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Below a recently posted acoustic performance video of “Shiver” by country songwriter Waylon Payne, a commenter asks: “Hey, Waylon, what have you been doing since your promising debut in 2004, man? Saw you at SXSW the very same year and was hoping for new music from you ever since.” It’s a great question, with a crazier answer than the fan probably imagines. Perhaps by now, he’s gotten the story by listening front-to-back through Payne’s bracing, confessional new album.

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As ideas go, “Shut Up And Sing” has only backfired. The edict comes from conservatives triggered by political beliefs more liberal than their own coming from songwriters they like. Broadcaster Laura Ingram wrote a book about it. It became so central to the blackball campaign against the Dixie Chicks over their 2003 remarks against the Iraq War that the phrase became the title of a documentary. But the Chicks certainly didn’t go mum, and neither has popular music generally.

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In a world of roots artists who can be self-effacing and self-critical, Ben DeBerry makes a refreshing observation. “I think we’ve made some great records,” he says. “And that was always the point. And now looking back, I'm really proud of that. You can see growth listening through them.” It can’t be bragging if it’s true. The Danberrys do indeed make great records. And the opportunity to make their latest came out of the blue at a critical time. But let’s back up.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Vanderbilt infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner delivered a blunt message this week to Nashvillians complaining about Metro’s mask mandate.

During the city’s weekly pandemic press update Thursday, Schaffner told residents “Wear your mask. Stop whining. Get with the program.”

Dr. Schaffner went on to compare the inconveniences required to defeat COVID-19 to the sacrifices required of American soldiers and civilians to win World War II.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Three mid-state counties are reinstating their mask mandates as Tennessee wrestles with a new surge in COVID-19 infections.

Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties will again require masks beginning this weekend.

New virus case counts have doubled -- or more -- in all three counties in less than a month.

Williamson Mayor Rogers Anderson announced renewal of the mask mandate yesterday saying “we find ourselves at a crossroads, and the county “needed to take new action.”

mnps.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Metro Nashville School Board will meet in a special session Friday afternoon.

The meeting agenda says the phase-in of in person learning -- currently underway -- will be discussed.

The meeting comes after Metro health officials on Thursday sounded the alarm concerning a troubling new citywide surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Watch the Full Wired In Session with Hayes Carll

Watch our Wired In session with Hayes Carll as he performs songs from his new 'Alone Together Sessions' and talks with host, Jessie Scott. The session was recorded Sept. 9, 2020 at East Iris Studios

WMOT Video: Live Sessions on NPR Music

Nashville singer-songwriter, Katie Pruitt talks with host, Jessie Scott for Words and Music from her home in Nashville. Pruitt performs "Expectations", "My Mind's A Ship (That's Going Down)" and a new single, "Look The Other Way".

Lydia Loveless joins Jessie Scott for Words and Music from her home in North Carolina. Loveless performs "Never" and "Say My Name" from her album, 'Daughter'. 

 

 

WMOT is Wired In (Virtually) with Brennen Leigh from East Iris Studios in Nashville, October 20 at 7 p.m. CT. Leigh and her band play songs from her most recent album, Prairie Love Letter

 

Set list:

The North Dakota Cowboy

The John Deere H

Little Blue Eyed Dog

Never Been to North Dakota

Billy & Beau

Don't You Know I'm From Here

Outside the Jurisdiction of Man

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Watch the Finally Friday From Home Sets

Our Finally Friday From Home series continues with sets from Brit Taylor and Elliott BROOD. Listen on the radio starting at Noon or watch the videos anytime!

Liner Notes

Brandi Potter

Nashville songwriter Stephanie Lambring has been dropping single and video hints this year, into the subjects and sounds on her new album, Autonomy which is out today. Christianity, sexuality, domestic violence, body image, and suicide all sound like really heavy subjects but the stories are told from the perspective of someone coming to terms with their feelings on these issues. It’s a deeply personal and beautifully arranged album and the accompanying videos have really helped convey the messages and empathy in these songs. 

Early voting is underway in Tennessee, with record-setting turnout in its early days. Still, Tennessee is in the bottom tenth among states for voter participation in general, and a showcase series is hoping to improve that statistic in the near and long term. BriteHeart, a three-year-old non-partisan organization promoting “civic participation and awareness” joins non-profit business incubator This Is Noteworthy to present Harmony On The Horizon Early Vote Concert Series, ongoing through Nov. 2

Harrison Hudson

For a band that has spent a good portion of their time together on the road, releasing a new full length album in this year of non-touring may have dissuaded some, but on Great Peacock’s third release, Forever Worse Better, the band sounds tighter and surer of themselves than ever before.

