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Rick Steves on World Cafe!

Friday April 9th

If you miss travelling, you are in for a treat! Travel guide, TV and radio host, Rick Steves, takes us on a trip as he shares some of his favorite MUSICAL travel memories from his new book For The Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People & Stories. Explore the opera-filled streets of Vienna, hear the pipe organ at the Cathedral of Saint Sulpice in Paris, and learn how music can enrich your future travel adventures! World Cafe 6-8pm on WNRN!

2021-04-06T15:07:45-04:00April 8th, 2021|Featured, World Cafe|

World Cafe Encore: Black Thought!

Thursday April 8th

Tariq Trotter – a.k.a. rapper Black Thought – was born right around the time hip hop was beginning, and he grew up to be the lead MC and co-founder of The Roots. He recently completed a trilogy of solo albums with his latest record Streams of Thought Vol 3: Cane & Abel. Host Raina Douris catches up with Black Thought, on World Cafe 6-8pm

2021-04-09T11:11:14-04:00April 7th, 2021|World Cafe|

Byron Gonzalez’s LatinX picks on World Cafe

Wednesday April 7th

We take a trip north on the next World Cafe, as Latin Roots correspondent Byron Gonzalez shares two of his favorite LatinX artists in Canada. One artist sings about her parents immigrating to Canada and the need for empathy for that experience, and the other you may have seen on Jimmy Fallon in the past –She had been slated to tour with Billie Eilish before the pandemic hit.

2021-04-08T15:08:26-04:00April 6th, 2021|World Cafe|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 04/03/21

Air Date:        4/3/21, Saturday    6-8 PM

Set 1

  • Joanna Connor – I Feel So Good       (4801 South Indiana Avenue)          (KT BARE)
  • A.J. Fullerton – Say You’ll Stay         (The Forgiver & The Runaway)       (VizzTone)
  • Dexter Allen – Keep Moving On       (Keep Moving On)     (Endless Blues)
  • Sunday Wilde – Too Damn Cute      (Peace In Trouble)    (Self)

Set 2

  • Joyann Parker – Come On Baby (Take Me Dancing)          (Out Of The Dark)     (Self)
  • Ghalia Volt – Evil Thoughts  (One Woman Band)  (Ruf)
  • Misty Blues – Step Right Up (None More Blue)     (Self)
  • Deanna Bogart – If It’s Gonna Be Like This             (Just A Wish Away)   (Blind Pig)      2014

Set 3

  • Wily Bo Walker & E. D. Brayshaw – Wild Dogs      (single)           (Mescal Canyon)
  • Law & Chaos – Whiskey Whispers (single)            (Self)
  • BLAST – King Curtis – Soul Twist (Soul Twist)      (Enjoy)           1962 / Soul Serenade  (Sweet Soul)            (Atlantic)        1968 / Memphis Soul Stew   (King Size Soul)         (Atlantic)        1967

Set 4

  • Christopher Dean Band – Can I Get It          (Songs From Front Street)   (Lost World)
  • Tom Craig – What A Man’s Gotta Do           (Good Man Gone Bad)           (Self)
  • Popa Chubby – Tin Foil Hat / Baby Put On Your Mask      (Tin Foil Hat)             (Dixiefrog)

Set 5

  • The Wildroots – King Snake Revisited        (Wildroots Session, Vol. 1)   (Wildroots)
  • Tomislav Goluban – Extra Boom     (Express Connection)           (Blue Heart)
  • J.P. Williams Blues Band – Don’t Let The Devil Ride          (JP & Ekat)     (Gizzifter)
  • Jimmie Bratcher – Bacon Is On My Mind    (I’m Hungry)              (Self)

Set 6

  • Dumpstaphunk (w/ Marcus King) – United Nations Stomp         (Where Do We Go From Here)         (The Funk Garage)
  • Mike Goudreau Band – Isolation Blues       (Isolation Blues)        (Self)
  • Rev. Freakchld – Keep On Praying   (Supramundane Blues)        (Treated  Released)
  • Curtis Salgado – Slow Down            (Damage Control)     (Alligator)
2021-04-08T15:05:57-04:00April 4th, 2021|Fresh Roots|

Thanks From All Of Us At WNRN!

From our entire team at WNRN, thank you for your support during our Spring 2021 Fund Drive! To all of you passionate music lovers in Central Virginia (and beyond!) who have become Members for the first time we want to welcome you to our community. Be sure to check out your VIP email on Monday afternoons for your chance to win concert tickets, passes to exclusive member events, gifts cards to local businesses, and more each week. Dial us in throughout Central VA (see our frequency list here) or stream us online at WNRN.org. If you have questions or concerns about your membership or Thank You gifts you can email membership@wnrn.org. We take your support and your trust in us as your musical resource seriously and we look forward to putting your support to work with signal upgrades, new programming, the return of in person events (!), and more as we head towards our 25th year on the air!

If you’ve been looking for a chance to become a Member, it’s not too late! Click a button below to start your Evergreen subscription or you can make a one time payment for an Annual Membership as well. 

