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|

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|

Sofía Valdés Home Studio Session

Sofía Valdés connects virtually with Lindsey Goldin from her hometown in Panama City to talk about the making of her new collection Ventura. The 20 year old singer/songwriter comes from a rich musical lineage and she talks about how family shaped her unique musical palette that effortlessly mixes modern pop, classic soul, bossa nova and performs live in this Home Studio Session.


2021-03-16T14:51:07-04:00March 15th, 2021|Miscellaneous|

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Home Studio Session

Vivian Leva absorbed roots music at a young age while attending fiddle festivals with her musician parents in the Shenandoah Valley, while Riley Calcagno grew up on the opposite coast playing with his family in the burgeoning Appalachian music scene in the Pacific Northwest. The pair talk about meeting in Port Townsend, WA at a fiddle camp  and perform songs live from their debut album Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno in this Home Studio Session.


2021-03-15T13:01:05-04:00March 15th, 2021|In-Studios, Miscellaneous|

Hear Our Sessions w/2021 Grammy Nominees!

The 2021 Grammy Awards are coming up this Sunday! In advance here are some of our sessions with 2021 nominees. Listen below to hear interviews and live performances from Black Pumas, Fruit Bats, Devon Gilfillian, and more! (more…)

2021-03-15T09:50:58-04:00March 10th, 2021|In-Studios, Miscellaneous|

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2021-03-27T12:12:55-04:00February 26th, 2021|Membership, Miscellaneous|

Country Feedback Playlist – Feb 21, 2021

Country Feedback Playlist for 2/21/2021
Artist – Album – Title – Release Year
Various – A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk – Indian Reservation – 2017
Abby Girl and the Real Deal – Calling Me Home – In the Basement – 2020
Justin Moses – Fall Like Rain – My Baby’s Gone – 2021
David Quinn – Letting Go – Thunderbird Wine – 2020
Mike Ireland and Holler – Try Again – Welcome Back – 2002
Various – Poet: A Tribute to Tones Van Zandt – White Freigtliner Blues – 2001
Steve Earle – J.T. – Champagne Corolla – 2021
Geoffrey Miller – All Night Honky Tonk Man – Heartache Continental – 2021
Amber Digby – Heroes, Mentors and Friends – The Heart He Kicks Around –
Hank Snow – – Hello Love – 1974
The Derailers – Jackpot – My Heart’s Ready – 1996
The Austin Lounge Lizards – Lizard Vision – He’s Just a Friend – 1991
Jimmy LaFave – Highway Angels, Full Moon Rain – Red Dirt Roads at Night – 2021
The Backsliders – Throwin Rocks at the Moon – Throwin Rocks at the Moon – 1996
James McMurtry – Just Us Kids – Freeway View – 2008
Doug Seegers – Going Down to The River – Baby Lost Her Way Home Again – 2014
Slobberbone – Everything You Thught Was Right – Gimme Back My Dog – 2000

2021-02-22T10:38:21-05:00February 21st, 2021|Miscellaneous|

See Our Top 100 Albums of 2020!

Thanks to the 500+ listeners who weighed in with their Top 10 Albums of 2020! We are busy crunching the numbers and preparing to share the results during our annual New Year’s Eve countdown. Tune in all day form 8am-6pm as we unveil the list and we’ll also update this page as the results go live. While there may not have been a lot to love in 2020, artists found a way to inspire us, challenge us, and transport us. Whether it was rock’s old guard burnishing their legacy with great new albums (Dylan! Springsteen!), newer artists who burst onto the scene or broke through in a big way this year, or some Central Virginia’s best homegrown artists releasing excellent records, this list (YOUR list!) is a great snapshot of the diverse and wonderful world of music that carried us through highs and lows of this year. Thanks again and check out the list below!

