Billy Strings Giveaway

Each week through the end of the year, a new winner will be chosen to win a pair of tickets to both the Tuesday, February 21, and Wednesday, February 22 Billy Strings shows at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Any donation to WNRN is an entry!

Additionally, one Grand Prize winner will be drawn from everyone who makes a donation between 11/28 and 12/31. The Grand Prize includes a pair of tickets to both nights, a hotel stay for both nights at Hampton Inn and Suites on West Main, a restaurant gift card for dinner at Siren, an Uber gift card, and a signed Billy Strings vinyl.

Become a member, renew your membership, or make an additional contribution and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Thank you for supporting WNRN!

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While we hope you make a gift to be entered to win this priceless experience, you can also email billystrings@wnrn.org to be entered.

2022-11-28T13:18:38-05:00November 28th, 2022|

Donate Stock

Donate Stock

Many of our donors choose to make stock gifts to WNRN each year. Giving stock held more than 12 months offers a two-fold tax savings:

  • Avoid paying capital-gains tax on the increase in value of your stock, and
  • Receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift

Subtracting the tax savings from what you originally paid for the stock can result in a gift that costs just pennies on the dollar. This is an excellent giving option for stock that has appreciated substantially in value. A gift of stock also brings with it WNRN membership, with benefit levels corresponding to the amount of the gift.


How to give stock to WNRN

Stockbrokers require delivery instructions in writing. To make a gift to WNRN, please contact us at stock@wnrn.org to begin the process. WNRN’s Federal Tax ID number is 54-1681363, and WNRN’s full legal name is Stu-Comm Inc.

For questions, please contact Lauren Velardi at lauren@wnrn.org or 434-971-4096.

2022-11-22T10:41:25-05:00November 14th, 2022|

Donor Advised Funds

Directing a grant from your donor advised fund to support WNRN will ensure WNRN’s music mix is freely accessible to all. It’s easy to give to WNRN through your donor advised fund – simply click on the tool below:

WNRN’s Federal Tax ID number is 58-1681363 and full legal name is Stu-Comm Inc.

Please notify WNRN when you have completed your request via DAF Direct to ensure timely processing of your gift.

For more information, contact membership@wnrn.org or reach us by phone at 434-971-4096.

2022-11-18T11:37:22-05:00November 14th, 2022|

Bluegrass Sunday Morning Playlist 10/23/22


  • Jeremy Garrett-What’s That You’re Doin’
  • Jeff White- Run Little Rabbit Run
  • Becky Buller- Millworker
  • Bob Minner & Trey Hensley- Randall Collins
  • Lindley Creek- I Gotta Go
  • Seldom Scene- California Cottonfields
  • The Gospel Plowboys- I’ll Fly Away
  • Volume Five- Losing My Religion
  • Rick Faris- Moonshine Song
  • Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys- Little Glass Of Wine
  • Route 3- Cartersville
  • Benson- What Kind Of Fool Are You
  • Rock Hearts-Wanderlust
  • Jason Barie-Doyle Lawson-Bobby Osborne- That’s Why You Left Me So Blue


  • Breakin’ Strings- Don’t You Dim Me
  • Gena Britt- A Little Bit Of You
  • Flatt Lonesome-You’ll Pay
  • Jimmy Martin-Got It Made In The Shade
  • Buddy Melton- I Win
  • Jaelee Roberts- Sad Songs
  • Jackson Hollow-Shallow Rivers
  • Larry Cordle & LST- Black Diamond Strings
  • The Gospel Plowboys- Just A Little Talk With Jesus
  • Blue Highway-On The Roof Of The World
  • Mile Twelve- Rocket Man
  • Cornbread Red- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • Darren Benchley- Memories Of My Younger Days
  • Gerald Smith- Bluegrass Is Legal Everywhere
  • Tim Raybon Band- Ilene Baker
  • Johnny & Jeanette Williams- The One I Left Behind


