WMOT's Top 895 Americana Songs of All Time

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On a sunny late afternoon last September, the band Nefesh Mountain prepared to take a stage in front of the North Carolina state capitol. They could see a half mile down Fayetteville Street, where tens of thousands of people mingled and moved among eight different stages at Raleigh’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival. A good crowd was left over from the prior act. It seemed like an ideal setting, but singer Doni Zasloff suddenly got uncharacteristically anxious.

Sam Morrow's Set from the 895 Sessions in Austin

Mar 17, 2019
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Sam Morrow and his band rocked The Backstage for our 895 Sessions March 13, 2019 during SXSW in Austin, Texas. Watch his full set!

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Siobhan Kennedy is an enthusiastic music diplomat between those two nations famously divided by a common language. Raised in Liverpool, England, hometown of the Beatles and Echo & the Bunnymen, she’s a one-time recording artist, a long-time Nashvillian, and wife of record producer Ray Kennedy. She’s also a board member of the Americana Music Association UK, which recently had its fourth convention and awards in London. Early this year, she said strong ties between the US and UK scenes had created a potent situation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  A Tennessee House subcommittee yesterday derailed an effort to extend to contract workers the same protections from sexual harassment enjoyed by fulltime employees.

Nashville Democrat Bob Freeman introduced the bill, saying music industry contract workers have few legal options when harassed on the job. He called on mid-state singer, songwriter Bri Murphy to share her experiences with lawmakers.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Mayor David Briley is reportedly considering using taxpayer dollars to fund improvement to the city’s public housing.

Last week the Tennessean quoted unnamed sources in the Mayor’s Office saying Briley would go public with the proposal soon. The semi-autonomous Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority traditionally handles public housing construction and maintenance, but MDHA is struggling.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Republican state lawmakers are divided over a proposal to limit the authority of police oversight boards like the one approved last fall by Nashville voters.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee House passed a measure stripping such boards of subpoena power. During committee debate, Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth insisted giving such boards the ability to compel witness testimony would put police officers at risk.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An abortion bill that sailed through the Tennessee House in less than three weeks appears stalled in the State Senate.

House bill 77 would outlaw all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s typically at about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many woman even know they're expecting.

During House committee debate Memphis Democrat Barbara Cooper questioned Republican bill sponsor Micah Van Huss about the measure.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will this week hear oral arguments in Tennessee’s lawsuit against federal immigration policy.

Two years ago this month state lawmakers filed suit challenging the fed’s right to resettle refugees in Tennessee without state consent. When the state’s Attorney General declined to file the suit, lawmakers found a faith-based Michigan law firm to represent them.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two of Middle Tennessee’s largest music festivals are out with their 2019 lineups.

Topping the CMA Fest bill this year will be Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Pistol Annies, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. The festival begins June 6th.

The Pilgrimage Festival also out with its lineup. Top billing at the Franklin show goes to The Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Keith Urban. Pilgrimage gets underway September 21st.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House passed a bill Thursday to limit community oversight boards that investigate police misconduct, setting up a showdown with the Senate over whether those local panels should keep the ability to subpoena people to testify or turn over evidence.

The House's 66-26 vote comes in the infancy of an oversight board Nashville voted to create in November. The referendum was spurred by a fatal shooting of a fleeing armed black man by a white Nashville officer in July. The officer faces first-degree murder charges.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers have advanced legislation to ban landlords from renting or subleasing housing to people in the U.S. illegally.

Republican Rep. Bruce Griffey's bill cleared the House Business Subcommittee on Tuesday.

Griffey says the bill would penalize landlords for allowing residents in their property while knowing or recklessly disregarding that they're in the U.S. illegally. First-time penalties would include a misdemeanor punishable by a $350 fine, with increasing penalties.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A state lawmaker says the number of Tennesseans suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease will jump 16 percent in the next five years.

Franklin Rep. Sam Whitson is asking fellow lawmakers to get the state prepared by forming an Azheimer’s Advisory Council.

Testifying before the House Public Health Committee this past week Whitson noted there are currently 120,000 Tennesseans suffering from Alzheimer’s. He says that number will increase to 140,000 by 2024.

Whitson noted that his mother recently died of Alzheimers, making it a personal issue.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The State of Tennessee is offering a new tool to protect survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking, stalking, and rape from further harm.

The Tennessee Safe at Home program shields survivors by making their current address and personal information confidential. The state gives residents who qualify a substitute address that can be used legally for any state or local government business.

The new shield program is being administered by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  A Tennessee House subcommittee yesterday derailed an effort to extend to contract workers the same protections from sexual harassment enjoyed by fulltime employees.

Nashville Democrat Bob Freeman introduced the bill, saying music industry contract workers have few legal options when harassed on the job. He called on mid-state singer, songwriter Bri Murphy to share her experiences with lawmakers.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Mayor David Briley is reportedly considering using taxpayer dollars to fund improvement to the city’s public housing.

Last week the Tennessean quoted unnamed sources in the Mayor’s Office saying Briley would go public with the proposal soon. The semi-autonomous Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority traditionally handles public housing construction and maintenance, but MDHA is struggling.

MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Republican state lawmakers are divided over a proposal to limit the authority of police oversight boards like the one approved last fall by Nashville voters.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee House passed a measure stripping such boards of subpoena power. During committee debate, Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth insisted giving such boards the ability to compel witness testimony would put police officers at risk.

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