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WNRN VIP Member List 6/14/21



1. Two tickets to National Theatre Live in HD – A View From The Bridge at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, June 18 at 7PM.


2. A pair of tickets to Sunset on 7th ft. Joslyn & The Sweet Compression at the Pacific Life Parking Lot in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 19.


3. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Iron Giant at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Saturday, June 19 at 2PM.


4. Two tickets to see Babershop at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Wednesday, June 23 at 7PM.


5. A pair of tickets to RPAA Parking Lot Party at Dominion Energy Center in Richmond on Saturday, June 26.


6. A silver car pass (4 people) to Umphrey’s McGee at Showtime at the Drive-In in Frederick, MD on Tuesday, June 29. **please specify Tuesday in your entry


7. A silver car pass (4 people) to Umphrey’s McGee at Showtime at the Drive-In in Frederick, MD on Wednesday, June 30. **please specify Wednesday in your entry


8. Two tickets to the Independence Day Celebration at Poplar Forest in Forest on Sunday, July 4.


9. A pair of tickets to see Bright Eyes with Lucy Dacus at The Ting Pavilion in Charlottesville on Tuesday, August 3.


10. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Wood Brothers at Brown’s Island in Richmond on Tuesday, August 17.


11. Two tickets to see The Backseat Lovers at Richmond Music Hall in Richmond on Saturday, October 16.


Gift Cards and More:


12. A $10 gift card to Crazy Rooster Brewing Company in Powhatan.
13. An embroidery digitization of your existing company logo from Blue Ridge Graphics ($50 value).
14. A self-guided tour for two of Wilton House Museum & Wilton Uncovered ($20 value) in Richmond.
15. A $45 gift card to The Spa at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center in Staunton.
16. Freeze with a Friend: two whole body cryotherapy sessions ($50 value) at Rivanna Cryotherapy Recovery Center in Charlottesville
17. A $10 gift card to Firefly Restaurant + Game Room in Charlottesville.
18. A $10 gift card to JaDean’s Smokin’ Six O BBQ in Richmond.
19. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.
20. A $20 gift card to Top Notch Family Pharmacy in Charlottesville.
21. A $10 gift card to Market Street Wine in Charlottesville.
22. A $15 gift card to Studio Two Three in Richmond.
23. A $10 gift card to Not Fade Away in Midlothian.
24. A $10 gift card to Sheppard Street Tavern in Richmond.
25. A $10 gift card to ReThreads in Charlottesville.
26. A $50 gift card to LaDIFF in Richmond.
2021-06-15T11:38:08-04:00June 15th, 2021|Membership|

WNRN Free Weekly Download: Kaylee Elizabeth “Not Be Told”

“Not Be Told” is about the leaps of faith taken in relationships and life.


Kaylee Elizabeth’s new album Playing with Fire is out now, and this song is free for you as the Weekly Download.


2021-06-14T11:21:02-04:00June 15th, 2021|Featured, Weekly Download|

Decade of Difference: Waylon Jennings

Today would have been Waylon Jennings’ 84th birthday. The singer personified the outlaw country genre in the 70s, but Jennings had been performing since the 50s. He achieved his stardom by rejecting the Nashville sound of the day, choosing to perform in a stripped down honky-tonk style that rejected the use of legions of session musicians. His stance as an anti-Nashville artist drew others, including Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson and the outlaw country movement was born.

Born in Texas, Jennings began performing as a twelve year old. Quitting school at fourteen, he moved to Lubbock and took a job as a radio DJ, where he met Buddy Holly. Holly mentored Jennings on guitar and produced his first single in 1958. Jennings came on with the Crickets as temporary bass player on their last tour and was also scheduled to fly on the plane ride that ended in Holly’s tragic death in early 1959, but he gave up his seat at the last minute to the Big Bopper, who was suffering from a cold.

