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Bonny Light Horseman In-Studio Session

Bonny Light Horseman (Anais Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, and Josh Kaufman) stopped by In Your Ear Studios to talk with WNRN’s Desiré Moses and play a few tracks. One of which was the studio premiere of their brand new track, “California,” off their new album Rolling Golden Holy, coming out this fall.

Location tends to play a recurring role in the sound of their music, whether it’s the folk of the British Isles or an Eastern German radio station in Berlin. And as its name suggests, “California” is no different.

“I think at the time that we were working on all these songs we had all just kind of left the place that had been our home for a long time,” Kaufman said. “And so there was just the feeling of leaving a place that felt like home with our loved ones and our families. Just kind of out there, wandering a little bit, untethered for the first time in a long time.”

Watch the full In Studio Session down below! Bonny Light Horseman’s new album Rolling Golden Holy is out on October 7 via 37d03d.

2022-10-20T15:34:02-04:00June 21st, 2022|

Hear Together: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

The Jefferson School is one of two remaining buildings from what was once Vinegar Hill–a 20-acre predominantly Black neighborhood in the heart of Charlottesville that was bulldozed in the ’60s after being seized through eminent domain. The Jefferson School started as the only Black school in Charlottesville, only to be decommissioned when schools were desegregated. The alumni of the original school wanted a place that would celebrate the building’s history, and by extension the Black history of Charlottesville, and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) opened in 2013.

Along with a permanent picture gallery that tells the story of Vinegar Hill, the JSAAHC offers rotating contemporary art exhibitions featuring artists of the diaspora, lectures, a film and theater program, as well as six annual public celebrations. It is also home to the Isabella Gibbons Local History and Digital Humanities Center, which researches the history of Albemarle County and the surrounding region from enslavement through the present.

“There is a Vinegar Hill in every single city in America,” says Leslie M. Scott Jones, assistant curator of education and public programs at JSAAHC.

You can listen to the full segment at the audio link below and learn more about the Jefferson School at their website.

2022-06-14T12:27:40-04:00June 14th, 2022|

Hear Together: UMFS Foster Care

For 120 years, UMFS Foster Care has worked relentlessly to help children, teens, and families thrive in their communities. Their trained staff collaborates with foster parents and families to overcome the challenges of traumatic childhoods to create homes that are safe and welcoming.

There are about 4,800 youth in foster care across Virginia, with 1,800 of them open for adoption. Over the past year, they’ve noticed a 54 percent drop in foster parent approval, and UMFS is working to empower flexible, caring adults who want to serve children but might be unsure of how foster care can work.

We spoke with foster parent recruiter Katie Solvig for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about their services and becoming a foster parent at

UMFS is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

2022-06-08T12:47:19-04:00June 8th, 2022|

Hear Together: Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

Built on a model of community collaboration, the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center has centered the voices of LGBTQ people in the valley since its inception. From the initial community listening conversations in 2018 came a wide variety of support services, including peer support groups, affirming healthcare referral, a queer resource library, and many more.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with executive director AnhThu Nguyen, who is committed to expanding the center’s support network throughout the Shenandoah Valley, to address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people across the communities of the commonwealth. You can listen at the audio link below, and learn more about the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center at their website.

2022-05-20T14:14:31-04:00May 20th, 2022|

Erin & The Wildfire In-Studio Session

Commonwealth act Erin & The Wildfire join us live in studio to play songs from the new album Touchy, Feely and preview album release shows in Charlottesville and Richmond. For the new album, the band refined their sound while embracing a wider sonic palette than debut album Thirst. Hear the group perform stripped down versions of album songs “Ray of Sunshine”, Whatever You Like”, and “Yours Anymore”.

2022-10-20T15:34:27-04:00May 19th, 2022|

Phish Phriday 5/13

For this Phish Phriday we bring it back to August 2017 where Phish performed a baker’s dozen run of shows at Madison Square Garden. From this run, we spotlight “Leaves,” performed 8/1/2017 on their 9th night, written by Tom Marshall. This week Tom Marshall met up with Tad Abbey and a group of WNRN members before jumping on stage with Charlottesville’s Kendal Street Company.

