Take 2@2 Friday, December 9, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, December 9th, 2016 we begin a week-long celebration of Stevie Nicks. Stevie has just announced her 24 Karat Gold Tour with The Pretenders coming to John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on March 25th. sn_newz
Nicks has also reissued her albums The Wild Heart and Bella Donna. WNRN VIP Members can win tickets to the concert and copies of the album on the WNRN VIP List.

Bella Donna features some of Stevie Nicks’ most known solo songs. Following her gigantic success with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks released the album in 1981. The record features some of Rock’s biggest names as The Heartbreakers are the backing band on the record. Also, Tom Petty helps out especially on the hit song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around.”

The cover is from Devon Allman. Devon is the son of Gregg Allman. His version of “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” is on his 2013 album Turquoise.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 9th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, December 8th, 2016 our celebration of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid concludes.  For the past week we have been highlighting songs from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Today we are handing out copies of the Deluxe Expanded Edition of Paranoid plus 1 4-CD Limited Edition version on the WNRN VIP LIST.

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The Deluxe Expanded Edition contains a rather hefty CD booklet. There are essays detailing the development of most of the album and in particular the title track, “Paranoid.” Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward said, “Geezer (Butler) plugged in his bass, I sat behind my drum kit, we automatically grooved with him and Ozzy started singing. We didn’t say a word to each other; we just came in the room and started playing. I think it was about one-thirty in the afternoon; Tony (Iommi) has the riffs and by two o’clock we had ‘Paranoid’ exactly as you hear it on the record.”

The cover is from L.A. singer/ songwriter Gus Black. His version of the tune was featured on the Showtime series Californication. You can also find it on Gus Black’s album Uncivilized Love.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 8th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 our celebration of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid continues.  Through tomorrow, we are highlighting songs from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. We will experience the glory of Ozzy plus hand out copies of the Deluxe Expanded Edition of Paranoid plus 1 4-CD Limited Edition version on the WNRN VIP LIST.

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Today we dive deeper into Paranoid for a song that’s never gotten much play on the radio. However, there is a Black Sabbath tribute band named after this song. Take 2 versions of “Electric Funeral.”

The cover is from Brownout. The 8 piece band was formed a decade ago by members of Grupo Fantasma. They have several albums out and they also tour as Brown Sabbath, a Latin Funk tribute to Black Sabbath.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 7th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

WNRN On Tour

This year we’ve been celebrating the release of our new In-Studio Session IPA, brewed by our friends at South Street Brewery.

On Wednesday, December 14th we are heading to The Camel in Richmond. Angelica Garcia will be performing and we’ll hold a mini music meeting where you vote on the songs we play on WNRN.

 

December 7th, 2016|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, our celebration of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid continues.  Through Thursday, we are highlighting songs from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. We will experience the glory of Ozzy plus hand out copies of the Deluxe Expanded Edition of Paranoid plus 1 4-CD Limited Edition version on the WNRN VIP LIST.

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Today though we are going a little later into Ozzy’s solo career. In 1980, Ozzy Osbourne released the Blizzard of Ozz album. One song has become a staple not just on the radio but for every sporting event ever.  Today let’s take two versions and get aboard the “Crazy Train.”

The cover is from Commonwealth band Carbon Leaf. The Richmond outfit recorded it on their 2003 concert release 5 Alive!

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 6th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

New Morning Picks, December 6, 2016

We are about to wind down our new music picks for 2016. We will have one more installment before we wrap it up!

These picks reflect much about what we are looking at this time of year: highlighting 2016 favorites and looking forward to releases for the new year. 2017 already looks like it is going to be a good one with promises of album from Alison Krauss, Laura Marling, and Chuck Prophet, lots of local goodness, and concerts a plenty!

Recently, Vandaveer premiered the song and video “Love is Melancholy,” off their just released EP of the same name. This EP is a companion to their full-length, The Wild Mercury. Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin met through the DC folk scene. While they had that as their home base, they played the WNRN studios and regularly played gigs in the area. Now out of Louisville, Kentucky, their music continues to thrive. WNRN is glad to help them celebrate two releases for 2016 by adding the title track to the new EP.

This past year, WNRN played the Jesca Hoop and Sam Beam project, Love Letter For Fire. It was edgy for Sam Beam and more mainstream for Jesca Hoop. Allmusic says: “Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop is a nearly unclassifiable talent whose songs range from outsider folk to indie rock.” I say, “yup, and she is good!” Memories are Now will be out on February 10th. WNRN is giving you a preview with “The Lost Sky.” (photo: Frank Ockenfels)

 

 

December 6th, 2016|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Monday, December 5, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, December 5th, 2016 our celebration of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid continues.  Through Thursday, we are highlighting songs from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. We will experience the glory of Ozzy plus hand out copies of the Deluxe Expanded Edition of Paranoid plus 1 4-CD Limited Edition version on the WNRN VIP LIST.

