Maya de Vitry performed live for the WMOT East Iris Studio video sessions at the end of February, 2020. De Vitry independently released her 2019 album How To Break a Fall. The album is her second independent release, her first was Adaptations in 2018.
Trigger Hippy performed on WMOT's Wired In stage at Analog in the Hutton Hotel in Nashville on Nov. 20, 2019. Just months before they released their album Full Circle and Then Some.
Trigger Hippy was founded in 2009 by Steve Gorman (co-founder of the Black Crowes) and Nashville artist Nick Govrik. Gorman and Govrik added Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens) and Amber Woodhouse to complete the group and the Full Circle and Then Some album.
Tim O'Brien and his band joined the WMOT Public Radio Music Day celebration with a video session at East Iris Studios, Feb. 24, 2020. O'Brien's most recent album Tim O'Brien Band was released in 2019 and included the song "Diggin' My Potatoes".
Brian Wright brought his band of six Sneakups into the studio at East Iris for WMOT's East Iris Studios video sessions in late February 2020. Brian Wright and the Sneakups new album "Lapse of Luxury" will be released on Cafe Rooster Records May 8, 2020.
Nashville artist Will Hoge joined WMOT at East Iris Studios back in February 2020 for our Public Radio Music Day video sessions. Hoge debuted "The Curse" on WMOT for Public Radio Music Day, April 16. 2020. The full album, Tiny Little Movies will be released June 26, 2020.
Sierra Hull's most recent album 25 Trips was released on February 28, 2020. Just before the album release, Hull joined WMOT for an interview and live performance video session at East Iris Studios in Nashville.
Jesse Dayton performed a stripped down duo set for WMOT's Wired In session from City Winery in Nashville Feb. 17, 2020. Dayton and his bass player performed songs from his most recent albums, including On Fire In Nashville, a seven-song EP featuring "May Have To Do It". The EP was recorded live at the Filming Station during AmericanaFest 2018.
Kelsey Waldon’s country comes from northwest Kentucky with an esthetic born in Nashville’s studios in the 1970s. Her acoustic guitar was bolstered by Telecaster and pedal steel, the ideal cocktail for her stories of growing up (“Kentucky 1988”), the road (“White Noise / White Lines”) and tobacco farming (“Black Patch”). “Sunday’s Children” is possibly the bravest song on her Oh Boy Records album of last year, given that its warnings about church brainwashing would certainly not be taken to heart in her native terrain.
Watch Bonnie Bishop's video session from our 895 Sessions during SXSW from The Backstage at El Mercado in Austin, Texas. Bishop performed songs from her 2019 album, The Walk and her 2016 album, Ain't Who I Was.
Logan Ledger opened the show with the backing of only Luke Reynolds on electric guitar. Bay area native Ledger’s recorded sound is luxurious with groove and texture, but his voice is so outstanding that he can convey his dark Roy Orbison kind of vibe without drums or bass or keys, as on the Bakersfield noir number “Invisible Blue.” The song “River of Fools” had more swing and boogie, with some scat lyrics that called Roger Miller to mind. Leger’s voice fit the classic Jim Reeves ballad “He’ll Have To Go” like a well-worn boot.
Kendell Marvel wrapped up our January 21, 2020 Wired In session "with the full-force honky tonk rock and roll of veteran Kendell Marvel. With a baritone bazooka of a voice, his sound splits the difference between Hank Williams Jr. and Gregg Allman. Heads were banged during the opening number “Good For Me,” but that wasn’t the only tone, with the barroom swing of “Untangle My Mind” (co-written with Chris Stapelton) following close behind. And “Cadillac’n’” is a cruiser’s delight saturated with the electric blues.
Watch the video cuts from Dee White's at the December 16, 2019 Wired In session from Analog in Nashville. White, a native of Slapout, Alabama released his debut album Southern Gentleman on Easy Eye Sound. The album was co-produced by Dan Auerback and David Ferguson.
Che Apalache's performance on the AmericanaFest Day Stage presented by NPR Music, WMOT and World Cafe was one of the most talked about performances at AmericanaFest.
Che Apalache is a four-person string band that began as a bluegrass band but has incorporated Latin American styles into their sound. The band's latest album Rearrange My Heart was produced by Béla Fleck.
WMOT members and guests experienced an amazing afternoon and evening of music from The Watson Twins, Carolina Story, The War and Treaty and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys. Watch the full 40-minute sets.