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Take 2@2 Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 today we are highlighting two celebrations with one ageless song. Tomorrow marks the 90th birthday of Miles Davis. Truth be told it is rare when I do not have a Miles Davis song on my phone’s playlist. To call Davis only a jazz musician is an extreme disservice to his art and legacy. Miles Davis certainly transformed jazz but he also worked in rock, classical, African rhythms, and was one of the first musicians to understand the potential in electronic music.

Miles also helped launch the careers of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock just to name a few. Now Miles is the subject of the biopic Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle. You can see the trailer below:

In 1985, Davis released You’re Under Arrest. The album is laced with Davis’ political thoughts and covers of two pop songs Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”

The second cover of “Time After Time” is from Willie Nelson’s 2002 album The Great Divide. Tonight, Willie Nelson returns to Charlottesville to perform at the Sprint Pavilion.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 we continue our all day birthday party for Bob Dylan on his 75th. In 1965, Dylan had just returned home to America from a tour in England. He was tired, exhausted, and dealing with his emotions following his time on the road. He sat down and wrote the lyrics for what would become, “Like a Rolling Stone.” Initially the prose for the tune was ten pages long.

The production of the song lead to a change in rock music. First, Dylan used a ¾ time, like a waltz, for the song. Dylan had enlisted the help of an unknown at the time organ player Al Kooper whom suggested changing the time to 4/4 to fit his new organ arrangement. The song would be identified thanks to the organ work Kooper developed. When the song was sent to Columbia Records they were unhappy with the 6 minute length of the single. “Like a Rolling Stone” went number 2 on the Billboard Charts.

The cover is from a musician that Dylan helped inspire. James Marshall Hendrix had played as backing guitarist for R&B acts like Wilson Pickett and Little Richard. Hendrix was afraid to take the spotlight because he couldn’t sing that well. After seeing Dylan perform in a Greenwich Village club, Jimi Hendrix decided to sing on his own. Hendrix’s version of “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded live at Winterland in San Francisco in 1968.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Monday, May 23, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 23rd, 2016 we dive a little deeper into the Grateful Dead tribute box set Day of the Dead. There are 59 songs included in the project including a cover of “Box of Rain.” The song originally appeared on the 1970 album American Beauty.

The cover is from Kurt Vile and the Violators featuring J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). You can see Kurt Vile live at Brown’s Island (RVA) for Friday Cheers on June 10th.

Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favorite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you’re in.

This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues.

You can learn more about the release including links for digital retailers here: Day of the Dead.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Art In The Park at Gypsy Hill

The Staunton Augusta Art Center presents its 50th Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill on Saturday, May 28 from 10am-5pm and on Sunday May 29 from noon-5pm. Live music plays from the bandstand every hour and children’s art activities are ongoing throughout the festival. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, there is no charge for children’s interactive art activities. For more information, click here to visit their website or call: (540) 885-2028.

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Bluegrass Sunday Morning playlist for May 22nd, 2016.

Jeff White- Run Little Rabbit Run
Lou Reid & Carolina- Blue Heartache
Dailey & Vincent- Head Hung Down
Cody Shuler- Listen to the Hammer Ring
Alison Krauss & Union Station- Rain Please Go Away
James King- Jason’s Farm
Bill Monroe -With Body and Soul
Junior Sisk and Ramblers- Choice Little Bit of This, Little Bit
Don Reno- I’m Using My Bible for a Roadmap
Country Gentlemen- Bringing Mary Home
The Infamous Stringdusters- Fork in the Road
Hot Rize- Doggone
Sam Bush- Ridin’ That Bluegrass Train
King Wilkie- Broke Down and Lonesome
Lost & Found- Sun’s Gonna Shine in My Back Door
Seldom Scene- Dry Run Creek
The Steeldrivers- If You Can’t Be Good, Be Gone
Chris Jones and the Night Drivers- Laurie
The Gibson Brothers- That Bluegrass Music
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road- Band Runnin’ Water
Sideline- Mountain Girl
The Bluegrass Cardinals- Just a Little Talk with Jesus
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle- You’re Gone
Section House- Shakin’ Down the Acorns
Audie Blaylock and Redline- Cryin’ Heart Blues
Dolly Parton- I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My
Rice, Rice, Hilman, & Pedersen- Hard Times
East of Monroe- A New Song
Balsam Range- Moon over Memphis
Peter Rowan- Walls of Time
Patty Loveless- Daniel Prayed
Tim O’Brien- Look down That Lonesome Road
Claire Lynch- I’ll Be Alright Tomorrow
Bryan Sutton- Chief’s Medley
The Osbourne- Brothers Rueben
Deer Creek- Boys How a Cowgirl Says Goodbye
Songs From the Road Band- Token of Love
Steep Canyon Rangers- One Dime at a Time
Trinity River Band- How Blue
Breaking Grass- High on a Mountain
Mountain Heart- Cold Winds
Edgar Loudermilk- My Kentucky Home
Dave Adkins- Change Her Mind
Ronnie Bowman- Cold Virginia Night
Dave Adkins- Change Her Mind
Ronnie Bowman- Cold Virginia Night
Shotgun Holler- Out in the Parking Lot
Alan Bibey & Grasstowne- You Let Me Down
Mountain Faith- If You Are Ever Down in Dallas
John Duffey- Walk Through This World with Me
Spinney Brothers-Living the Dream
Adkins & Loudermilk- Weeds
J.D. Crowe & The New South- Lefty’s Old Guitar
Antique Persuasion- Lover’s Lane
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Take 2@2 Friday, May 20, 2016


