Craig Havighurst

Music News Producer

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's music news producer and host of The String, a show featuring conversations on culture, media and American music. New episodes of The String air on WMOT 89.5 in Middle Tennessee on Sundays at 8 am, repeating Mondays at 9 pm.

Emily Butler

When we tallied it all up, the artist played the most times on WMOT in the outgoing year was Marcus King. This came mostly on the strength of his album El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach and released in January, before the pandemic forced his large and loud Marcus King Band off the road.


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.


For fourteen years, a band of stars from the East (Nashville that is) has guided the way for local kids of all ages seeking the Christmas spirit with its annual live renditions of A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Rolling Stone mistakenly selected the 1965 TV soundtrack album as the fourth best Christmas album of all time, when it is clearly the best Christmas album of all time.

In a year bereft of most live music, recordings took on added import and resonance. I upgraded my home stereo in February, unaware that I’d be spending more hours between the speakers than ever. Given the artistic abundance of our Americana music community, that was no problem at all.

Alysse Gafkjen

Without fanfare or performance, folk/country supergroup The Highwomen was revealed Tuesday as the runaway, multi-category winner of 2020 Americana Awards. The quartet of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires won Album of the Year for their 2019 self-titled debut, Song of the Year for “Crowded Table” and Duo/Group of the Year.