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Preview In Studio Vol. 9 this week on Decade of Difference + Live at 5!

This week tune into Decade of Difference (at 8AM and 9AM) and Live at 5 as Bob Mosolgo and Tad Abbey highlight some of their favorite performances from our latest In Studio at WNRN compilation. Volume 9 (aka Home Studio Sessions) features 15 of our favorite live from home performances of the past year from artists like Bruce Hornsby, Lake Street Dive, Julien Baker, and more. Get your copy of this extremely limited edition album on CD or digital download when you become a member.

Decade Of Difference

Monday: Bruce Hornsby
Tuesday: Laura Veirs
Wednesday: Parker Millsap
Thursday: Lake Street Dive
Friday: Manchester Orchestra

Live At 5

Monday: Rolling Blackouts C.F.

Tuesday: Sofia Valdés

Wednesday: Washed Out

Thursday: Cautious Clay

Friday: Manchester Orchestra

2021-09-20T16:20:58-04:00September 20th, 2021|

In Studio at WNRN Vol. 9 Tracklist Announced!

Despite everything the past year has thrown at us, we at WNRN have remained committed to connecting you with the artists that you love. In 2020, that meant re-imagining our in studio sessions while working from home. Despite the technical snafus and challenges that cropped up along the way, there were undeniable moments of magic and we’ve captured 15 of these performances in an extremely limited edition collection on CD and digital download we’re calling In Studio at WNRN Vol. 9: Home Studio Sessions. Scroll down to check out the tracklist and read notes from our GM Mark Keefe. Get your copy of these extremely rare performances exclusively when you become a WNRN member at the $10/month level.

In Studio at WNRN Volume 9: Home Studio Sessions

1. Washed Out “Too Late”
2. Julien Baker “Faith Healer”
3. The Avett Brothers “Victory”
4. Lake Street Dive “Hypotheticals”
5. Manchester Orchestra “Bed Head”
6. Bruce Hornsby “My Resolve”
7. Sofia Valdés “Handful of Water”
8. Cautious Clay “Roots”
9. Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno “Will You”
10. Dan Croll “So Dark”
11. Parker Millsap “The Real Thing”
12. Curtis Salgado “The Longer that I Live”
13. Laura Veirs “Burn Too Bright”
14. Dawes “St. Augustine at Night”
15. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Cars in Space”

From Mark Keefe, GM & Programming Director, WNRN:
In 2020, we were all faced with answering questions and solving problems that, a year earlier, would have been absurd. For example: How do you have an in-studio session when there’s no one in the studio? It’s an important question considering that these sessions provide the source material for the CDs we create for you each year. The answer? Conduct these sessions the same way we did everything else  – from home. Through our revamped home studio sessions, we virtually visited with the bands and musicians who couldn’t stop by and play live. But they kept playing, just like we kept playing their music, and you kept listening — and donating. Thank you for your support, which allowed us to continue doing the things that you tune in for – making great independent music radio happen no matter what happens around us. I want to make sure to acknowledge all of our staff for their hard work and dedication to WNRN and you, our members. We hope to see you, soon.


2021-09-17T12:51:46-04:00September 17th, 2021|

Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show talks w/WNRN ahead of return to Virginia Sep. 17/18!

Old Crow Medicine Show began performing on street corners in upstate New York and found an early home in Boone, NC, but Ketch Secor considers himself a Virginian at heart. He was raised in Harrisonburg and he speaks with ease about everything from drinking Starr Hill beer to busking under the marquee of the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, so it’s a homecoming of sorts this weekend as the group returns to Central Virginia to play on Friday September 17th at Music at Maymont and September 18th at Augusta Expo in a fundraiser for the MaDee Project.

From the beginning, the group’s energetic street performances and collective ethos set them apart from other acts and endeared them to North Carolina locals, which led to their first break – a chance meeting with flatpicking legend Doc Watson followed by a breakthrough appearance at Merlefest and interest from major labels and Nashville executives, but as Secor explains this collective spirit made them outliers in Nashville:

“Nashville is ruggedly individualistic; there are frankly not a lot of bands in Nashville. There are sole purveyors. Collectivity was always a foundational piece of the band. When we started we were doing farm work together, sharing collective money pools, profit sharing and those kinds of things always set us aside.”

That collective spirit extended to the lineup, which has long featured a rotating cast of players with everyone from David Rawlings to legendary sideman Bucky Baxter taking a turn in the band. Now twenty three years in, Secor likens the group to a ball club (“We’re always trying to build that pennant winning combination of great reliever, infield, management.”) with a continually evolving sound and lineup. When asked about the sonic terrain the group might explore in the future, he mentions everything from classic country crooners Tennessee Ernie Ford and Red Foley to Tejano rhythms and glee club recordings from historically black colleges of the 1920s.

Hand in hand with his own exploration of diverse styles of American roots music, Secor also talked extensively about the importance of veteran artists like him using their platforms to expand opportunities for the next generation of folk and roots musicians:

“That’s the thing about the folks that make up folk music, we owe it to one another to build equity within our ranks, to open doors for others, particularly for those who have been historically disenfranchised from a seat at the table.”

Towards the end of our conversation the topic drifts to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, the traditional hymn popularized by the Carter Family now considered a symbol for the endurance of folk music traditions. He says he likes the hanging question implied in the title because it reminds us of the work that needs to be done to pass on these traditions.

 “I think it’s best to approach the subject with a questioning mind,” he says, “ but I like the thought that efforts of the past will not be lost on the future.”

