Ana Lee

Host/Music Director

Ana Lee is the host and producer of "The Local Brew," a weekly radio show plus a live showcase for Nashville based artists. She hosts mid-days on 89.5 WMOT Roots Radio, Nashville, is a voice over artist and curator of musical experiences for events.

A Los Angeles native, Ana Lee has been on the air at several Southern California stations, from Santa Barbara's KTYD to legendary Los Angeles rocker, 105.5 KNAC. More recently, she hosted afternoons at WRLT, Nashville.

She's interviewed artists from John Hiatt, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves to Ozzy Osbourne, John Waite and more, local politicians, non-profits, covered events such as the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards and worked at Capitol Records, A & M Records and House of Blues.

Ana Lee's other passions include animals, nature and gardening. She lives on a mini farm north of Nashville with two horses and a rescue pup named Archie.

Photo by Sophia Lauer

Nashville native Savannah Conley was born into a musical family; her mom a background singer and her dad a busy touring and studio musician. She released an ep independently in 2017, the year after receiving the John Lennon singer-songwriter award. Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb took notice, signed her to his Elektra Records imprint Low Country Sound and they released Twenty-Twenty her major label debut in 2018 when she was just 21 years old.

Alaina Broyles

Skylar Gregg exudes retro southern rock ‘n soul mixed with the country and blues sounds of the 60s and 70s. I first heard Skylar’s voice as a background singer on a few stages around Nashville, but she’s been writing and performing in this town for most of her life. Her sound was born out of a musical family, her parents came to Nashville both to pursue music careers. She worked with Nashville multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Estes on her new album, Roses, a departure from her previous two releases which she produced with her husband, Taylor Lonardo at their home studio.

Shawna Caldwell

Part of what I love about being a DJ at WMOT is the consistent new music discovery. Dan O’Rourke reached out to me for airplay consideration on The Local Brew Hour, WMOT’s weekly local music show, with what he described as a very timely, cultural song. “For That Matter” knocked me out. I had to hear it again immediately. After many listens, it steered me to Dan’s previous releases. His 2019 album, Desert Rose reflects his passion for the history and beauty of the southwest and Traveling Soul is a six-song ep, released in 2016.

Darin Back

Crystal Bowersox is a musician and a photographer and recently a seamstress, making masks for people to help stop the Covid spread. She’s been donating them and she even posted a video on how to make the masks on her Instagram account. Crystal’s songs have always pulled at the heart strings with stories of real life and real pain but of hope and brighter days as well. She just released a new song with a message of unity and kindness called “Courage To Be Kind” and she has a new full-length album, Hitchhiker due this fall.

Courtesty of the artist

Happy Independence Day weekend! Nashville’s Matt Lovell talks about feeling free after a long, sometimes dark and painful road to his debut full-length, Nobody Cries Today. It’s out now, but there was a time shortly after the songs were recorded four years ago, that he wasn’t so sure this album would ever see the light of day. On January 20, 2017 Matt Lovell was walking to his car when he happened upon someone trying to steal it. That sixteen-year-old then shot Matt in the chest.

Courtsey of the Artist

by ANA LEE ∙ JUNE 26, 2020

India RameyShallow Graves – September 4, 2020
“King of the Ashes” single release ­­∙ June 12, 2020

 A native of Rome, Georgia, India Ramey cut her musical teeth writing songs and leading a band in Alabama at night, while she was a district attorney in the daytime working mostly with women in abusive situations. It’s no wonder she’s delivered an album aimed at injustice. Shallow Graves is out September 4th, the first single, “King of the Ashes” is out today.

Jarrod DickensonReady the Horses ­­∙ May 22, 2020 (Hooked Records)
by ANA LEE ∙ JUNE 5, 2020

After nearly ten years making music together with Cadillac Sky, Bryan Simpson and Matt Menefee have revisited their acoustic roots to form a new band called, The Golden Age. There were two other projects before Bryan and Matt reunited for The Golden Age. Matt, along with Ross Holmes also formerly of Cadillac Sky and Royal Masat on upright bass formed the Nashville trio, ChessBoxer. Bryan’s solo project, The Whistles and The Bells included Matt and Ross along with guitarist Adam Stockdale, drummer Chris Powell, Phoebe Cryar of the Vespers and several others.

Granville Automatic

May 22, 2020

A shared love for nostalgia, including stories and items like the 19th century typewriter this Nashville duo is named after, Granville Automatic has just announced their first ever book with a companion album to follow. I caught up with Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Oliveraz via email about these summertime releases and a Livestream Stageit show they have planned for Thursday, May 28th:

Ben de la Cour Shadow Land - May 15, 2020 (Flour Sack Cape Records)

Val Hoeppner / WMOT

Lapse of Luxury ­­– May 8, 2020 Café Rooster Records