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Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle have propelled the bluegrass guitar style known as flatpicking back to the forefront of roots and jam band music, evoking a time when Doc Watson and Tony Rice were folk stars with significant mainstream fame. But both Billy and Molly would acknowledge a debt to a Nashville guitarist from the generation in between, the jovial, innovative and remarkable David Grier.

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Not every hobby gets its own national holiday, especially one in the seductive days of Spring. If there’s a “Souvenir Spoon Collectors Day” sweeping the nation each year, we haven’t heard of it. But vinyl junkies and music lovers have grown accustomed, in the manner of youngsters and Christmas, to the arrival of Record Store Day every April. For a dozen years now, fans have lined up before the sun rises to invest (yes, that’s the word) in their passion.

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Zoë Eve Nutt, child of Knoxville TN, lost hearing in her right ear – all of it - by the time she was eight years old. So she had time to assimilate that fact into life as an adult and as a musician, singing in choir, studying voice and pursuing a performance degree at Belmont University. Her left ear’s troubles came as more of an unnerving surprise.

“It was kind of a funny turn of events, where I found out what I really wanted to do, and at the same time, the universe seemed to be telling me NO,” Nutt said in a recent interview.

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.")

Murfreesboro, TN – The WMOT news department professionals and student reporters will now be posting their stories here on the web site. There are plans to post the audio from selected stories, according to Randy O'Brien, Director of News and Public Affairs.

This is one in a growing list of services to Middle Tennessee and MTSU. Our goal is to help spread the word about our region to the world wide community.

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895 Fest On Sale!

895 Fest On Sale Now!

WMOT presents 895 Fest, a two-day outdoor Americana music festival to be held the weekend of May 31 at Hop Springs Beer Park in Murfreesboro, TN. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last 20 Songs on Roots Radio

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Streaming begins to pay BIG for Music Row

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A music industry insider says there’s good news for the mid-state in the latest annual music sales numbers.

 

Industry reports show music sales jumped about 12 percent last year with roughly 75 percent of that revenue coming from streaming services.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eleven large companies are urging Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders to oppose bills they say discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Tennessee lawmaker says Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III's decision to not issue a legal opinion on a proposal that would subsidize private school tuition for some families signals it's likely unconstitutional. Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reporters on Thursday that if Slatery had issued such a finding, it would be hard for him to defend the state should the bill pass.

WMOT's Top 895 Americana Songs of All Time

Help WMOT pick the top 895 Americana Songs by voting in our poll today! When the list is complete we will play back all 895 songs to celebrate our 50th year on the air at 89.5 FM.

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Hundreds of students and faculty at two universities in Los Angeles have been asked to stay home unless they can prove that they've been vaccinated against measles.

The LA campuses of the University of California and California State University imposed the quarantine after they became aware of people infected with measles who had potentially exposed hundreds. At UCLA, a student exposed at least 500 people earlier this month; at Cal State, someone with measles went to a library and encountered hundreds.

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The Marvel epic "Avengers: Endgame" opens tonight, and it's a safe bet that box office records will fall by the end of the weekend. It's also a safe bet that fans don't want to know too much about the movie before they see it. Our critic Bob Mondello says he can deal with that.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The Marvel epic "Avengers: Endgame" opens tonight, and it's a safe bet that box office records will fall by the end of the weekend. It's also a safe bet that fans don't want to know too much about the movie before they see it. Our critic Bob Mondello says he can deal with that.

Watch Ruston Kelly on the AmericanaFest Day Stage

Nashville based singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly was a breakout artist at the 2018 AmericanaFest, spend some time with his songs performed on our Day Stage