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Travis Linville and Korby Lenker perform sets from home for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

In the Fall of 2016, a Raleigh, NC bar and music venue called the Pour House surged past midnight with bluegrass and old-time music from a multi-artist lineup. It was the eve of the World of Bluegrass convention, so nothing unusual about that. But the content, tone and message of the event, the first Shout & Shine Celebration of Diversity In Bluegrass, was a fist in the air, and possibly a virtual middle digit, directed at homophobia.

In the early 2000s, Chicago record label owner Bruce Iglauer went to scout a band he’d heard about - two white guys from Akron thumping away on drums and electric guitar and channeling juke joint blues from the deep South. Alas, he arrived too late. The Black Keys had already signed to Fat Possum Records. But in conversation, Iglauer did learn that the first album he’d ever released changed Dan Auerbach’s life.

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Shemekia Copeland, the socially conscious second-generation blues singer with strong ties to Nashville and Americana music, ascended to her highest career plateau yet on Sunday by winning the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award at the Blues Foundation’s 42nd Blues Music Awards. She led all winners with two other trophies: Contemporary Female Blues Artist and Contemporary Blues Album for her passionate 2020 release Uncivil War

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Paula Cole joins Words and Music to talk about her new album, 'American Quilt' and perform " Black Mountain Blues", "Wayfaring Stranger", and "Wonderful World".

Blackberry Smoke performs an acoustic set from their recent album, 'You Hear Georgia' for WMOT's Tuesday Night Special.

American rock band Blackberry Smoke - Made up of Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums) and Brandon Still (keyboards) - has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk. 

Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke joins host, Jessie Scott for Words and Music to talk about the new album, 'You Hear Georgia'. Starr and the band perform "You Hear Georgia" and Ain't the Same".

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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.")

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.

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Chicago bred, Nashville based Doug Hoekstra is a poet, songwriter, musician, published author and a father, who stepped away from it all to spend time raising his son, write, teach and work for a non-profit. With eight albums and three books earning Independent Publisher Award, Pushcart Prize, Nashville Music Award, and Independent Music Award nominations, he’s back with a new album and book. The Day Deserved is the kind of record that draws you back again and again, and with each listen comes a new discovery in the stories he sings.

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Well known in the contemporary Christian music world as the front man and founding member of Dove Award-winning group Tenth Avenue North, Mike Donehey ventures into a secular sound with a spiritual message on his new ep, A Father and Two Sons. He takes the tale of The Prodigal Son and presents these three songs from the perspective of each of the people involved. I asked Mike about the concept of presenting the parable this way and how his sister’s group, The Lone Bellow inspired him in part to release this music.

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