'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

Oct 18, 2017



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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Bel-Aire Drive - Episode 10.13

Oct 17, 2017

Bel-Aire Drive is a weekly showcase for the sounds of Soul, Funk, Blues and Rhythm & Blues of the 1960s and 70s with WMOT host, Greg Lee.

Bel-Aire Drive - Episode 10.6

Oct 17, 2017

This week's installment of Bel-Aire Drive ain't nothin' butta dance party with classic R&B, Soul and Funk from some favorites - Curtis, Marvin, JB and the legendary Howard Tate. The ladies are well represented, too - Aretha, Koko, Mavis Staples, Ann Sexton & Jackie Moore - and let's not forget the great groups like the Chambers Brothers, the Bar-Kays, Temptations and the Gap Band (can you say, "Oops, Upside Your Head")! Get a good night's rest and join us on the dance floor at 89.5.

Ruston Kelly 'Black Magic'

Oct 17, 2017

Ruston Kelly performed his song, Black Magic, for WMOT's Wired In session May 25, 2017. Kelly is a Nashville based singer-song writer.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  White Supremacist groups are planning what they’re calling “White Lives Matter” rallies in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville for the last Saturday of the month.

The Daily News Journal notes that anti-fascist groups are calling on their members to be here to confront them.

Now, local residents are organizing their own gatherings the same day. One such group is calling itself “Murfreesboro Loves” and organizers are scheduling events all over the city, except on the city square where the White Supremacists and counter protesters may clash.

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state political historian says President Trump and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker are hardly the first two high-office holders to resort to public name-calling.

The two men unloaded on each other in recent weeks in dueling Twitter posts. Corker questioned the president’s competence and suggested the White House had become an “adult day care center.”

Trump questioned Corker’s courage, accusing him of lacking the “guts” to run for a third term in office.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  You may not be aware that one of the world’s premier stuttering advocacy organizations is located here in Tennessee unless you or a family member happens to be one of the 70 million people worldwide who struggle with stuttering.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly.

The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored.

Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up with a different overall score.

State spokeswoman Sara Gast says the errors did not affect the statewide results.

The String with Craig Havighurst - Episode 36

Oct 11, 2017

This week on The String, innovative Kentucky songwriter Ben Sollee describes his journey as a songwriter who found his muse in the cello, his breakout collaboration with the Sparrow Quartet and his new homage to string band and bluegrass music with the sophisticated new band and album Kentucky Native. He's a musician with a deep social conscience as well, and he describes how his passions and causes such as mountaintop removal are adjusting in the era of Donald Trump. Plus a visit with East Nashville's duo Wild Ponies. Old time country stalwarts Doug and Telisha Williams tapped the talents and ambience of their home place in Galax, VA to make a an album rich in family history and regional talent.

A half a dozen guys are wrestling with the poles of a big canvas tent in a field in Kingston Springs, TN. We're at Hayshed Farms, and the goal is to be ready by Friday for the second annual Hoedown on the Harpeth. Organizer Robert Dunn takes a break to describe what to expect over two days and nights this weekend.  “We’re trying to reflect on that 1925 to 1975 era of classic country music," Dunn said. "And back in those days was when you had a festival like this at the local farm or down the street. Everything was homemade. Just to give that down home feel of the working man’s festival.

Somebody Say Amen Episode 10.8

Oct 10, 2017

Gospel with WMOT host Brittney Spencer.


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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.


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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