Laura Partain

In late July, 2018, Maya de Vitry clicked “publish” on a Facebook message that took fans of acoustic trio The Stray Birds by surprise. “We have made the incredibly difficult but truly healthy decision to disband,” it said. It also announced that they’d completed an album called Let It Pass, which would be released later that Fall without a supporting tour. This is what she remembers as her own personal point of no return.

The campaign to convince the world that modern Music City is more than country music has been a rousing success. It’s safe to say the national audience is now aware that Nashville nurtures and produces rock and pop acts. The city’s history in R&B and rock and roll recording has been well told via popular exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The music business goes pretty dark during “the holidays,” but expect the floodgates of new releases and great shows to open up again as soon as this weekend, when The Travelin’ McCourys play 3rd & Lindsley on Saturday night with rising guitar ace Billy Strings. We collected everything we’ve heard about roots music events and albums of note coming early in the new year, and assembled this curated list. Always best to be prepared.

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Randy O'Brien – Nashville's first gas station pumping a special mix of low-emission fuel opened recently.

Murfreesboro, TN – A jazz great takes a look at the future of America's purist and only original art form.

Nashville, TN – The prison's gone and so are some of the inmates, but this award-winning piece tells the story of long-ago dreamers who learned to escape via their imaginations.

Murfreesboro, TN – Creative writing students are signing up for a new mentor program with results to write home about.

Murfreesboro, TN – A country great takes a spin around the floor to the tune of jazz classics. WMOT's Shawn Jacobs to Suzy Boggus.

Murfreesboro, TN – Local veterans remember the battlefield and the homefront during World War Two.

Murfreesboro, TN – Blue Note recording artist Tim Hagans recently visited MTSU

Murfreesboro, TN –
THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION CONTEST IS MTSU JAZZ PROFESSOR JAMEY SIMMONS.
I RECENTLY TALKED WITH SIMMONS ABOUT WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT LOCK BOX MIXING RHYTHMS AND MELODIC THEMES AND WRITING SOMETHING NEW FOR THE COMPETITION.

10/9/03 – Jazzy brothers share insight in the process of recording their latest album and why they included the Southern Rock classic "FreeBird".

Murfreesboro, TN – October 25, 2003 marks the 200th Bicentennial of Rutherford County, complete with a full day Heritage Festival Celebration taking place around the county (details on this website under "Heritage Festival.")

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Second Harvest Food Bank will on Wednesday distribute charity food boxes to security screeners at Nashville International Airport.

 

Second Harvest tells WMOT the federal Transportation Security Administration office in Nashville requested aid for its employees. TSA agents have now been working 25 days without pay due to partial government shutdown. 

 

Ally Parsons is a Second Harvest spokesperson.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their legislative priorities as the 2019 session gets underway.

Jeff Yarbro is the State Senate Minority Leader. The Nashville Democrat says Medicaid expansion continues to be one of his party’s biggest legislative priorities.

“We’re one of about ten states, eleven states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid at this point, which is putting a lot of pressure on small town hospitals and lots of families unnecessarily.”

National Park Service

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee’s tourism industry is happy that The Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains at least partially open during the government shutdown, but some are questioning that decision.

The park is one of Tennessee’s most important economic engines. Federal data shows the Smokies attract some 11 million visitors a year who spend in excess of $800 million annually.

Park officials are using camping and other visitor fees to keep the Smokies partially staffed. but there have been reports of trash, overflowing toilets and damaged property.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday, a day after the stinging defeat there of her Brexit deal with the European Union.

In the vote, 325 lawmakers said they had confidence in May's government, while 306 voted that they did not.

While May withstood the challenge to her leadership, it is yet another indication that Brexit has thrown British politics into chaos.

The next great insect repellent might come from a strain of bacteria that lives inside a common parasitic worm.

A study published Wednesday in Science Advances has found that a compound derived from these bacteria is three times more potent than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. More research must be done to demonstrate its safety, but this bacterial chemical could play an important role in the fight against mosquito-borne illness.

The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the U.S. economy than the Trump administration previously estimated, the White House acknowledged.

President Trump's economists have now doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week.

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