Liner Notes

WMOT Liner Notes is a place for music lovers to catch up on album releases, live video streams and behind the scenes news. 

Kirsten Balani

Tampa native, Colleen Orender started her singing career at just five years old performing in her grandfather’s country band. Teaming up with producer Michael Davey here in Nashville, her sound moved in a different direction that has drawn comparisons to Amy Winehouse, with a touch of James Bond. Colleen has been releasing singles, was featured on the Local Brew Live last year with her Christmas release, “Blame It on The Mistletoe” and she has just released a video for her new song, “Love Me Harder”.   

King Corduroy

Classically trained on violin since the age of four, Florida native Dayna Bee is an in demand hired gun as a performer and string arranger here in Nashville. Since moving to town, she’s shifted her style to more of a classic country meets current Americana sound fronting her own band and releasing her songs. She’s also part of King Corduroy’s band, as he is hers and recently worked with The War and Treaty. She teaches violin, she’s a horse lover and makes the best peach cobbler I’ve tasted since my grandmother’s and it’s been many years since I’ve had one of those!

September's edition of Heavy Rotation, chosen by NPR member stations, features music from Janelle Monáe, Labrinth, SAULT, Omar Apollo, New Order and more.

All of this month's picks are available to stream on the Heavy Rotation Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page. As always, you can discover fantastic music programming happening across the country by clicking the links to each station's website, included below.

New Music: Chris Stapleton, Lera Lynn and JD Simo

Sep 30, 2020
Becky Fluke

This week is a treasure trove of new music from country music megastar Chris Stapleton, a new album from the dynamic Lera Lynn, and a new album from JD Simo a guitar player auditioning for the pantheon of guitar gods.


Betsy Phillips

New York raised, Nashville based Jillette Johnson has announced the release of her third album, It’s A Beautiful Day and I Love You, due February 12, 2021 and she’s given us two singles so far. I caught up with Jillette about “Annie” and “I Shouldn’t Go Anywhere”, new merch (a previous Jillette Johnson tee is my most worn band tee ever) and getting to make music with friends.

AnaLee: “Annie” is your newest single and it is one fun, upbeat, very catchy song. Talk a little bit about the inspiration for this one.