Decade of Difference: Art Neville

Happy Birthday Art Neville. The founder of the New Orleans funk band the Meters would have been 84 today. Growing up in the city Neville and his brothers started performing at an early age with Art playing piano. Influenced by R&B, doo-wop and local piano giants like Professor Longhair, Neville joined the Hawketts in high school and recorded Mardi Gras Mambo with Art on vocals.

In the early 1960s he and his brothers formed the Neville Sound and after some band mates left the group, they changed their name to the Meters. Early on the band was mostly improvisational and they developed a sound later referred to as New Orleans funk.

The Meters developed a following amongst the rock stars of the day, and in 1975 Paul McCartney invited The Meters to play a party on the Queen Mary in California.  Mick Jagger was at the party and was enamored with the Meters and their sound. From that exposure the Stones invited the Meters to tour with them in the US in 1975 and in Europe in 1976.

After the Meters run ended, Art and his brothers went on to form the Neville Brothers and win two Grammys with the group. Art Neville and the Meters also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The improvisational style that emphasized rhythm over melody employed by the bands had a lasting influence on hip hop and even more so on jam bands. Art Neville described his love of improvisation as “The best part, to me, is when the [rhythm] just evolves into some other stuff.”

The man known as “Poppa Funk” retired from performing in 2018 and passed away the following year.

2021-12-17T07:42:47-05:00December 17th, 2021|

Country Feedback Playlist for December 5th, 2021

Country Feedback Playlist for      12/5/2021

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

John Denver – The Flower That Shattered the Stone – High Wide and Handsome – 1990

Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox – I Never Shed a Tear – 2018

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line – Luther Played The Boogie – 1971


Connie Smith – The Cry of the Heart – Here Comes My Baby Back Again – 2021

Tammy Wynette – (Single) – Stand By Your Man – 1968

John Prine – Fair & Square – Bear Creek Blues – 2005

The Band – Cahoots – Thinkin’ Out Loud – 1971


Aaron Burdett – Dream Rich, Dirt Poor – I Won the Fight – 2021

Dallas Moore – The Rain – On Through the Night – 2021

Esther Rose – Songs Remain – How Many Times – 2021

Robert Earl Keen – Live Dinner Reunion – Merry Christmas from the Family – 2016


Johnny Russell – Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer – Rednecks, White Socks and Blue

Ribbon Beer – 1973

The Gourds – Haymaker! – Decline-O-Meter – 2009

Brad Marino – Looking for Trouble – Even the Score – 2021

Ottoman Turks – Ottoman Turks – Low Down Blue Dog Whine – 2019


Uncle Tupelo – No Depression – So Called Friend – 1990

Chet Atkins – (sSingle) – Mr. Sandman – 1954


2021-12-04T23:27:23-05:00December 5th, 2021|

Country Feedback Playlist for November 21, 2021

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Tommy Emmanuel – Accomplice One – Song and Dance Man (with Ricky Skaggs) – 2018

Asleep At The Wheel – Half a Hundred Years – Marie (with Willie Nelson) – 2021


Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes – Slow Rollin’ Low – 1973

Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer Vol. 2 – Rhinestoned – 2020

Rosanne Cash – The List – Sea of Heartache (with Bruce Springsteen) – 2009

Sonny Landreth – Blacktop Run – Don’t Ask Me – 2020


Wayne Hancock – A-Town Blues – Miller, Jack & Mad Dog – 2001

Hayes Carll – You Get It All – Any Other Way – 2021

Suzy Boggus – Lucky – The Running Kind – 2014

Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material – Dime Store Cowgirl – 2015


Garrett T. Capps – I Love San Antone – I Like Austin but I Love San Antone – 2021

Webb Pierce – Single – In the Jailhouse Now – 1955

K.C Jones – Queen of the In Between – Heat Rises – 2021

Various – Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine – (Drive By Truckers> Daddy’s Little

Pumpkin – 2010


Marshall Tucker Band – A New Life – 24 Hours At A Time – 1974

Sam Bush – Laps In Seven – New Country – 2006


2021-11-22T10:01:23-05:00November 21st, 2021|

Visit the Taps & Tunes Trail to score WNRN prizes!

Just Announced: Starr Hill Richmond Dec. 10th!

We’ve added one more Taps & Tunes showcase to the schedule! Join us for our Dead Air III pre-party at Starr Hill Richmond and we’ll share some of our favorite performances from Dead Air and give you a chance to win VIP passes to this year’s show at The National on January 21st, plus live music from Woody Woodworth & the Piners and the release of Dank Air – a beer collab inspired by our Saturday morning Grateful Dead & Phriends show. This series is presented with support from Rockingham Insurance.

WNRN Taps & Tunes Trail

Did you miss any Taps & Tunes shows? It’s not too late to join in the fun. Stop by any of the breweries below and tag us on social media w/hashtag #cheersWNRN and we’ll send you a prize like our new 25th anniversary pint glass, tickets to Dead Air III.  Thanks for spreading the love when you travel the WNRN Taps & Tunes trail this holiday season! 

Castle Hill Cider Nov. 11th

Thursday November 11th, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Castle Hill Cider in Keswick from 6-9pm. Live music from Erin Lunsford and your first chance to sample our Listener Supported Cider collaboration with Castle Hill, plus you could win prizes like our new pint glass or tickets to Dead Air III!

Three Notch’d Richmond Nov. 3rd

Wednesday November 3rd, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Richmond and Three Notch’d Brewery’s Collab House from 6-9pm. Live music from Paulo Franco & The Freighliners duo plus your chance to sample our Richmond signal namesake Eighty Eight Five IPA and win prizes like our new pint glasses or tickets to Dead Air III!

