Take 2@2

Each weekday afternoon at two Tad Abbey plays two versions of the same song. Together we will note important dates in Rock n’ Roll history, musician birthdays, or bands coming to the area.
Take 2 at 2 is sponsored by Sarisand Tile and South Street Brewery.

Take 2@2 Monday, May 20, 2019


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 20th, 2019. When I was a kid, Tuesday nights were reserved for the stories of Kevin Arnold. Kevin was a boy whose adolescence happened during the turbulent 1960’s. His tale was told on the ABC series The Wonder Years. During the opening credits of the show, I first heard Joe Cocker.joe_coker

On this date in 1944, Joe Cocker was born. “The Mad Dog with Soul,” Joe Cocker’s incomparable voice and stage presence made him legendary. In 1969, Cocker was asked to play Woodstock. He had just released an album with a cover on it. The live version of that cover at the infamous festival made Cocker an overnight star.

The Beatles recorded “With a Little Help from My Friends” for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery  and Sarisand Tile.

– Tad Abbey


2019-10-08T15:38:45-04:00May 20th, 2019|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Happy birthday, Richard Thompson. The living legend is 70 years young today. Thompson’s career took off with Fairport Convention and his solo work has shown him to be an inspirational songwriter and guitarist.

In November, Richard Thompson stopped by WNRN to chat with us before he performed a sold-out show at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville.

While he was here I asked him off the air what his least favorite cover of this song is. We’ll discuss his answer in a bit. First the real deal, recorded live for the World Café. Richard Thompson with “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.”

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The bluegrass cover is from The Del McCoury Band. This is found on the 2001 release Del and the Boys.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery .

– Tad Abbey

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2019-10-08T15:38:58-04:00April 3rd, 2019|

Take 2@2 Friday, March 22, 2019


Take 2@2 for Friday, March 22nd, 2019. For ten years the group Della Mae has been developing their sound and gaining fans. web_DellaMaeThe Nashville group has toured around the world, Della Mae has won awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and have been Grammy nominees. You can see Della Mae when they perform at Red Wing Roots Music Festival 7. Now they have a new EP titled The Butcher Shoppe. On this new release they cover a Southern Rock anthem.

The Allman Brothers Band recorded “Whipping Post” for their 1969 self-titled album. A new generation of Allman music is rising with the Allman Betts Band. Lead by Devon Allman, son of Gregg, and Duane Betts, son of Dickey. You can see them perform during Lockn’ Music Festival this summer.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery .

– Tad Abbey


2019-10-08T15:39:02-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Take 2@2 for Wednesday, February 27th, 2019. On February 15th, the music world skipped a big heartbeat, Kofi Burbridge had died. Kofi_BKofi was the keyboardist and founding member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Prior to that Kofi worked in the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks Band, and Aquarium Rescue Unit. Kofi has also performed with Dead & Company, and Naked Jazz.

Kofi was a very fluid and versatile musician. He intuitively knew the music before it had been played and could fit into any style.

In 2018, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed at Lockn’ Music Festival. During the weekend, Kofi did a solo set at Garcia’s Forrest. Audio from that show recently surfaced. Let’s see if you can spot the Beatles’ tune as Kofi takes us on a journey.
You can hear more of this performance at The Archive.

The Beatles recorded “Eleanor Rigby” for Revolver in 1966.


I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


2019-10-08T15:39:09-04:00February 27th, 2019|

Take 2@2 Thursday, February 7, 2019


Take 2@2 for Thursday, February 7, 2019, Today, radio stations around the Earth are celebrating International Clash Day! Throughout the day, WNRN has been playing songs from The Clash to honor their legacy. Anne Williams began the fun this morning, Liz will continue to highlight The Clash this afternoon, Talia will bring us a full hour of Clash material on the World Café, and Steve Hamilton will “Rock the Casbah” of The Clash tonight!

To sum it up, WNRN loves The Clash!

40 years ago, The Clash released their third album London Calling. The album is so influential and intertwined with popular culture that I’m willing to wager that when I say the album title, London Calling, the song of the same name is now in your head.

You’re welcome.

One song on London Calling was not on the original track listing. “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” was added on as a bonus track. The song had been a late recording by The Clash. They wrote the song in one night and it was recorded the next day. Originally, The Clash expected the song to be used as a one-off promotional single. The promo deal fell through, and this song was included on London Calling.The_Clash_-_Train_in_Vain_(single)

On this International Clash Day, we take 2 versions of “Train in Vain (Stand by Me).” The cover is from Annie Lennox & Steven Lipson.


I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery and by Route 11 Potato Chips.

– Tad Abbey


2019-10-08T15:39:13-04:00February 7th, 2019|