February 27, 2009 by [email protected]
During the first week of March, Mr. Barb and I embark on our 2nd journey through song.  The chartered cruise is called Cayamo (pronounced kay-AH-mo) www.cayamo.com.  Last year we sailed thru the Western Caribbean for six days, this year it’s the Eastern Caribbean for seven days.

The headliners are (bold indicates returning from 2008):

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlisle, and Buddy Miller (* Buddy Miller is recovering from triple-bypass surgery, so he will not be on the cruise. Best wishes to Buddy for a full recovery – Get Well Soon! – We will miss you!)

Other singer-songwriters on-board will be (bold indicates returning from 2008):

Aslyn, Jim Bianco, Ken Block (Sister Hazel), Bonepony, Marc Broussard, Drew Copeland (Sister Hazel), Antje Duvekot, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), Kathleen Edwards, Joe Ely (The Flatlanders), Girlyman, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Katie Herzig (Newcomers Home), Jeff Holmes (The Floating Men), Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Tift Merritt, Shawn Mullins, Oakhurst, Over the Rhine, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Ed Robertston (Barenaked Ladies), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Darrell Scott, Mindy Smith, The Greencards, Vienna Teng, Webb Wilder, Beth Wood, and The Zac Brown Band (with Clay Cook)

I counted 35 (!) artists! Woo hoo!

Our survival kit from Sixthman (who organize these themed cruises, www.sixthman.net) included a 2-CD set of 30 songs from the artists scheduled to be on the 2009 Cayamo cruise.

We’re looking forward to seeing some of the returning artists again (especially Shawn Mullins), and discovering some new artists that we’ve never seen before.

Pacing and power naps will be the key (and with Freestyle Cruising, we can eat at our convenience). Looking at the schedule of performances, to see Shawn Mullins 1st concert, I will have to find time to take a nap, as his show begins at 12:30 AM right after set sail. Mr. Barb said I’m not allowed to sleep during the headliner shows, like I did in 2008. We chose the headliner show time of 8:30 PM (an hour earlier than last year). Our first headline act on the day we sail is the Indigo Girls.

We expect sunshine, happy smiling faces, unexpected impromptu collaborations, and to add to our CD collection. If possible, I will try to blog during the cruise to share our experiences.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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February 19, 2009 by [email protected]
es·sen·tial (ə sens̸həl, i-) uh-sen-shuh l adjective

1.    of or constituting the intrinsic, fundamental nature of something; basic; inherent

2.    absolute; complete; perfect

3.    absolutely necessary; indispensable; requisite


something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle

Many of the songs on my list are the first release or first “hit” by the artist.  These songs introduced me to their music.  When some of these artists no longer had a home on commercial radio, they were still embraced by independent public radio.  So these songs are essential.  They are necessary, without hearing these songs I would not have discovered these artists and continued to listen to their music, buy their CD’s or download their songs.


1.      “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (2007-2008)

Having won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007, to me this song epitomizes that a good song doesn’t necessarily have to be a commercial hit to be recognized.  The movie and soundtrack to “Once” were great examples of the fact that the little guy does sometime come out on top.

2.      “Driving” – Everything But The Girl (acoustic version) (1990 & 1996)

This song just flows.  I love hearing it while I’m driving.  Love how it sounds on the radio.

3.      “Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn (1991)

Marc Cohn won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1991 on the strength of this song.  Cohn’s songwriting has only continued to improve, too bad commercial radio all but abandoned him after this hit.

4.      “Lullaby” – Shawn Mullins (1998)

Commercial success may have alluded Shawn Mullins since “Lullaby”, but he’s found his niche as a great story teller.  It’s still a highlight when Shawn sings his “medley” of this greatest hit in concert.

5.      “Solitude” – Edwin McCain (1995)

This is what a great story song should sound like.  Yes, I know you may dismiss this because Edwin McCain teamed up with the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker.  But it’s a testament to McCain’s songwriting abilities.

6.      “No Such Thing” John Mayer (2002)

The 21st century is continuing to introduce us to talented songwriters.  John Mayer co-wrote this song with Clay Cook.  Mayer is still young but his songwriting ability and wisdom are far beyond his years.

7.      “All I Wanna Do” – Sheryl Crow (1994)

The ultimate catchy pop song.  Sheryl Crow keeps cranking them out year after year after year.

