Putting together this week’s String featuring Nashville’s Cordovas, I began to think of them as a jam band that doesn’t jam. The vibes and grooves and interplay of instruments, whether live or on the new album That Santa Fe Channel, easily conjure The Grateful Dead, one of their core influences. Yet the nine-song disc clocks in at just under 30 minutes. The stage show features tightly constructed tunes that segue smoothly from one to another rather than relying on instrumental flights.


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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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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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."


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee schools are now one step closer to receiving the additional security funding promised to them by Gov. Bill Haslam and State Lawmakers.

The Tennessee General Assembly this spring approved about $25 million in one-time security grants. Legislators also added about five million new dollars to the existing security funds schools receive.

The funding was added in response to the Florida school shooting in February that left 17 students and staff dead.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  There's no end in sight for Tennessee’s drug overdose epidemic.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Metro Police believe they have several violent criminals off Music City streets.

Metro Officers and U.S. Marshals arrested Demontrey Logsdon at a home on D. B. Todd Blvd. Monday afternoon. Lacory Lytle turned himself in at the East Precinct Monday night.

Police are questioning the two men in connection with the shooting deaths of two Cobra Bar patrons Friday night. Police believe Lytle and Logsdon are also connected to a shooting Aug. 8 that left a woman paralyzed.

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Eight restaurant chains have agreed to drop the use of agreements that prevent their workers from finding higher-paying jobs at other locations of the same chain, Washington state's attorney general said this week.

Applebee's, Church's Chicken, Five Guys, IHOP, Jamba Juice, Little Caesars, Panera and Sonic agreed to end the "no-poach" agreements immediately at all of their locations nationwide and to stop using the language in future franchise contracts in order to avoid lawsuits over the practice, according to the office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Maersk, the world's largest container line, is about to test the frigid waters of the Arctic in a trial of shorter shipping lanes that could become viable as warmer temperatures open up the Northern Sea Route.

On or around Sept. 1, Denmark-based Maersk plans to send its first container ship through the Arctic to explore whether the once inhospitable route could become feasible in the future. Many analysts see the test as a turning point for both the shipping industry and the Arctic.

The presence of two members of Spain's infamous band of convicted sex offenders — known as the "Wolf Pack"— at a public pool in Palomares del Río incited public outcry that led to their ousting from the space, inflaming calls for greater accountability in cases of violence against women.

The Wolf Pack or "La Manada" has been at the center of public vitriol since the group — a total of five men — was convicted to nine years in prison for sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl during the 2016 San Fermin running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

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