Jessica Keaveny

A couple of years ago, The String profiled Nashville’s Colin Linden. He was a chunky little white kid growing up in Toronto and New York in the 1960s who got struck by the blues as if by a benevolent lightning bolt. When he was 11, he approached his hero Howlin’ Wolf in the quiet hours before a show and struck up a long, life-changing conversation. I thought of this epiphany while taking in the story of Curtis Salgado.

Michael Weintrob

Many years ago, during a stay in Amsterdam, I learned a beautiful word. Gezelligheid, whose pronunciation is unspellable with our crude 26 letters, is a cherished Dutch noun/adjective that roughly translates as a vibe that is cozy, social and joyfully relaxed. It’s an elevated state of being that I certainly experienced in Amsterdam and have sought ever since. It fits the atmosphere at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge.

Heather Holty-Newton

It’s a pop culture movie scene, flattened to two dimensions. A breakout artist sings her new hit song on big stages as thousands of new fans sing along. She’s living the dream, feeling that rush of fulfillment that comes from hard work and nurturing her talent. Unless it’s more complicated than that. Case in point, Garrison Starr blasting out radio fresh “Superhero” in 1997. “I was in survival mode. I mean, I was having an identity crisis,” Starr says of those fast-moving days.


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(Associated Press)  --  Pressure is mounting on authorities to release police body camera video of a shooting at a Knoxville, Tennessee, school that left a student dead and a police officer wounded.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon reiterated a call Monday for a prosecutor to authorize the release of the video of the April 12 shooting.

District attorney Charme Allen declined to release the video of the shooting at the magnet high school, saying it could damage the investigation of the shooting.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers have passed a bill that would put public schools at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t reflect their gender at birth.

The proposal cleared the House on Monday. It must now pass the Senate before it can head to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk.

The bill is one of several LGTBQ-related measures that the GOP-controlled General Assembly have introduced this year that critics have slammed as discriminatory.

(Sarah Oppmann)  --  Vanderbilt Medical Center is focusing new attention on the long-term side effects that many adults are experiencing after they recover from COVID-19. The Adult Post-Acute COVID Clinic was opened last month to provide resources for patients suffering from lingering symptoms. 

Associate professor of Medicine and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Cecelia Theobald, explains that this clinic serves as a “place to hear these patients and validate their experiences as we learn more about this new syndrome.”

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Israel Nash joins Words and Music to perform songs from his most recent album 'Topaz'.

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Israel Nash joins Words and Music from his home in Texas for an interview and performance of "Stay", "Canyon Heart" and "Down in the Country" from his new album, 'Topaz'.

Rev. Peyton, of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, joins Words and Music to talk about their new album, 'Dance Songs for Hard Times' and perform "No Tellin' When", "Too Cool to Dance", and "Ways and Means".

Watch the full set from the Cordovas, recorded at East Iris Studios for WMOT's Wired In. The Cordovas' set features songs from their 2020 album, Destiny Hotel. The Cordovas have performed more than 100 live streams on Facebook during the pandemic and created Nashville's most eclectic radio show, Strange Roots Radio. You can hear Strange Roots Radio on WMOT Sunday nights at 10 p.m. CT. Too late for you?

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Curtis Wayne Millard

Zach Schmidt was one of the first artists I played when I started The Local Brew Hour two years ago. That was from his 2016 album The Day We Lost The War. To say his new album has been a long time coming would be stating it mildly. After losing two record deals and surviving the pandemic, release day for Raise A Banner is finally here!  I can definitely say, it was worth the wait. Zach plays a set at noon today for Finally Friday From Home on WMOT. We chatted about the obstacles he overcame to get this record out and the joy of making music.

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Discovering new local music during the pandemic has been… different. Challenging, really. But once the word spreads about an outlet for local music discovery, the flood gates open up and it’s fantastic! I used to think being the person at a record label that listened to submissions would be a fun job, in hopes of discovering music that would move me to the point of wanting to make sure everyone else knew about a particular artist.