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Nashville artist, Brit Taylor performs 'Waking Up Ain't Easy', 'Real Me', 'Back In The Fire', and 'Broken Hearts Breaks' from Nashville, TN for WMOT's Finally Friday.

Elliott BROOD performs 'Stay Out', 'Bird Dog', 'A Month of Sundays', and 'Full of Wires' from their homes in Ontario and Los Angeles for WMOT's Finally Friday.

Stephanie Hudacek

Ashley Ray performs songs from her album Pauline from her East Nashville home.

 

Mike McClure performs songs from his new album 'Looking Up' in his living room in Ada, Oklahoma for WMOT's Finally Friday.

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The United States hit a record high number of confirmed daily coronavirus cases Friday, recording more than 83,000 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number surpasses the previous record of more than 77,000 cases in mid-July.

A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it's created an unexpected problem.

Rocks are jammed in the device in a way that's keeping a Mylar flap open, creating a gap that's letting some of the collected pebbles and dust drift out into space.

Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET

In front of television cameras on Friday, President Trump chatted with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over speaker phone, lauding a new agreement between Israel and Sudan to normalize relations. Two hours later in Wilmington, Del., Democratic nominee Joe Biden outlined his plans to combat the coronavirus pandemic, a graphic of the country's spiking daily case counts flanking the stage.

Brandi Potter

Nashville songwriter Stephanie Lambring has been dropping single and video hints this year, into the subjects and sounds on her new album, Autonomy which is out today. Christianity, sexuality, domestic violence, body image, and suicide all sound like really heavy subjects but the stories are told from the perspective of someone coming to terms with their feelings on these issues. It’s a deeply personal and beautifully arranged album and the accompanying videos have really helped convey the messages and empathy in these songs. 

Vanderbilt.edu

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Vanderbilt infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner delivered a blunt message this week to Nashvillians complaining about Metro’s mask mandate.

During the city’s weekly pandemic press update Thursday, Schaffner told residents “Wear your mask. Stop whining. Get with the program.”

Dr. Schaffner went on to compare the inconveniences required to defeat COVID-19 to the sacrifices required of American soldiers and civilians to win World War II.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Three mid-state counties are reinstating their mask mandates as Tennessee wrestles with a new surge in COVID-19 infections.

Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties will again require masks beginning this weekend.

New virus case counts have doubled -- or more -- in all three counties in less than a month.

Williamson Mayor Rogers Anderson announced renewal of the mask mandate yesterday saying “we find ourselves at a crossroads, and the county “needed to take new action.”

mnps.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Metro Nashville School Board will meet in a special session Friday afternoon.

The meeting agenda says the phase-in of in person learning -- currently underway -- will be discussed.

The meeting comes after Metro health officials on Thursday sounded the alarm concerning a troubling new citywide surge in COVID-19 cases.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville’s battle with opioid addiction may have been pushed off the front page by the pandemic, but it hasn’t gone away.

In fact, it’s gotten worse.

The Metro Department of Health says that by the end of September the number of overdose deaths reported citywide had already surpassed the number of overdose fatalities in all of 2019.

Some 468 fatal overdoses were recorded in Nashville last year. With three months remaining, a total of 471 deaths have occurred so far this year.

TN.GOV/WORKFORCE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans filing ongoing claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply this past week.

Continuing claims dropped to just under 78,000 applications for the week ending Saturday. That’s a decline of more than 13 percent from the week before.

The number of Tennesseans filing first time claims for jobless benefits also fell last week, but only slightly.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Middle Tennessee’s hospitals are worried about the recent surge in new cases of COVID-19.

Administrators at the St. Thomas, Tristar, Meharry, and Vanderbilt hospital groups issued a joint statement Tuesday urging mid-state residents to help keep “our hospitals from being overwhelmed and safeguard the reopening of our economy.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville has a new emergency plan for sheltering the homeless in freezing weather.

In a press statement out Tuesday, Mayor John Cooper revealed the city will open a shelter at the fairgrounds that can accommodate up to 300 people when temperatures fall below 28 degrees.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  There’s been a small evolution in Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s thinking about mandatory face mask orders.

This past week the White House Coronavirus Task Force reportedly urged Lee to issue a statewide mask order. However, the governor has consistently resisted issuing any such mandate saying mask use should be a “personal choice.”

MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music is hosting an online conversation on the life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix that will be available free to the public on Wednesday.

According to the school, the conversation features Department of Recording Industry professor Mike Alleyne. He is the author of “The Essential Hendrix: An A-Z Compendium.”

Also featured is Katie Rainge-Briggs who is a doctoral candidate in MTSU’s Public History Program and a curatorial resident at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville.

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