Finally Friday From Home January 22, 2021

Watch home video recordings of Finally Friday From Home sets from Strung Like A Horse and Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin

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Soul country singer and songwriter Yola has been one of the breakout stars of contemporary roots music who can point to a career leg-up from the eight-year-old Americana Music Association UK. She’s twice been their UK Artist of the Year, and she’s up for the award again next week as AMA-UK hosts its sixth annual convention. Of course, it’s online, but that means the event and community will be more accessible than ever, says the association’s CEO Stevie Smith.

David McClister

When writers, like myself, criticize Music Row’s stewardship of country music, it’s usually with the best interests of artists like Brit Taylor in mind. It’s never been about “pop” country. It’s about a business model that tells pure hearts and great voices to adapt or die, to fake it until they make it - and thereafter. The title of Taylor’s debut album Real Me rebukes this coercion at several levels, but the one that comes through the speakers is a voice of uncompromised grace, a voice The Biz couldn’t or wouldn’t let be.

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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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VU Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A star Vanderbilt athlete has been sidelined by COVID-19 damage to her heart.

Basketball standout guard Demi Washington is out for the season.

Washington’s case highlights an occasional side effect of the virus. The star athlete says she had a mild case, but a cardiac MRI revealed inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis).

Undetected, the condition could have caused a sudden heart attack.

Vanderbilt now routinely screens athletes for the condition before they are allowed to return to competition.

utk.edu

(Associated Press)  --  Tennessee has hired UCF athletic director Danny White as the Volunteers’ new athletic director.

The announcement Thursday comes just three days after the firing of football coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer’s retirement. Chancellor Donde Plowman noted Tennessee handled this search with urgency.

White will be Tennessee’s fourth different athletic director since Dave Hart took over in September 2011.

MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man who carried flexible plastic handcuffs around the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 raid by Trump supporters is a danger to his community and a serious flight risk.

 

In a court filing ahead of a Friday detention hearing, prosecutors say Eric Munchel should be detained until trial. They describe a search of Munchel’s Nashville home that turned up numerous weapons and say he may have had weapons with him in Washington D.C.

 

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Music Discovery on Words & Music

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"

WMOT Video: Live Sessions on NPR Music

Blues, rock and soul artist, Randall Bramblett joins host, Jessie Scott for Words and Music from his home in Athens, Georgia. Bramblett and his band perform "I've Got Faith in You", "Never Be Another Day", and "Rocket to Nowhere" from the newly released album Pine Needle Fire.

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".

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Liner Notes

Chad Cochran

It’s been about ten years since Andrew Leahey landed in Nashville. The Richmond, Virginia native spent time in New York City and Ann Arbor working on his music and his career as a music journalist; you’ve likely seen his byline in Rolling Stone or American Songwriter. He’s a gifted wordsmith and melody maker, and an ace guitarist. In 2013 he underwent a twelve hour surgery to remove a tumor in his brain near or on his hearing nerve. It took some time, but he’s fully recovered now and giving us some great original music!

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.

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. 

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Chattanooga-based Strung Like A Horse performs "Gold in Their Souls", "Till the Wheels Fall Off", "Crazy Like Me", "Brag" and "Glowin" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Nashville artists Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin perform "How Many Chances", "Bosco Stomp", "So Far As I Can Tell" and "Beautiful World" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

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.

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Latest from NPR

The alternative social network MeWe had 12 million users at the end of 2020. Barely three weeks into 2021 — and two since a right-wing mob attacked the U.S. Capitol — the company says it's now passed 16 million.

CEO Mark Weinstein says this popularity is a testament to the reason he launched MeWe back in 2016 as an alternative to Facebook. MeWe markets itself as privacy forward. It doesn't harness users' data to sell ads or decide what content to show them.

Updated at 12:43 a.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the sole article of impeachment for incitement to insurrection against former President Donald Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday, a move that would trigger the start of a Senate trial against Trump.

