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.

 

 

Tennessee prison inmates help train service dogs

Dec 7, 2017
cci.org

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee inmates are training service dogs for a national charity at Hardeman Correctional Facility in Whiteville.

Nationwide, inmates at 15 prisons are training dogs basic commands for the non-profit Canine Companions for Independence. The charity provides service dogs free of charge.

Donald Moore is one of six Hardeman inmates currently training CCI dogs. Over about two years he’ll teach his dog Lazlo about 30 commands. But Moore says Lazlo isn’t the only one learning.

The String with Craig Havighurst - Episode 12.03

Dec 6, 2017

 

This week (12.3), Craig sits down with Texas songwriting great Radney Foster to talk about his new, innovative book/album concept combination called For You To See The Stars." Also, a short visit with Joe Kendrick, veteran of the great WNCW radio in western NC and host of the new podcast Southern Songs and Stories. 

 

The List - Episode 12.01

Dec 6, 2017

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.

Somebody Say Amen - Episode 12.03

Dec 6, 2017

Gospel with WMOT host Brittney Spencer

Every Sunday morning from 9 - 11!

Lost Sounds - Episode 48

Dec 6, 2017

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!

Bel-Aire Drive - Episode 12.1

Dec 6, 2017

This week on Bel-Aire Drive, along with a big rockin' dose of R&B, Blues, Funk and Soul we celebrate the birthdays of two great artists - one, a legendary bass player who changed the way the instrument was played & heard - the other, blessed with an immediately identifiable voice. Both of them long since passed, but always celebrated on Bel-Aire Drive with Greg Lee, Friday night from 8 to 10!

supremecourt.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A leading Tennessee gay rights advocate says the state’s LGBTQ community is bracing for another loss at the Supreme Court.

The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case out of Colorado involving a baker who refused in 2012 to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Pundits say Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to cast the deciding vote. Kennedy’s questions Tuesday suggest he’s torn between the gay rights aspects of the case on one hand, and the free speech implications of the case on the other.

walkbikenashville.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The number of pedestrians killed in Nashville has already surpassed last year’s total, with much of December still remaining.

The group Walk Bike Nashville keeps a running total of the number of pedestrians injured and killed on Music City streets. The group says 20 people have been struck and killed this year. Sixteen pedestrians died in all of 2016.

Director Nora Kern says there is a pattern to the deaths.

 

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.

 

 

tn.gov/tbi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is again sounding an alarm concerning dangerous illicit street drugs.

Back in late October the TBI announced that its labs had found the extremely potent synthetic drug fentanyl in samples of cocaine seized by local police. This week TBI says the evolving threat has grown to include knock-off pain pills laced with fentanyl, as-well-as ketamine, tramadol, cocaine, and heroin.

Some of these combinations can be dozens of times more potent than morphine, making overdoses far more likely.

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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.

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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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