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Take 2@2 Friday, February 17, 2017


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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Take 2@2 Thursday, February 16, 2017


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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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.

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Prism Coffeehouse

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On Friday February 10, Prism Coffeehouse present banjo and appalachian performers Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness. On Saturday, March 4th we invite you to join us for Progressive Bluegrass Tunecrafters & Songsters Jordan Tice & Horse County. Scottish Fiddle performer Alasdair Fraser joins cellist Natalie Haas on Saturday March 11All shows are at at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street in Charlottesville. Doors open at 6, all shows start 7 pm and are two sets. For more information on these concerts and our organization,

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Oakland School

Oakland School is a day and boarding school for boys and girls ages 6-13 that specializes in helping students who have learning difficulties and have not been able to reach their full potential in a traditional classroom. Our specialty is reading and all students receive daily individualized one-to-one instruction. We provide many recreational opportunities including nature, sports, arts, horseback riding and more! We invite you to come learn more about Oakland School as well as our five week academic summer camp. Please RSVP to We hope you can make it!
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NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is seeking artists who have experienced mental health difficulties and have used their art as part of their Recovery process to submit their art for our 10th annual Mental Health Recovery Art Show. Art submissions need to be received by Friday, February 24th. Art will be on display from April 14th- May 13th at the R.R. Smith Center for Art and History, in downtown Staunton, VA. Please contact us at for more information.


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