Josh Ritter Live Video on WXPN Free at Noon

Sep 22, 2017

Josh Ritter performs live on our NPR partner station WXPN out of Philadelphia, Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. CST.

A Feast of a Fest: Americana 2017 in Review

Sep 19, 2017
Jacqueline Justice

The best way to approach an oncoming juggernaut like AmericanaFest is a delicate balance of reckless ambition and meticulous planning. That, in any event, is one of my takeaways from observing how WMOT and Music City Roots made the scene and flew their flags amid this year’s city-wide roots music extravaganza.

WMOT's 1st Birthday Bash Live

Sep 16, 2017

WMOT hosts its first birthday bash at 6th & Peabody in the Yee-Haw Tent with a amazing lineup of Americana artists. If you can't make it in person watch it live here on

11:00   Paul Thorn

12:00   Reckless Kelly

1:00     Whitney Rose

2:00     The Secret Sisters

3:00     The Deep Dark Woods

4:00     The O’Connor Band

5:00     Lilly Hiatt

6:00     The Texas Gentlemen

7:00     Aaron Lee Tasjan

8:00     Katie Pruitt

9:00     Vandoliers

10:00   Mike Farris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," has died. He was 78.

A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said he died Friday after a short illness.

Williams had 17 No. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner and Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Vanderbilt researcher says not even the planned December release of a new Star Wars film will likely save Hollywood from a down year at the box office.

Vanderbilt Cinema and Media Arts Professor Seth Kim says the summer of 2017 was one of the worst in years for the movie industry. He says one reason for the poor performance was the surprising lack of big summer blockbusters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs, in defiance of President Donald Trump.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been electrocuted during relief work in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

News outlets quote Bryan Simons of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office in Texas as saying 22-year-old Lachlan Brain of Winchester, Tennessee, was electrocuted Tuesday when he became entangled in high-tension power lines. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee’s largest universities are among the most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA currently shields some 8,000 undocumented young people living in Tennessee from deportation.

The presidents of Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb, and Trevecca were all quick to issue statements decrying Trump’s decision.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville based Gibson Guitar appears to be in serious trouble in spite of the fact that the brand was recently featured at a White House “Made in America” promotion.

Dr. Andy Borchers at the Lipscomb College of Business notes that Gibson’s debt rating was recently reduced to junk bond status. He says Gibson’s attempts to diversify have left the company vulnerable at a time when the instrument market is is in decline.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  One Tennessee child in five is classified as obese and the state ranks fifth in the nation for overweight children.

That finding was released this week in a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

East Tennessee’s Kindall Hurley with the Childhood Obesity Coalition says many of the state’s children simply don’t have access to healthy food.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats calmly discussed ways to curb premium increases for individual insurance policies on Wednesday at a Senate hearing that veered away from years of fierce partisanship over the failed GOP effort to revoke President Barack Obama's health care law.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Brentwood based Hope Force International is just one of the mid-state organizations pouring volunteers and resources into Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.

The faith-based charity trains volunteers specifically to work in disaster areas. Karen Ritchey of Franklin is a Hope Force response veteran. Harvey is her tenth deployment for the charity.

“Basically, we’ve been going into neighborhoods and finding those who have maybe been underserved or don’t have family and friends in the area to help them.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --   Tennesseans will know by the end of the year just how effective Gov. Bill Haslam’s initiative has been to offer every high school senior in the state a free two-year college degree.


The governor’s Tennessee Promise program enrolled its first students a little over two years ago. Those students were given five semesters to graduate with an associate’s degree, or some type of technical training. That fifth semester is now underway and will end in December.



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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on shooting at church in Nashville (all times local):

1 p.m.

Authorities in Tennessee say one person is dead and seven people sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire at a church in Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police Department says the gunman was wounded and was taken to a hospital. No details were available about his condition.

The police department said on Twitter that six of the injured were shot and one was pistol-whipped.

Documenting hate in Middle Tennessee

Sep 22, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Media outlets here in Tennessee and around the country are asking for the public's help investigating hate crimes.


The partnership, led by the ProPublica and including most of Tennessee's major newspapers, has set up an online form where the public can file reports on hate incidents. Participating media will send reporters out to look at those incidents.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago.

Zachary Adams was found guilty after an 11-day trial in Savannah, Tennessee. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holly Bobo was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in rural Parsons on April 13, 2011.

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