See Old Crow Medicine Show this weekend at Music at Maymont in Richmond on Friday September 17th and Saturday September 18th at Augusta Expo. 

2021-09-16T13:58:35-04:00September 16th, 2021|

Listen Now: Paul Thorn Home Studio Session

Paul Thorn connects with Bob Mosolgo from home in Tupelo, MS on the eve of his fall tour to perform songs from latest album Never Too Late to Call. In addition to performing the title track, written for Thorn’s late sister, he talks about performing at the Grand Ole Opry with his wife, and lets us in on the inspiration for the title of “Sapalo” from the new album. Click on the player above to stream the full session including performances of “Never Too Late to Call” and “Breaking Up for Good Again”!


2021-09-17T12:51:15-04:00September 16th, 2021|

Become A Member During Our 25th Anniversary!

This fall marks WNRN 25th year broadcasting in Central Virginia! We’ll celebrate all year with special events, on air programs, and unique member opportunities. Help us continue to grow in the next 25 years when you become a Member and you’ll have a front row seat to all of our 25th anniversary events. Click a button below to join (choose Evergreen Membership to make an ongoing monthly donation or Annual Membership or you’d prefer to make a one time contribution) Thank you for supporting WNRN! When you become a member you’ll get access to our weekly VIP email list with your chance to win concert tickets, music downloads, gift cards, and more, plus our latest t-shirt! Scroll down to see our design this fall by Richmond artist Bizhan Khodabandeh.

See Haim, St. Vincent Cautious Clay & More at Merriweather Post Pavilion October 16th!

Join before September 23rd at 11:59pm and you could win a pair of tickets for All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday October 16th at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Columbia, MD plus a hotel stay for the night! Line up includes Haim, St. Vincent, Cautious Clay, Soccer Mommy, and more! You can also enter to win All Things Go Festival tickets by emailing allthingsgo@wnrn.org.

Fall 2021 T-Shirt Design:

Check out our amazing new James River inspired t-shirt design from Richmond artist Bizhan Khodabandeh and get yours when you become a Member!

2021-09-14T14:58:48-04:00September 7th, 2021|

Will Overman In Studio Session

Virginia native and recent Nashville transplant Will Overman returns to the Commonwealth to kick off his tour in support of debut album The Winemaker’s Daughter. He talks about sharing the personal songs on this new album, throwing himself in the Nashville music scene, and how it feels to finally hit the road in support of the album which was released in February, plus he performs live in this In Studio Session.

2021-09-03T09:54:23-04:00September 1st, 2021|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 8/28/21

Fresh Roots New Blues on WNRN

Air Date:        8/28/21, Saturday  6-8 PM


Set 1

  • Johnny Turner with Kid Ramos & The Allstars – Can’t You See   (75 And Alive)                       (HighJohn)
  • Mojo Parker – Let It Ride      (single)           (The Mojo Parker Express) (Self)
  • Ericson Holt – Clever Girl     (99 Degrees)              (Conch)
  • Eric Bibb – Emmett’s Ghost              (Tell Yourself)           (Provogue)

Set 2

  • Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps – All You Ever Bring Me Is The Blues       (Rose-Colored Glasses, Vol. 1)         (Blue Heart)
  • John Mayall – I’m Good As Gone      (single)           (Forty Below)
  • The Rolling Stones – Back Of My Hand       (A Bigger Bang)         (Polydor)       2005

Set 3

  • BLAST – Roy Gaines – Hell Of A Night         (Gainelining) (Red Lightnin’)          1982
  • BLAST – Mike Finnigan – Rainy Day, Still Dreaming (Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland)          (Reprise)        1968 / Cry No More            (Danielle Nicole – Cry No More)      (Concord)       2018 / I Got The News For You       (with Bonnie Raitt Live – Slipstream tour)   2013

Set 4

  • Tony Holiday – She’s Tuff (with Victor Wainwright) / Recipe For Love (with Bobby Rush) / Cake Walk (with Mark Hummel and Dennis Gruenling)                 (Porch Sessions, Vol. 2)        (Blue Heart)
  • Bernard Allison – I Can’t Get You Off Of My Mind              (Songs From The Road)                    (Ruf)   2020

Set 5

  • Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – I’ll Be Sittin’, I’ll Be Rockin’ / The Music Gets Us Thru                   (The Music Gets Us Thru)            (ManHat Tone)
  • Colin Linden – Until The Heat Leaves Town           (bLOW)          (Thirty Tigers/Hwy 20)
  • Charlie Musselwhite – Cheatin’ On Me        (Signature)    (Alligator)      1991

Set 6

  • Johnny Ray Jones – Way Down South         (Way Down South)    (MoonDogg)
  • Altered Five Blues Band – Big Shout Out    (Holler If You Hear Me)        (Bind Pig)
  • Malcolm Wells & The Two-Timers – Call My Name           (Hollerin’ Out Loud) (Self)
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Not Gonna Lie        (662)  (Alligator)


2021-08-30T10:31:57-04:00August 30th, 2021|

Enter to Win: Jason Isbell or Nathaniel Rateliff at VACU Live!

Sign up for our email list below and you’ll automatically be entered to win tickets to see one of two amazing shows coming up at Virginia Credit Union Live! Sunday September 26th its Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and special guest Joy Oladokun and Tuesday September 28th its Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats with special guest Bahamas. The hardest part is picking which show!

Contest Ends September 10th at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be notified by email. Limit one entry per person and contest subject to WNRN terms and conditions.

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2021-08-30T12:46:45-04:00August 29th, 2021|