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When he was more or less 15 years old, about the time he determined to be a writer of novels and stories, Peter Guralnick fell entirely in love with the blues. “I lived it, breathed it, absorbed it by osmosis, fantasized it – don’t ask me why,” he writes in opening chapter of his new book. And then he devotes hundreds of pages to what becomes a pretty good discourse on why indeed.

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Stories are told about a lanky, mercurial country blues man from Nashville whose songs made the music world swoon and whose self-destructive behavior sent his friends and colleagues reeling between protective love and resigned exasperation. This man was a doomed genius, somebody we listened to more closely for fear he’d soon be gone. This man was Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Justin Townes Earle, three generations of honored ghosts.

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A long happy marriage and a thriving music-making career are blessings, with varying degrees of compatibility. Combining them when you’re both approaching your 60s is a life change and a leap of faith. This could be a potent pitch for a scripted film, but instead it’s the real story playing out in the new docu-series It Was The Music featuring Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, now available as a pay-per-view on Amazon. 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville Mayor John Cooper responded Thursday to public frustration over the slow pace of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Cooper told reporters Metro has the infrastructure in place to inoculate residents faster. However, the mayor said the city just isn’t getting enough vaccines to move any faster.

achievementschooldistrict.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has revealed a portion of his agenda for the special legislative session on education he’s ordered to begin this coming Tuesday.

Lee on Thursday released three proposals he hopes will begin to address problems experienced by the state’s K-12 school children. Those problems have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

CSPAN

WASHINGTON, DC. (Mike Osborne)  -- All seven of Tennessee’s Republican Congressional Reps. voted against Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump. The state’s two Democratic Reps. voted in favor.

Their comments about the impeachment ranged from defiant to conciliatory.

Mid-state Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais called the impeachment “frivolous” and a “waste of taxpayer money.”

Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper called the president a “threat to America,” and concluded he “cannot be allowed to continue to continue to assault our democracy.”

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Wynonna joins host, Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session from her home in Nashville. Wynonna talks about making her new album, 'Recollections' and performs "Angel From Montgomery" and "King Bee"

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Wynonna joins host, Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session from her home in Nashville. Wynonna talks about making her new album, 'Recollections' in quarantine and performs "Angel From Montgomery" and "King Bee".

George Thorogood speaks with Words and Music about his recent Rounder Records release, 'Live In Boston, 1982'. Thorogood performs solo acoustic versions of "Who Do You Love", "The Sky is Crying" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer".

Jimmy Buffett speaks with Words and Music host, Jessie Scott about his new album, 'Songs You Don't Know By Heart'. Buffett performs " Peanut Butter Conspiracy", "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar" and "I Found Me a Home" from his home studio.

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Jazz, pop, soul, blues… it’s all part of the sound from MELD – the music moniker for Melanie Dewey, a Nashville songwriter and musician with a rich and bold voice. Bold lyrically, musically and visually as evidenced in the gorgeous deep blue colors in her album artwork. The image evokes a cool bluesy jazz sound which is just part of the blend in this unique artist’s style. In a trying year for her personally, in addition to the collective stress of living through a pandemic and contentious election season, MELD released her debut full length album, Words of The Water.

Nashville’s Cordovas, the psychedelic country rock band with history from Los Angeles to Baja, Mexico to Music By God City, has joined WMOT’s Americana adventure with their own show, Strange Roots Radio. It’s two hours of deep-cutting exploration from the American South and beyond, exploring the fringe of the American canon’s fabric, according to the band’s shamanistic front man and voice of SRR, Joe Firstman. 

Strange Roots Radio will launch on January 17 and air weekly on Sunday nights from 10 pm until midnight. 

Heidi Rolf

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and growing up on gospel and country music in Mississippi, Nashville’s Matt Hectorne sounds like he is well aware of the musical roots of his home states, although he doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre. His unique take on classic influences gives the listener just enough nostalgia to be drawn in and the way each song develops holds your interest plus will keep you humming these catchy melodies for days on end. My first experience with Matt’s music was back in 2013 when he handed me a copy of his album, Matt Hectorne and The Family Tree.

