Sometimes there’s a trade-off between quality and quantity. But sometimes there’s more than enough of both. Such was 2017 in roots and Americana music. Some icons and stars of the format released new music, and the waves of impressive newcomers with debut or sophomore projects never stopped coming.

 

Here’s a possible scene from the near future.

You think that renegade folk singer Robbie Fulks is tremendous, and you’d like to know about other artists on his label, Bloodshot Records. You visit BloodshotRecords.com and before the page loads, a splash screen appears. It’s an advertisement for the couch you lingered in front of last weekend at a local store.

 

WNCW is one of the most influential and important radio stations in traditional American music, a progressive roots station that’s been broadcasting from Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC (just east of Asheville) since 1986. It reflects and shapes the culture of its region, one of the nation’s hubs for folk and bluegrass music. If you love roots music, it's as essential a part of driving around the Great Smoky Mountains as WWOZ is to hanging out in New Orleans.

 

 

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This week on The List, the touring, guitar-slinging host of the List, Webb Wilder, counts down the highest charting albums in Americana. It's two hours of chart topping music from up-and-coming artists and well-seasoned groups, alike! Tune in Fridays from 2-4pm or Saturday morning from 7-9am.

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This week on The List, the touring, guitar-slinging host of the List, Webb Wilder, counts down the highest charting albums in Americana. It's two hours of chart topping music from up-and-coming artists and well-seasoned groups, alike! Tune in Fridays from 2-4pm or Saturday morning from 7-9am.

 

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Lost Sounds with host Greg Reish dives deep into the archive of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music, coming up with rare recordings of American roots music. Each week’s show features a new theme, covering a wide and eclectic range of rarely heard music.

Tune in on Sundays 7-8pm & Saturdays 9-10am!

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This week on Bel-Aire Drive, we spotlight some of the less-than-household-hitmaking names (but nonetheless great music makers) of the 1960's & 70's R&B, Soul & Funk. That's artists such as McFadden & Whitehead, The Lost Generation, the Chambers Brothers, Gene and the Darlings, Ripple, JoJo Benson and over a dozen more on Bel-Aire Drive with Greg Lee, this Friday night from 8 to 10!
 

vu.edu/poll

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.

In the Vanderbilt University poll Thursday, more than six of 10 people surveyed believed fellow state residents are conservative or very conservative.

Only about half of those respondents described themselves that way, a 14 percentage-point gap between perception and reality. About three in 10 considered themselves moderate. Almost 2 in 10 identified as liberal.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says firearm-related criminal offenses have increased by almost 25 percent over a four-year period.

The agency released a report Thursday using data from law enforcement agencies. The report details the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state from 2013 to 2016.

Sometimes there’s a trade-off between quality and quantity. But sometimes there’s more than enough of both. Such was 2017 in roots and Americana music. Some icons and stars of the format released new music, and the waves of impressive newcomers with debut or sophomore projects never stopped coming.

 

congress.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward.

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vu.edu/poll

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.

In the Vanderbilt University poll Thursday, more than six of 10 people surveyed believed fellow state residents are conservative or very conservative.

Only about half of those respondents described themselves that way, a 14 percentage-point gap between perception and reality. About three in 10 considered themselves moderate. Almost 2 in 10 identified as liberal.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says firearm-related criminal offenses have increased by almost 25 percent over a four-year period.

The agency released a report Thursday using data from law enforcement agencies. The report details the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state from 2013 to 2016.

congress.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward.

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