Take 2@2 Friday, February 17, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, February 17th, 2017 we celebrate the 45th birthday of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. billiejoearmstrong

He met future Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in elementary school. The Oakland, California kids started playing punk music together and started Green Day. In 1990, they hired Tre’ Cool as their drummer and a year later they released Kerplunk. Now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day has released 12 studio albums including their latest Revolution Radio.

Twenty years ago, Green Day released Nimrod. One song on the album was written several years prior to Nimrod’s 1997 release. In 1990, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song that he kept to himself for several years. In ’93 during the sessions for Dookie, he then shared a song with Dirnt and Cool called “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)” The guys loved the song but they all agreed it didn’t fit with the rest of the songs on Dookie. Their producer for Nimrod decided to add the strings to the arrangement. After the song was released it quickly took a life of its’ own. It is now a staple at proms, graduations, and infamously used in the final episode of Seinfeld.

For all their ups and downs, Green Day has been on quite the ride since the early 1990’s. Let’s raise a glass for Billie Joe on his birthday and wish him well.

Country legend Glen Campbell released his 60th (yes 60th!) album in 2008. Meet Glen Campbell is all covers of more modern tunes. Campbell puts his signature voice on songs from John Lennon, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, and this cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)”

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 16th, 2017 it has been a while since played a round of Who Covers It Better? Today we are focusing on the classic tune “I Thank You.” The song was written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes in 1968 and then recorded by their Stax Record Label mates Sam & Dave. This original version of the song got to #9 on the Billboard Pop charts.

Over a decade later a little band from Texas put their spin on “I Thank You.” ZZ Top covered the tune in 1979 for the album Degüello.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band is releasing a new album tomorrow called Got Soul. There are some guests on the record including Darius Rucker, Anthony Hamilton, and Cory Henry from Snarky Puppy. Henry appears on this new cover of “I Thank You.” Robert Randolph blends the soul of Sam & Dave with the raucous guitar stylings of ZZ Top to make the song his own.

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 16th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

New Morning Picks, February 14, 2017

Rodney Crowell will be putting out a new solo album, Close Ties, March 31 on New West Records. This teaser track, “It Ain’t Over Yet”delivers what we have come to love about his singing, songwriting and playing plus John Paul White and Rosanne Cash chime in too! If you are a Rodney Crowell fan, you should check him performing live at The Hamilton in DC April 1st.

Caroline Spence grew up here in central Virginia, was in a band with Carl Anderson before she left for Nashville, and now is releasing her second album since calling Tennessee home, Spades and Roses, on March 3rd. Quoting “Big Old James” Wilson of Sons of Bill, “While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, … Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.” WNRN is loving on the track, “Wishing Well.”

For fans of the Gourds, Austin’s Shinyribs is the place where the singer Kevin Russell is offering his talents these days. Lots of horns in these songs found on the new release, I Got Your Medicine. Although Russell’s songwriting is stellar, WNRN could not resist another verson of Ted Hawkin’s “I Gave Up All I Had.” The CD will be out February 24th.

Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk released North Americana, two years ago. Now it’s time for Vollebekk’s forthcoming album, Twin Solitude and the song, “Elegy.” It is a quiet album that is front loaded with piano-based tunes then more Nick Drake sounding guitar-based tunes on the second half. This will be released February 24th, too.

February 16th, 2017|Anne Williams, Featured, Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 it happened 11 years ago today, Jack Johnson got to number 1. Following the success of his first 3 studio albums, Johnson scored the first number one album of his career. Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies the soundtrack to film Curious George was put together by Jack Johnson and his musical buddies. Ben Harper, G. Love, Matt Costa, and Zach Gill from ALO all helped out with tunes for the release. The soundtrack is focused for children with songs about sharing, recycling, and a cover of a White Stripes song about friendship.

“We’re Going to be Friends” is from the 2002 White Stripes album, White Blood Cells. The sing-songy tune telling the story of a boy and girl who meet on their way to the first day of school. In its purest sense this theme is as American as a Norman Rockwell Schoolwalk painting.
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This week on the WNRN VIP List, VIP Members can win tickets to see Jack Johnson at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, June 11th.

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 15th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Valentine’s Day 2017

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 we seal this Valentine’s Day with a kiss. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs that we’ve been highlighting for the past few days. There is still time for you to enter our contest as we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new android voice to ease your solitude and give you some companionship. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

When we first saw the Love Me/ Love Me Not playlist from Amazon Music one song immediately stuck out. JD McPherson does an incredible cover of an 80’s New Wave tune.

“A Little Respect” is from Erasure’s 1988 album The Innocents. The song of a lover pleading for more reverence from his partner mixed with dance beats creates an uplifting experience. The song could easily be a brooding, Morrissey type of tune. Erasure, instead makes “A Little Respect” into a tune of empowering a couple’s love for each other.

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 14th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, February 13, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Monday, February 13th, 2017 we are in the mood for love for Valentine’s Day. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day. To help you out for V-Day ’17 we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new vocal humanoid facsimile for you to interact with to give you some company. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

I’m Your Man is Leonard Cohen’s 8th album. The record brought us songs like “Everybody Knows” and “Ain’t No Cure for Love.” It also ushered a new sound for Cohen where he utilized synthesizers for the first time. The title track was not issued as a single but over time has become a fan favorite. The lyrics of guy steadfast in his resolve to be anything his love wants him to be. For Valentine’s Day we take 2 versions of “I’m Your Man.”

