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|

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|

Thank You For Supporting WNRN This Fall Fund Drive!

Thank you again to all the new and renewing Members who helped make our Fall Fund Drive a huge success! As we kick off our 25th year broadcasting in Central Virginia, your support is already going to work in raising the the profile of local and emerging artists in our newly announced WNRN-curated Live Sessions page for NPR Music as well as our Taps & Tunes series highlighting local brewers and artists this fall as well as signal improvements to strengthen our signal in Richmond, Lynchburg, and everywhere we broadcast.

If this is your first time as a Member we encourage you to check out the Member VIP List when it comes out on Monday for your chance to win tickets to upcoming shows, gift cards to area businesses, and more. Our Membership department is working hard to ship out all of your Thank You gifts, due to supply chain issues please allow 3-4 weeks for shipping. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out at membership@wnrn.org, and if you haven’t become a Member yet it’s not too late to join by clicking one of the check out buttons above.

2021-10-04T16:21:02-04:00October 1st, 2021|

Country Feedback Playlist for September 26, 2021

Country Feedback Playlist for 9/26/2021
Artist – Album – Title – Release Year
BR549 – Dog Days – When I Paint My Masterpiece – 2006
Charlie Crockett – Music City USA – Round This World – 2021
Various – A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato – How Will I Know – 2021
Fred Eaglesmith – Falling Stars and Broken Hearts – I Wanna Buy Your Truck – 2002
Audrey Auld – Reckless Records Garage Sale – Fake Love with Me – 2003
Rodney Crowell – Triage – Triage – 2021
Sierra Ferrell – Long Time Coming – Far Away Across the Sea – 2021
Robert Earl Keen – What I Really Mean – The Wild Ones – 2005
Various – A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato – Green Lights – 2021
The Outlaws – The Outlaws – There Goes Another Love Song – 1982
Levon Helm – Electric Dirt – Stuff You Gotta Watch – 2009
The Shootouts – Quick Draw – Who Needs Rock and Roll – 2019
Wilco – A.M. – That’s Not The Issue – 1995
Los Straitjackets – The Velvet Touch – Kawanga! – 2000

2021-09-26T08:22:50-04:00September 26th, 2021|

Preview In Studio Vol. 9 this week on Decade of Difference + Live at 5!

This week tune into Decade of Difference (at 8AM and 9AM) and Live at 5 as Bob Mosolgo and Tad Abbey highlight some of their favorite performances from our latest In Studio at WNRN compilation. Volume 9 (aka Home Studio Sessions) features 15 of our favorite live from home performances of the past year from artists like Bruce Hornsby, Lake Street Dive, Julien Baker, and more. Get your copy of this extremely limited edition album on CD or digital download when you become a member.

Decade Of Difference

Monday: Bruce Hornsby
Tuesday: Laura Veirs
Wednesday: Parker Millsap
Thursday: Lake Street Dive
Friday: Manchester Orchestra

Live At 5

Monday: Rolling Blackouts C.F.

Tuesday: Sofia Valdés

Wednesday: Washed Out

Thursday: Cautious Clay

Friday: Manchester Orchestra

2021-09-29T10:20:18-04:00September 20th, 2021|

In Studio at WNRN Vol. 9 Tracklist Announced!

Despite everything the past year has thrown at us, we at WNRN have remained committed to connecting you with the artists that you love. In 2020, that meant re-imagining our in studio sessions while working from home. Despite the technical snafus and challenges that cropped up along the way, there were undeniable moments of magic and we’ve captured 15 of these performances in an extremely limited edition collection on CD and digital download we’re calling In Studio at WNRN Vol. 9: Home Studio Sessions. Scroll down to check out the tracklist and read notes from our GM Mark Keefe. Get your copy of these extremely rare performances exclusively when you become a WNRN member at the $10/month level.

In Studio at WNRN Volume 9: Home Studio Sessions

1. Washed Out “Too Late”
2. Julien Baker “Faith Healer”
3. The Avett Brothers “Victory”
4. Lake Street Dive “Hypotheticals”
5. Manchester Orchestra “Bed Head”
6. Bruce Hornsby “My Resolve”
7. Sofia Valdés “Handful of Water”
8. Cautious Clay “Roots”
9. Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno “Will You”
10. Dan Croll “So Dark”
11. Parker Millsap “The Real Thing”
12. Curtis Salgado “The Longer that I Live”
13. Laura Veirs “Burn Too Bright”
14. Dawes “St. Augustine at Night”
15. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Cars in Space”

From Mark Keefe, GM & Programming Director, WNRN:
In 2020, we were all faced with answering questions and solving problems that, a year earlier, would have been absurd. For example: How do you have an in-studio session when there’s no one in the studio? It’s an important question considering that these sessions provide the source material for the CDs we create for you each year. The answer? Conduct these sessions the same way we did everything else  – from home. Through our revamped home studio sessions, we virtually visited with the bands and musicians who couldn’t stop by and play live. But they kept playing, just like we kept playing their music, and you kept listening — and donating. Thank you for your support, which allowed us to continue doing the things that you tune in for – making great independent music radio happen no matter what happens around us. I want to make sure to acknowledge all of our staff for their hard work and dedication to WNRN and you, our members. We hope to see you, soon.


2021-09-22T15:20:04-04:00September 17th, 2021|