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David Bragger

Belen Escobedo grew up on the mostly Tejano South Side of San Antonio, TX, hearing norteño and mariachi music on the radio and the accordion-based conjunto music of local dance halls. But earlier Tejano music had featured the violin as its central instrument, and even today the older generation of accordionists can recall tunes they learned from fiddle players many decades ago.

Ed Rode

The first time Ketch Secor and Old Crow Medicine Show played at the Ryman Auditorium, it was early in the morning, a time when the room glows with a holy light and every step on the hardwood floor, every word, reverberates with uncanny clarity. It was the year 2000, and the band of twentysomethings was new to town and a bit dazzled at their own unfolding story.


In keeping with the standard version of history, the new Ken Burns Country Music documentary spotlights the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when Victor Records producer Ralph Peer discovered The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. But Johnson City, 25 miles away, is part of the larger story of field recording in early country music, and it's celebrating a 90th anniversary this month, says Ted Olson, a professor in the department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University.


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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 –

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.")


Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys

Watch Chuck Mead's full set from the June 21, 2019 Wired In session at The Nashville Palace. Keep an eye out for special guests who joined Chuck during the album release celebration of 'Close to Home'

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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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AP source: Titans to start Ryan Tannehill instead of Mariota

Oct 16, 2019
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans are making a change at quarterback in hopes of salvaging their season.

Tennessee will start Ryan Tannehill at quarterback instead of Marcus Mariota on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the change.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  -- A plan to revitalize the old Antioch Mall could prove an early test of campaign pledges by new Nashville Mayor John Cooper to prioritize development outside the downtown city core. 

Car dealer and longtime Antioch business booster Ben Freeland recently announced his plan to buy and repurpose the 27 acre property. Nashville Business Journal Senior Reporter Adam Sichko spoke to Freeland about what he’s calling a “dynamic” mixed use development of the site.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Randy O'Brien) -- Thousands of mid-state readers will swarm the downtown area this weekend from the capital building to the library to meet and greet their favorite authors.

The Southern Festival of Books has been celebrating the written word since 1989. 

Humanities Tennessee Director of Literature and Language Programs, Serenity Gerbman, says dozens of writers of fiction and non-fiction are scheduled to attend.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement with the European Union on a new Brexit deal that would allow the EU to continue collecting value-added tax from Northern Ireland and allow special treatment for certain goods going over the Irish border.

Johnson hailed the "new deal that takes back control," and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair and balanced agreement."

As the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland has an important job – though it's not a position that makes someone a household name.

So how has he become a crucial player in the controversy that could jeopardize the Trump presidency?

A brutal attack on one of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy leaders, who was reportedly beaten with hammers by a group of unknown assailants, is being widely condemned by the territory's government, opposition lawmakers and Amnesty International.

Jimmy Sham, who leads the Civil Human Rights Front, or CHRF, and has been actively involved in the months-long anti-government protest movement, was left bloodied and dazed after the attack Wednesday evening in Hong Kong's congested Mong Kok district.