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Paranoid came out in 1970 and track four on the album is an epic song about strength and darkness. When Ozzy Osbourne heard the guitar riff crafted by Tommy Iommi, he thought it sounded , “like a big iron bloke walking about.” “Iron Man” was born. The lyrics tell a story of man that travels to the future and witness the apocalypse. When the man returns to his own time he is rendered mute and cannot warn others about the doom ahead.

Thanks to Stan Lee and Marvel Comics today’s generation knows Iron Man as Tony Stark’s super suit. The über nerd with powers and the leader of The Avengers.

The cover is from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s first album Swass. Way before his lordship of rap told how “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-a-Lot recorded his own unique take on the Heavy Metal classic.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 5th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, December 2, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, December 2nd, 2016 we begin another week long rock salute. Through Thursday, we are highlighting songs from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. We will experience the glory of Ozzy plus hand out copies of the Deluxe Expanded Edition of Paranoid plus  1 4-CD Limited Edition version  on the WNRN VIP LIST.

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Paranoid is one of Rock’s greatest albums. It foreshadowed the days of Heavy Metal. If it weren’t for Black Sabbath bands like Megadeth, Slayer, and even Metallica might not have been inspired to get loud. The album begins with an opus for the ages. Today I am not playing the radio edit but rather the true version of “War Pigs/ Luke’s Wall.”

The cover is from Cake. Led by John McCrea, Cakes put their unique almost rockabilly twist on “War Pigs.” This cover is from Cake’s 2007 release B-Sides & Rarities.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 5th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, December 1st 2016 our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Last Waltz concludes. On the WNRN VIP List, WNRN Members can win a copy of The Band’s The 40th Anniversary Edition of The Last Waltz this week.

The Band began as 4 Canadians (Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson) and an American (Levon Helm). At first they were the backing band to Ronnie Hawkins “The Hawk.” Let’s wrap up our week with The Last Waltz with The Band’s salute to Ronnie Hawkins. During the concert on November 27th, 1976 The Band brought The Hawk on stage for this take on Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”

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George Thorogood & the Destroyers made “Who Do You Love?” and American Rock Radio staple. It is included on the 1978 album Move It On Over and can still be heard coast-to-coast on Classic Rock stations every day.

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

– Tad Abbey

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December 1st, 2016|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

WNRN adds 88.5 FM in Midlothian

After years of planning and months of difficult and at times frustrating work, WNRN is pleased to announce the addition of 88.5FM to our Richmond coverage area. The antenna is located in Midlothian behind the studios of WCVE (locals refer to the two towers as “the knife and the fork”) and its broadcast on 88.5FM replaces most of the coverage of where 103.1 used to be. We are still on 103.1 in Richmond, but that signal now broadcasts from North Hopkins Road, just south of downtown. We are not finished with the project yet. Read on for the full story.

In order to get a clearer and larger signal to Richmond, we arranged to buy an AM station, WFTH 1590, that would allow us to send our signal via satellite to 103.1FM after we moved it closer to the coverage area of WFTH. We did so over the summer and have just completed the purchase. We also purchased another translator and made some other technical and administrative changes. Today, you can hear WNRN on 88.5FM (Midlothian and the West End), 103.1FM (downtown Richmond and points south and east) and 1590 AM (all over the Richmond metropolitan area, but only during daylight hours). We also purchased a satellite system that now delivers our originating signal from Charlottesville clearer than ever before. All of this has tripled our coverage in the last six months on the two FM signals. Further adjustments will be made and we hope to have more good news for you in the coming months.

We are sorry that some of you have been frustrated by losing the signal you once had. Conditions have changed throughout this process almost on a daily basis making it difficult to communicate a definitive message to all of you. Now, most of you should be able to hear us in places you never could, and that should improve even more. Please contact us and let us know if you have the signal back or are still having problems. Please make sure to include your address.

Thanks for reading this rather long explanation. Before I conclude, we are also happy to tell you that you will in the very near future be hearing Hear Together features specific to Richmond and you can expect to see us around town, having live sessions and generally becoming a platform to showcase the good music and good people of your, I mean, OUR, neighborhoods in RVA.

Thanks for your patience, your support and your great ears. We will keep working hard to earn them every day.

Stay tuned,

Mark Keefe

P.S. We have been good financial stewards throughout this process, but as you can imagine, expenses have been large. As we approach the end of the year in this season of giving, please consider an additional contribution.

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December 1st, 2016|Featured, Miscellaneous|