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New Morning Music Picks for February 9, 2016

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams sketches a new character for each song of his self-titled 2016 US debut. Williams said, “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written it doesn’t belong to me.” This song, “After All,” is written with fellow Lyttelton, NZ tunesmith, Delaney Davidson.

Caitlin Canty used Jeffery Foucault to produce this new one, Reckless Skyline. Vermont raised, singer-songwriter combines folk, blues, country and rock on the new release. “Enough About Hard Times” was recorded live and is found on the album released last month. (photo: Jay Sansone)

The Infamous Stringdusters asked many talented women to sing on this new one, Ladies and Gentlemen. The voices range from Lee Ann Womack, Joan Osborne, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, to more bluegrass and roots oriented artists, like Claire Lynch, Abigail Washburn and Sarah Jarosz. WNRN is featuring the track with Sara Watkins, “See How Far You’ve Come.” (photo from the New York Times, Dylan Langille)

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New Morning Picks for February 2, 2016

Henry Wagons, “Head or Heart” from After What I Did Last Night…

Best known as the leader of Australian roots rock group, Wagons, Henry Wagons has been named one of the Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential People, and was a correspondent on a Sunday TV Arts program there. Wagons trademark songwriting with drama, humor, wit, and heart continues on this Nashville recorded effort. After What I Did Last Night… was released last month.

Basia Bulat, “In the Name of Time,” Good Advice

The fourth album from this Juno nominated artist was the first produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket. With James’ help, Basia Bulat channeled all the aching of a recent break up into 10 major key pop songs. Good Advice will be out on February 12th. (photo credit: Caroline Desilets)

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Sierra Hull In Studio at 9am February 2

By Alison Krauss’s request, Sierra Hull played at the Grand Ole Opry at 11. She started making records for Rounder at 13. Since then, she has played the White House and Carnegie Hall plus studied at the Berklee College of Music. Now at 22, she is releasing a new CD, Weighted Mind, produced by Bela Fleck.

Sierra Hull will drop by the WNRN studio and talk to Anne Williams, and play some songs live with her band at 9am on February 2nd prior to her show at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

By |February 1st, 2016|Anne Williams, In-Studios, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

February 2016 Acoustic CD of the Month

Tedeschi Trucks Band third album, Let Me Get By, is testament to the commitment, hard work and musicianship of the husband wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. These 10 new, original songs are produced by Derek Trucks, and co-written by Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison, Doyle Bramhall II and members of the band. Now that all solo efforts and Derek’s work with the Allman Brothers are past, they are all-in on this new record where you can hear echos of their previous work and influences, but the sonic center of Let Me Get By is their own sound being forged together. (photo credit: Mark Seliger)

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New Morning Music for January 26th

Loretta Lynn’s new song,“Everything It Takes,” features guest vocals from Elvis Costello, and is the first single from Full Circle. The new album due on March 4thFull Circle features Appalachian folk songs and gospel music Loretta learned as a child, new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, and songs written for the project.  (picture credit: David McClister)

WNRN listeners heard Sonya Kitchell’s first album ten years ago. She was just 16 when Word Cames Back to Me was released.  Sonya Kitchell returns after seven years with We Come Apart. This 12-track collection came out last week. WNRN is going to play the track, “The Dust.”

By |January 26th, 2016|Anne Williams, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

New Morning Music for January 19

Bob Woodruff was initially apart of the country music band, The Fields. He has released 4 solo albums. The most recent was released in Europe, now it is being released in the US. The Year We Tried to Kill the Pain give us this song, “I Didn’t Know”.

Last year, Christian Lopez Band released this Dave Cobb produced album, Onward. (Dave Cobb also produced Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Anderson East newest.) Last summer, Lopez stopped by the WNRN studio after opening for Steve Forbert at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall. We are digging in a little deeper to the album for “Leaving It Out.”

Originally from Wytheville, VA, Sam Gleaves is an old time multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Mentored by a local teacher and Shiela Kay Adams, he fell in love with mountain music and received a Folklore degree from Berea College. This Fall he released Ain’t We Brothers with help from Cathy Fink, Tim O’Brien, and Laurie Lewis. Janis Ian joins him on “Angel in the Ashes.”

A while back, Vandaveer stopped by the WNRN studios. You are welcome to look through the WNRN archives for those sessions. We became long term fans so it was happy news to hear that they are in the process of releasing a new one, The Wild Mercury. This DC-based duo thrives on the harmonies of Rose Guerin, and the songwriting of Mark Charles Heidinger. WNRN brings you a preview of the February 19th release with “A Little Time Off Ahead.”

By |January 19th, 2016|Anne Williams, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

January 2016 Acoustic CD of the Month

Dylan LeBlanc’s 3rd album, Cautionary Tale, is Anne’s pick for January’s Acoustic CD of the Month.

Dylan LeBlanc was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to a hit writing dad, James LeBlanc. Dylan moved with his father to Muscle Shoals to allow James to become a session musician and write songs for Rick Hall and Fame Studios. Surrounded by this musical atmosphere, Dylan started writing songs. Dylan returned to Shreveport, lived with his grandmother, and started his music career. Dylan eventually walked away from a major label deal after two albums, but returned to Muscle Shoals to create this new one and get help from John Paul White (Civil Wars), along with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). This third album continues with more quiet, haunting tunes brought to life with his falsetto voice and sparse instrumentation, but now with more wisdom and knowledge that one must approach life as a Cautionary Tale.

Dylan LeBlanc will be performing at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, January 30.

By |January 5th, 2016|Anne Williams, CD of the Month, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Today’s New Morning Music

New music for WNRN’s mornings including new tracks from Patty Griffin’s grammy nominated Servant of Love, Luther Dickinson’s blues/folk release, a preview of Ra Ra Riot 2016 release, and local musicians: Beleza.

“Shine a Different Way” comes from Patty Griffin’s 10th studio album, Servant of Love. The theme, love persists, continues with lyrics naming different ways it is recreated each day, each moment.

“L’il Liza Jane” comes from local husband/wife duo, Madeline Holly-Sales and Humberto Sales, Beleza. If you have seen them live, you know they create an orchestra’s amount of sound with pedals, stringed instruments and percussion. Erin Lunsford helps with backing vocals. This new release, Just For Fun, invigorates some American tunes, as well as international ones and will be out in February.

“Hurry Up Yonder” comes from a new solo release from North Mississippi All Star, Luther Dickinson, called Blues & Ballads, A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II. This February 5th release will feature acoustic performances from the American folk tradition. This track features JJ Grey on backing vocals and Jason Isbell on slide guitar.

“Water” from the upcoming Ra Ra Riot release, Need Your Light, has been haunting my dreams. The full album will be out on February 19. Enjoy.


By |January 1st, 2016|Anne Williams, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Acoustic CD of the Month – September 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger’s newest, Lateness of Dancers, is the Acoustic CD of the Month for September. You can join the CD of the month Club and become a VIP member, get WNRN membercard, the high quality stream, and an acoustic CD each month.


By |September 3rd, 2014|Anne Williams, CD of the Month|0 Comments

Peyton Tochterman Stops By the Studio!

Peyton Tochterman stopped by the studio to play a few tracks and chat with Acoustic Sunrise’s Anne Williams. Listen below to the interview and Tochterman’s special song about Bank Robbers!

By |March 12th, 2013|Anne Williams, In-Studios|0 Comments