  • Hammertowne- You Can Learn A lot From A Song
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers- Big City
  • Country Gentlemen Tribute Band- Joes Last Train
  • Rhonda Vincent- Kentucky Borderline
  • Dave Adkins- Cold Hearted Woman
  • Rick Faris- Hoot Owl Call
  • David Parmley- All Dressed Up
  • Kim Robins- Bourbon & Beer
  • Hylo Brown- The Intoxicated Rat
  • Sister Sadie- Diane
  • Seth Mulder & Midnight Run- My My My
  • The Steeldrivers- Glad I’m Gone
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway- Dooleys Farm
  • Route 3- Losing Time
  • Ashby Frank- Midnight Highway
  • Amanda Cook- Another Highway This Time
  • Tennessee Bluegrass Band- Tall Weeds & Rust


  • Nothin Fancy- Little Island Love
  • Ben James- Teardrops In Tennessee
  • Big Country Bluegrass- Burn The Barn
  • The Slocan Ramblers- Suns Gonna Shine In My Back Door Some Day
  • Billy Strings & Terry Barber- Long Journey Home
  • Nick Chandler & Delivered- Biscuits & Gravy
  • The Kody Norris Show- Mountain Rosalie
  • Breaking Grass- Pauline
  • Appalachian Road Show- Only A Hobo
  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge- I Found Love
  • Volume Five- Run
  • Starlett & Big John- Straight 58
  • The Gospel Plowboys- Poor Richman
  • Wildfire- She’s Crazy For Leaving
  • Authentic Unlimited- Hannah
  • Morgan Brake- It’s Just Lovin’
  • Jesse Smathers- Under The Weather
  • Lonesome River Band- Heyday
  • Aaron Burdett- Denver Plane
2022-10-25T15:46:52-04:00October 25th, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for September 18, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for          9/18/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Stillhouse Junkies – Small Towns – Never Going Back Again – 2022

Jesse Dayton – Tall Texas Tales – Creek Between Heaven and Hell – 2000


Joshua Hedley – Country & Western – Broke Again – 2022

Western Centuries – Weight of the World – What Will They Say About Us Now – 2016

The Hackensaw Boys – The Hackensaw Boys – My Turn (with Sara Beck) – 2022

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies – Travelling With My Band – 1971


Reeves Brothers – King of Country Music – C.C. Waterback – 2017

David Quinn – Letting Go – Thunderbird Wine – 2020

Florence Dore – Highways & Rocketships – Highways & Rocketships – 2022

Loretta Lynn – Fist City – What Kind of Girl (Do You Think I Am) – 1968


The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Tuff Enuf – Amnesia – 1986

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co Starring Too – Groove (featurnig Kevin Russell and the Shiny Soul Sisters) –


Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light – Let Me Down Easy (with Amanda Shires) – 2018

Various – King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller – (Kacey Musgraves) Kansas City Star – 2018

The Kentucky Headhunters – Rave On – Dixie Fried – 1993


The Long Ryders – Two Fisted Tales – Prairie Fire – 1986

Mark Stuart and The Bastard Sons – Bend In The Road – Fireflies – 2009


2022-09-11T10:12:53-04:00September 18th, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for Sept 4, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for            9/4/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Corb Lund – Pasa-Get-Down-Dena – Blue Wing – 2022

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Dirt Silver and Gold – The Cure – 1976


Aaron Raitiere – Single Wide Dreamer – At Least We Didn’t Have Any Kids – 2022

Kelsey Waldon – I’ve Got A Way – Let’s Pretend – 2016

Johnny Cash – Silver – Bullrider – 1979

Cassie Jean and the Fireflies – Heart Over Head – Ain’t Nobody Gonna Bother Me – 2022


Various – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson – Years (Sierra Ferrell) –


John Anderson – Country Til I Die – It Ain’t Pneumonia, it’s the Blues – 1994

Various – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson – Lonesome Low Dog

