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Take 2@2 Friday, February 5, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, February 05th, 2016 we say farewell to Maurice White. White was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in the Southside of the city and one of his childhood pals was Booker T. Booker would go on to have a long career at Staxx Records developing the Memphis sound. When he was a teenager, Maurice White’s family relocated to Chicago. There he would get involved with Chess Records where he worked with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Etta James among many others.

In the late 60’s he relocated  a trio he was leading called The Salty Peppers and renamed the group Earth, Wind, & Fire. The legendary band won 6 Grammy Awards and was nominated 14 times, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an NAACP Hall of Fame Award, and four American Music Awards.

In 1975, Earth, Wind, & Fire released the album That’s the Way of the World which included the smash hit “Shining Star.” It was one of the few 70’s funk songs that broke through to American Top 40 and reached number 1 on the Billboard charts.

In 1992, Maurice White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He hasn’t tour with EWF since 1994 but kept active with the business of the band. He passed away, yesterday, at his home in Los Angeles he was 74.

The cover of “Shining Star” is from Robert Randolph and the Family Band from their 2011 release, Live in Concert. The recording also features versions of “Purple Haze,” “Peekaboo,” and “If I Had My Way.”

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

– Tad Abbey

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Anderson East at In Your Ear studio

Yesterday we visited In Your Ear studio in Richmond, VA for a session with Anderson East

You can catch Anderson East on February 6, 2016 at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

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Listen to the interview with Melissa Goode and hear songs, “Devil In Me”, “Find Em’, Fool Em’ and Forget Em'” and “Satisfy Me”:

 

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Take 2@2 Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 4th, 2016 we celebrate a decade of Arctic Monkeys. Ten years ago I visited London for the first time. Every tube stop I went through, every place a placard could be hung, there were posters of the guy to the left smoking.

This is the cover art for the debut album from Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The guy with the cigarette is Chris McClure, a chum of the band. This record was gigantic in the U.K. It was released on 1/23/2006 and on its’ first day it sold just under 120,000 copies. By then end of the week it sold more than double that amount and was the fasting selling record in British music history. One of those copies I still own. In the U.S. the album was the second fastest selling independent record of all time. “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and reached number 7 on the U.S. Modern Rock Charts.

The cover is performed by British funk group Baby Charles. Dionne Charles fronts the group. Her vocals plus the hard hitting horns bring a new element to this dance classic. You can find it on their self-titled release.

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

– Tad Abbey

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The Bottle Rockets live In Studio

The Bottle Rockets stopped by WNRN studio today!

 

Listen to songs “Monday”, “Dog” and “Ship It On The Fresno” and the live in studio interview with Mark Keefe here:

They even decided to play an extra song for us! Listen to “XOYOU” here:

 

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Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 we visit a tribute album put together by The Bottle Rockets for one of their heroes. In 1969, Smash Records released the debut album from The Sir Douglas Quintet called Mendocino. The record execs expected the release to get onto American Top 40. The title track lead single peaked at #80 on the Billboard charts.

In the late 80’s, Douglas Sahm, former front man of The Sir Douglas Quintet help form The Texas Tornadoes. Sahm also influenced numerous musicians thanks to his signature Tex-Mex sound. Sahm passed away in sleep following a heart attack in November of 1999.

In 2001, the pride of Festus, Missouri, The Bottle Rockets had just signed to Bloodshot Records. To kick off their new label deal the band unveiled a dedication to the work of Douglas Sahm called, The Songs of Sahm. It features this great raw rocking version of “Mendocino.” You can see The Bottle Rockets tonight at The Southern Café & Music Hall.

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

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. We look back 40 years ago today when The Ramones entered Plaza Sound Studio at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall to record their debut album The Ramones. Craig Leon oversaw the production of the album with a budget of under $7,000. The 14 track record took less than a week to record. Sire Records used “Blitzkrieg Bop” as the first single and then followed it up with the somewhat tamer tune, “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.”

The cover is from Pete Yorn. This version of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” is found on the 2003 compilation We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones. Johnny Ramone was asked if he was interested in a tribute album. He said yes with the stipulation that he got to oversee the release and the artists involved. The disc is an amazing array of rock stars showcasing their love of punk royalty. Eddie Vedder, Rob Zombie, Tom Waits, The Offspring, The Pretenders, Garbage, and Metallica are among the acts on the release.

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

– Tad Abbey

Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. We look back 40 years ago today when The Ramones entered Plaza Sound Studio at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall to record their debut album The Ramones. Craig Leon oversaw the production of the album with a budget of under $7,000. The 14 track record took less than a week to record. Sire Records used “Blitzkrieg Bop” as the first single and then followed it up with the somewhat tamer tune, “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.”

The cover is from Pete Yorn. This version of “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” is found on 2003 compilation We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones. Johnny Ramone was asked if he was interested in a tribute album. He said yes with the stipulation that he got to oversee the release and the artists involved. The disc is an amazing array of rock stars showcasing their love of punk royalty. Eddie Vedder, Rob Zombie, Tom Waits, The Offspring, The Pretenders, Garbage, and Metallica are among the acts on the release.

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

– Tad Abbey

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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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Dylan LeBlanc live In Studio at WNRN

WNRN aired a live in studio session with Dylan LeBlanc, February 1, 2016.. Listen to the interview with Anne Williams and songs “Easy Way Out”, “Cautionary Tale” and “I’m Moving On” from his recent album Cautionary Tale.

Check out more videos from this session on the WNRN You Tube page.

 

Listen to our full session with Dylan LeBlanc below.

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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.

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Take 2@2 Monday February 1, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, February 1st, 2016 we welcome the second month of the calendar year with a somber song of loss. Dar Williams recorded the tune “February” for her 1996 release Mortal City. That released also included he tune “As Cool as I Am.” A year later Joan Baez recorded the song for her album Gone from Danger. Interestingly enough, Baez had Dar sing with her on a version of Paul Simon’s “Dangling Conversation” for a special release of the record.

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

– Tad Abbey

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