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Take 2@2 Monday, May 2, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, May 02nd, 2016 we begin our week of the Day of the Dead. All this week we are spotlighting new covers of Grateful Dead songs.

Today we cover the title track to the Dead’s 1978 studio album Shakedown Street.

The cover is from New Zealand band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Their bright and vibrant version of “Shakedown Street” sounds modern and fresh without appearing forced or phony.

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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Take 2@2 for Friday, April 27, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, April 29th, 2016 we mark this date in Pearl Jam history. It was on this date in 1999 that Pearl Jam announced that they would commercially release their 1998, fan-club-only Christmas single, “Last Kiss.” The disc benefited Kosovar refugees. The song had been gathering radio airplay throughout the country.

This song was not written by Eddie Vedder & Company. The tune was originally written and recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961. A few years later J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers recorded the tune as the lead single and title track to the 1964 album Last Kiss. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year.

Pearl Jam recorded the song after Eddie Vedder found a copy of the song at a Seattle antique mall. The band had only tried it out for a couple of times before it was recorded during a sound check at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. As mentioned earlier, radio helped promote the song. Like the previous version, Pearl Jam’s cover reached number 2 on the charts. To date this is Pearl Jam’s highest charting song. As they donated the song to the charity compilation No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees, the band has never received a penny for it.

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

– Tad Abbey

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Weekly VIP member list: April 25th-May 1st

Concerts and Events:
1. A pair of tickets to Widespread Panic at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville on Thursday, April 28. We will notify winners tomorrow.
2. Two tickets to Chris Stapleton at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville on Thursday, June 16.
3. A pair of tickets to Elizabeth Cook at The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Thursday, April 28. We will notify winners tomorrow.
4. Tickets for you and a friend to Road to DelFest with the Traveling McCourys and Mipso at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, April 29.
5. A pair of tickets to Guitar Army featuring Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell & Joe Robinson at The Beacon Theater in Hopewell on Friday, April 29.
6. A pair of tickets to M Ward at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Saturday, April 30.
7. Two tickets to Queensryche at The Beacon Theater in Hopewell on Sunday, May 1.
8. Tickets for you and a friend to Trampled by Turtles and Devil Makes Three at The National in Richmond on Wednesday, May 4.
9. Two tickets to Stephen Kellogg at The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Wednesday, May 4.
Club Shows:
10. A pair of tickets to David Wax Museum and Darlingside at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, April 29.
11. Tickets for you and a friend for Adwela & The Uprising at The Ante Room in Charlottesville on Friday, April 29.
12. A pair of tickets to Delta Rae at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, April 29.
13. Two tickets to Imaginary Sons at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, April 29.
14. Two tickets to see Sleepwalkers at The Broadberry in Richmond on Saturday, April 30.
15. Two tickets to Matt Jones and the Bobs at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, April 30.
16. Tickets for you and a friend to Moonlight Beach Club at The Broadberry in Richmond on Sunday, May 1.
17. Two tickets to Texas Hippie Coalition and Sons of Texas with Dugan Nash and Dirt Merchant at The Broadberry in Richmond on Wednesday, May 4.
18. A pair of tickets to Yarn at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Thursday, May 5.
Other:
19. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall in Richmond.
20. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
21. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
22. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.
23. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Bar + Arcade in Charlottesville.

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Take 2@2 Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 we play another round of Who Covers It Better?! We’re playing two versions of JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light.” Cale originally wrote and recorded the song for his 1976 release Troubadour. The two versions we are spotlighting are from Eric Clapton and Widespread Panic. Clapton covered the song on his 2001 release Reptile. Widespread Panic recorded it on the 1988 album Space Wrangler.  WSP is live at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion tomorrow night.
Okay, Internet Who Covers It Better?

This guy knows:

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, April 26, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 we put an ear to a new cover from Sturgil Simpson. On his just released album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Simpson cover’s Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” During an interview for Rolling Stone Country Sturgil said this about the song:

        “I wanted a song on the album to capture that awkward stage in every young boy’s life where they are searching for their place in the world. One night while discussing the album with my wife, she asked, ‘Well, what were you listening to when you were 13?’ I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when [Nevermind] dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man.”