Top Albums of 2020:

100-81 / 80-61 / 60-41 /40-21 / 20-1

(Full Text List)

2021-02-22T14:35:22-05:00December 30th, 2020|Miscellaneous, Top 100|

Fresh Roots Playlist – 12/26/20

Fresh Roots – New Blues on WNRN
The Best Of 2020

Air Date: 12/26/20, Saturday 6-8 PM


Set 1

· Albert Cummings – Call Me Crazy (Believe) (Provogue)

· The Nighthawks – Chairman Of The Board (Tryin’ To Get To You) (Ellersoul)

· (25) Downchild – I Got Everything I Need (Almost) (Downchild 50th Anniversary CD – Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival) (Self)

· (24) The Betty Fox Band – Green Light (Peace In Pieces) (Intercept)

Set 2

· (23) Johnny Iguana – 44 Blues (Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular) (Delmark)

· (22) Joe Louis Walker – Feed The Poor (Blues Comin’ On) (Cleopatra)

· (21) Tinsley Ellis – Evil Till Sunrise (Ice Cream In Hell) (Alligator)

· (20) Kirk Fletcher – Fattening Frogs For Snakes (My Blues Pathway) (Cleopatra)

· (19) Frank Bey – Never No More (My Dues Are Paid) (Nola Blue)

Set 3

· (18) Anthony Geraci – Living In The Shadows Of The Blues (Daydreams In Blue) (Shining Stone)

· (17) John Nemeth – Come And Take It (Stronger Than Strong) (Memphis Grease)

· (16) Victor Wainwright & The Train – Walk The Walk (Memphis Loud) (Ruf)

· (15) Kevin Burt – Rain Keeps Coming Down (Stone Crazy) (Gulf Coast)

· (14) Tas Cru – That Lovin’ Thang (Drive On) (Subcat)

Set 4

· (13) Rory Block – In My Girlish Days (Prove It On Me) (Stony Plain)

· (12) Watermelon Slim – Into The Sunset (Traveling Man) (NorthernBlues)

· (11) John Primer & Bob Corritore – Gypsy Woman Told Me (Gypsy Woman Told Me) (VizzTone)

· (10) Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam – Ain’t No Man A Good Man (Ain’t No Man A Good Man) (Mescal Canyon)

Set 5

· (9) Bobby Rush – Shake It For Me (Rawer Than Raw) (Deep Rush)

· (8) The Proven Ones – Gone To Stay (You Ain’t Done) (Gulf Coast)

· (7) Duke Robillard & Friends – You Played My Piano (Blues Bash) (Stony Plain)

· (6) Robert Cray Band – Hot (That’s What I Heard) (Nozzle)

· (5) Shemekia Copeland – Money Makes You Ugly (Uncivil War) (Alligator)

Set 6

· (4) Roomful Of Blues – Phone Zombies (In A Roomful Of Blues) (Alligator)

· (3) Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Albert’s Stomp (Rise Up) (Stony Plain)

· (2) Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – Too Far From The Bar (Too Far From The Bar) (Severn)

· (1) Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite – Birds Of A Feather (100 Years Of Blues) (Alligator)




Other great 2020 blues records to check out:


· Too Slim & The Taildraggers – The Remedy (VizzTone)

· Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet (Quarto Valley)

· Reverend Freakchild – The Bodhisattva Blues (Treated & Released)

· Peter Parcek – Mississippi Suitcase (Lightnin’)

· Nora Jean Wallace – Blueswoman (Severn)

· Mark Telesca – Higher Vibrations (Self)

· Mark Hummel – Wayback Machine (Electro-Fi)

· Liz Mandeville – Playing With Fire (Blue Kitty)

· Linsey Alexander – Live At Rosa’s (Delmark)

· Kat Riggins – Cry Out (Gulf Coast)

· Jose Ramirez – Here I Come (Self)

· Hurricane Ruth – Good Life (American Showcase)

· Vanessa Collier – Heart On The Line (Phenix Fire)

· The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – The Ballad Of Albert Johnson (Self)

· The Little Red Rooster Blues Band – Under The Covers (Self)

· Sonny Green – Found: One Soul Singer! (Little Village)

· Johnny Burgin – No Border Blues (Delmark)

· The Claudettes – High Times In The Dark (Forty Below)

2020-12-30T13:17:01-05:00December 26th, 2020|Fresh Roots, Miscellaneous|