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New Morning Picks October 25, 2016

Leonard Cohen continues to produce outstanding music. At 82 years old he has just produced his 14th studio album, You Want it Darker. He was profiled in The New Yorker saying he was “ready to die.” More recently, he has been optimistic and even hinted that he would continue to work on more songs. Through out this project his half-spoken bass delivers masterful, pared down lyrics. WNRN plays the title track.

Paul Cauthen quit the band, Sons of Fathers, to move back to Austin, Texas and figure out what his next move would be. He emerges three years later with the new album, My Gospel. He co-wrote all but two songs on this new album. One he wrote on his own is “I’ll Be the One” that features is baritone and is energy that he brings to live performance. Cauthen will be the opener for Elle King two nights at the 930 Club in DC, November 18 & 19.

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, October 20, 2016


Take 2@2 for Thursday, October 20th, 2016 40 years ago today in Rocktober history a new documentary premiered in London and New York.the_song_remains_the_same_poster

The film The Song Remains the Same showcased Led Zeppelin performing three nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden during the summer of 1973. The concert material was woven together using all three shows of the MSG run. Each member of Led Zeppelin also has their own fantasy vignette during the movie to give insight to Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. The coinciding soundtrack to the movie begins with “Rock and Roll.”


The cover of “Rock and Roll” is from Heart. Ann & Nancy Wilson have always referred to heavy metal, Led Zeppelin in particular, to being a major influence to Heart’s sound. This live version of “Rock and Roll” is on the Greatest Hits/ Live release.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Scott Miller Live at WNRN



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Take 2@2 Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 we put this Rocktober train into full steam. On Saturday night, Martin Barre is performing at The Tin Pan in Richmond. For 43 years Barre was the lead guitarist for Jethro Tull.martin-barre

In 1971, Jethro Tull released the album Aqualung. Tull leader, Ian Anderson was having difficulty at the time telling his bandmates how he wanted the music to be structured. To overcome this most of the instrumentation was overdubbed, which means the rest of the band played along with Anderson’s already recorded parts. Barre, like his band mates had to fill in his electric guitar parts to echo the flute stylings laid down by Ian Anderson. From Aqualung let’s do two versions of “Locomotive Breath.”

The cover is from Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade. They performed this bass slappy version at Bonnaroo 2002.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 Rocktober does the duck walk today. Chuck Berry is celebrating his 90th birthday today.chuckb90

Berry is celebrating by giving to the world. Today he announced that his first new album since his 1979 release Rock It, is coming out next year.

chuckThe new album titled Chuck is dedicated to Berry’s wife. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry, referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, and was in the inaugural class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986. He was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2000, placed #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time in 2010, and was given the first-ever PEN Award for literary excellence in lyric writing in 2012.

When you discuss Rock and Roll pioneers it is really hard to beat Chuck Berry. The man who rocked the world with “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” are some of the defining songs of Rock music.

Following last night’s Antares rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia I want to focus on my favorite Chuck Berry song. This tune is the only rock and roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977. From the 1958 release Chuck Berry is on Top, two versions of “Johnny B. Goode.”

The cover is from the Grateful Dead. “Johnny B. Goode” is a favorite of the live Dead sets. This version was recorded 40 years ago, almost to the day at October 10, 1976 at Oakland Coliseum Stadium in Oakland, California. You can find it on Dick’s Picks Vol. 33.

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

– Tad Abbey


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New Morning Music Picks, October 18, 2016 (part 2)

Seth Walker has made his ninth album, Gotta Get Back. This is the first one where he plays with his family including his father on cello, along with his mother and sister on violins. Another family making contributions is the Wood Brothers. Jano Rix not only joins Chris and Oliver helping out with instrumentation on this new Seth Walker effort, but is its producer. “High Time” shows the spirited songwriting as well as this ensemble’s chemistry.

Jack Ingram has released is eighth studio album, Midnight Motel. Ingram is known to Country Music fans as the writer and singer of “Wherever You Are.” He followed that one with several more charting songs. He also brought some fame to central Virginia’s songwriter Ellis Paul by covering, “The World Ain’t Slowing Down.” This new CD, his first since 2009, was independently done and captures his raw, emotional songwriting and performance. Lots to dig into here. WNRN is playing “Old Motel.”