Take 2@2 for Friday, May 20th, 2016 we get ready for a big concert this weekend. WNRN presents Hard Working Americans at The National on Saturday night. The band is the stellar lineup of Todd Snider, guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keyboards, and  drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic).

Hard Working Americans first came on the scene with their 2013 self-titled album. The lead single is actually a cover of a Kevin Gordon song, “Down to the Well.” Gordon recorded the tune for his 2000 album Down to the Well.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Thursday, May 19, 2016


Take 2@2 for Thursday, May 19th, 2016 we celebrate a half century of listening to Pet Sounds. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys legendary album. Below is what I said on air intermixed with clips of Brian Wilson speaking about the record.

The cover is from She & Him. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward recorded the song in 2014 for Deschanel’s Fox sitcom New Girl.


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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 a rememberance for Guy Clark. Yesterday morning we learned of Guy Clark’s passing at the age of 74. You can read his full obituary below.

In 1997, he released a live album Keepers in which he performs some of his best known songs. The band features his son Travis on vocals and bass, plus Darrell Scott on various strings and vocals. The song “Desperados Waiting for a Train” was first recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, but it was Clark whom wrote the tune. It follows the story of a man who dated Clark’s grandmother and was a grandfather figure to him.

Besides Walker, Tom Rush and Rita Coolidge also covered the song. In 1985, The Highwaymen took on the tune. The supergroup featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. Their version of “Desperados Waiting on a Train” reached #15 on the Billboard Country charts and can be found on the album Highwayman.


Clark’s music lives on and you can see some of his compatriates soon in concert. Darrell Scott will be in Lexington at Lime Kiln Theater on Saturday night. Willie Nelson will be at Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville in one week.


