895 Fest Replay Weekend

Celebrate the spirit of 895 Fest and live music, on the radio or through streaming video as we replay the 2019 festival sets starting Friday at 12p CDT!

Val Hoeppner

It’s one thing to see America’s big music festivals cancel one after the other under the spectre of a viral pandemic. It hurts that much more when it’s your festival, and one that was just a fresh green shoot, ready for nurturing and another year of growth. But alas, 895 Fest, which would have taken place this weekend for the second time, is off. So we’re taking a cue from Merlefest and DelFest and going to the videotape, all weekend long. 

Years from now, when it all blurs together, Jason Isbell should easily remember the launch of Reunions, his seventh album as a band leader. The songwriter and his wife Amanda Shires walked out on the stage of the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville on release night last Friday, waving to virtually no one in the cavernous room yet virtually to several thousand people around the world watching online.

Matt Spicher

Among country stars of a 1990s vintage, Pam Tillis has worked harder than most to stay open to new influences and change. Some of that expressed as a move to East Nashville in 2016. The proximate reason was that her husband and producer Matt Spicher has been a partner in a couple of restaurants over there, The Treehouse and The Pearl Diver. But the relocation came with some cultural reorientation as well.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has asked state agencies to plan for deep budget cuts as Tennessee prepares for a years-long recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Economists warned the governor on Wednesday it could be years before business activity and consumer spending in Tennessee return to pre-pandemic levels. They also predicted the state could suffer tax revenue losses during the coming fiscal year ranging anywhere from $588 million to $1.7 billion.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Metro Nashville Council will hold a public hearing next week that will include both virtual and in-person comments by city residents.

The council will take comments Tuesday evening on Mayor John Cooper’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The mayor’s proposal includes a 32 percent property tax increase he says is needed to put Metro’s pandemic battered finances back in the black.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Nashville judge says she expects to make a ruling next Thursday on whether to order a temporary injunction to let all voters cast ballots by mail in the August primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle set that goal Thursday as she reset a hearing in the case for next Wednesday.


The lawsuit argues universal vote by mail eliminates risk of catching COVID-19 at the polls or unknowingly spreading it.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Tennessee Department of Labor has released county-level unemployment numbers for the month of April, and the new figures are mind-boggling.

In Middle Tennessee, Maury County has reported the area’s highest jobless rate, now standing at 22 percent. Williamson County has the best numbers locally at 10.4 percent. Davidson County reports unemployment at 15.9 percent. Rutherford County stands at 16.7 percent.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville’s Public Health Director said Thursday Metro will continue to alert first responders as they are dispatched to the presence of COVID-19 positive residents, even as the state moves to end the practice.

In a strongly worded statement, Dr. Michael Caldwell said alerting police, EMS and other frontline workers to the presence of coronavirus is within his authority and is helping to contain infection. Dr. Caldwell said he was, “puzzled by why the state reversed course.”

Tenn. Dept. Labor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Labor officials say that another 26,041 Tennesseans reported being laid off or furloughed this past week.

That brings the eleven week running total of initial claims for jobless benefits to more than 558,000 applications since the coronavirus crisis began.

For the second week in a row, the number of Tennesseans filing continuing claims fell slightly, indicating at least some applicants are returning to work.

The state reports paying jobless benefits last week totaling some $375 million to just over 333,000 Tennesseans.

Tenn. Dept. Revenue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The damage done to Tennessee’s economy by coronavirus has come into sharper focus. Tax collections for the month of April indicate some sectors of the economy have taken a tremendous beating, while others have done surprisingly well.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Revenue report hotels and lodging took the biggest hit, with business off a whopping 53 percent. Clothing sales and entertainment were both down 45 percent. Auto sales, home furnishings, and restaurants were also off sharply.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Vanderbilt University Medical Center has seen an uptick in the number of injured children seeking treatment.

In a press statement released this week, doctors revealed the numbers and types of injuries they’re seeing are more typical of summer months. They suspect the uptick is related to children being out of school early and sheltering at home.

Dr. Harold Lovvorn III heads Pediatric Trauma at VUMC.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon stop providing the names and addresses of COVID-19 patients to first responders, after initially arguing doing so would protect those on the front line.


Gov. Bill Lee’s administration made the decision this week, conceding that the data may have created a false sense of security to those responding to emergency calls.


The data sharing will stop at the end of the month.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville health officials said Tuesday they’re not quite ready to start issuing health citations just yet, after the city received 95 pandemic guideline violation complaints from residents over Memorial Day weekend.


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895 Fest Replay: Day Two

Celebrate the spirit of 895 Fest and live music with a live stream replay of the 2019 sets: Pat Byrne, Lillie Mae, Mandy Barnett, Rev. Sekou, Jason Ringenberg and Sarah Potenza.

Liner Notes

After nearly ten years making music together with Cadillac Sky, Bryan Simpson and Matt Menefee have revisited their acoustic roots to form a new band called, The Golden Age. There were two other projects before Bryan and Matt reunited for The Golden Age. Matt, along with Ross Holmes also formerly of Cadillac Sky and Royal Masat on upright bass formed the Nashville trio, ChessBoxer. Bryan’s solo project, The Whistles and The Bells included Matt and Ross along with guitarist Adam Stockdale, drummer Chris Powell, Phoebe Cryar of the Vespers and several others.

WMOT is live with 895 Fest Replay all weekend long! Join us for a replay of the 2019 performances at 895 Fest. 

Starting at Noon on May 29th, WMOT will broadcast last year's 895 sets in order on the radio and through our video platform, LiveSessions.NPR.org. 

You can watch on LiveSessions.NPR.org, Facebook Live and here at WMOT.org each day starting at Noon. Celebrate the music and the spirit of 895 Fest May 29-31 from 12 to 6p CDT.

Support for 895 Fest Replay comes from Subaru and Dualtone Records.

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Maggie Rose will release her Help Myself May 28 with a virtual release party at 9 p.m. CDT.

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Today would have kicked off our second 895 Fest and while we can’t gather, we can celebrate the spirit of 895 Fest and the amazing artists. 895 Fest Replay features six artists each day -  May, 29, 30 and 31 from 12 to 6p CDT.

Day one of 895 Fest Replay is set to start at 12p CDT today! Watch/listen at WMOT.org, 89.5 FM, the NPR app, TuneIn or ask your smart speaker to play WMOT Roots Radio. Watch the livestream at LiveSessions.NPR.org, Facebook Live or WMOT.org 

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Maya de Vitry performed live for the WMOT East Iris Studio video sessions at the end of February, 2020. De Vitry independently released her 2019 album How To Break a Fall. The album is her second independent release, her first was Adaptations in 2018.

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Trigger Hippy performed on WMOT's Wired In stage at Analog in the Hutton Hotel in Nashville on Nov. 20, 2019. Just months before they released their album Full Circle and Then Some

Trigger Hippy was founded in 2009 by Steve Gorman (co-founder of the Black Crowes) and Nashville artist Nick Govrik. Gorman and Govrik added Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens) and Amber Woodhouse to complete the group and the Full Circle and Then Some album. 

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