8.      “That Girl Can Sing” – Jackson Browne (1980)

This was one of those songs that stood out while I was in high school.  It seemed so sophisticated and ahead of its time.  It still sounds good.

9.      "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)" – Enya (1988)

A sound that really was unique and still is.

10.  “One Headlight” – The Wallflowers (1997)

I love listening to this song in my car, in the rain, with the windshield wipers going.  I know it’s one of those “super groups”, but it’s a good song.

11.  “Runaway Feeling” – The Thorns (acoustic version) (2003)

Okay, maybe only the record label was convinced it was a good idea to team up Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge.  But the music they produced was magical.

12.  “One of Us” – Joan Osborne (1995)

A lot of us have a copy of “Relish” and remember Joan Osborne for this wonderful song.

13.  “I Don’t Want to Wait” – Paula Cole (1997)

There’s a reason this song stayed on the charts for almost a full year - I don’t know what more to say, other than I just like this song.

14.  “Marlene on the Wall” – Suzanne Vega (1985 & 1986)

Typical example of the songs Suzanne Vega has recorded over the years that makes it fit in perfectly with the music at WYEP.

15.  “Someday We’ll Know” – New Radicals (1999)

I actually discovered this song on Daryl Hall & John Oates’ CD “Do It For Love“.  Then I heard it on WYEP.  Songwriters surely know a good song when they hear it.

16.  “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt (1991)

Only Bonnie Raitt can make a song sound like this.  Sultry.

17.  Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” – Baz Luhrmann (1999)

Forgive me for including  a “one hit wonder”.  I just think this song has a great message for all of us and you probably won’t hear it on any other radio station.

18.  “River” – Joni Mitchell (1971)

There’s a reason why so many artists have covered Joni Mitchell songs.  They are well written songs that stand the test of time.  “River” is a holiday themed song, that just conjures up so many vivid images.

19.  “Smooth” – Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) (1999)

One of those songs that I never get tired of hearing and I turn up the radio each time it comes on.

20.  “All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket (1992)

Young artists who made a song that gets stuck in your head.


A holiday song as an extra:


21.  “Driving Home for Christmas” – Chris Rea (1988)

I heard this song years ago on the radio while driving in Canada around the holidays and have loved it ever since.


Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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February 13, 2009 by [email protected]
In May we will be having a blast counting down the listener generated 913 Songs list.  Think about your favorite songs that you identify with when listening to WYEP.  Make your list of your favorite 20 songs and vote in WYEP's 913 Essential Songs. http://www.wyep.org/events/contests/index.php?id=51 Here's Beaver County Times writer Scott Tady's Top 20 list to get you thinking. From Scott: I've been a regular listener since the early '90s, and I'm prepared to fight for any one of these songs. Ryan Adams - New York, New York Beck - E-pro Billy Bragg - A New England R.L. Burnside - Someday Baby Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt Grateful Dead - U.S. Blues John Hiatt - A Perfectly Good Guitar Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine Joe Jackson - Breaking Us in Two The Jam - That's Entertainment Lyle Lovett - That's Right (You're Not From Texas) Loretta Lynn/Jack White - Portland, Oregon My Morning Jacket - I Believe Rusted Root - Ecstasy Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Number 20 will be coming !  
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February 9, 2009 by [email protected]
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards produced a number of winners for WYEP artists.  Congratulations to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss for taking home 5 total awards, including Album & Record of the Year. Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Please Read This Letter" Best New Artist: Adele Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Rich Woman" Song of the Year: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, "Gravity" Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, "Chasing Pavements" Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Killing the Blues" Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Best Traditional Blues Album: B.B. King, One Kind Favor Best Contemporary Blues Album: Dr. John and the Lower 911, City That Care Forgot Best Traditional Gospel Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Down in New Orleans
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February 3, 2009 by [email protected]
Fans of the UK band Elbow know 'Grounds for Divorce'. Take a listen to the band performing that song with the BBC Orchestra, the orchestra really kicks in about a minute into the song. Click on the link and see what you think. http://www.youaintnopicasso.com/2009/02/02/mp3-elbow-grounds-for-divorce-w-the-bbc-orchestra/  
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February 3, 2009 by [email protected]
91.3fm WYEP did a first ever 'live' broadcast from backstage at Bonnaroo last year.  We were able to air backstage performances from Rilo Kiley, Nicole Atkins, Newton Faulkner, The Racontuers, and several others. The new lineup for this June's festival in Manchester TN has been announced and iincludes a wide range of musical styles and genres. Juen 11th - 14th are the dates for the Festival. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, PHISH, THE BEASTIE BOYS, NINE INCH NAILS, ANDREW BIRD, TV ON THE RADIO, WILCO, AL GREEN, Alejandro Escovedo and Rodrigo y Gabriela , DAVID BYRNE, FEMI KUTI, MERLE HAGGARD, ERYKAH BADU, MGMT, BON IVER, THE DECEMBERISTS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS AND MANY MORE.      
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January 28, 2009 by [email protected]