Guy Charles Clark
November 6, 1941 – Tuesday May 17, 2016
Grammy-winner, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Academy of Country Music Poet’s Award honoree, and fearless raconteur Guy Charles Clark died Tuesday after a long illness.
He was born in the dusty west Texas town of Monahans on November 6, 1941. The family lived at his grandmother’s 13-room shotgun hotel; home to bomber pilots, drifters, oilmen and a wildcatter named Jack Prigg, the subject of Clark’s famous song “Desperados Waiting For A Train.” When Guy’s father returned from WWII and graduated from law school, the Clarks moved to the Gulf coast town of Rockport, Texas. Guy came of age in the pretty little beach town. As captain and center, Guy led the football team. He played guard in basketball, ran the 100-yard dash and threw discus in track and field. He won science fairs, joined the Explorer’s club, presided over the junior class as president, acted in school plays, excelled on the debate team, illustrated the yearbook, and fell in love with Mexican folk songs and the Flamenco guitar.
After a couple of false starts at university, Guy joined the Peace Corps in 1963. He trained in Rio Abajo, Puerto Rico, practicing water survival, rock climbing and trekking, followed by a month of book learning at the University of Minnesota. After turning down an assignment in Punjab, India, Guy moved to Houston, where he opened a guitar repair shop with his friend Minor Wilson. He played guitar and sang folk songs at the Houston Folklore Society, Sand Mountain coffee shop and the Jester Lounge, where he began life long friendships with fellow struggling songwriters and musicians Mickey Newbury, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kay Oslin, Frank Davis, Gary White and Crow Johnson. He married his first wife, folksinger Susan Spaw, and they had a son Travis in 1966.
In 1969, after splitting with Susan, Guy moved to San Francisco and again joined Minor Wilson in a guitar repair shop. Within a year, he moved back to Houston, met and fell in love with a beautiful dark haired painter named Susanna Talley. Susanna moved from Oklahoma City to Houston to be with Guy and after a few months, she sold a painting to fund the couple’s move to Los Angeles. Guy landed a job building Dobros at the Dopyera Brothers Original Musical Instruments Company. He played with a bluegrass band on the weekends and pitched his songs to publishing companies in between.
He signed a publishing deal with Sunbury Dunbar and moved to Nashville in the fall of 1971. He and Susanna crashed on songwriter Mickey Newbury’s houseboat for a few weeks and then moved into a small rental house at 1307 Chapel Avenue in East Nashville.  Guy and Susanna returned to Newbury’s houseboat on January 14, 1972 along with Mickey and Susan Newbury and Townes Van Zandt as best man; the five friends sailed up the Cumberland River to the Sumner County Courthouse where Guy Clark and Susanna Talley married.
In that first year in East Nashville Susanna and Townes wrote “Heavenly Houseboat Blues,” while Guy turned out “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “L.A. Freeway,” and “That Old Time Feeling.” By the time Guy released Old No. 1, his debut critically acclaimed album for RCA Records in 1975, he had written several soon-to-be classic songs including “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “Let Him Roll,” “Rita Ballou,” and “Texas 1947.”
He jumped from RCA to Warner Brothers in 1978, scoring a number one song with Ricky Skaggs’s take on “Heartbroke” in 1982 and breaking into the Billboard country chart with “Homegrown Tomatoes” in 1983. Clark hit his stride when he signed with Sugar Hill Records in 1989, and then released a string of significant folk and Americana albums with Sugar Hill, Asylum Records and Dualtone Music Group during the next two-and-a-half decades: Old Friends, Boats to Build, Dublin Blues, Keepers, Cold Dog Soup, The Dark, Workbench Songs, Somedays the Song Writes You and his final 2013 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album, My Favorite Picture of You.
For more than forty years, the Clark home was a gathering place for songwriters, folk singers, artists and misfits; many who sat at the feet of the master songwriter in his element, willing Guy’s essence into their own pens. Throughout his long and extraordinary career, Guy Clark blazed a trail for original and groundbreaking artists and troubadours including his good friends Rodney Crowell, Jim McGuire, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, and Vince Gill.
His beloved Susanna died from complications of lung cancer in 2012. Due to ongoing health problems, Guy stopped touring and recording shortly thereafter. He is survived by his son Travis and daughter-in-law Krista McMurtry Clark; grandchildren Dylan and Ellie Clark; sisters Caroline Clark Dugan and Jan Clark; manager and friend Keith Case; caretaker and sweetheart Joy Brogdon; nieces, nephews and many, many dear friends, colleagues and fans.
Funeral arrangements are pending

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 we do a bit of a long distance dedication. Today is my brother Britt’s 35th birthday. I reached out to him and asked him to send me some of his favorite cover songs. One in particular stuck out.

When we were in grade school a cover song became somewhat popular on Alternative radio stations. Our dad hated the cover. Both of our parents are big fans of the easy listening, singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. Harry Chapin’s ballad about absent fatherhood really struck a nerve with our pop. Dad worked a lot and sometimes had to sacrifice time with us to make ends meet. To this day he still tears up when he hears “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

The cover is from Ugly Kid Joe’s 1993 album America’s Least Wanted. Their cover spent 20 weeks on the Billboard charts reaching as high as number six. The band never received much love in America following the cover. However, they are still together and touring through the Europe all this year.

My brother and I sang this song countless times at the top of our lungs when MTv played in during afternoon rotation. If nothing else it got under dad’s skin. Happy Birthday bro. Now you’re the father who just took the kiddo to the first tee-ball game. What goes around, comes around.

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

– Tad Abbey


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Take 2@2 Monday, May 16, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 16th, 2016 we note the 65th birthday of Jonathan Richman. You might be familiar with Richman for singing in the trees during the movie There’s Something About Mary. The Massachusetts native began his music career in the mid 60’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s however that things took off when he started the group Modern Lovers. Richman was a huge fan of Velvet Underground and got John Cale from VU to help produce ML’s first demos. One of those songs is the 1976 classic “Roadrunner.”

The cover is from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. In 1986, the band released Good Music that featured some originals and covers including their take on “Roadrunner.”

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

– Tad Abbey

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