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Brandi Carlile, a charismatic and activist songwriter long cherished by the folk music community and recently embraced by Americana, stamped a place in history by securing six nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which were announced this morning. Carlile, who’s getting set to host her first all-female music festival in Mexico in January, is part of a big year for women, who enjoyed key nominations in country, Americana, bluegrass and the overall industry categories as well.

The interesting thing to listen for in Americana Christmas albums is where artists position themselves on the spectrum between sincere and snarky. When country stars make holiday albums (and they all make at least one), they’re generally earnest and full of old familiar tunes. Americana artists are far more likely to embrace the season’s ambiguities and sometimes absurdities. And it’s impressive to see how many take on the challenge of writing an album’s worth of original material. That’s what’s going on with this year’s stack of yuletide discs.


If a guy named Ricky Martini offers you a tour of his building, how do you say no to that? The building in this case is The Walnut House, once a mid 20th century appliance store one block off the main square in historic downtown Murfreesboro. Martini, the new general manager, is showing me how flexible the place is, including one nicely appointed second story room that’s recently served as a board room and a bridal lounge. Then next to that is an isolation room for recording vocalists.

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Murfreesbsoro, TN – Heart Disease, not cancer, is the number one killer for women.

Murfreesboro,TN – Veteran Journalist and former Chief of Bureau for the Associated Press in Nashvile, Kent Flanagan, is sharing his experience and knowledge with students in MTSU's School of Journalism.

Murfreesboro,TN – This media expert says just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

Murfreesboro, TN – A new scholarly work finds connections between Scottish immigrants and how storytelling crossed the Atlantic.

Murfreesboro, TN – Shopping for blue jeans has the good professor thinking.


Murfreesboro, TN – A new novel from the creator of the University of Tennessee's infamous Body Farm takes readers behind the scenes and under the soil.

Murfreesboro, TN – A Danish newspaper recent publishing of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad prompts this essay.

Murfreesboro,TN – When it comes to love, Professor MacDougall says there is a certain "chemistry" at work.

Murfreesboro, TN – A new compilation album was released recently to help rebuld the devastaded Gulf Coast.

Murfreesboro, TN – A Senate committee this week began an investigation of President Bush's domestic spying operation, which is aimed at combating terrorism. Commentator Doug Dwyer says senators aren't the only ones troubled by the phone taps.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (OSBORNE)  --  Lauren Breeze with is helping WMOT track holiday events here in Middle Tennessee. Here are Lauren's suggestions for this weekend:



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WASHINGTON, DC  (WMOT/AP)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is again calling on President Donald Trump to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.


Corker was one of eight senators briefed by CIA Director Gina Haspel Tuesday concerning the reporter’s October death in a Saudi consulate. Corker left that briefing saying he had no doubt ruling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved.


Holiday gift ideas: Books by Tennessee authors

Dec 4, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas you might consider works by some of Tennessee’s outstanding authors.


WMOT asked the mid-state's Serenity Gerbman for her suggestions. Gerbman directs the Southern Festival of Books each year for Humanities Tennessee. Her recommendations include:


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Just outside Charlottesville, Va., the roads lose their markings as they wind through the woods, passing an occasional church, a cemetery and a plantation known as Highland, owned by America's fifth president James Monroe. For the first time in its 225-year history, the site has begun telling the stories of the African-American men and women who were enslaved there, and consulting with their descendants.

On display now at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is a special exhibit centered on a rare Bible from the 1800s that was used by British missionaries to convert and educate slaves.

What's notable about this Bible is not just its rarity, but its content, or rather the lack of content. It excludes any portion of text that might inspire rebellion or liberation.

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