Listener's Choice 2019 Americana Albums of the Year

Vote for your favorite Americana albums of 2019 now through December 17.

Unlike some year-end album lists, mine shies away from ranked order or making claims on “best” because I want it to feel more like the way a music fan thinks. What made an impact? What albums had stories that amplified the trends in roots music and that might be landmarks on your journey of discovery? What’s interesting about this year’s roundup though is that if you absolutely made me rank a top ten, it would be albums made almost entirely by women. What a year.

WMOT's Top 100 Album Spins for 2019

Dec 11, 2019

What a year 2019 has been! At WMOT, we have been busy finding cool new tunes from emerging and legendary artists to play for you in our eclectic mix of roots music. It is quite the moment here in Nashville, especially as it becomes the epicenter of the music business as the city grows. That makes it attractive for musicians to relocate to be part of the scene. Music City has become even more of a many splendored melting pot, with every imaginable genre represented.

Christmas albums present a chicken/egg conundrum. Do you spin them to get in the spirit or because you're already in it? I'm usually in the former category and with albums as good as this year's bounty, they had their intended effect. I put up some lights and turned up the stereo and in only a few minutes I was able to put closure on Thanksgiving and look forward to the coming weeks of light and mirth.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Mayor John Cooper is offering up a $41 million fix for the city’s current out of balance budget, but Nashville’s long-term financial problems remain.

 

Cooper’s plan includes cuts to the city’s public housing fund. It also calls on Metro departments to further trim their budgets.

 

If the council approves, the fix will at least temporarily fore-stall threats by the state to take control of the city’s finances.

 

Tennessee exports have fallen 11 percent since April

Dec 13, 2019
mtsu.edu/berc

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee exports are down for the second quarter in a row and will likely fall during the current quarter as well.

 

Middle Tennessee State University Economist Steven Livingston says 3Q exports fell a whopping $500 million, a six percent decline over the same quarter last year.

 

Livingston says every nearly every export category was off badly, including Tennessee’s signature whiskeys.

 

Nashvillefunforfamilies.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- If you’re having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, WMOT and our friends at Nashvillefunforfamilies.com has some mid-state activity and event ideas that might help.

 

Bring the kids ages 4 to 11 to your local Lowe’s store this Saturday and build a holiday train together. The DIY workshops kick off at 9 a.m. See a store location near you for the details and registration.

WMOT Listener's Choice 2019

Dec 10, 2019

Vote for your favorite Americana and Roots albums released in 2019! Voting is open until December 17 at Noon when we will tally your votes and announce your favorite albums of the year.

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  Vanderbilt University has named renowned scholar Daniel Diermeier as its ninth chancellor.

The school in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday that Diermeier will take over the position on July 1, 2020. He currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago.

Vanderbilt Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans says Diermeier has the vision, the leadership experience and the commitment to trans-institutional research and teaching that officials were seeking.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee is set to put a blind prisoner to death in the electric chair for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend.

The planned execution Thursday evening of 53-year-old inmate Lee Hall would be only the second of a blind person since the U.S. reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

Authorities say Hall killed Traci Crozier by setting her car ablaze while she was inside it and giving her fatal burns over most of her body.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Associated Press)  --  A Tennessee police officer has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he has been harassed by fellow officers and passed over for promotions because he's black.

Murfreesboro Officer Christopher Williams says in the lawsuit against the city and Chief Michael Bowen that the department has engaged in discriminatory policies to keep African Americans from being promoted. He says no black officer has been promoted since 2014.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say two of the four teens who escaped a juvenile detention center in Tennessee have been captured.

The Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted late Tuesday that 16-year-old Decorrius Wright and 15-year-old Calvin Howse were apprehended by the Juvenile Crime Task Force and Gang Unit detectives outside a condo complex in Madison, just northeast of Nashville.

Juvenile Crime Task Force supervisor Lt. Blaine Whited says police are still searching for Morris Marsh and Brandon Caruthers, both 17.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee vehicle emissions testing may end next year, or 2021 at the latest.

 

The federal government will likely grant Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties permission to opt out of testing.

 

A recent state air quality study reportedly concluded testing is no longer needed. But the Nashville Council has already voted to continue emissions tests through at least 2022.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee is mentioned 13 times in a new report on the state of the nation’s rural schools, and that’s not good.

 

The Rural School and Community Trust study says Tennessee has just over 293,000 students attending rural schools. That's the country’s fifth largest rural student population.

 

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Mayor John Cooper is offering up a $41 million fix for the city’s current out of balance budget, but Nashville’s long-term financial problems remain.

 

Cooper’s plan includes cuts to the city’s public housing fund. It also calls on Metro departments to further trim their budgets.

 

If the council approves, the fix will at least temporarily fore-stall threats by the state to take control of the city’s finances.

 

Tennessee exports have fallen 11 percent since April

Dec 13, 2019
mtsu.edu/berc

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee exports are down for the second quarter in a row and will likely fall during the current quarter as well.

 

Middle Tennessee State University Economist Steven Livingston says 3Q exports fell a whopping $500 million, a six percent decline over the same quarter last year.

 

Livingston says every nearly every export category was off badly, including Tennessee’s signature whiskeys.

 

Nashvillefunforfamilies.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- If you’re having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, WMOT and our friends at Nashvillefunforfamilies.com has some mid-state activity and event ideas that might help.

 

Bring the kids ages 4 to 11 to your local Lowe’s store this Saturday and build a holiday train together. The DIY workshops kick off at 9 a.m. See a store location near you for the details and registration.

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For those who will not receive health coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through an employer or other programs like Medicaid, Medicare or the Children's Health Insurance Program — commonly referred to as CHIP — the deadline to purchase health insurance is Sunday, Dec. 15.

Last month, Democratic freshman Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia took a giant, political risk.

The veteran Navy commander released a dramatic, 2-minute video declaring her support for the formal House impeachment inquiry.

The move expanded the Republican target on her back, as the GOP vies to take back the seat she flipped to Democrats last year.

Now, she has taken another risk, confirming she will vote yes to impeach President Trump next week.

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