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.

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"

Roots Radio Last 20 Songs

Last 20 Songs on Roots Radio

Missed the name of the artist or song title? No worries, see that last 20 songs played on WMOT Roots Radio 89.5

Murfreesboro, TN – A jazz great takes a look at the future of America's purist and only original art form.

Nashville, TN – The prison's gone and so are some of the inmates, but this award-winning piece tells the story of long-ago dreamers who learned to escape via their imaginations.

Murfreesboro, TN – Creative writing students are signing up for a new mentor program with results to write home about.

Murfreesboro, TN – A country great takes a spin around the floor to the tune of jazz classics. WMOT's Shawn Jacobs to Suzy Boggus.

Murfreesboro, TN – Local veterans remember the battlefield and the homefront during World War Two.

Murfreesboro, TN – Blue Note recording artist Tim Hagans recently visited MTSU

Murfreesboro, TN –

10/9/03 – Jazzy brothers share insight in the process of recording their latest album and why they included the Southern Rock classic "FreeBird".

Murfreesboro, TN – October 25, 2003 marks the 200th Bicentennial of Rutherford County, complete with a full day Heritage Festival Celebration taking place around the county (details on this website under "Heritage Festival.")

Murfreesboro, TN – The WMOT news department professionals and student reporters will now be posting their stories here on the web site. There are plans to post the audio from selected stories, according to Randy O'Brien, Director of News and Public Affairs.

This is one in a growing list of services to Middle Tennessee and MTSU. Our goal is to help spread the word about our region to the world wide community.


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)  --  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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NPR Music, WMOT and VuHaus Project Slingshot

Check out Liz Brasher's song 'Body of Mine' recorded in-studio with WMOT

MTSU Jazz Network

MTSU Jazz Network Streaming

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told her he views the landmark abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade as "settled law."

That assurance, made during a Tuesday morning meeting in the Maine senator's office that lasted more than two hours, likely goes a long way toward securing a key vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

One of Jamila Aamer's most vivid childhood memories is learning how to cook. So it may come as no surprise that decades later, she's teaching other young women to do the same.

Aamer is head chef at the Amal Women's Training Center, an airy outdoor café in Marrakech's trendy Gueliz neighborhood that serves up a variety of traditional Moroccan specialties.

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

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