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Commonwealth Music

As an independent radio station, WNRN supports Virginia artists through its regular and specialty programming, In-Studio Sessions, and presents promotions. Each month, we’ll have a Commonwealth artist featured here. WNRN’s Commonwealth Music is supported by listeners like you. Become a member now and support Commonwealth Music on WNRN!

Artist Spotlight

Dogwood Tales

Dogwood Tales hails from the Shenandoah Valley. Beginning in Harrisonburg in 2016, the duo of Ben Ryan and Kyle Grim released their first album and began to tour more frequently in 2018. 

Dogwood Tales expanded into a full band, joined by their best friends and collaborators, Jake Golibart, Danny Gibney, and Stephen Kuester on the drums, bass, and pedal steel.

WNRN and WarHen Present Dogwood Tales with Mike Frazier and Small Paul at The Southern Café in Charlottesville on April 26.

Commonwealth Music on YouTube

World Cafe Features

McKinley Dixon on World Cafe

On McKinley Dixon’s new album, Beloved! Paradise! Jazz?, he moved to Chicago, looking for a blank canvas to generate ideas for this wildly inventive and sonically lush LP that tackles themes of longing. Dixon will talk about why his sound can be difficult to pin down, his love of animation, and how the author Toni Morrison inspired the album’s title, on the next World Cafe.

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Lowland Hum Mini Concert on World Cafe

The songs on Lowland Hum’s latest album, From Self with Love, were written during a period of uncertainty for the husband and wife duo of Daniel and Lauren Goans. They’d just become first-time parents when they wrote the album, which touches on themes of pandemic isolation, early parenthood, death, grief, and new life.

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