Roots artists and songwriters are grappling with the state of the nation and what it means to be American more directly than they have in many years. Austin’s Band of Heathens, searching for the best way to add their voices to the chorus, took the tack of rediscovering and re-imagining a little known classic.

At the tail end of the tumultuous summer of 1968, The Byrds, flying high as America’s coolest psychedelic folk-rock band, released Sweetheart of the Rodeo, a radical and visionary homage to classic country music.

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While their musical terrain overlaps, there’s a foundational difference between the recently concluded AmericanaFest in Nashville and World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, and that’s the picking. Picking is what ensues when musicians, professional or amateur, friends or strangers, encounter each other, hang out and jam on tunes they share as a common language. Americana people come to Nashville as either performers or listeners. They do not pick amongst themselves. Bluegrass people pick ubiquitously in a liminal overlap of performer and audience.

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Nashville, TN – A new slogan for Tennessee's department of tourism.

Murfreesboro, TN – Nashville joins seven other American cities chosen by the United Nation's Better World Campaign.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced today 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

Murfreesboro, TN – WMOT's Jacobs receives AP awards

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WMOT-FM news producer Shawn Jacobs recently received two Honorable Mention Associated Press awards in a statewide AP broadcasters' competition.

The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association's radio news competition was the name of the event in which Jacobs received the awards.

His awards were in the large market category for work aired in 2002.

Nashville, TN – Bissell's new mystery is set against "The Trail of Tears" considered the American Holocaust by some historians. Thhe forced march of hundreds of Native Americans from their homes in North Carolina and Tennessee culminated in the deaths of hundreds and resettlement in reservations in Oklahoma.

Murfreesboro, TN – Music may not be rocket science, but some MTSU students would be the first to tell you there's physics involved.

Murfreesboro, TN – Racial attrocities during the Civil War is the focus of a new book of essays.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Grammy-nominated musician will perform in MTSU's Tucker Theater Monday, March 8.

Murfreesboro, TN – Two hundred years of Rutherford County Tennessee history in a single, ninety minute DVD.

Murfreesboro, TN – Senator Bill Frist spoke to a full audience at Middle Tennessee State University on Friday, February 20 and WMOT News Producer Shawn Jacobs was there to interview him.

Listen to excerpts of the interview on Monday, February 23 at 8:45am and again at 5:45pm.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The troubled Veterans Administration is out with its yearly assessment and Middle Tennessee’s VA facilities are reporting modest improvements.

 The VA’s annual performance study ranks 25 quality measures; everything from death rates to patient wait times.

 

Nationwide, more than half of all VA facilities saw improvement over the last year. The mid-state’s Tennessee Valley System moved up from a one star rating to two stars out of five.

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is ready to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, but Republican opponent Bill Lee says he would oppose such efforts.

 

Former Nashville Mayor Dean and Franklin businessman Lee met last night in Kingsport, Tennessee, for the second of three scheduled debates.

As with their first meeting, last night’s exchange was friendly and low-key, standing in sharp contrast to last week’s fiery debate between Tennessee senatorial candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn.

 

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee.

The debate Wednesday will take place at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Nexstar Media Group TV stations will broadcast the event live.

Bredesen and Blackburn previously faced off in a Sept. 25 debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

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