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We’ve got a little something different this week as we pack four artists into our two-hour lunch broadcast. And it’s one to get excited about because it’s an all Nashville lineup with some of the city’s most compelling veteran creators. On top of that, the iconic Tom Waits will be the center of attention as we shine a spotlight on Saturday night’s Get Behind The Mule multi-artist show at the 5 Spot, which will be raising funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Several artists from that lineup will join us for lunch.
  • Todd Snider walked out alone on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in late September looking radiant. The guy has great teeth for one thing, along with the ease and confidence earned from more than 30 years on stage. He was bolstered and beloved by the loyalist lifer fans that hang on his every word, spoken or sung. He told the one about his first open mic and the one about East Nashville character Skip Litz who loved Train Songs. Todd’s mother was on hand and it was her birthday, so we all sang for her. Two days later we sat down for a delightful, rambling conversation.
  • Nashville is a storied city in the most literal sense - a place built on imagination, interpretation, and narration. Alongside the songs and songwriters, journalists have played an under-rated role in building the idea and brand and renown of Music City. I got up to speed in this town reading Robert K. Oermann, Chet Flippo, Bill Friskics-Warren and other greats. But in the 21st century so far, nobody’s written the Music City story with more depth, discernment and humor than author, reporter, songwriter, producer and baseball fanatic Peter Cooper, who died on Tuesday at the age of 52.
  • We know Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson as flinty, deeply intelligent, somewhat reclusive songwriters from rural Kentucky. But in that sense, they are heirs to Chris Knight who had that role nailed down back in the early days of the Americana format. We’re honored and excited to have this humble master of country music on our Finally Friday bill this week. Also up, California garage rock by Leroy From The North and trippy surf rock by Galvezton.
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