"The Senate will conduct a trial on the impeachment of Donald Trump," Schumer said Friday on the Senate floor. "It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial."

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

Hank Aaron, seen as a hero for shattering Babe Ruth's home run record and also for his longtime advocacy for civil rights, has died. "Hammerin' Hank" was 86. The Atlanta Braves confirmed his death on Friday.

VU Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A star Vanderbilt athlete has been sidelined by COVID-19 damage to her heart.

Basketball standout guard Demi Washington is out for the season.

Washington’s case highlights an occasional side effect of the virus. The star athlete says she had a mild case, but a cardiac MRI revealed inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis).

Undetected, the condition could have caused a sudden heart attack.

Vanderbilt now routinely screens athletes for the condition before they are allowed to return to competition.

utk.edu

(Associated Press)  --  Tennessee has hired UCF athletic director Danny White as the Volunteers’ new athletic director.

The announcement Thursday comes just three days after the firing of football coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer’s retirement. Chancellor Donde Plowman noted Tennessee handled this search with urgency.

White will be Tennessee’s fourth different athletic director since Dave Hart took over in September 2011.

MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man who carried flexible plastic handcuffs around the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 raid by Trump supporters is a danger to his community and a serious flight risk.

 

In a court filing ahead of a Friday detention hearing, prosecutors say Eric Munchel should be detained until trial. They describe a search of Munchel’s Nashville home that turned up numerous weapons and say he may have had weapons with him in Washington D.C.

 

nashville.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville’s COVID-19 numbers continue to improve.

The city’s virus transmission rate dropped back into an acceptable range this week. As of Thursday morning, the rate stood at 0.93.

The seven-day running average of new infections has fallen well over 5,000 cases per day over the past four weeks. However, the city is still reporting an average of more than 4,000 new cases every 24 hours.

Hospitalizations are also down, but as of Thursday morning, 94 percent of Metro’s available ICU beds are currently in use.

aarp.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  President Joe Biden’s inauguration received a mix of reactions from the members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation.

 

All seven of Tennessee’s Republican House members voted to challenge acceptance of Biden’s electoral ballots earlier this month.

 

However, some were conciliatory following the inauguration on Wednesday. West Tennessee Republican David Kustoff wrote we’re “Americans first and must work together to resolve the challenges facing our nation.” 

 

WHITEHOUSE.GOV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least four Tennessee men are among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term.

Nashville resident Robert Sherrill founded a mentoring program for at-risk youth and a group that works to ease prisoner reentry. Knoxville's Josh Smith founded a business then used the money from the sale of his company to start the Fourth Purpose Foundation, a criminal justice reform group. Both served time for drug convictions.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has directed state lawmakers to quickly pass measures in response to educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He called Tuesday on lawmakers to grant pay raises to teachers and install a new reading benchmark for students to pass the third grade.

Meanwhile, the Republican governor had harsh remarks for schools that had rebuffed his push for in-person learning. The criticism has sparked objections from Democratic lawmakers and education advocates.

capitol.tn.gov

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator who was already facing allegations of stealing more than $600,000 from a health care school has been charged in a new case.

Memphis Democrat Katrina Robinson and two other people have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

Tuesday's announcement from West Tennessee federal prosecutors comes about six months after Robinson was indicted on charges that she used grant money to pay for her wedding, a Jeep Renegade for her daughter and her children’s snow cone business.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- Catholic Charities has announced that it will offer free therapy sessions to the survivors of Nashville’s Christmas Day bombing.

The first session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Jan. 19. The Zoom sessions are free, but participation is limited and registration is required.

WTVF-TV notes that a special therapy session will be conducted Thursday specifically for business owners impacted by the explosion.

Here are links to the four sessions:

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- The state’s effort to get Tennesseans vaccinated against COVID-19 has a diversity problem.

Official health data shows that nearly 331,000 state residents have been immunized to date.

To date, about six percent of those vaccinated who report their race are black. However, African Americans make up roughly 17 percent of Tennessee’s total population.

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