years, after Kenny & Dolly released the song, The Bee Gees performed “Islands in the Stream” at a Las Vegas concert. Then in 2001, they recorded their version for the brilliantly titled compilation Their Greatest Hits: The Record. Here is that version.

The new cover is from Boo Ray & Lilly Winwood. The pair have united for a split single which features the new cover of “Islands in the Stream” along with their new song “Hard to Tell.”

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

– Tad Abbey


May 10th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|