895 Fest On Sale!

895 Fest On Sale Now!

WMOT presents 895 Fest, a two-day outdoor Americana music festival May 31 & June 1 at Hop Springs Beer Park in Murfreesboro, TN. Become a WMOT member and save on your tickets at 895fest.org

WMOT's Wired In with Birds of Chicago and Seth Walker, Presented by Subaru

Watch the live webcast of our monthly Wired In session at 6 pm with Birds of Chicago and Seth Walker from Analog at The Hutton. Want to get invited to our next show? Become a member, click donate!

On The String: The Musical Multiverse Of Will Kimbrough

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Will Kimbrough had played Nashville plenty of times with his first serious band Will and the Bushmen by the time he moved here in the winter of 1988. It was a heady time, he remembers. Country and punk and pop were all buzzing in the underground of a superficially sleepy Music City. His first gig as a new resident was opening the Exit/In album release party for Bill Lloyd's power pop debut Feeling The Elephant. At the same time, Lloyd and his duo partner Radney Foster were killing it on the country charts with their debut single "Crazy Over You." It made for quite a welcome.

Paul Schatzkin for Guitar Mash

  The talent lineup set for next Saturday afternoon at the City Winery, including Jason Isbell, Gretchen Peters and Buddy Miller, would be a can't miss Americana card in any event. But since it's the second annual Urban Campfire, you are on the bill as well. At least if you want to be.

The indispensable documentary Heartworn Highways is the closest thing you’ll find to a time machine capable of transporting at least part of you back to Nashville in 1975, when Music City had more great songwriters than construction cranes. In one particularly vivid sequence, it’s Christmas Eve at Guy Clark’s house, and some embryonic legends (including Rodney Crowell and Steve Young) are sitting around a kitchen table that’s jammed with with jug wine, Jack Daniels, snacks and cigarettes.

Randy O'Brien – In the late 50s and early 60s, Nashville was a place where jazz and rock greats came to learn their chops.

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 –

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


WMOT Video on VuHaus

Check out music videos from our favorite Americana performances

Spring Member Drive - 895 Fest Offer

Your one-time donation of $120 or more gets you two weekend passes to 895 Fest, May 31-June 1 and an invite to members-only 895 Sessions, AmericanaFest events and other WMOT events all year.

Last 20 Songs on Roots Radio

Missed the name of the artist or song title? No worries, see the last 20 songs played on WMOT Roots Radio 89.5



WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- West Tennessee Congressional Rep. Steve Cohen was one of 24 Democrats voting Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.

Cohen sits on the House Judiciary Committee that’s asking Barr to provide it with an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report.

Cohen said Barr’s failure to hand over the report, or appear before the committee, sets a frightening precedent.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Embattled House Speaker Glen Casada says he's asking for multiple probes of the scandals surrounding his office, saying he takes "complete ownership" of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a former top aide about women.

In a letter Wednesday, Casada said he wrote the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorneys General Conference asking them to investigate an email by his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren. He also apologized for his own conduct.


  WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- An initial hearing for the lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s new voter registration law is set for July 1. That's according to the activists who brought the suit, the Washington DC based Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR).

Federal judge Aleta Trauger will hold a status hearing in her Nashville courtroom on that date.

LCCR attorney Ezra Rosenberg calls Tennessee’s new regulations governing voter registration “draconian.”

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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President Trump called on Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation this year to end surprise medical bills, in remarks made in the White House's Roosevelt Room Thursday.

"We're determined to end surprise medical billing for American patients," Trump said.

Bills like those have been featured in the NPR-Kaiser Health News series launched in February 2018. Two patients whose medical bills were part of the series attended the event.

A federal appeals court this week ruled that a Trump administration program that sends asylum seekers back to Mexico may continue pending a final decision on a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the program entirely.

The decision angered immigrant advocates who say the policy, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP, is having the opposite effect of what its name would suggest.


This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Congressional Democrats determined to investigate President Trump's personal finances are encountering a wall of resistance from the White House. But leaders of two House committees have identified another rich source of information about Trump's businesses - Deutsche Bank, which was a lending partner on many Trump projects over a period of more than a decade, providing over $2 billion in financing. The relationship included some successes but also loan defaults and one contentious lawsuit.

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