Pale Fire Brewing Oct. 28th

Thursday October 28th, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Harrisonburg’s Pale Fire Brewing from 6-9pm. Sample our new Over-Nite SMaSH beer brewed in collaboration with Pale Fire and JMU’s Madison Academic Brewery. The beer nods to Frank Zappa’s classic album Over-Nite Sensation and features Zappa hops. Named for the man himself, these hops will bring a pretty wild mixture of tropical fruit, mint, & spice to the party. Dogwood Tales will bring the tunes!

Rockfish Brewing Co. Oct. 21st

Thursday October 21st, WNRN brings Taps & Tunes to Charlottesville’s Rockfish Brewing Company from 5-8pm. Longtime WNRN afternoon host Tad Abbey will be on hand to hang out with members and sample his namesake Tad Abbey Ale plus music from Boxed Lunch!

Blue Toad Cider Oct. 16th

Saturday October 16th, WNRN’s Taps & Tunes series comes to Blue Toad Cider in Roseland. Hear Reverend Bill and Molly Murphy of The Judy Chops perform and sample our new 96er cider (named after the year the station signed on in 1996) from 1-4pm.

Stable Craft Brewing Oct. 8th

Friday October 8th, WNRN kicks off the Taps & Tunes series at Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro. Join us starting at 6pm to sample our collaborative beer release for  I.M.P.A. (Independent Music Pale Ale naturally) and hear live music from Kai Crowe-Getty of Central Virginia band Lord Nelson.

2021-11-16T09:40:04-05:00November 12th, 2021|

Watch Matthew E. White play live from Spacebomb!

This Wednesday November 10th WNRN joins our fellow public stations across the country in celebrating national Public Radio Music Day! We’ll mark the occasion by premiering our livestream concert with Matthew E. White from Spacebomb studio in Richmond at 8pm right here at WNRN.org (tune in to catch it on the air at 5pm as well). In addition to performing live at Spacebomb, the recording studio and label he co-founded, White talks with WNRN’s Desiré Moses about the making of his new album K Bay and the growth of Spacebomb over the past decade and the differences between producing and performing. (photo by Dave Parrish). 

2021-12-20T10:41:45-05:00November 9th, 2021|

Decade of Difference: Gram Parsons

Today would have been Gram Parson’s 75th birthday. Generally accepted as the father of country rock, the singer songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music with his work in a series of bands, from the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and then the Flying Burrito Brothers before finishing his tragically short career with a pair of solo records.

Parsons began playing piano as a nine year old. After his father committed suicide three years later, his new stepfather adopted him, and that’s when he received the parsons name. By fourteen he was playing in a local rock band with two bandmates who would go on to form the folk rock group Lobo.

Parsons was enrolled at Harvard for one semester before dropping out to focus on music. Parsons met Chris Hillman who recruited him to restock the Byrds and he was heavily involved on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, only to have most of his work removed due to contractual issues.

Parson’s discomfort with the Byrds’ plan to tour South Africa led to him quitting while the band was in the UK. Parsons then spent time with the Rolling Stones before his return to the US, introducing the band to country music.

Returning to the States, Parsons sought out Chris Hillman and the pair formed the Flying Burrito Brothers. Dressed in psychedelic Nudie suits, the group toured the US by train and were met by curious but confused audiences. In retrospect Chris Hillman claims the band was the original outlaw country group – unable to find a home on rock or country radio.

Parsons solo career consisted of two albums recorded with his performing partner Emmylou Harris. His last record, Grievous Angel came out after his death from an overdose of morphine and alcohol.

2021-11-04T10:54:19-04:00November 5th, 2021|

Taps & Tunes Thursday at Rockfish Brewing Co!

Our afternoon host Tad Abbey has gone drunk with power! We asked him to name our new collaboration with Rockfish Brewing Company and what did he suggest? The Tad Abbey Ale! Sample it for yourself when we tap the first tasting on Thursday at the Rockfish Brewing taproom 5-8pm (at 5th Season Gardening, 900 Preston Ave.) with tasty live music from Boxed Lunch!

2021-10-23T10:43:50-04:00October 18th, 2021|

Taps & Tunes this Saturday at Blue Toad Hard Cider!

Our Taps & Tunes series continues this Saturday October 16th from 1-4pm at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Join us for this free event as we debut the release of Blue Toad’s 96er cider – named after the year we signed on – plus hear music from The Judy Chops duo!

2021-10-18T11:16:20-04:00October 15th, 2021|

Enter To Win: Cimafunk at Modlin Arts Center 10/17!

Sign up for our email list below for a chance to see “the most exciting new face of Cuban music” Cimafunk in concert this Sunday October 17th at 7:30pm at the Modlin Center for the Arts in Richmond! Sign up by Friday at 5pm for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Winner will be notified by email.

2021-10-15T17:33:35-04:00October 15th, 2021|

Taps & Tunes Kicks Off Friday at Stable Craft Brewing!

Join us on Friday October 8th from 6-9pm at Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro for the kick off of our 25th anniversary series Taps & Tunes. Taste Stable Craft’s commemorative Independent Music Pale Ale for the first time and hear music from Kai Crowe-Getty of Central Virginia band Lord Nelson. We’ll be giving away concert tickets to upcoming WNRN Presents shows and you’ll have a chance to snag our 25th anniversary pint glasses and more. We can’t wait to see you there!

Join us at Stable Craft Brewing from 6-9pm
Taps & Tunes kicks off this Friday!

2021-10-12T11:08:38-04:00October 5th, 2021|