Take 2@2 Friday, January 20, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, January 20th, 2017 we tempt our sweet tooth. Twenty years ago today Ben & Jerry’s announced a new addition to their roster of ice cream with Phish Food. phish-food-detail
The ingredients are chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge pieces.

The following March, Phish were joined by Ben and Jerry themselves for a concert in their native Vermont to celebrate the new ice cream brand. In the 20 years that have followed, Phish Food as become a staple of the Ben & Jerry’s brand. Not only that but proceeds from the sale of Phish Food have helped the WaterWheel Foundation.

The nonprofit organization, WaterWheel Foundation was developed by Phish also in 1997. The mission is to raise funds at Phish concerts to help local nonprofits and raise money to help protect natural areas like Lake Champlain which borders Vermont, New York, and Quebec.

So let’s grab a pint of Vermont’s Phinest and enjoy two versions of “Sample in a Jar.” Phish’s studio version is from the 1994 release Hoist. The cover is from Little Feat. It is found on the 2001 tribute compilation album Sharing in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish.


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

– Tad Abbey


January 20th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, January 19, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, January 19th, 2017 we celebrate the 60th birthday of Mickey Virtue. Mickey along with Astro, and Ali Campbell are the core members of UB40.

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The famed reggae based band got started in England during the late 1970’s. Throughout their career they had 50 singles enter the UK charts. In the United States, UB40 is best known for their covers like Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine,” Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and this cover of  Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.”

Baggaradim is the 6th album from UB40. It features mostly redone versions of some of UB40’s previous work. “I Got You Babe” features Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders helping out on vocals.

Sonny & Cher’s version is from the 1965 release Look at Us. That is a similar sentiment for Cher’s plans this weekend. Cher along with Katy Perry, Jonelle Monae, Angelique Kidjo, Indigo Girls, and Mary Chapin Carpenter are some of the artists scheduled to perform this Saturday at the Women’s March on Washington.

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

– Tad Abbey


January 19th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 we put an ear to a new cover of a cover. In 1973, David Bowie released his 7th album Pin Ups. The album is all cover songs from groups like The Who, The Kinks, Them, and one song most notably done by The Merseys. In 1966, The Merseys released their version of “Sorrow” a song recorded the previous year by The McCoys. The Merseys version eventually reached number 4 in the UK. When David Bowie’s version came out 7 years later, it also made the charts. Today we will play a new cover of David Bowie’s cover of “Sorrow.”

The new cover of “Sorrow” is from some familiar friends. For over thirty years Paul Shaffer brought some of the best musicians on Earth into our homes. As the conductor of The World’s Most Dangerous Band [AKA The Late Show Band], Shaffer played every style of music imaginable and often spontaneously on the whim of Late Show host David Letterman. Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band are releasing their second album on March 17th. There are some big names helping out on the album including Bill Murray, Shaggy, and Jenny Lewis who sings on this new version of “Sorrow.”

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

– Tad Abbey


January 18th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 we travel back in time 50 years ago today to when a newspaper article inspired a song like no other before it. On January 17th, 1967 London’s Daily Mail newspaper carried an article about a death in Earl’s Court and another note on potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring The Beatles to write about “the news today oh boy.”

Lennon and Paul McCartney were one of the best songwriting teams in music. There work on “A Day in the Life” is different though. Each one takes exactly half the song. The melody slightly changes to reflect the different stories being told. Lennon’s part is based on an article following the death of Tara Browne, the heir to the Guiness fortune.

Guinness heir Tara Browne’s two children will be brought up by their 56-year-old grandmother, the High Court ruled yesterday. It turned down a plea by their mother, Mrs. Nicky Browne, 24, that she should have them … This, she said, happened after Mr. Browne, 21, from whom she was estranged, had taken them for a holiday in County Wicklow [Ireland] with his mother.
Mrs. Browne began an action for their return in October [1966], naming Mr. Browne and his mother as defendants. The action, held in private, was part way through when Mr. Browne died in a crash in his Lotus Elan car in South Kensington a week before Christmas.

