Roots Radio News

A Feast of a Fest: Americana 2017 in Review

Sep 19, 2017
Jacqueline Justice

The best way to approach an oncoming juggernaut like AmericanaFest is a delicate balance of reckless ambition and meticulous planning. That, in any event, is one of my takeaways from observing how WMOT and Music City Roots made the scene and flew their flags amid this year’s city-wide roots music extravaganza.

WMOT's 1st Birthday Bash Live

Sep 16, 2017

WMOT hosts its first birthday bash at 6th & Peabody in the Yee-Haw Tent with a amazing lineup of Americana artists. If you can't make it in person watch it live here on

11:00   Paul Thorn

12:00   Reckless Kelly

1:00     Whitney Rose

2:00     The Secret Sisters

3:00     The Deep Dark Woods

4:00     The O’Connor Band

5:00     Lilly Hiatt

6:00     The Texas Gentlemen

7:00     Aaron Lee Tasjan

8:00     Katie Pruitt

9:00     Vandoliers

10:00   Mike Farris 

WMOT presents a special AMERICANAFEST 2017 edition of Wired In with Brent Cobb, Tony Joe White and Lori McKenna live from Thiel Studios.

And The Americana Awards Go To...

Sep 13, 2017

Veterans of roots music fared well at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards, with John Prine and Marty Stuart accepting hand-made trophies for Artist and Group of the Year respectively. The 16th annual ceremony again offered resonant performances and speeches at the Ryman Auditorium on a night that showcased the diversity and mutual admiration of the musical format and its community.  



Sep 12, 2017


Thursday, Sept. 14 at Thiel Studios 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 108 from 4 to 7 PM

4:00 PM Tony Joe White

5:00 PM Brent Cobb

6:00 PM Lori McKenna

WMOT members and AMERICANAFEST Badge Holders are welcome.

Music City Roots

Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Yee-Haw Tent on 6th & Peabody from 7 to 11 PM

Pony Bradshaw, Angaleena Presley, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Cactus Blossoms, John Paul White and a special after show performance by Lee Ann Womack.

A "People's History" in Song at Americana

Sep 4, 2017


More than a dozen leading lights of Americana music will perform songs they did not write but in which they deeply believe at a special event on the opening night of Americanafest 2017.

CD Baby: Grown Up and Beyond CDs

Aug 30, 2017

  An Interview With CEO Tracy Maddux


After two years in Chicago, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference moved to Nashville, where it sold out its nearly 1,500 slots this past weekend. At panels and talks over three days, indie artists focused on monetizing YouTube video, strategic use of Spotify playlists and other hard core aspects of making a living and prospering in today’s cultural, digital maelstrom.

Americana is celebrated as a big musical tent, and WMOT Roots Radio will embrace that by putting up a big musical tent at AmericanaFest 2017.


The Yee-Haw Tent, with seating for 500 people and rigged for our signature quality sound and staging, will be centrally located at 6th Ave. S. and Peabody Street, just a block south of the Music City Center and an easy walk from the Americana Business Conference home at the Westin Hotel.


Will Hoge Goes Electric, Releases Anchors

Aug 28, 2017


Will Hoge is as Nashville as hot chicken and Studio B. The songwriter and roots rocker grew up in Franklin and took his muscular, tuneful sound to the top of the local and regional music scene before truly breaking out with the album Carousel in 2001. Since then he's toured internationally, played the key late night TV shows and built a deeply loyal fan base. And if you were a Nashville based live music lover in the last two decades, Will Hoge has been a staple in your life - music city's answer to Springsteen and Tom Petty.

Black River Enters Americana Current

Aug 28, 2017

  Black River Entertainment, a fixture on Music Row with country and Christian hit songs and records since 2010, has plunged into roots music with its new imprint Black River Americana and the signing of husband and wife duo Carolina Story.

And a classic Nashville story it was. An industry friend tipped off Black River Executive VP Rick Froio, who invited Ben and Emily Roberts in for an audition.



Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne talk or text every day. What these sisters haven’t been able to do over the years as much as they want is record together. It’s something their fans have wanted to hear as well.

