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.

Hanah Glass

You’ve likely heard me talking about how WMOT is a great place for music discovery. Today’s Liner Notes is a perfect example of that. I received an email a few months ago from Molly Murphy, an artist I hadn’t heard of and was pleasantly surprised when I listened to her song, “Wildflower Girl”, the first single from her debut EP, What You’re Living For, out today. It’s exciting to see a young artist embarking on their career, releasing music for the first time and trying to find their way in a town full of people releasing music constantly.

Chad Cochran

It’s been about ten years since Andrew Leahey landed in Nashville. The Richmond, Virginia native spent time in New York City and Ann Arbor working on his music and his career as a music journalist; you’ve likely seen his byline in Rolling Stone or American Songwriter. He’s a gifted wordsmith and melody maker, and an ace guitarist. In 2013 he underwent a twelve hour surgery to remove a tumor in his brain near or on his hearing nerve. It took some time, but he’s fully recovered now and giving us some great original music!

Simbalic

Jazz, pop, soul, blues… it’s all part of the sound from MELD – the music moniker for Melanie Dewey, a Nashville songwriter and musician with a rich and bold voice. Bold lyrically, musically and visually as evidenced in the gorgeous deep blue colors in her album artwork. The image evokes a cool bluesy jazz sound which is just part of the blend in this unique artist’s style. In a trying year for her personally, in addition to the collective stress of living through a pandemic and contentious election season, MELD released her debut full length album, Words of The Water.

Heidi Rolf

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and growing up on gospel and country music in Mississippi, Nashville’s Matt Hectorne sounds like he is well aware of the musical roots of his home states, although he doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre. His unique take on classic influences gives the listener just enough nostalgia to be drawn in and the way each song develops holds your interest plus will keep you humming these catchy melodies for days on end. My first experience with Matt’s music was back in 2013 when he handed me a copy of his album, Matt Hectorne and The Family Tree.

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Ana Lee is WMOT’s ear to the ground for emerging and local artists working in our remarkable hometown, and she filters all she hears – live and on record – into the Local Brew, the weekly show and daily feature she’s hosted since April of 2019. Now she’s taken stock of 2020 and picked ten albums particularly worthy of remembering as the year comes to a close.

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