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.

One of the most ambitious and diverse lineups for a WMOT Wired In show yet will play an outdoor mini-festival in the late afternoon on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Westhaven Residents Club in Franklin. The show with Chuck Mead, The War And Treaty, Carolina Story and The Watson Twins will celebrate the second anniversary of WMOT Roots Radio, which flipped to its current Americana music format in 2016.



The biographies tell us that Americana star Jim Lauderdale released his first album in 1991, but sometimes history has to be revised. The album that he hoped would be first was recorded in 1979 in the basement studio of Earl Scruggs in Madison TN. It was a duo bluegrass project with recently inducted Bluegrass Hall of Famer Roland White.

When the 22-year-old newcomer couldn’t find a record company willing to take a chance on the project, it got set aside and then lost, until a couple years ago.

Parker Millsap WMOT Studio A Session

Parker Millsap visited WMOT's Studio A for a video and recording session in April 2018. Check out four songs from his current album, "Other Arrangements"

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Last 20 Songs on Roots Radio

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Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz singer/songwriter Lorraine Feather displays her versality.

Murfreesboro, TN – The NCAA has somewhat eased the home attendance requirement as Middle Tennessee State University prepares to embark on another football season. University officials say that's good news.

Murfreesboro, TN – Intellectually gifted students often feel unchallenged in the classroom. But gifted kids in Tennessee will soon have more help in assuring they reach their full potential. Shawn Jacobs reports.

Nashville, TN – A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame highlights R and B artists from 1945-1970.

Murfreesboro, TN – Since 1969, WMOT has filled the airwaves of Middle Tennessee -- even before there was a department of Mass Communications. From the upper floors of the Dramatic Arts building to the Learning Resources Center, the station has seen many changes in operating styles, campus administrations, and the ever-changing names on the student employee rosters.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville-based singer/saxophonist will appear in the prestigious Second Annual Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Nashville, Tenn. – "Teen Angel" takes the stage once again at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, July 9-11.

Murfreesboro, TN – Some MTSU students are earning credit hours this summer by watching situation comedy reruns.

Murfreesboro, TN – Singer/songwriter Julia Rich, who has just released a new single, updates listeners on her career and talks about the upcoming jazz festival.

Murfreesboro, TN – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris talks about working with the greats and his new CD "Evolution."


Get Wired In with Chuck Mead, War and Treaty, Carolina Story, The Watson Twins

Get tickets today and enjoy an evening of music with Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, The War and Treaty, Carolina Story and The Watson Twins. Gates at 3 and show from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

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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 13. He also says the run off is going to cost more taxpayers dollars than he currently has in his yearly budget.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GARNER/OSBORNE)  --  Legislation governing use-and-drop scooter companies is up for consideration this week in Metro Council and Nashville Business Journal says the tech sector here in the mid-state and beyond will be watching closely.

The Journal’s Meg Garner has reported extensively on Bird scooter’s troubled relationship with Nashville. Earlier this year, Metro began confiscating Bird’s electric scooters after the company dropped them on city streets without permits.

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused opposition lawmakers of playing a role in a failed attempt to assassinate him over the weekend.

During a nationally televised address to Venezuelan troops on Saturday, Maduro was unhurt when explosives-laden drones exploded near the podium.

In a speech on Tuesday, Maduro said Julio Borges, a prominent opposition leader living in exile in neighboring Colombia, was a co-conspirator in the plot, but he did not elaborate on what role the politician had played.

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Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."

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