Buddy Holly Tribute: 50th Anniversary Special

Tuesday, February 3rd , 4 – 6pm on 91.3fm WYEP

Hosted and Produced by Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch

February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died". Three of the biggest stars in rock and roll-- Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper-- and their young pilot died in a small plane crash in an Iowa cornfield. This two hour special takes a look at the influence of Buddy Holly's music and celebrates his contribution to the music world. 
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January 22, 2009 by [email protected]
We all have favorite songs that we've discovered listening to 91.3fm WYEP.  We're trying to have some fun in these long winter months by creating the ultimate listener generated list called 'WYEP's 913 Essential Songs'. We're asking you to submit 20 songs that define the WYEP listening experience for you.  Have some fun with it, it's a chance to reflect and help us create a really cool list that we'll count down sometime in May. I'll be posting some volunteer announcer and staff lists over the coming weeks, and some other local notables in our community. http://www.wyep.org/events/contests/index.php?id=51  
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January 11, 2009 by Andy C
Andy here, from the Tuesday Evening Mix. I know, it's kind of late, but here is a list of my favorites from 2008. 1)DoDo's - "Visiter" (French Kiss Records) I've written about these guys before on here.  They are fantastic.  Their second full length was a total surprise to me.  The melodies are great, but really the best part for me is the percussion.  It's loud, forceful, and gorgeous.  It sounds like they are just jamming away on whatever they can find to bang on.  It's very freeing to listen to that. 2) Hayden - "In Field and Town" (Fat Possum) This guy just does it for me.  Always has.  People think of him as being similar to Neil Young, but actually I think he writes amazing 3 minute pop songs when he wants to.  Take for example the gem of a single, "Where and When": "The snow was falling down like pieces of the sky last Friday night I was outside on the street, and she was inside to a beat Next thing I know, she's watching me writing to her in the snow "Let's go" She got up so close, the condensation changed her to a ghost But she appeared again, as she wrote on the glass "Well, it depends..." "Where and when?" Take that and add some hand claps.  Fantastic   3) Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" (SubPop) Fleet Foxes seem kind of boring.  I mean this in the best possible way, though.  They are long haired guys with beards who play alot of acoustic guitar.  This has been done a million times.  In fact, the first few times I listened to them I didn't get it.  I thought there had to be more to it.  Then I started to realize that there didn't have to be more to it.  In fact the whole debut long player is so comforting and good, that it can almost creep by you without notice.  I'll be shocked if they can't keep putting out solid releases over the next 10-15 years.  It's just feels that good and that natural.   4) The Walkmen "You and Me" (Gigantic) The Walkmen are a band thats quality, in my opinion, has varied greatly at times.  They can put me to sleep with how morose and alike all their songs can sound on some recordings.  However, this release reminded me of what I've liked in the past.  I think this is the first time they have put out a whole LP that is great from front to back.  They are from NYC, and not surprsingly so.  The record sounds like walking around NYC at night in the winter time.  Or maybe, it sounds like sitting around your house in the winter with friends while having a few drinks.  You may have a different opinion of what it sounds like, but I know it will involve winter.  It has to.   5) Retribution Gospel Choir - "Retribution Gospel Choir" (Caldo Verde) Well, I had wondered for a while what would happen if the band Low took it up from 20 bpm, to even like 30, or maybe 40, and just got even slightly angry.  Alan Sparhawk, of Low, has done just that with this side project.  Produced by Mark Kozelek, of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon fame, it sounds like a lost Crazy Horse record.  No frills rock n' roll.   6) Spiritualized "Songs In A&E" (Fontana Intl.) Jason Pierce's output has slowed somewhat in recent history, but the quality has not.  This is one of his best.  "Soul On Fire" is also one of the under appreciated songs of the year.   7) Frightened Rabbit "Midnight Organ Fight" (Fat Cat) There is something very comforting about this record.  Which is kind of weird, as some of the lyrics are pretty harsh.  Maybe that's what makes it comforting, though.  Of course, it also always helps to swear in a heavy Scottish accent.  It just sounds that much more biting.  Not that I think that Americans should put on a fake Scottish accent and start swearing.  That would just be obnoxious.  Do you think Ryan Adams is going to start doing that?     8) Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend" (XL Recordings) A lot has been written about these guys so I'm just going to tell a quick story in this place.  I have this major problem of forgetting my keys when I leave my house.  I do it probably like 5 or 6 times a year.  Thankfully my wife works at a hospital about 3 blocks from our house.  So, I have upon occasion had to call her and go to the hospital to get her key.  One cold day I did this while she was working in the ICU.  She explained to me where exactly to go and she would be waiting just inside the main doors to the unit.  I walked in and there she was.  She then preceeded to turn around and say, "Everyone, it's okay...".  The whole unit of staff turned around at this point.  "This is my husband.  You see, he locked himself out of our house so he had to walk over here to get my keys.", she says.  Everyone kind of chuckles and goes back to their business.  Kind of unnecessary, right?   9) MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular" (Columbia) MGMT actually is rather over the top for me.  I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.  However, If you can write really good melodies that are amongst the catchiest this decade, well to a certain degree you can get a pass.  I still may roll my eyes at you on the cover of magazines in neon colored spandex, but I will defend the songs anytime someone brings them up.   10) Beach House "Devotion" (Carpark) A very subtle release from this duo out of Baltimore.  The vocals are really what make it for me.  I find myself singing along to it all the time.  
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January 5, 2009 by [email protected]

