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.


City of Knoxville

(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.”

See More News

COVID-19 Vaccine Tool

Use the Tennessee Vaccine Tool to determine your distribution phase

Music Discovery on Words & Music

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

WMOT Video: Live Sessions on NPR Music

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?

Watch More Video

Liner Notes

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.

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.

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”.

Register to win passes to see John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas Band

Register to win a 2 tickets to the John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas Band concert at the Ryman Auditorium on 10/1/21 at 8 p.m.

Donate Your Car

Donate Your Car, Keep the Music Playing on WMOT

One way to help us bring you music in today’s uncertain world is by donating a vehicle you no longer need. Running or not, we’ll arrange to have it picked up, sold and get top dollar for it.

Home Recordings on Live Sessions at NPR

Zach Schmidt and S.G. Goodman perform sets from home for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Register to win passes to see the Mavericks

Register to win a 2 tickets to the Mavericks concert December 3rd or 4th, 2021 at 8 p.m., at Ryman Auditorium

Sign-up for WMOT's Newsletter

Get our newsletter with music news, concert announcements, 895 Fest news and updates from WMOT

MTSU Jazz Network Player Link

Listen to the MTSU Jazz Network

WMOT's award-winning Jazz is now the MTSU Jazz Network, listen to the stream or over the air at 92.3 FM in Murfreesboro.

Latest from NPR

What We Know About The Jurors In The Chauvin Trial

36 minutes ago

Closing statements concluded Monday afternoon in the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. His fate is now in the hands of 12 jurors. They include a chemist, a youth volunteer, a cardiac nurse and an IT professional.

Updated April 20, 2021 at 2:53 PM ET

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push that failed during the previous administration to extend the deadlines for reporting 2020 census results after the pandemic and Trump officials' interference disrupted the count.

The panel of 12 jurors weighing the case against the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd has resumed deliberations.

The jury, who are sequestered in a nearby hotel under the supervision of Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies, are considering three charges against former officer Derek Chauvin: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has joined fellow Republicans nationwide to advocate against COVID-19 vaccine passports, which are being developed to let inoculated people travel, shop and dine more freely.

The GOP governor tweeted Tuesday that he supports legislation to prohibit government-mandated vaccine passports to protect Tennesseans' health information and ensure the vaccine remains a voluntary, personal decision.

The passports show whether someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19. It currently exists only in New York.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Republican-dominant Senate have advanced legislation that would require school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill also allows parents or guardians to opt their students out of such instruction.

Backers of the bill argued Monday that the measure strengthens parental rights, but critics counter it could further alienate students already marginalized.

After clearing the Senate, the bill must now pass the GOP-controlled House.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man held a key role in spreading English-language propaganda for the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Benjamin Carpenter, of Knoxville, has been in custody since his March 24 arrest.

A detention hearing was held Monday, but a judge did not immediately decide whether he should be free pending trial.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee community organizer Odessa Kelly has announced that she will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the 2022 Democratic primary.

Kelly is backed by Justice Democrats, a progressive group that helped launch Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign in 2018.

Kelly is the co-founder and executive director of Stand Up Nashville, a coalition made up of community organizers and labor unions.

If she won, Kelly would become the first openly gay, Black woman in Congress.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee state lawmakers will this week consider four different anti-abortion bills introduced by majority Republicans.

One of those bills would require that fetal remains be buried or cremated following an abortion.

Another measure would essentially give a man veto power over a woman’s abortion simply by claiming paternity.

A third would make abortion illegal as soon a pregnancy can be detected using blood hormone tests. Performing an abortion past that point could cost a doctor between three and 15 years in jail.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  There's trouble on the horizon for iconic Nashville music venue Exit/In.

COVID-19 has kept the venerable live music spot closed for the past year. Now the In’s building on Elliston Place has been sold.

WPLN says it’s been purchased by a company that develops new hotels.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  For the first time in a year the Tennessee Department of Correction says it will resume family visits with inmates beginning Saturday.

Visitors will be required to wear a mask, undergo a temperature check and answer COVID-19 screening questions. Inmates will have to do the same.

Families are being asked to schedule their visits in advance.

There’s a separate phone number for making that appointment for each prison in the Tennessee system. Those numbers and visitation times are listed below.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are backing a bill that would remove background checks and training requirements for people seeking to carry a handgun.

The push comes over objections from law enforcement advocacy groups, including the Tennessee Sheriff's Association and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Republican lawmakers' support for the bill reflects an uncomfortable tension between GOP leaders’ tendency to effusively praise law enforcement at almost every turn while ignoring criticism those same officials have lodged against the legislation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health has announced that 1 million residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to a news release on Thursday, roughly 22% of the state’s approximate 7 million population has received at least one dose.

The department says more than half of Tennesseans over the age of 60 have received a first dose, and nearly two-thirds of those over the age of 70 have received their initial dose.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  If you’ve lost someone to COVID-19 be aware that federal aid is available to cover funeral expenses.

The funding was authorized as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan passed earlier this year. The aid is retroactive to January of 2021.

You can apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for up to $9,000 worth of funeral cost assistance.

As of Thursday morning, 16,927 Tennesseans have died as a result of COVID-19 complications.


Donate Your Car Online

Donate Your Vehicle To WMOT

Have an old vehicle sitting in your driveway? Donate your used vehicle to WMOT, we will do all the work, all you have to do is sit back and relax! Our qualified donation support team is ready to work out all the details of your donation. We will even haul your car away for free! Call 888-WMOT-CAR. 888-966-8227. You can also donate online .

Read More