Rachel Hurley

After a battle with cancer, a devastating divorce, and a nervous breakdown, DL Rossi is about to release his third album, Lonesome Kind April 16th. While Rossi has built a following on his brand of introspective singer-songwriter rock, this album explores some different, sort of more loose, even uplifting sounds to accompany the melancholy. He’s released two singles from the album so far, “Whiskey” and “Tumbling”.

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In movies, like Contagion, a pandemic begins in a flash. A deadly virus spills over from an animal, like a pig, into humans, and then quickly triggers an outbreak.

But that's not actually what happens, says Dr. Gregory Gray at the Duke Global Health Institute. "It's not like in the movies," he says, "where this virus goes from a pig in Indonesia and causes a pandemic."

The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. It is one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism even before the trial commenced.

The court will return to session between 4:30 and 5 p.m. ET for the reading of the verdict. The jury had been sequestered since Monday, following closing arguments.

The European Union's drug regulator said Tuesday it had concluded there is a "possible link" between the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and several cases in the U.S. of a rare type of blood clot, but emphasized that the shot's benefits "in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  One of the few bipartisan bills introduced this session in the Tennessee Legislature appears to have suffered a setback.

The measure could dramatically reduce sentences for some cases of first degree murder. The proposal would give Tennesseans convicted of murder and sentenced to life * the opportunity to petition for parole after serving 25 years of their sentence. Currently, they can't apply for parole until they have served 51 years.

The bill would not apply to individuals who are sentenced to life without the possibility for parole.

(Mike Osborne)  --  A Tennessee abortion case is highlighting an ideological divide on the federal appeals court that reviews the state’s cases.

Republican lawmakers in 2015 passed a measure requiring a 48 hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. A ruling in a lawsuit by pro-abortion advocates overturned the law in federal court last year.

Josh Rish / Von Reisch Photography

Discovering new local music during the pandemic has been… different. Challenging, really. But once the word spreads about an outlet for local music discovery, the flood gates open up and it’s fantastic! I used to think being the person at a record label that listened to submissions would be a fun job, in hopes of discovering music that would move me to the point of wanting to make sure everyone else knew about a particular artist.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to soon allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns without first clearing a background check and training.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee Thursday signed the measure into law on Thursday.

The measure applies to handguns that are concealed and ones that are openly carried, but it does not apply to long guns.

The law will take effect July 1.

Nearly 20 other states currently don’t require permits for concealed carry of handguns.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Greater Nashville’s real estate market continues to power through the pandemic.

Numbers released Thursday by the Greater Nashville Realtors Association show property closings in March were up 13 percent year-over-year.

The median price for a single family home jumped from $330,000 in March, 2020, to $367,090 last month.

It’s currently a strong seller’s market in Metro and the surrounding counties.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  New aid is available beginning Thursday for Middle Tennessee’s pandemic battered live music venues.

U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper notes that the U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venues Operations Grant portal is now open. 

Qualifying venues can apply on the SBA website.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans dying on the state’s roads, highways and interstates has taken a sharp turn higher.

Traffic fatalities are up more than 24 percent in the past two years, according to state records.

By this date in 2019, before the pandemic began, some 243 state residents had died in vehicle accidents. So far this year, 303 have died.

More than 100 lives were lost in March alone.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are backing legislation that would require medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions.

They're doing so over objections that the measure could stigmatize a legally available procedure.

The proposal is gaining traction inside the GOP-controlled General Assembly, where legislative panels in both the House and Senate advanced the measure on Wednesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shared a remarkable COVID-19 survival story.

Thirty-seven-year-old Zach Lloyd contracted the virus last fall.

The East Tennessee man’s condition became so severe he was eventually placed on, not one but two, heart-lung bypass machines. His lungs were irreparably damaged by the virus.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Republican attorneys general of Kentucky and Tennessee have added their voices objecting to a rule in the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid plan that bars states from using relief money to offset tax cuts.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III accuse the federal government of an “unprecedented power grab.”

They filed suit Tuesday in Kentucky. They're requesting an injunction to block enforcement of the tax-related provision and asked that the restriction be struck down.


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