2022-05-13T12:51:50-04:00May 13th, 2022|

WNRN’s May New Album Previews

WNRN is dedicated to bringing you the best new music. Each month, we’ll be giving you the scoop on new albums coming out from your favorite artists and ones you haven’t heard yet. Plus, some commentary from the artists on the making of or inspirations for their new records. Tune in on the first Friday of each month for the Monthly Album Preview!


2022-05-05T14:28:11-04:00May 6th, 2022|

Adam’s Plastic Pond In-Studio Session

Charlottesville’s Adam’s Plastic Pond join us in studio to perform songs from new EP Confident Melancholy. Stream the full session above, including a Q&A with WNRN’s Patrick Coman and performances of “Mission Report”, “Finish Line”, and “Won’t Change A Thing”.

2022-10-20T15:34:35-04:00May 5th, 2022|

Sharon Van Etten Shares 4 Songs That Influenced ‘We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong’

During a recent stop in Charlottesville to perform for a packed house at the Jefferson Theater, Sharon Van Etten joined WNRN in studio to play guest DJ. She shared 4 songs that inspired the sound and style of new album We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong and chatted in depth with Amber about its making. Scroll down to read her thoughts on each song and stream the full interview to find out which cinematic classic inspired the new album’s name (hint: it involves Babe Ruth, a giant dog, and s’mores) and more about the album which gets its full release on Friday May 6th via Jagjaguwar.

         1. Cocteau Twins “Cherry-Coloured Funk”

“…this was a song that I referenced for the band when we were starting to go over influences of what I thought the instrumentation and vibe was going to be. I didn’t want to exactly rip from them, but I wanted to give permission for my bandmates, Charlie in particular, who was playing guitar on a certain song on the record, that this is how I want it to feel, so however you interpret that. And the ethereal vocals, she has such a beautiful range, and it’s like dark but uplifting, but even though it’s slow-pulsing you feel it escalating. It’s a beautiful song.”

         2. Scott Walker “Duchess”

“I chose “Duchess” by Scott Walker because his melodies are so beautiful and they’re very classic. And his voice can change from iteration with his other projects, but there’s something very timeless about his storytelling, and he kind of sings in this operatic way sometimes, that can walk a line. But I connect with it as a singer, I feel like he’s a singer’s artist in the way that I want to sing along with him and I find it very cathartic to find those melodies or harmonies depending on how I’m singing along with him. I just like those classic arrangements and the timeless feeling of his voice.”

         3. Joy Division “Atmosphere”

“I remember describing to my drummer Jorge Balbi, my Peruvian drummer Jorge, that I wanted a lot of space in the drums, that it didn’t have to be a constant beat, and that I wanted him to just feel free in the way he played and not feel confined by a beat. Because this one song is very intentional in its space before it develops into the driving part of the song. And he connected with it immediately, and a lot of the scapes on the record are drones, synth meets strings, and mallets and air, and allowing those moments to breathe before the other instrumentation comes in. So this song was an example of what I was trying to achieve.

         4. The Cure “Plainsong”

This one is for my bass player, Devin Hoff, he’s probably the biggest Cure fan I know, and I chose this one because, similar to the Joy Division track, what I’m learning how to do is let my band create the atmosphere for me, to be able to form in. And I wrote a lot of these songs without them, before I asked them to lay down tracks and to help me flesh them out. And so finally being in a room with them again and working on these new songs, I feel like they’re giving me permission to step back for a minute and allow them to create the space for me to perform in, as opposed to them performing on top of me. It’s learning how to perform together again and lean into each other, and again own those spaces. I sing a lot, like the joke is that I have a lot of lyrics, I have a lot of words, and my friend Ben Goldberg from Bada Bing Records who put out some of my earlier work, always said ‘Well, you just have so much to say. That’s why your lyrics are so long.’ But I’m learning to try to say less and also to have moments of just music so that the listener can take a moment to reflect on all the things that I’ve said, but also to hear the layers of what’s actually happening.

2022-05-02T13:06:47-04:00May 2nd, 2022|