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Finally Friday From Home January 15, 2021

Watch home video recordings of Finally Friday From Home sets from Front Country and Jarrod Dickenson

Front Country performs "Across The Water", "The Reckoning", "Make It Now" and "Amerikan Dream" from their new album 'Impossible World' for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Jarrod Dickenson performs "Faint of Heart", "Nothing More", "Your Heart Belongs To Me" and "Long Hard Look" from his record 'Ready the Horses' for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Allen Thompson and Keshia Bailey of LadyCouch perform "Foolish and Blue", "Long Time Thinkin'", "Delightfully Devilish" and "Good God" for WMOT's Finally Friday from Home.

Nashville artist Rachael Davis performs "Atlanta’s Burning", "Lazarus" and "Bergson’s Tune" for WMOT's Finally Friday from Home.

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Latest from NPR

While the taco long ago conquered America, some aficionados believe this ancient, handheld food reaches its pinnacle in the Texas-Mexico borderlands.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will step down from her California Senate seat Monday before taking up a more high-profile position in the chamber two days later, transition officials have announced.

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

When Joe Biden gives his inaugural address this week, he will do so from a place that will illustrate the magnitude of the challenge he faces as the 46th U.S. president — and will test his ability to find the right words to begin to unite a divided nation.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville Mayor John Cooper responded Thursday to public frustration over the slow pace of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Cooper told reporters Metro has the infrastructure in place to inoculate residents faster. However, the mayor said the city just isn’t getting enough vaccines to move any faster.

achievementschooldistrict.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has revealed a portion of his agenda for the special legislative session on education he’s ordered to begin this coming Tuesday.

Lee on Thursday released three proposals he hopes will begin to address problems experienced by the state’s K-12 school children. Those problems have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Simbalic

Jazz, pop, soul, blues… it’s all part of the sound from MELD – the music moniker for Melanie Dewey, a Nashville songwriter and musician with a rich and bold voice. Bold lyrically, musically and visually as evidenced in the gorgeous deep blue colors in her album artwork. The image evokes a cool bluesy jazz sound which is just part of the blend in this unique artist’s style. In a trying year for her personally, in addition to the collective stress of living through a pandemic and contentious election season, MELD released her debut full length album, Words of The Water.

CSPAN

WASHINGTON, DC. (Mike Osborne)  -- All seven of Tennessee’s Republican Congressional Reps. voted against Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump. The state’s two Democratic Reps. voted in favor.

Their comments about the impeachment ranged from defiant to conciliatory.

Mid-state Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais called the impeachment “frivolous” and a “waste of taxpayer money.”

Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper called the president a “threat to America,” and concluded he “cannot be allowed to continue to continue to assault our democracy.”

Tenn. Dept. of Health

NASVHILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- The number of Tennesseans hospitalized for COVID-19 has fallen eight consecutive days, but the number of virus related fatalities continues to climb.

As of Thursday morning, the number of virus patients statewide had fallen below 3,000 for the first time since late December. New data released overnight shows 741 Tennesseans in ICU, with 430 on respirators.

On the down side, COVID-19 related deaths are on pace to set new all-time highs this month.

tn.gov

NASVHILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slattery on Wednesday condemned last week’s attack on the U.S Capitol Building and vowed that mob violence would not go “unchecked.”

Slattery is one of 48 state AG’s to sign a letter pledging their support to U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen as he leads the investigation of the riot.

Dr. Russell Moore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A prominent, Nashville-based Christian Evangelical leader is calling on Donald Trump to resign following last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Dr. Russell Moore heads the influential Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He has been one of the few evangelical leaders to consistently question President Donald Trump’s actions during his term in office.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  New details emerged Tuesday concerning Nashville’s COVID-19 vaccination appointment system.

In addition to the appointment plan, Metro has also launched a standby vaccination list in an effort to ensure that scarce doses of the vaccine never go to waste.

However, new details from health officials via social media reveal that there will never be more than four Nashvillians selected from the standby list on any given day. 

MNPD

NASVHILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville Police on Tuesday arrested a second suspect in connection with the early December shooting death of a Nashville nurse on I-440.

Authorities said in a social media post that 28-year-old James Cowan was captured at an Antioch apartment complex late Tuesday night.

WMOT

NASVHILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations and deaths are all spiking again.

State health officials reported 734 virus related fatalities this past week, a new all-time record. Metro Nashville also recorded a new high of 48 deaths during the week that ended Saturday.

The number of Tennesseans admitted to hospitals statewide jumped 20 percent last week. As of Tuesday morning, there were 741 patients in ICU across the state, with 429 on respirators.

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