Here is a new name. Let’s learn how to say it: Aaron Lee Tasjan. (pronounced Taz-Jan). Talented and ready to play music out of high school, he skipped going to the Berklee College of Music and moved to Brooklyn to form Semi Precious Weapons. He also toured with Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin, as well as playing in a new version of New York Dolls before heading to Nashville a few years ago. There he has been working solo. This CD is his first with New West Records, Silver Tears, giving us “Dime.”

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New Morning Music Picks, October 18, 2016 (part 1)

Reckless Kelly delivers once again some “straight out of Texas,” tuneful, alt country music with the potential to get another Grammy for the packaging of the CD. Sunset Motel is their 9th studio album and comes with a motel fab. Lead by brothers, Willy and Cody Braun, who cut their teeth playing live as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys. Their little brothers have their own band, too: Mickey and the Motorcars. WNRN is playing “How Can You Love Him (If You Don’t Even Like Him).”

Jonny Fritz, formerly know as Jonny Corndawg, has released Sweet Creep, October 14th. Produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, these new batch of songs is mostly inspired by a trip to India that he took with Robert Ellis. “Are You Thirsty” was co-written by Robert Ellis and is about running into a newly sober, Nikki Lane, at a party.

David Bromberg studied guitar with the Rev. Gary Davis, played with Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan among others, and can play a wide spectrum of music from bluegrass and jazz to rock n roll, but is best know for his work playing and singing the blues. “Kentucky Blues” is a fine sample of his new album, where the title sums it up: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues. He is the proprietor of Bromberg and Associates Fine Violins in Anne Williams’s hometown of Wilmington, DE.

WNRN is adding another song from Sara Watkins‘ new one, Young in all the Wrong Ways: “Say So.”

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Take 2@2 Monday, October 17, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, October 17th, 2016 we celebrate an actor’s birthday for Rocktober?! Happy 69th birthday to Michael McKean. You might know him as Chuck McGill on AMC’s Better Call Saul. To me though Michael McKean will always be David St. Hubbins from Spinal Tap.mckean_sthubbin

In 1984, director Rob Reiner released the mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap. Reiner actually stars in the movie as documentary director, Marty DiBergi, who is following the heavy metal Spinal Tap on a doomed tour. Spinal Tap is David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) on vocals/ rhythm guitar, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) lead guitar/ vocals, and Derick Smalls (Harry Shearer) bass/ vocals. The core members of the band are perpetually searching for their next ill-fated drummer.spinal-tap-poster

All of the songs in the movie are original and written by the cast. The soundtrack is so good that Spinal Tap has toured and continues to perform every once in a while. From the 1984 soundtrack, This is Spinal Tap, for David St. Hubbins, two versions of “Big Bottom.”

The cover of “Big Bottom’ is from Hayseed Dixie. The bluegrass group recorded it on the 2002 release Mountain Love.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Friday, October 14, 2016


Take 2@2 for Friday, October 14th, 2016 we check the Rocktober factoids book. It was on this date 50 years ago, that Grace Slick first performed with Jefferson Airplane. The concert happened at the Fillmore in San Francisco.


The concerts were a turning point for the band. Jefferson Airplane played with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Big Mamma Mae Thorton. Grace Slick was hired on to replace Signe Anderson whom had just given birth to her first child. Slick took the stage on the final night of the shows at the Fillmore. With her model like looks and wailing vocals, Grace Slick won the crowd over and showcased what Jefferson Airplane would soon become.

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Jefferson Airplane (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Jefferson Airplane (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Today we listen to Jefferson Airplane live at Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, with this legendary performance of “Somebody to Love.”

The cover of “Somebody to Love” is by The Ramones. Earlier this month we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the New York City punk legends. The Ramones included this cover on the 1994 release Acid Eaters.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Coming up on World Cafe…

Thursday, October 13, 2016
It’s a Vintage Cafe with The Carolina Chocolate Drops before the release of their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig.

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WNRN Fall Fund Drive