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2021-04-01T13:47:33-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Featured|

Become a WNRN Member!

Click a button below to become a member online (choose Evergreen Membership to make an ongoing monthly donation or Annual Membership or you’d prefer to make a one time contribution). You can also mail a check you can send it to WNRN / 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 2 / Charlottesville, VA 22903.  Thank you for supporting WNRN!

All new & renewing members will get access to our weekly VIP email (chances to win concert tickets, music, gift certificates, and more!) plus our brand new Spring 2021 t-shirt designed by Richmond artists and friends of the station Matt Lively and Tim Harper! Scroll down to see the design and browse of all of our latest Spring 2021 Thank You gifts.

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Get Grateful Dead & Phriends Gifts!

Spring 2021 Thank You Gifts:

Spring T-Shirt ($5/mo)
In Studio Vol. 8 + T-Shirt ($10/mo)
Dead Air II + T-Shirt ($10/mo)
Spring Bundle ($15/mo)
Picnic Blanket + Addt’l Gift ($20/mo)
Dead Air II LP + Addt’l Gift ($20/mo)
Hoodie + Addt’l Gift ($30/mo)
Sponsors Club ($50/mo)
Producer’s Club ($100/mo)

Spring 2021 T-Shirt Design:

2021-04-02T08:28:04-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Featured, Membership|

NPR Heavy Rotation: Jose Gonzalez “El Invento”

Recently our Managing Producer Desiré Moses shared one of our favorite new songs with NPR Music for their Heavy Rotation series. See the full list of 16 songs that Public Radio can’t get enough of on NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation page or scroll down to read Desiré’s thoughts on “El Invento” the gorgeous new ballad  by José González.

José González, “El Invento”

Arriving six years after the release of his third solo album, José González’s new single, “El Invento,” marks a rebirth of sorts. Tapping into his Argentinian roots, “El Invento” (“The Invention”) is Gonzalez’s first song in Spanish. Although the track captures the warmth and sentimentality of past solo efforts (as well as projects with his band Junip), it does so with a fresh perspective. Over finger-picked guitar, Gonzalez explores the existential, as he views the world through his young daughter’s eyes. The result is a stunning rumination on the source and purpose of human existence. —Desiré Moses, WNRN

2021-03-31T14:02:03-04:00March 31st, 2021|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 3/27/21

Air Date:        3/27/21, Saturday  6-8 PM


Set 1

  • Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite – Birds Of A Feather            (100 Years Of Blues)             (Alligator)
  • Selwyn Birchwood – Living In A Burning House   (Living In A Burning House)            (Alligator)
  • Kat Danser – Way I Like It Done      (One Eye Open)         (Black Hen)
  • Sauce Boss – Let The Big Dog Eat    (Peanuts)       (Swampside)

Set 2

  • Chris Cain – I Believe I Got Off Cheap          (Raisin’ Cain)             (Alligator)
  • The Bush League – I Feel Like Going Home            (Here We Are…Again)          (Self)
  • Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War   (Uncivil War)             (Alligator)

Set 3

  • Curtis Salgado – Precious Time       (Damage Control)     (Alligator)
  • The Hitman Blues Band – Nobody’s Fault But Mine          (Not My Circus, Not My Monkey)    (Nerus)
  • AJ Crawdaddy – Steppin’ Out           (Steppin’ Out)            (Greaseland)

Set 4

  • New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Can’t Stand To See You Go       (New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, Vol. 2)    (Stony Plain)
  • Chris Cain – You Won’t Have A Problem When I’m Gone  (Raisin’ Cain)             (Alligator)
  • Shemekia Copeland – Money Makes You Ugly       (Uncivil War)             (Alligator)
  • Ally Venable – Bring On The Pain    (Heart Of Fire)           (Ruf)

Set 5

  • Curtis Salgado – The Longer That I Live     (Damage Control)     (Alligator)
  • The Wildroots – Where I Am           (The Wildroots Sessions, Vol. 1)      (Wildroots)

Set 6

  • Selwyn Birchwood – Through A Microphone         (Living In A Burning House) (Alligator)
  • Damon Fowler – Hip To Your Trip  (Alafia Moon)            (Landslide)
  • Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite – 100 Years Of Blues           (100 Years Of Blues)             (Alligator)
  • Chris Cain – Hush Money      (Raisin’ Cain) (Alligator)
2021-03-29T11:49:43-04:00March 27th, 2021|Fresh Roots|

Preview In Studio at WNRN Vol. 8!

Our latest compilation album In Studio at WNRN: Volume 8 is now available when you become a member at the $10/month ($120/year) donation level or higher. This 16-song collection captures some of our favorite in studio performances of the past year and it is available exclusively to WNRN members as a CD or digital download. Scroll down to sample all 16 songs and click a button below to make a one-time contribution or become a sustaining Evergreen member to get your copy today! (more…)

2021-03-24T15:26:31-04:00March 21st, 2021|Featured, In-Studios, Miscellaneous|