Early in his career, Jennings signed to A&M Records, making for an odd pairing with Herb Alpert, who wanted Jennings to be a pop musician. Waylons’ insistence on pure country put an end to that record deal.Moving to Nashville, Jennings moved in with Johnny Cash, and by the early 70s was recording songs written by Kris Kristofferson and Billy Joe Shaver.
His 1976 album Wanted: The Outlaws was a collaboration that defined outlaw country to a wider audience, and for the following six years Jennings was a fixture in the country charts. Drug abuse and the decline of interest in outlaw country slowed his career – but he quit drugs and returned with the supergroup The Highwaymen to record several hits through the late 80s and early 90s.

While his sales declined over his later years, Waylon Jennings remained a popular musician thanks to his pioneering work in the 70s. He died of complications from diabetes in 2001.

2021-06-14T07:57:28-04:00June 15th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

Decade of Difference: Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste is another successful musical talent educated at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, he graduated (along with classmate Trombone Shorty) in 2004. Only a year later Batiste released his first album, Times in New Orleans as a seventeen year old..

Moving to New York, Batiste studied at the Juilliard School and began performing in the city. He released a second live album in 2005 based on those early shows. Diversifying his sound, Batiste formed Jon Batiste & Stay Human, playing impromptu outdoor concerts mixing jazz, R&B, gospel and pop. The group released their first full length album in 2013 which topped the jazz charts.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human was selected as the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert a position they have filled since the show’s debut in 2015, Displaying his versatility, Batiste has performed in the Check Berry and Fats Domino tribute on the Grammy awards show, toured with the Dap-Kings and won a Grammy nomination.

Batiste has been active as a composer, working with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to score the 2020 movie Soul. They won both the Academy and the Golden Globe Awards that year. With the Oscar win, Batiste became only the second black composer to win the award, after Herbie Hancock in 1987.

2021-06-11T09:29:34-04:00June 14th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

Country Feedback Playlist for June 13, 2021

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year
Daniel Crabtree – The Way I See It – On the Run – 2021
Brock Gonyea – Where My Heart Is – My World Turns to Silver – 2021
James Hand – Shadow On The Ground – Just a Heart – 2010
Catherine Britt – Home Truths – Fav’Rit Song – 2021
Bill and The Belles – Happy Again – Sobbin the Blues – 2021
The Shootouts – Bullseye – Here Come the Blues – 2021
Steve Earle – J.T. – They Killed John Henry – 2021
Vivian Leva – Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno – Leaving on Our Minds – 2021
Geoffrey Miller – All Night Honky Tonk Man – The Stars are Talkin’ – 2021
Jimmy Dale Richardson – 58 Buick / She’s Wild – 58 Buick – 2021
Vincent Neal Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women – Willie Nelson’s Wall – 2021
Shannon McNally – The Waylon Sessions – Out Among the Stars – 2021
Tony Joe White – Homemade Ice Cream – Saturday Night in Oak Grove, Louisiana – 1973
Sara Petite – Rare Bird – Medicine Man – 2021
Dallas Moore – The Rain – Every Night I Burn Another Honky Tonk Down – 2021
Rodney Crowell – Triage – Something Has to Change – 2021
Los Lobos – Native Sons – Sail On Sailor – 2021

2021-06-14T10:53:50-04:00June 13th, 2021|Country Feedback|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist – 06/11/21

Air Date:        6/12/21, Saturday  6-8 PM


Set 1

  • Bob Corritore & Friends – I Can’t Shake This Feeling        (Spider In My Stew)  (VizzTone)
  • Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny – I Like You Best Of All / He Ain’t Got The Rhythm / Road Of Stone           (Let’s Get Happy Together)                   (Stony Plain)

Set 2

  • Chris Thomas King – Hard Times A-Knockin’        (single)           (21st Century Blues)
  • Guy Davis – I Thought I Heard The Devil Call My Name               (Be Ready When I Call You) (M.C.)
  • Jennifer Porter – You’re So Easy To Be With          (Sun Come & Shine)  (Cougar Moon)
  • Robben Ford – Go (Pure)     (earMusic)