Here's the WYEP 2008 Top 50 recordings !

1. Radiohead, ‘In Rainbows’

2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’

3. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive’

4. Kathleen Edwards, ‘Asking for Flowers’

5. Coldplay, ‘Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends’

6. Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Narrow Stairs’

7. My Morning Jacket, ‘Evil Urges’

8. DeVotchKa, ‘A Mad & Faithful Telling’

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, ‘100 Days 100 Nights’

10. Fleet Foxes, ‘Fleet Foxes’

11. Martha Wainwright, ‘I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too’

12. Vampire Weekend, ‘Vampire Weekend’

13. Michael Franti & Spearhead, ‘All Rebel Rockers’

14. Emmylou Harris, ‘All I Intended to Be’

15. Verve//Remixed 4′

16. Alejandro Escovedo, ‘Real Animal’

17. Jackie Greene, ‘Giving Up the Ghost’

18. Conor Oberst, ‘Conor Oberst’

19. Nicole Atkins, ‘Neptune City’

20. Old 97s, ‘Blame It on Gravity’

21. Joe Jackson, ‘Rain’

22. Jack Johnson, ‘Sleep Through the Static’

23. Carbon/Silicon, ‘The Last Post’

24. Buddy Guy, ‘Skin Deep’

25. Dar Williams, ‘Promised Land’

26. Elbow, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’

27. Levon Helm, ‘Dirt Farmer’

28. The Kooks, ‘Konk’

29. Sheryl Crow, ‘Detours’

30. Okkervil River ‘The Stage Names

31. Richie Havens, ‘Nobody Left to Crown’

32. Dan Wilson, ‘Free Life’

33. Mike Doughty, ‘Golden Delicious’

34. Band of Horses, ‘Cease to Begin’

35. kd Lang ‘Watershed’

