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African drum and dance group the Yeli Ensemble recently arrived in Nashville, where they’re embarking on a three month artistic residency that will include drum and dance classes, workshops, recording sessions, collaborations, and public performances. The first of those takes place Sunday night at 3rd & Lindsley at a show billed as Country Music From Other Countries amid a local/global lineup featuring Raul Malo singing Cuban songs, Wu Fei playing the Chinese guzheng and sax innovator Jeff Coffin playing jazz.
  • Every January I brace myself for learning about really good albums released the previous year that eluded my attention, because it’s inevitable. In my defense, there are a lot of releases. In my prosecution, Power Up! by David Newbould is absolutely fantastic and I wish I’d covered it. I’ve known his name for years, but I should have been more zoned in on this formidable Nashville veteran. But you can get the crash course you’ve been needing or the fix you’ve been craving of the David Newbould thing on Friday at our weekly live 3rd & Lindsley showcase in a triple bill with country adventurers Lake & Lyndale and roots rocker Foster McGinty.
  • Folk singer Willi Carlisle is one of the most compelling and disarming young troubadours in the country. On his superb 2022 album Peculiar, Missouri, he’s empathetic, insightful, poignant and a little profane. On stage, he’s boisterous and whimsical and tender, a songster and raconteur in the lineage of Steve Goodman and Utah Phillips and Woody Guthrie.
  • Most often, famous artists hire bands to help them sound good, but then there are bands that happen to include famous artists - bands more interested in that all-for-one energy. That’s what I felt as Nashville’s newest high-level collaborative project, a six-piece fronted by John Cowan and Andrea Zonn called the HercuLeons took the stage at 3rd & Lindsley on a recent Tuesday night.
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  • Most knew him as a sideman, a drummer whose contributions elevated those he performed with such as Morphine, Treat Her Right, Jeffrey Foucault and Chris Smither among others. He was also a songwriter. Billy Conway passed away in December of 2021 and shortly thereafter, a group of close friends and collaborators gathered to pay tribute and record some of the songs he left behind. That recording, Further On: The Songs of Billy Conway is out today.
  • WMOT's Top 10 albums represent sonic diversity- from legends like Bonnie Raitt digging into the blues to Bluegrass breakout Molly Tuttle returning to her roots. See the top 100 albums played on WMOT in 2022 and be listening for the 89 and a half Top Spins of 2022 Countdown in two parts. The first starts with our number 1 album and ends with 45- that will be played on December 30 starting at 2pm and replaying at 7am on December 31. The first weekend in January, we will bring you #46 through 90 at those same times.
  • How a long-time music executive became a children's author with a message of love over everything this holiday season.
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