Set 3 

  • Deb Ryder – Hold On / Devil’s Credit Line             (Memphis Moonlight)           (VizzTone)
  • BLAST – Mighty Joe Young – I Walked All Night    (Blues With A Touch Of Soul)          1971 / Turning Point            (Mighty Man)             1997

Set 4

  • Soulful Femme – Dead Man’s Blues             (It Is Well With My Soul)      (Skydog)
  • Mark Cameron – One Size Fits All    (Back From The Edge)          (COP)
  • The Allman Betts Band – King Crawler       (Bless Your Heart)    (BMG)
  • Mike Zito – Rock & Roll Music         (Rock & Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry)    (Ruf)

Set 5

  • Billy F. Gibbons – More – More – More       (Hardware)    (Concord)
  • Wily Bo Walker – Tomorrow We Will (Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler)  (Rattlin’ Bone Burlesque Theatre)              (Mescal Canyon)
  • Selwyn Birchwood – Rock Bottom / Freaks Come Out At Night  (Living In A Burning House) (Alligator)

Set 6

  • Blues Traveler – Ball & Chain          (Traveler’s Blues)     (Round Hill)
  • GA-20 – She ’s Gone  (GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor – Try It…You Might Like It)       (Alligator)
  • Eddie 9 V – Dog Me Around / She Got Some Money           (Little Black Flies)                 (Ruf)
2021-06-14T10:25:42-04:00June 12th, 2021|Fresh Roots|

Decade of Difference: Widespread Panic

Dating back to 1986, Widespread Panic cultivated a dedicated audience for their jazz and blues influenced Southern rock by constantly touring. The group holds the record for the most sold out shows at Red Rocks in Colorado with 60.Typically the band will play multiple nights at a venue with each show consisting of two sets of largely unscripted improvisational music.

John Bell and Michael Houser met in 1981 at the University of Georgia and began playing as a duo. In 1984 the pair added bassist Dave Schools and in 1986 childhood friend Todd Nance joined as drummer with the group making their first appearance as Widespread Panic. By 1992 the band had reconfigured and began a nationwide tour and in 1993 had their first national record release.

Widespread Panic had their most active years in the late 90s and early 2000s. A free CD release party in Athens drew a crowd of more than 80,000 and the band headlined two nights at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2002 the group lost founding guitarist Michael Houser to pancreatic cancer. A second founder, drummer Todd Nance passed away in 2020.

While the band does not tour as extensively as in earlier years, they do have many dates scheduled for this year. They also have released a steady stream of concert recordings taken from their decades of live shows.

2021-06-10T07:45:04-04:00June 11th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

Record Store Day Highlights for June 12th!

Record Store Day returns for the first of several 2021 events this Saturday June 12th! We’ve asked Jim Bland, owner of Plan 9 Music and Cal Glatfelder Jr., owner of Sidetracks Music to highlight some of the Record Store Day releases they are most excited about. Check them out below as well as all of the info you will need to head out and hit up your favorite independent record stores this Saturday at RSD Drop #1! 

Plan 9 Music
www.plan9music.com / 3017 W Cary St. (Richmond) & 339 Hillsdale Dr. (Charlottesville) / Hours: 9am-7pm limited indoor capacity

Grateful Dead – Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/3/72

The complete OLYMPIA THEATRE, PARIS, FRANCE 5/3/72 show from the Grateful Dead’s legendary Europe ‘72 Tour is available as a 6-LP, 180-Gram, Limited Edition of 10,000. Featuring an “Other One” that comes out of Truckin’ and weaves in and out of other thematic and deep-space jams, as well as a side trip to Me And Bobby McGee, this is some of the Grateful Dead’s best, most inspired improvisation. The performance also includes five songs sung by Pigpen on what would be his final tour, including a massive Good Lovin’ which allows Pigpen to do what he does best: hold the audience in the palm of his hand while they hang on his every word.

Conor Oberst – Ruminations

A remastered version of Conor Oberst’s legendary album on double black vinyl, with five previously released bonus tracks, and an etched Side Four.