Blues (Nathaniel Ratliff) – 2022

Various – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson – Would You Catch A

Falling Star (Del McCoury / Sierra Hull) – 2022

Various – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson – Shoot Low Sheriff

(Tyler Childers) – 2022


Bob Wills – (Single – 1940) – New San Antonio Rose – 1940

Charley Crockett – Lil GL Presents: Jukebox Charlie – Six Feet Under – 2022

Wayne Hancock – Tulsa – Going Home Blues – 2006

Fred Eaglesmith – Falling Stars and Broken Hearts – Sugarcane – 2002

The Georgia Thunderbolts – The Georgia Thunderbolts – Lend a Hand – 2022


Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gimmie Back My Bullets – Trust – 1976

The Howlin Bros. – Trouble – Packup Joe – 2013


2022-09-04T09:56:35-04:00September 4th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum has found success by blending traditional Appalachian sounds with rural Mexican folk to produce a unique roots folk sound they call ‘Mexo-Americana’. David Wax studied regional Mexican folk music on a Harvard fellowship and Suz Slezak brought bluegrass and Appalachian influences to the band from her time growing up in Albemarle County.

A breakout performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival led Paste magazine to name  David Wax Museum the breakout act of the festival.

Now more than a decade into their career David Wax Museum have evolved in many ways. David and Suz are married and have kids in tow and their music has grown with an influx of new genres and personal experiences. A great example of this is the appearance of their two children on the pairs’ latest single Spring is Here.

Released on New Years Eve in 2021, Remember My Future is their latest full album. It was recorded during the pandemic and features several collaborating Commonwealth artists. Suz Slezak has also been busy, releasing her second solo album this year.

2022-08-26T07:18:05-04:00August 26th, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for Aug 7, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for                           8/7/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Kelsey Waldon – No Regular Dog – Backwater Blues – 2022

Legacaster – Do the Truck – Do the Truck – 2022


Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – Don’t Touch Me There – 2022

Billy Joe Shaver – Long In The Tooth – Hard To Be An Outlaw – 2014

Aaron Raitiere – Single Wide Dreamer – Single Wide Dreamer – 2022

Charley Crockett – Lil GL Presents: Jukebox Charlie – Jukebox Charlie – 2022


Jefferson Ross – Southern Currency – Two Kentucky Brothers – 2022

Eggs Over Easy – Good n Cheap – Forget About It – 1972

The Outlaws – Hurry Sundown – So Afraid – 1977

John Prine – For Better or Worse – Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out <with Iris DeMent> – 2016

The Tractors – Farmers in a Changing World – Badly Bent – 1998


New Potato Caboose – It Ain’t a Problem – It Ain’t a Problem – 2022

Little Feat – Little Feat – Crack In The Door – 1971

Hank Williams Jr – Rich White Honky Blues – Ny Starter Won’t Start – 2022

The Vaughan Brothers – Family Style – Good Texan – 1990


Kellly Pardekooper – Autumn – Someday, Someone – 2022

Bob Weir – Kingfish – Wild Northland – 1976

Leon Russell – Legend In My Time: Hank Wilson, Vol III – Sixteen Tons – 1998


2022-08-07T09:15:10-04:00August 7th, 2022|

Bluegrass Sunday Morning Playlist 7.24.22

7 A.M.

  • Dale Ann Bradley – Falling Down
  • Volume Five – When Karma Comes Calling
  • J.D. Crowe and The New South – Back to the Barrooms
  • Kentucky Just Us – Mountains of Home
  • Tim Raybon Band – Leaving Cleveland
  • Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs – Dream of a Miner’s Child
  • Merle Monroe – (I’d Be) A Legend In My Time
  • The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – Little Glass Of Wine
  • Sideline – Return to Windy Mountain
  • Missy Armstrong – Buttons
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys – Duncan and Brady
  • Merle Haggard – Big City
  • Nothin’ Fancy – Once Upon a Road