36. The Black Keys, ‘Attack & Release’

37. Joan Osborne, ‘Little Wild One’

38. James Hunter, ‘The Hard Way’

39. Drive-By Truckers, ‘Brighter Than Creation’s Dark’

40. Aimee Mann, ‘#@%&! Smilers’

41. Mudcrutch, ‘Mudcrutch’

42. Beck, ‘Modern Guilt’

43. R.E.M., ‘Accelerate’

44. She & Him, ‘Volume One’

45. Chuck Prophet, ‘Soap and Water’

46. Elvis Costello, ‘Momofuku’

47. Duffy, ‘Rockferry’

48. Jim White, ‘Transnormal Skiperoo’

49. Gary Louris, ‘Vagabonds’

50. John Fogerty, ‘Revival’
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December 19, 2008 by [email protected]
Everyone who came to the WYEP Holiday Hootenanny - THANK YOU! What an amazing night of holiday music!!! Silver & Gold were FAN-FLIPPING-tastic! Amazing local music is in our city, my friends! Pictures are up on WYEP's Flickr, so check 'em out! Here is the defining moment of the evening captured (by the lovely Kayla Seybert) on film. It's Kathryn (of Blindsider) and Ben Hardt singing "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid: BIG BIG BIG Thanks to musical director Jeff Baron for getting the band together and coming up with the idea Thank you to the members of Silver & Gold Jeff Baron (The Essex Green) Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People/Lohio) Carrie Battle (Harlan Twins) Hallie Pritts (Boca Chica) Ben Hardt (Ben Hardt and His Symphony) Casey Hanner (Donora) James Hart (Harlan Twins) Scotts Roger (Scotts Roger) Sarah Siplak (Scotts Roger) Aaron Bubenheim (Br'er Fox/Meeting of Important People) Dave Bubenheim (Br'er Fox) Kathryn Heidemann (Blindsider) Craig Smith (Blindsider/Lohio/The Victors!) Paul Zyla (Harlan Twins) Greg Dutton (Lohio) Megan Lindsey (Good Night, States) Elizabeth Adams (Lohio) Jake Hanner (Donora) Happy Holidays!! xoxox Cindy
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December 11, 2008 by [email protected]
Congratulations to our Morning Mix Host Cindy Howes for making the Pittsburgh City Paper's Best of List 2008 in the category of Best Morning Radio Show ! The readers of City Paper voted Cindy on the list out of some 25 Pittsburgh morning shows. Best morning radio show 1st Jim & Randy -- WDVE 2nd Mikey & Big Bob -- The Freak Show, Kiss FM 3rd Cindy Howes -- WYEP Check out all the interesting Best of 2008 lists at www.pghcitypaper.com
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December 11, 2008 by [email protected]
Guitarist Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay for allegedly plagiarizing the chord progression and melody of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly” for their recent hit “Viva La Vida”. Satriani is seeking to receive all royalties generated by the Coldplay song. Satriani vs Coldplay What do you think?
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December 8, 2008 by [email protected]

On a cold December Saturday night we went inside The Rex Theater for the double concert bill of Glen Phillips and Jonatha Brooke.

Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) accompanied by Jonathan Kingham (vocals/guitar) did a 55-minute, 15-song set.  Jonatha Brooke came on stage to play the piano and sing two songs with Glen.  Jonathan took a turn in the spotlight on “She’s So California”.  Glen did a couple of songs from his latest project, Works Progress Administration (WPA), “Rise Up” and his final song of the evening “I Don’t Need Anything I Don’t Have”.  From his EP “Secrets of the New Explorer” Glen did a kid’s song about radiation sickness “Solar Flare”, that Jonatha joined him on.  Some songs can stand the test of time and be stripped down.  That was the case of Toad’s “All I Want”, it was an acoustic gem.

We learned a few things about Jonatha Brooke during her 14-song, 1-hour and 20-minute set.  Jonatha will probably never record a Christmas album, she can do an impersonation of a small dog, she’s more comfortable playing the guitar then the piano, for financial reasons she did not bring a band with her, adding that sometimes she likes to go out on tour alone and that she loves her latest release “The Works”.

Jonatha sang at least four songs from “The Works”.  Most of the lyrics on the album were written by Woodie Guthrie.  Jonatha told us the history of how she went to the Woodie Guthrie Archives and came out with the idea to do this album.  “My Flowers Grow Green” was an especially beautiful tune, with Jonatha singing quietly at the piano.  Returning the favor, Glen came back on stage to sing “Sweetest Angel” with Jonatha.

Each of Jonatha’s songs seem to have a story behind them, like title track from “Ten Cent Wings” and a song that was featured in MTV’s “The Hills”.

This was the final show together for Glen and Jonatha until the spring.




Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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December 4, 2008 by [email protected]
The 51st annual Grammy nominations are out.  Some pretty interesting names from some WYEP artists that have been nominated in a variety of categories. Radiohead has 7 category nominations. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss have 5.  The band everyone loves to hate lately, Coldplay has been nominated in several categories as well. My early prediction is that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss win best album award for 'Raising Sand'. Check out the entire, exhausting list at www.grammy.com
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