Elton John – Regimental Sgt. Zippo

Recorded at Dick James Studios in Central London between late 1967 and Spring 1968, Regimental Sgt. Zippo was all set to introduce Elton John to the world before it was ultimately shelved. The world would have to wait a little longer for Elton’s debut, coming in the form of 1969’s Empty Sky, and Zippo would be lost in the archives. Until now. Six of the 12 songs were released on Jewel Box, but five are here in their finished versions for the first time and a debut release for “You’ll Be Sorry To See Me Go”.

Sidetracks Music
www.sidetracksmusic.net / 310 2nd St. SE (Charlottesville) / Hours: 9am-4pm, limited indoor capacity (live music starting at 12pm from Eli Cook / Pale Blue Dot / Studebaker Huck / Breakers / BroX)

Prince – The Truth

The Truth is widely regarded as one of Prince’s most underappreciated hidden gems. Originally released as an accompaniment to the 1998 triple album Crystal Ball, which marked the first time that Prince released an album totally independently, The Truth was also the first Prince album to be labeled “acoustic,” though it does contain electronic instruments and elements, and it gave listeners an unprecedented chance to hear his songwriting and voice in a stripped-down presentation. This release as part of RSD Drops marks the first time The Truth is available on vinyl, with gorgeous, foil-embossed artwork designed by Prince’s long-time art director Steve Parke.

Col. Bruce Hampton – Arkansas

A limited edition, remastered 180g pressing of the 1987 album that garnered **** ½ from All Music Guide. “This is a country record, we’re just not sure what country.” – Col. Bruce Produced by Col. Bruce Hampton & Ricky Keller
Special Guests: Paul Barrere, Tinsley Ellis, T Lavitz, Sonny Emory, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jeff Sipe and more.

Danny Barnes – Dirt on the Angel

The first time on vinyl for the 2003 release, on a limited edition, remastered 180g pressing for RSD Drops #1. Special Guests: Chuck Leavell, Bill Frisell, Carlton Jackson, Dirk Powell.  “Barnes is to the banjo what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar…taking picking to new levels of sound and fury.” -Hittin’ the Note

2021-06-14T10:47:47-04:00June 10th, 2021|Miscellaneous|

Decade of Difference: Blackberry Smoke

What does southern rock sound like in the 21st century? Thanks to Blackberry Smoke, it sounds a lot like it did in the 20th century as the band has stuck to the formula pioneered by the Allman Brothers , Lynyrd Skynyrd and others to create a sound steeped in hard rock, blues and country.

The band members met playing in various bars around Atlanta and formed the group in 2001. Unable to choose a name, the band took the advice of Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes who suggested “Blackberry Smoke” – for no reason other than it wasn’t used by anyone else.

After recording their first album in 2003, the band went on the road to tour, and that consumed the next five years of the group’s life.

Blackberry Smoke had a breakthrough in 2012 with their third album
Whippoorwill. It appeared on both the rock and country charts and laid a foundation for their successful career touring and recording.

Today they have two number one country albums to their credit and have firmly established themselves as a modern version of what a good old 70s southern rock band would sound like in concert.

This years’ You Hear Georgia celebrates the bands twentieth anniversary with a love song to their home state, produced by Georgia native Dave Cobb. Two additional touring musicians appear on the album and have been fully integrated into the band bringing them to seven members, and Warren Haynes also appears on the album and shares songwriting credit on some of the tracks.

2021-06-09T07:48:38-04:00June 10th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

Community Connection: Sierra Club Film Screening

The Sierra Club is one of the first and largest environmental organizations in the world. On Wednesday, July 14th, at 7 p.m., The Piedmont Group, Sierra Club is hosting a virtual screening of the video Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce. Seeding Change is about “triple bottom line” businesses that consider the social, environmental and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. There will be a round table discussion about conscious commerce with local business owners at the end of the video.

You can find more information here: sierraclub.org/virginia/piedmont


2021-06-09T15:57:34-04:00June 9th, 2021|Community Connection|