The gender twisted cover is from Amanda Shires. Shires actually has a tattoo on her forearm featuring a few of the lyrics to “Hallelujah.” In an article for Rolling Stone Magazine, Shires says that Cohen is one of her biggest influences:

“We have taken a thousand road trips together and I have drunk hundreds of bottles of wine with him, ever since I found him in that record store in Lubbock, Texas.”

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 13th, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Friday, February 10, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, February 10th, 2017 we look at the other side of Valentine’s Day. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. To help you out for V-Day ’17 we are giving away an Amazon Echo Dot. Either for your loved one, or a new vocal humanoid facsimile for you to interact with to give you some company. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

The Love Me Not playlist is mostly songs of heartbreak and sadness. Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album Darkness on the Edge of Town came out in 1978. Many of the tunes are bleak, including the title track. The song “Darkness on the Edge of Town” follows a heartbroken man hopelessly waiting for his love to return.

The cover is from The Trigger Code. For over a decade this Nashville based band has had a rotating lineup to help evolve its’ sound. Taylor Derik Sorenson is the main brains behind this group and posted this note to Facebook:

A few years ago, after my Grandma had passed away, my wife and I took some time to go live with my Grandpa in an effort to help however we could. Though we weren’t there long, those 6 months gave to us a thousand pieces of valuable and beautiful experiences of which we will never let go. During that time, I set up a little studio, in what was my dad’s childhood bedroom, and managed to scrape together some recordings. One of those recordings has made its way to this Amazon playlist – a preface to the Valentines holiday – and happens to be one of my favorite songs by my favorite artist and biggest musical influence – Bruce Springsteen.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 9, 2019

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 9th, 2017 we put a new spin on a classic from the King. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

In 1961, Elvis Presley stared in the musical comedy Blue Hawaii. Even in the tropical beauty of Waikiki Beach, The King needed to be tender. So the writing team of Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss got together and penned a song. They based their melody on a French romance song, “Plaisir d’amour.” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” became a smash hit for Elvis and has been covered countless times.

Lady Lamb takes on the King’s classic on the new Love Me/ Love Me Not playlist. Aly Spaltro grew up in Maine and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to start her music career as Lady Lamb. Since 2009 she’s released 2 albums and 2 EPs including last year’s Tender Warriors Club EP.

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

– Tad Abbey

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

Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 we begin a lovefest of covers inspired by Valentine’s Day. Amazon Music has issued 2 new playlists of covers and originals for the lover or hater in you. Love Me/ Love Me Not contains 60 songs and we are going to highlight many of the new covers on the collection leading up to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. You can enter to win a new Amazon Echo Dot here.

Modern English was a part of the British New Wave Invasion in the early 80’s. M.E. has reunited and is releasing a new album Take Me to the Trees on February 24th. Plus, Modern English is going out on tour coming to Washington DC to perform at the Rock N Roll Hotel on April 11th. Let’s go back to where it all began though. From the 1982 album After the Show, we take two versions of “I Melt with You.”

The cover is from Surfer Blood. This new version of “I Melt with You” is on the new Amazon Music playlist Love Me. This set of songs is paired with the anti-Valentine’s playlist Love Me Not. Surfer Blood will be in the area performing at Charlottesville’s Southern Café & Music Hall on Saturday, April 22nd.

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

– Tad Abbey

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February 8th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Fresh Roots – New Blues 2/4/17

Set 1

 

  •       Kenny Neal – Ain’t Gonna Let The Blues Die            (Bloodline)
  •       Eliza Neals – Jekyll & A Hound            (10,000 Feet Below)
  •       Mike Zito – Wasted Time            (Make Blues Not War)
  •       Southern Avenue – Slipped, Tripped, Fell In Love            (Southern Avenue)
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  • Set 2
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  •       Toronzo Cannon – Walk It Off            (The Chicago Way)
  •       Bobby Rush – Got Me Accused            (Porcupine Meat)
  •       Dave Fields – My Mama’s Got The Blues            (Unleashed)
  •       Tas Cru – Just Let It Happen                        (Simmered & Stewed)
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  • Set 3
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  •       Nick Moss Band – Before The Night Is Through            (From The Root To The Fruit)
  •       BLAST – The Allman Brothers Band – In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed            (Live At Fillmore East)
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  • Set 4
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  •       Janiva Magness – Your House Is Burnin’            (Love Wins Again)
  •       Anders Osborbe – Move Back To Mississippi            (Spacedust & Ocean Views)
  •       Otis Taylor – Twelve String Mile            (Fantasizing About Being Black)
  •       Beth Hart – Baby Shot Me Down             (Fire On The Floor)
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  • Set 5
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  •       Big Head Blues Club – Good Advice            (Way Down Inside: Songs Of Willie Dixon)
  •       John Ginty feat. Aster Pheonyx – Mr. Blues                        (Rockers)
  •       Biscuit Miller – Mr. DJ            (Wishbone)
  •       Patty Reese – Soul Satisfier            (Let In The Sun)
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  • Set 6
  •        Rev. Billy C. Wirtz & The Nighthawks – Too Old            (Full Circle)
  •       Hard Swimmin’ Fish – Howlin’ For My Darlin’            (True Believer)
  •       Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings – Still Called The Blues            (The Blues Don’t Care)
  •       Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band – We Deserve A Happy Ending            (Front Porch Sessions)
February 7th, 2017|Fresh Roots, Miscellaneous|