It was on this date in 1990, that Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of “In Bloom” was later used as a promo clip. The song was recorded for Nirvana’s landmark 1991 album Nevermind.

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

– Tad Abbey

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New Morning Music Picks for April 26, 2016

More Charlottesville area music is coming to the mornings at WNRN with the single from the Will Overman Band. They have been instudio with us in the past. WNRN is playing “All I Say” in anticipation of the album release at The Southern on June 4th. The album is self-titled Will Overman Band.

Margo Price wowed us all with her appearance on Saturday Night Live on April 9th. Her debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, is on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Although Price’s sound does harken back to classic country singers like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, the heartache you hear comes through her own loss and betrayal that she has experienced. WNRN brings you, “Since You Put Me Down.”

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Darrell Scott, has written country hits, played with Robert Plant in his Band of Joy, and toured and collaborated with others including Tim O’Brien. Digging through the archives he found a majority of these songs already to go. The album features Bill Payne (Little Feat), Guy Clark, and Peter Rowan. We can look forward to the cover, “Midnight Moonlight” when the Couchville Sessions is released on May 13th. Right now, we will enjoy Darrell’s own glorious waltz, “Down By the River.” Darrell Scott will be performing at the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on May 21st.

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Take 2@2 Monday, April 25, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, April 25th, 2016 we say farewell to another voice for the ages. On Sunday, Billy Paul passed away at the age of 81, he had been battling pancreatic cancer. Paul was from Philadelphia and was raised on the sounds of jazz musicians like Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. His career began in the early 1950’s in New York City. At 16 years-old he released his first single, “Why I Am.” In 1957, we was drafted into the Armed Services and was stationed with Elvis Presley.

Once his time in the Army was done, Paul went back to Philly and back to music. In 1972, he released 360 Degrees of Billy Paul which featured the hit song, “Me and Mrs. Jones.” The song about an extramarital affair has become a classic. It stayed on the top of the charts until beaten out by Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.”

“Me and Mrs. Jones” has been a hit song for not only Billy Paul. Versions by The Dramatics, and Michael Buble’ have also made the charts. We are focusing on a live version from power duo Darryl Hall and John Oates. As fellow Philadelphians Hall & Oates approach the song with a power and reverence it deserves. they performed the song live at John Jay College, New York, March 24, 2003. You can find it on the album Do What You Want, Be What You Are – The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates.

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

– Tad Abbey

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Thanks for being on our team, Malcolm Brogdon!

ACC Player of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon, was also our intern this past year and helped us launch Hear Together. Thank you for being a part of the team and best of luck, Malcolm!

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Take 2@2 Friday, April 22, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Friday, April 22nd, 2016 we mark the 25th anniversary of Dave Matthews Band. It was on this date in 1991 that Dave Matthews Band performed their first show at the Pink Warehouse in Charlottesville for an Earth Day concert. (A month prior the band had played at Trax for Middle East Children’s Alliance Benefit.) We are marking the Earth Day show as the first official show but the band’s first proper gig was May 11, 1991 for a private party, again atop the Pink Warehouse. You can read more about this from the official DMB History page.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary we are playing two different versions of the same song from the DMB catalog. In 1993, the band released Remember Two Things. The debut album features a mix of studio and live songs including an early live version of “One Sweet World.” Fast forward almost a decade later when ice cream’s dynamic duo Ben & Jerry came knocking. The company released the DMB inspired flavor One Sweet Whirled. The pint of goodness featured caramel and coffee ice creams with marshmallow & caramel swirls with coffee flavored fudge chips. It could have only been more Charlottesville if had hints of boxwood hedges and dogwood tree blossoms. To celebrate the new collaboration DMB released a limited edition CD at their shows. I believe this live version of “One Sweet World” was recorded at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on 7/6/01. There is no liner notes in the release so this is my best guess.

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

– Tad Abbey

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, April 21st, 2016 we are yet again in mourning. Just minutes before today’s Take2 we learned that Prince has died. The report came from the Associated Press and you can follow the story here.

We play in tribute to Prince “When Doves Cry” from Purple Rain.

The cover is from Be Good Tanyas off their 2006 release Hello Love.

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

– Tad Abbey

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