'Galax' Is A Homecoming For The Wild Ponies

Oct 19, 2017

Galax is a town of about 7,000 people on the southern border of Virginia on the edge of the Appalachian mountains. For music lovers, its name conjures up one thing - the Old Fiddler’s Convention a premiere contest and roots music gathering that’s taken place in Galax since 1935. For married musicians Doug and Telisha Williams, who perform under the name The Wild Ponies, the Galax area is also their old home place. It’s where they grew up, dated as high school sweethearts and launched their music career.

 

The office of the Music Health Alliance in a Green Hills office building is bustling with activity on a typical weekday afternoon. The non-profit helps self-employed music professionals - about three fourths of the industry they say - negotiate the complexities of the health care system and take advantage of laws and programs that often go unnoticed or unexploited in times of health crises.

Rhiannon Giddens Eyes New Medium With MacArthur Fellowship

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When Rhiannon Giddens won the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2016, it was a validation of the North Carolina musician’s contributions to old-time, string band and bluegrass music. But her MacArthur Fellowship, announced last week, propels Giddens into a creative and intellectual future that promises to shape society itself.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a dire warning about a deadly new threat to illicit drug users.

The TBI says that first the first time the agency’s labs in Nashville and Knoxville have discovered fentanyl in cocaine samples seized by local police.

Fentanyl is a man-made depressant created in clandestine labs in China and Central America. The synthetic drug is cheap, so dealers add it to cocaine or heroin to increase their profits.

'Galax' Is A Homecoming For The Wild Ponies

Oct 19, 2017

Galax is a town of about 7,000 people on the southern border of Virginia on the edge of the Appalachian mountains. For music lovers, its name conjures up one thing - the Old Fiddler’s Convention a premiere contest and roots music gathering that’s taken place in Galax since 1935. For married musicians Doug and Telisha Williams, who perform under the name The Wild Ponies, the Galax area is also their old home place. It’s where they grew up, dated as high school sweethearts and launched their music career.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Nashville Ballet is getting into the Halloween spirit.

The company has scheduled three TPAC performances of a ballet that explores the infamous Lizzie Borden double murders, along with a second piece built around Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Raven.”

Artistic Director Paul Vasterling created the Lizzie Borden piece. Borden was tried for, but never convicted of the brutal double ax murder of her father and step mother in the late 1800s.

 

The office of the Music Health Alliance in a Green Hills office building is bustling with activity on a typical weekday afternoon. The non-profit helps self-employed music professionals - about three fourths of the industry they say - negotiate the complexities of the health care system and take advantage of laws and programs that often go unnoticed or unexploited in times of health crises.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It’s been something of a roller-coaster ride for Tennessee’s school children, parents, teachers and administrators in recent weeks, with a string of media reports on education successes and failures.

On the plus side, the State Department of Education recently revealed that the number of Tennessee children graduating from high school had reached an all-time high.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was also happy to report another milestone for the state’s combined ACT scores.

Rhiannon Giddens Eyes New Medium With MacArthur Fellowship

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When Rhiannon Giddens won the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2016, it was a validation of the North Carolina musician’s contributions to old-time, string band and bluegrass music. But her MacArthur Fellowship, announced last week, propels Giddens into a creative and intellectual future that promises to shape society itself.

 

A simple solution for social media manipulation

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WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar (oh-MID-ee-ar) asserts that social media are threatening our democracy.

Omidyar writes in part "From foreign interference in our elections to targeted campaigns designed to confuse and divide on important issues, groups looking for an important way to infiltrate and influence our democracy have found generous hosts in the world of social media."

The String with Craig Havighurst - Episode 37

Oct 17, 2017

This week on The String Craig Havighurst sits down with Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars to talk about that band's two decade journey as torch bearers for the hill country blues and the legacy of their father, the great Memphis producer Jim Dickinson. Also, Sam Gleaves on inclusion and diversity in bluegrass.

The String, Conversations on Culture, Media and American Music with Craig Havighurst, Sundays at 8 am repeating Mondays at 9 pm.

The List - Episode 34

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This week's Americana chart show is being hosted from across the pond, in Sheffield, England. Your host -- electrifying artist, Webb Wilder -- counts down the highest charting albums in Americana. Turnpike Troubadours and Margo Price kick the chart off with albums debuting this week, while chart veterans Slaid Cleaves, Chris Stapleton and others shift to new chart positions.

Somebody Say Amen - Episode 10.15

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a dire warning about a deadly new threat to illicit drug users.

The TBI says that first the first time the agency’s labs in Nashville and Knoxville have discovered fentanyl in cocaine samples seized by local police.

Fentanyl is a man-made depressant created in clandestine labs in China and Central America. The synthetic drug is cheap, so dealers add it to cocaine or heroin to increase their profits.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Nashville Ballet is getting into the Halloween spirit.

The company has scheduled three TPAC performances of a ballet that explores the infamous Lizzie Borden double murders, along with a second piece built around Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Raven.”

Artistic Director Paul Vasterling created the Lizzie Borden piece. Borden was tried for, but never convicted of the brutal double ax murder of her father and step mother in the late 1800s.

tennessee.gov/education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It’s been something of a roller-coaster ride for Tennessee’s school children, parents, teachers and administrators in recent weeks, with a string of media reports on education successes and failures.

On the plus side, the State Department of Education recently revealed that the number of Tennessee children graduating from high school had reached an all-time high.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was also happy to report another milestone for the state’s combined ACT scores.

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