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Decade of Difference : Marty Stuart

Five time Grammy winner Marty Stuart began playing mandolin as a child and by twelve had joined a bluegrass band.At fourteen he joined Lester Flatt’s band, playing with him for six years, and then worked with Vasser Clements and Doc Watson, Finally landing in Johnny Cash’s band. Maybe this background with classic bluegrass and country music artists cultivated Stuarts deep appreciation for the culture of classic country and bluegrass music.

Marty Stuart began his solo career with his first album in 1985 and charted his first song on the country charts in 1986. 1991 was a big year for Stuart with several songs from his “Tempted” album reaching the charts, and a collaboration with Travis Tritt winning a Grammy for the pair.

Marty Stuarts dedication to classic country extends to his collection of music memorabilia, which has been displayed at the Tennessee State Museum and later at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum . When the Country Music Hall of Fame needed exhibit materials, they turned to Stuart for help.

Marty Stuart also hosts a weekly radio show modelled after the old Porter Wagoner musical variety show with his band the Fabulous Superlatives. This love of classic country will culminate with a museum and performance hall in his planned for his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams.

2020-09-30T07:24:39-04:00September 30th, 2020|Decade of Difference|

WNRN VIP Member List 9/28/20


1. Tickets for a six person pod to see The Steel Wheels at Potter’s Craft Cider in Charlottesville on Thursday, October 15.


2. A pair of tickets to see Suggesting Rhythm at Harley-Davidson in Richmond on Saturday, October 31.


Gift Cards and More:

3. A digital download of the latest album release from Busty and the Bass – Eddie.
4. A variety gift pack of Beez Nuts Lip Balm ($22 value).
5. A $10 gift card to JaDean’s Smokin’ Six O BBQ in Richmond.
6. A $10 gift card to The Brick Oven in Charlottesville.
7. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
8. A $20 gift card to Top Notch Pharmacy in Charlottesville.
9. A $10 gift card to Oakhurst Inn & Cafe in Charlottesville.
10. A $15 gift card to Hobnob in Lakeside in Richmond.
11. A $15 gift card to Home Team Grill at the Fan location in Richmond.
12. A $10 gift card to Market Street Wine in Charlottesville.
13. A $15 gift card to Studio Two Three in Richmond.
14. A $10 gift card to Not Fade Away in Midlothian.
15. A $10 gift card to ReThreads in Charlottesville.
16. A $10 gift card to Sheppard Street Tavern in Richmond.
2020-09-30T12:54:37-04:00September 29th, 2020|Miscellaneous|

Support WNRN’s Fall Member Drive!

 Click one of the links below to become an evergreen member or to make a one time gift (you can also mail checks to WNRN / 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 2 / Charlottesville, VA 22903) and scroll down to preview our Fall 2020 thank you gifts. Everyone who makes a contribution before Friday, September 25 (or emails will be entered to win a JBL PartyBox 100, courtesy of Crutchfield.  Early birds grab our Fall 2020 bundle (t-shirt, CD, & new WNRN socks!) for just $12/month when you become a member or renew before 9/25. Thank you for supporting WNRN!

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2020-09-28T16:36:26-04:00September 28th, 2020|Featured|

Decade of Difference : Mandy Barnett

Mandy Barnett sang for the first time in public as a five year old at church. At eight her mother introduced her to the music of Patsy Cline which increased her interest in becoming a singer. As a ten year old, she entered a talent contest at Dollywood and won and by twelve a Nashville record label had signed her to a development contract.

On weekends her mother would drive her back and forth to Nashville from east Tennessee for voice lessons and to record demos. Finally at seventeen she moved to Nashville. Her love of Patsy Cline paid dividends when she was cast as Cline in “Always…Patsy Cline”  in which she has performed over 500 times.

Mandy Barnett is also a regular in the Grand Ole Opry where she has performed more than 400 times and she has taken her Nashville songbook, a collection of classic country songs into some unusual appearances including a New York cabaret and on tour with the Detroit Symphony.

On her most recent  release “Strange Conversation” Mandy Barnett has tapped into a different source for classic songs, choosing many pop and R&B composers including Neil Sedaka and Sonny & Cher. She says the album started falling in place after she chose the first song, a cover of an R&B classic from 1964.

2020-09-27T16:00:16-04:00September 28th, 2020|Decade of Difference|

Re-Live World Cafe’s Sense Of Place: Virginia!

The World Cafe team from WXPN spent a week in Central Virginia last November with WNRN gathering audio for their Sense of Place series. The crew split their time between Charlottesville and Richmond, exploring the expansive, tight-knight music scenes.

In Charlottesville, hosts Raina Douris and Stephen Kallao experienced their first Concert in the Blind with David Wax Museum and Lowland Hum, spent time with the University of Virginia marching band, paid a visit to local luthiers at Rockbridge Guitars, and recorded live sessions with the Hackensaw Boys and Free Union at a WNRN member reception at the Paramount Theater downtown. Following the Paramount Theater event, WNRN staff couldn’t miss the opportunity to introduce the World Cafe crew to another Central Virginia musical institution: Miller’s Downtown.

In Richmond, WXPN joined WNRN for another member-only reception and live taping at In Your Ear Studios, where they hosted sessions with Saw Black and Gold Connections. WXPN also recorded with Sleepwalkers, visited Matthew E. White for a look into Spacebomb, hung out at Barky’s Record Store, and spent a day at GWAR’s slave pit.

It was a true community effort, and the resulting segments aired nationwide on more than 200 stations, including WNRN, and are archived on NPR Music.

Sense of Place: Virginia segments

Inside Rockbridge Guitars

The Twisted World of GWAR

Spacebomb is Richmond’s Creative Hub

Barky’s Record Store

Saw Black and Richmond’s Vibrant Scene

Sleepwalkers & What’s Special About Richmond

Gold Connections Is Undeniably Catchy

Central VA Music 101 w/Desire Moses:

David Wax Museum & Lowland Hum’s blindfolded concert series:

Hackensaw Boys on the World Cafe:

A Virginia Music History Lesson with Desire Moses

Free Union on the World Cafe:

David Wax Museum walking tour of Charlottesville on the World Cafe:

Kate Bollinger on the World Cafe:

World Cafe host Raina Douris goes behind the scenes with the UVA marching band

2020-09-29T11:38:31-04:00September 27th, 2020|Featured, World Cafe|