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Country songwriter Tyler Childers is selective about speaking for the public record, and when he does, he lands his punches, leaving people astonished and stirred up. He’s probably never sparked so much intrigue as he did over the weekend by releasing a surprise album, a powerful protest song and a video message aimed at his “white rural listeners” expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.


Day Three of Thriving Roots kicked off with sublime star power as Rosanne Cash put together an hour of conversation about music and activism with Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Randall and Angela Davis. At a time of division and national stress, these veterans’ lifelong commitment to unity and justice felt like a balm. Read on for a summary and watch later today for more updates as the conference closes out.

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Day two of Thriving Roots, Americana’s online 2020 conference will feature a discussion clarifying the rollout of the Music Modernization Act, a case study in artist development featuring the Black Pumas, a conversation about the organizations founded this year to save live music venues, and the health of record stores. Musical performances will include Kathleen Edwards, Shakey Graves, Charley Crockett and a late of artists from North Carolina.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A new Vanderbilt study suggests individuals who want to donate convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19 should do so quickly.

The Vanderbilt study shows that after just two months recovery, antibody levels in the blood of those infected by coronavirus can fall by more than half.

That would make plasma donations less effective in treating patients who fall gravely ill due to COVID-19.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville has already used up its annual budget for the burial of indigent residents thanks to coronavirus.

WTVF-TV quotes Metro Indigent Burial and Cremation Services Manager Carol Wilson saying she’s concerned bodies may begin backing up in the city morgue.


(AP/Michael Kunzelman)  --  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts.

The corporate support for a QAnon-promoting politician is another example of how the conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics, spreading beyond its origins on internet message boards popular with right-wing extremists.

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WMOT Video: Live Sessions on NPR Music

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Watch a Wired In session with Nashville artist, Kim Richey as she performs songs from her career, including the recently released, A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer. Richey talks about her career, creativity and the remaking of Glimmer with WMOT Wired In host, Jessie Scott. Wired In was taped at East Iris Studios in Nashville.

Australian turned Nashvillian, Anne McCue joins host Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session. McCue performs songs and talks about her life recording and producing music. 

Set list:

  • “Give Me Love”
  • “Desert in the Rain”
  • “Cowgirl Blues”
  • “Beautiful Thing”

Singer-songwriter, Arlo McKinley performs songs from his new album 'Die Midwestern' and talks with Words and Music host, Jessie Scott. McKinley was the last artist signed to John Prine's Oh Boy Records before Prine passed away last spring.


Set list:

  • "She's Always Around"
  • "The Hurtin's Done"
  • "Once Again"


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Watch the webcast of our Wired In session with Kim Richey as she performs songs from her career, including 'A Long Way Back: Songs of Glimmer'. The broadcast starts at 7 pm on Sept. 22.

Liner Notes

Rachel Moore

I used to run into Joel King, bassist/vocalist for The Wild Feathers, and his wife Heather at the Kroger where I shop. Now I don’t even get out of my car when I go there so, no more casual catch-up chats. I’ve been wondering what the band has been up to during the pandemic after their tour with Blackberry Smoke was canceled in March. I remember seeing them play backstage at 3rd and Lindsley, then headline and sell out that venue and onto their sold out Ryman Auditorium show in June of 2016. They recorded that show and released Live at The Ryman in November of the same year.

Matt Hoots

Today in Liner Notes we get to know Nashville independent artist, Laura Mustard. I found her fun, upbeat style to be infectious, with a nice shot of whimsy. She works as a speech-language pathologist during the day and often uses music therapy and songwriting in her work with special needs children. Today, Laura releases her sophomore ep, Treehouse and I asked her to tell us a little about it, about herself, her love of banjo and the videos for the tracks, “Eager” and "Nobody's Road".

Martyn Atkins

This week there is exciting new music from Tom Petty, Otis Gibbs, and a body shaking collaboration with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Dom Flemons featuring Steve Cropper and Scot Sutherland.


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Watch performances from Great Peacock and Emma Swift from the September 18, 2020 Finally Friday. 

Nashville artist, Grant-Lee Phillips performs songs from his recent album ‘Lightening, Show Us Your Stuff on WMOT’s Finally Friday From Home. Set list: Leave the Light On, Gather Up, Lowest Low and Mourning Dove.

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Latest from NPR

The U.S. marked 100,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19 on May 27. Now it's preparing to reach 200,000.

Though the number of daily fatalities has gone down since the highs of spring, COVID-19 still claims the lives of hundreds of people in the U.S. each day. More are expected to die as the weather gets colder.

Updated at 6:03 p.m. ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidance Friday evening saying that aerosol transmission might be one of the "most common" ways the coronavirus is spreading — and then took the guidance down on Monday.

The now-deleted updates were notable because so far the CDC has stopped short of saying that the virus is airborne.

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his plans to move forward on President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"The Senate will vote on this nomination this year," McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday on the Senate floor. He didn't say whether the vote would come before the election, or in a lame duck-session of Congress that occurs after the November election and before the start of a new session in 2021.

Murfreesboro, TN – It's been forty years since the great vocalist died.

Murfreesboro, TN – A former MTSU student is one of 17 killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in Iraq. Former and future soldiers pay tribute.

Smyrna, TN – The story of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" comes to life with the addition of a new museum and visitor center at his historic home.

Smyrna, TN – The long awaited Sam Davis Visitor's Center and Museum will open to the public on November 22, 2003. This $1.25 million expansion will include a museum store, conference room, and most importantly, a 2,800 square foot museum.

Murfreesboro, TN – Former Vice President and MTSU adjunct professor Al Gore talked recently about the connection between the growth of mass communication and the spread of democracy.

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.


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