For Childers, 'Purgatory' A Fine Place To Be

Aug 14, 2017


Few if any albums this year from a new artist have arrived with more impact than Purgatory by Tyler Childers. The debut, produced by Sturgill Simpson, shot to number one on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and reached #6 for albums overall in the week since its August 4 release.


The album is described as a song cycle that takes an unsentimental look at “the people, landmarks and legendary moments from Childers’ childhood home in Lawrence County, KY”

Remembering Glen Campbell on The String

Aug 10, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The music world is mourning the passing of Glen Campbell at age 81. He was a masterful guitarist and a remarkable interpreter of songs who blended country and pop as artfully as anyone has done. At the same time, this country boy from Delight, AR naturally had the ease and the boyish charm to build a worldwide fan base as a singer, actor and TV host.

Glen Campbell, superstar entertainer of 1960s and '70s, dies

Aug 8, 2017
Glen Campbell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

Wired In with Luther Dickinson

Aug 8, 2017

Luther Dickinson performed for WMOT's Wired In session from 3rd and Lindsley last week. Dickinson is part of the North Mississippi Allstars, a band he and his brother Cody Dickinson founded. 

Check out Dickinson's 50-minute set filled with blues, insightful interview and extraordinary guitar playing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening an exhibit on the life and career of Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn in Nashville.

"Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl" opens Aug. 25 and runs through Aug. 5, 2018.

The museum said in a news release that highlights include Lynn's original handwritten manuscript for her 1970 hit, "Coal Miner's Daughter," the microphone used at her first recording session, some of her dresses, and the sewing machine she used to make her stage clothes early in her career.

Wired In Replay with EmiSunshine

Jul 31, 2017

Missed our Wired In session with EmiSunshine from 3rd and Lindsley? See the entire set on our channel.

Segue 61: Accelerating Music Business School

Jul 28, 2017



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst) Years ago, careers in the music business began by working for free, making coffee and waiting for an opportunity to open up. Then over the past two to three decades, music business programs proliferated at colleges and universities, providing training, internships and a faster track up the career ladder. Now as the industry grows faster paced and even more competitive, new kinds of professional training are taking shape.


Sherman Holmes: Survivor

Jul 27, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst) The Richmond Sessions came out on July 21, marking the solo debut recording of Sherman Holmes, at mere 77 years of age.


From the late 1970s until 2015, The Holmes Brothers were one of the most beloved and eclectic groups working in the overlapping terrain between gospel, blues, soul and country. They recorded for Alligator and Rounder Records and played leading festivals all over the world.


Bluegrass Nominations Mix Fresh With Familiar

Jul 26, 2017

The International Bluegrass Music Association revealed its 2017 awards nominees and new hall of famers on Wednesday morning in Nashville. The names among the top prospects have long and illustrious history on the IBMA Awards stage.

Live video of Luther Dickinson and EmiSunshine

Jul 25, 2017

WMOT will be Wired In with Luther Dickinson and EmiSunshine from 3rd and Lindsley at 2 p.m. today.

I'm With Her Triples Up Vocal Talent

Jul 24, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst)  I’m With Her, the all-star folk trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, has released its first original band-written song.


“Little Lies” - a live in studio performance released on YouTube - is a single in advance of I’m With Her’s first recording, an EP of five cover songs recorded on stage in New York in 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst) Guitarist Jimmy Nalls, who died in late June after 20 years afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, lost his ability to play but he never lost the admiration of his fellow guitar players in and out of Music City. Over two years, a number of leading pickers and studio musicians worked pro bono to finish an album Nalls had started. The final product is The Jimmy Nalls Project, which was released just days before Nalls fell at his home and died from his injuries.

(music – “Wood And Wire” from The Jimmy Nalls Project, 2017)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled.

 A statement released Wednesday by her record label said the 85-year-old singer-songwriter is back at her home in Tennessee after a stay at a rehabilitation facility. Lynn said she's getting stronger every day and her main focus is on making a full recovery.

At 70, John Prine is the hippest songwriter in Nashville

Jul 5, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached.

"I said, 'Hey, my name is Kacey and I am a really big fan. I don't want to offend you or anything, but is there any way you might want to burn one with me?'" Musgraves recalled saying after one of his shows in Nashville, Tennessee.