Aretha Franklin, renowned worldwide as the Queen of Soul and the greatest vocalist in Amercan music, has died, leaving a legacy that spans the art form, from its deepest roots to its most stylish pop branches. WMOT grieves with the nation and the world over this profound loss. Here you may read NPR's obituary and an appreciation by our music journalist Craig Havighurst. 

 

 

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Almost all bands change personnel. Some change personality. And then there’s Mountain Heart, which has done both several times over.

Formed in 1998 as a hard core traditional bluegrass supergroup with five musicians, today Mountain Heart is a quartet with no original members and a soul singing pianist. But the acoustic, song-centric heart, if you will, remains. For 20 years, this band has embraced new influences and grown younger and broader minded.

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Quite a few music venues in Nashville have a capacity bigger than the population of Glenarm, Northern Ireland, a seaside village about 30 miles north of Belfast. Nashville based songwriter and recording artist Ben Glover says growing up there was a good environment for a future performer.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Big money is already flowing into Tennessee hoping to influence who wins the state’s junior U.S. Senate seat being vacated this fall by Bob Corker.

You’ve probably already seen the TV ads being aired by political action committees (PACs) for Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen.

USDA.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Dozens of Tennessee firefighters are battling wildfires out West.

The Tennessee Interagency Coordination Center dispatches Tennessee based firefighters to other states as part of mutual state and federal compacts. The Center says there are currently about 60 Tennesseans fighting fires in other states.

Artists, fans push music festivals to tackle sex harassment

Aug 13, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, "Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?"

Friedman didn't think anything of it until she got groped at the festival.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The resignation of former Mayor Megan Barry back in March continues to disrupt Metro government.

None of the candidates running for the Metro Vice Mayor’s post managed to earn a majority of votes during the August 2 General Election, forcing the city to plan a runoff election.

Davidson County Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts says that special election is now scheduled for September 6. He also says the run off is going to cost more taxpayers dollars than he currently has in his yearly budget.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report ranks Nashville among the top arts communities in the nation.

The annual Arts Vibrancy Index is compiled by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This year Nashville ranked fourth behind behind San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C.

The SMU study notes that Nashville scores especially high marks for the number of people employed locally in the arts and for the number of for-profit companies offering arts or cultural services.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The music professional’s social network jammcard.com is now accepting Nashville membership requests. Jammcard is a by-invitation-only networking site founded by LA based drummer and band manager Elmo Lovano.

“I was just really frustrated with the fact that we don’t really have a digital, social database for the music industry…and several other efficiencies that I just wanted to solve for musicians.”

Amanda Shires Won't 'Give Away The Secrets' Of Her Songs

Aug 8, 2018

Amanda Shires is known for her folksy, Americana sound. In 2017, Shires was named the Americana Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year and she frequently lends her voice and style to her husband Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit. But her new solo record, To the Sunset, moves away from her normal style, taking on more pop sounds with crunched guitars and layered vocals.

Josh Goleman

 

When the five string wizards known collectively as Punch Brothers returned for one last encore on a July Friday night at the Ryman Auditorium, they unplugged their in-ear monitors and stepped to the front of the stage. With no amplification, it seemed likely they’d tear into something loud and bluegrassy, so as to commune with the ghosts of the Grand Ole Opry and to be clearly heard.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you’ve had your fill of corn dogs and turkey legs at this summer’s festivals and fairs you’ll be happy to learn next month’s Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin is trying something novel.

Strategic Hospitality’s Max and Benjamin Goldberg, the brothers behind such unique Nashville restaurant as The Patterson House, Aerial and Bastion, are partnering with Pilgrimage to curate a rotating schedule of chefs to cook during the festival.

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EDITOR'S UPDATE: On Tuesday evening (8/7/18) Metro Council approved on second reading an ordinance setting conditions for a pilot project in Music City for personal transportation ventures like Bird. You can read the full ordinance here. The legislaiton will face its third and final reading in late August.  

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Majority Forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Big money is already flowing into Tennessee hoping to influence who wins the state’s junior U.S. Senate seat being vacated this fall by Bob Corker.

You’ve probably already seen the TV ads being aired by political action committees (PACs) for Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen.

USDA.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Dozens of Tennessee firefighters are battling wildfires out West.

The Tennessee Interagency Coordination Center dispatches Tennessee based firefighters to other states as part of mutual state and federal compacts. The Center says there are currently about 60 Tennesseans fighting fires in other states.

Artists, fans push music festivals to tackle sex harassment

Aug 13, 2018
chvrches.es

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, "Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?"

Friedman didn't think anything of it until she got groped at the festival.

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It was there, then it wasn't.

Like an apparition that happens to involve a forklift, a truck and a 22-hour drive, a bronze statue of a goat-headed-and-winged creature appeared for a handful of hours at the foot of the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Thursday.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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