McCartney’s part is based on his childhood and a story again from The Daily Mail.

The crescendo at the end of the piece shows how the world is truly mad and we should all be awe struck by it on a daily basis.

The cover is from The Flaming Lips. In 2014, they released their tribute album to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band entitled  With a Little Help From My Fwends. Their friend on this song is Miley Cyrus.

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

– Tad Abbey


January 17th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

New Morning Picks, January 10, 2016

The Infamous Stringdusters are the hosts of The Festy Experience (Columbus Day weekend) in Nelson County. Last year’s CD, Ladies and Gentlemen, allowed them to team up with the some of the best female voices of folk and country. The ladies took the lead vocals while the ‘Dusters played the role of houseband. This time around, Laws of Gravity, is all about their ‘force of nature’ as a band of singers, songwriters and players.  The song, “Gravity,” highlights their talents in vocal harmonies. Others show the lightning speed of the picking along with their musicality that we have come to expect over the last decade.

Travis Linville is the “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk.” He helped put together the first John Fullbright album, taught the then 9 year old Parker Millsap guitar, and has been Hayes Carll’s sideman. It is time that this talented musician step forward. He gets come help on Up Ahead from Flaming Lips drummer, Matt Duckworth. “Wishes” has I-hope-for-you-the-best list with some great sounding guitar.

Between 2002 and 2012 Rose Cousins toured constantly, so by the time she was done touring for We Have Made a Spark, she wanted to take a break. She took her creative energy and applied it to her interest in photography. Her return the life of a singer-songwriter is called In Conclusion. WNRN is playing “Freedom.” (Photo: Vanessa Heins)

January 13th, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Thursday, January 12, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, January 11th, 2017 we mark the 50th anniversary of one hell of a trip. It was on this date in 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience put to tape “Purple Haze.”
jimi-hendrix-purplehazesingle The basic song was recorded in about four hours. The single would be released just two months later. A year after the song was recorded Jimi Hendrix was asked about the meaning of the song. Hendrix said, “I dream a lot and I put my dreams down as songs. I wrote one called ‘First Look Around the Corner’ and another called ‘The Purple Haze,’ which was about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.”

As the song came out in the late 1960’s it became an anthem of the psychedelic experience. Many fans thought the song was about an LSD trip but Hendrix never admitted connections between the song and hallucinogenic drug use.

“Purple Haze” has been listed on several Best Guitar Riffs of all time. Including the number one spot from Q Magazine, and number two from Rolling Stone. From the 1967 album Are You Experienced this is “Purple Haze.”

The cover is from The Cure. Robert Smith and company recorded this dark, goth version of “Purple Haze” for the 1993 compilation Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The Cure’s “Purple Haze” actually made it to #2 on the Modern Rock Chart when it was released in the early 90’s.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Country Feedback Playlist for 1/8/2017

Gillian Welch – Boots #1: The Official Revival Bootleg – Dry Town(Demo) – 2016

The Avett Brothers – True Sadness – Victims of Life – 2016

Karen Jonas – Country Songs – Whiskey and Dandelions – 0
Bob Weir – Blue Mountain – Gonesville – 2016
Waylon Jennings – The Ramblin’ Man – I’m A Ramblin’ Man – 1974
Kieran Kane – Lost John Dean – Them Wheels Don’t Roll – 2006
Beth Nielsen Chapman – Uncovered – Meet Me Halfway – 2016
Rolling Stones – Some Girls – Claudine – 1978
Drive-by Truckers – American Band – Ramon Casiano – 2016
Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow – Sunrise In Texas – 2016
The Band – Moondog Matinee – Going Back To Memphis – 1973
Jack Ingram – Unleashed – Travis County – 2000
Sara Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways – The Truth Won’t Set Us Free – 2016
Owen Temple – Mountain Home – Mountain Home – 2011

January 11th, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 we look back to a celebration that was too long in the making. It was on this date, 25 years ago, when Paul Simon performed in South Africa. The concert in Johannesburg was the first from any international performer since the United Nations ended the boycott against the country. It was in 1991 that South Africa ended apartheid, the national policy of segregation between blacks and whites.