8 A.M.

  • Jim and Jesse – Border Ride
  • Larry Sparks – King Jesus
  • Punch Brothers – Church Street Blues
  • Becky Buller (with Peter Rowan) – Southern Flavor
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band – Rockin’ Chair Money
  • The Kody Norris Show – Love Bug
  • Bill Monroe – Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • The Gospel Plowboys – Don’t You Want To Go
  • Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass – Father’s Table Grace
  • The Wooks – Artist Dry Drop
  • The Wooks – Me & The Stars
  • Bluegrass Champs (ft. Jack Cooke) – Put My Little Shoes Away
  • Special Consensus – Life Stories
  • Chris Roberts – The Way I Feel Tonight
  • Tina Adair – Eighteen  Wheels & A Dozen Roses
  • Jimmy Martin – Honey, You Don’t Know My Mind
  • Larry Stephenson Band – Yesterday’s Gone
  • King Wilkie – Broke Down and Lonesome

9 A.M.

  • Larry Cordle – Sailor’s Regret
  • Bobby Osborne – We’ll Head Back to Harlan
  • Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley – Pride and Joy
  • Tim Stafford – If I Had the Money I Would Ride That Train
  • Milan Miller – Ruby Still Falls
  • Lonesome River Band – Am I A Fool
  • Robert Earl Keen – 52 Vincent Black Lightning
  • Shannon Slaughter – Goin’ Up The Mountain
  • Lou Reid & Carolina – Grass Lover
  • The Infamous Stringdusters – Hard Line
  • IIIrd Tyme Out – John and Mary
  • Rhonda Vincent – False Hearted Love
  • Mason Via – Colorado
  • Don Reno – Charlotte Breakdown
  • Cody Shuler – Listen to the Hammer Ring

10 A.M

  • Hylo Brown – Little John Henry
  • Sierra Hull – Mountain Strings
  • Deanie Richardson – Walking In My Sleep
  • Steep Canyon Rangers – One Dine at a Time
  • The Bankesters – Nightbird
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Would You Carry Me
  • Carl Story and His Rambling Mountaineers – I Saw The Light
  • Boone & Foster – Country Fool
  • Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys – I Feel Like Singing Today
  • Eddie Sanders – Echoes of Love
  • Amanda Cook – When You Came Back Down
  • The Osborne Brothers – Rocky Top
  • Aaron Burdett – Loser’s Bracket
  • Buddy Melton – A Diamond Took My Place
  • Blue Mafia – Like a Mining Man
  • Bryan Sutton – Chief’s Medley
  • Debbie Gulley – Dancing With Daddy
2022-07-25T12:01:24-04:00July 25th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Wood Brothers

Chris and Oliver Wood found their individual ways into music before forming the Wood Brothers in the mid 2000s. Chris was a part of the jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood while Oliver played in the roots combo King Johnson. It was about fifteen years before the pair played together when Oliver sat in with Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Soon they were recording together performing songs written by Oliver and drawing from the music they heard in their youth. John Medeski produced their first album Ways Not to Lose and it earned the group high praise from critics.

The group’s music is difficult to categorize and according to Chris, that was part of their plan from day one.

Now with seven full length albums, the Wood Brothers remain difficult to categorize but easily accessible. According to Chris, “So we’re always striking that balance. We want our music to be accessible. We’re not out to do things that are so out there and challenging. But for me, what’s exciting is to create accessible music that is also not what you’d expect musically.”

The current tour is their first time to play songs from the new Kingdom in My Mind live to an audience. Wood says “There are certain songs that come together in the studio in such a way that you have to reinvent them a little bit for the live performance, which we love to do anyway. And we often rearrange old songs to make them come across a little different, make them interesting in new ways. Yeah, it’s all part of the fun challenge” .

2022-06-05T20:22:45-04:00June 7th, 2022|