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Take 2@2 Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Take 2@2 for Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 we mark the 5th anniversary of Bon Iver’s album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The second album from the Justin Vernon led band was a great success. It reached number 2 on the US Alternative charts. The release was also a critical success gaining rave reviews from Pitchfork, Paste, Spin, and others. The second single from the album, “Holocene” did extremely well and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 54th Grammy Awards.

The cover is a local A Capella take on the song. The Virginia Gentlemen from the University of Virginia began in 1953. Since then they have toured the globe with their vocal talents. In 2012, they released the album Guys in Ties which features their version of “Holocene,” as well as songs by Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars.

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

– Tad Abbey

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Commonwealth of Music 2 Year Anniversary ft. Butcher Brown at In Your Ear!

Celebrate 2 years of WNRN’s Commonwealth of Music at In Your Ear on Thursday, June 23rd with Butcher Brown! The show will be recorded and played back on WNRN.

This event is free and open to the public but please RSVP by emailing commonwealth@wnrn.org to guarantee your spot.

Photo by Craig Zirpolo.

Commonwealth of Music is supported by Bank of the James & Route 11 Potato Chips.

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Coming up on World Cafe…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
David Dye talks with the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen, who has a new book, called Your Song Changed My Life.

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Coming up on World Cafe…

Mary Chapin Carpenter is David Dye’s guest on the World Cafe. For nearly 30 years, she’s been making music that strides the line between country and folk, along with lyrics that touch the heart. Her latest release is called The Things That We Are Made Of. Today we’ll hear about the events in her life that inspired some of the new songs, and she performs before a live audience on stage at World Cafe Live.

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New Morning Music Picks, June 21, 2016

“Father of Newgrass,” three time Grammy award winner, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist Award from the Americana Music Association, Sam Bush , is releasing a new CD, Storyman, this Friday.  Four years in the making, you can hear Bush’s freewheeling style in all of these co-writes. He worked with bandmate, Stephen Mougin, along with Emmylou Harris and the late Guy Clark. “Transcendental Meditation Blues” was co-written with Jeff Black. Sam Bush plays live at The Festy, in Nelson County, October 9th.

Undercurrent , out last week, is Sarah Jarosz’s fourth release, but first since graduating last year from the New England Conservatory then relocating to New York City. All original songs, some co-writes, Jarosz recorded her song cycle capturing the process of personal evolution and the nature of change.  WNRN spins “Take Me Back.” Jarosz will be at both the Harvester Performing Arts Center and Birchmere in late July.

Young in All the Wrong Ways, Sara Watkins’ newest solo release, will be out July 1st. Best known a singer and the fiddler of Nickel Creek, she has toured with A Prairie Home Companion,  The Decemberists, and The Mutual Admiration Society. Watkins states that this third solo record is her break up record with herself. Watkins tries out a variety of styles including some stand-out percussion on the track, “One Last Time.” Watkins will be at The Hamilton in DC, on October 6

Mountain Heart is re-formed and, by all accounts, better than ever. Five years after their last release, Mountain Heart is still driven by the talents of lead singer and songwriter, Josh Shilling. Blue Skies has a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and a couple of songs that were written by others including a Chris Stapleton/Ronnie Bowman/James Stewart co-write.  “Addicted,” written by Shilling, shows Mountain Heart’s  bluegrass roots while trying out arrangements that help them step outside of its confines.

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Take 2@2 Monday, June 20, 2016


Take 2@2 for Monday, June 20th, 2016 it is the first official day of Summer and the 74th birthday of Brian Wilson. Wilson is the mastermind to the Beach Boys. The all-American band whose sound is forever threaded into the soundtrack to Summer. Brian Wilson crafted one of the greatest rock albums of all time when he wrote and produced the Beach Boys’ 1966 release Pet Sounds which includes the song ,”God Only Knows.”
In the years following Wilson slipped into psychological disorders that were compounded with alcohol and drug abuse. It wouldn’t be until the late 90’s and early 2000’s until Wilson overcame the bad influences in his life. In 2015, rejoined the Beach Boys for a 50th Anniversary tour. He’s now touring as a solo performer backed with a full band celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds.

The cover of “God Only Knows” is a new version recorded by Brandi Carlile. She recorded this version with her band for the new compilation Amazon Songs of Summer. Brandi will be performing at this August’s Lockn’ Music Festival.

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

– Tad Abbey


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