In the mid 1980’s Paul Simon traveled to South Africa to meet and record with some musicians he had heard. In taking this trip Simon violated the UN boycott against South Africa. During his journey, Paul Simon worked with Johnny Clegg, Juluka, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. These recordings would become Paul Simon’s Graceland. Today, let’s follow Paul Simon’s journey back to Johannesburg and fall in love with two versions of “Under African Skies.”

The cover is from String Cheese Incident. The Colorado jam band finds some great open spaces for nuanced interpretations of the motives in Simon’s song. This recording is from the Trick or Treat-The Best of String Cheese Incident Live. All of the songs featured on this compilation were recorded on Halloween. Including this version of “Under African Skies” recorded 10/31/1999 at Philadelphia, PA’s Electric Factory. You can see String Cheese Incident when SCI returns to Lockn’ Music Festival in August.

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

– Tad Abbey


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

Take 2@2 for Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 we mark the first anniversary of the death of David Bowie.
david-bowie-carnegie-hall-tribute-concertHe died just 2 days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar. Bowie had been diagnosed with liver cancer a year and half earlier and by the fall of 2015, his physicians told him there was nothing else they could do for him. Only the people closest to him knew that David Bowie was dying.

This past weekend marked Bowie’s 70th birthday. To mark the occasion the BBC aired the new documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The doc shows how Bowie found out that that his treatment was to be stopped while he was filming the music video for his final single, “Lazarus.”

The David Bowie Lazarus musical that ran in 2015 and 2016 wasn’t his first crack at a theatrical piece with that name.

Author Michael Cunningham, whose best known book, The Hours, writes in GQ that just over a decade earlier he and Bowie tried to launch a musical with the same title, but a different story line. Cunningham says that the plot revolved around the discovery of a trove of unknown and unreleased Bob Dylan songs, which Bowie himself planned to write. It never happened, though. The project was dropped after Bowie had a heart attack in 2004.

Blackstar went on to become his first recording to ever to top the Billboard 200 album chart, having sold just under 175,000 albums in its first week. It was a critical success and tops among many year-end lists for the best album of 2016 including the WNRN Top 100 of 2016.

Bowie, whose real name was David Jones, is survived by his wife, model-turned-businesswoman Iman, their daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones and his son Duncan Jones.

Today I want to focus on Bowie’s career as it began. He always went further than anyone else. In music, style, fashion, and film Bowie was the constant innovator reaching for the heavens. From his second self-titled album in 1969, let’s reach for the stars one more time with David Bowie’s trip to the galaxy “Space Oddity.”

The cover is an a Capella version from Phish. They had done this barbershop quartet version only once prior to this performance at Lockn’ 2016. I enjoy Phish’s intricate arrangements of Bowie’s classic that exemplifies the childlike wonder Bowie’s art brought out in us all. To that end David Bowie will never die. His work will always inspire someone to go beyond where we’ve been.

2016: A Space Oddity from Nicholas Setteducato on Vimeo.

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

– Tad Abbey


January 10th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, January 9, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, January 9th, 2017 we celebrate Dave Matthews at 50.
dave-matthewsHe was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and then moved to upstate New York in 1969. His family lived in England for a bit, then back to New York and then back to South Africa in the late 1970’s. In 1986, Dave Matthews moved to New York and later that year went to be with his mother in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Here in Central Virginia, Dave would become intertwined with the music scene. One musician, Tim Reynolds, would invite Dave on stage to play every once in a while. In 1991, Dave Matthews Band was born and the rest is history. By the mid-90’s Dave Matthews Band was a household name. Thanks in part to the release of the major label sophomore album Crash, featuring this song, “Crash into Me.”

The cover of “Crash into Me” is from Stevie Nicks. We recently featured a lot of covers of Stevie and Fleetwood Mac tunes and today it is nice to hear her cover someone else. She performed the DMB tune during her Soundstage Sessions in 2009. On March 25th Stevie Nicks will perform in Charlottesville at the John Paul Jones Arena with The Pretenders.

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

– Tad Abbey


January 9th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|