Last weekend in Raleigh, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn brought their intimate banjo-centric duo to several thousand people at World of Bluegrass, because they’re among the biggest stars in the genre. This week though, Béla and Abby, as they are affectionately known to the bluegrass community, will scale down and give back in a series of benefits shows in Nashville, starting on Tuesday evening.

“October 3rd at the Basement we are going to be working with the Tennessee Environmental Council, which is a group that Bela in particular has worked a lot with.”

Youth Brigade Brings Change to the IBMA Awards

Sep 29, 2017

RALEIGH, NC (Havighurst)  -- The premium prizes at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards were bound to go to industry veterans based on the nominee pool, but an insurgent slate of young and first-time winners in the instrumentalist categories sent a signal Thursday night in Raleigh, NC that bluegrass in the coming years will be defined at least as much by a new generation as by the seasoned artists that have tended to win prizes year in, year out. Serial winners have been a source of frustration within the bluegrass community for some time.

Elizabeth Cook on Wired In

Sep 27, 2017

Elizabeth Cook wrote El Camino in Shelby Bottoms Park in East Nashville. Cook performed El Camino during WMOT's May Wired In session from Thiel Studio.

Mama's Funeral is Cook's personal account of her mothers death and funeral.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville-based singer/saxophonist will appear in the prestigious Second Annual Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Nashville, Tenn. – "Teen Angel" takes the stage once again at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, July 9-11.

Murfreesboro, TN – Some MTSU students are earning credit hours this summer by watching situation comedy reruns.

Murfreesboro, TN – Singer/songwriter Julia Rich, who has just released a new single, updates listeners on her career and talks about the upcoming jazz festival.

Murfreesboro, TN – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris talks about working with the greats and his new CD "Evolution."

Murfreesboro, TN – New York pianist Bill Charlap's new CD rethinks the Broadway tunes of classical composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. Charlap's piano lines move easily the bounce of "Cool," the Cuban cadences of "America," and the brush-stroked "Glitter to Be Gay." His solo on "Somewhere" links Bernstein's intersection of the classics, American popular song, and jazz.

Murfreesboro, TN – This amazing local songstress is performing a string of local dates, plans to release a new album soon, and recently changed her address.

Tullahoma, TN – America's involvement in Iraq seems to highlight the point that, sadly, war is often accompanied by "war crimes." That fact is also illustrated in a new book by local historian Dr. Michael Bradley. But, as Shawn Jacobs reports, the "when" and "where" of these events may surprise you.

Murfreesboro, TN – The new 21-thousand square foot, four million dollar home of MTSU's Honors College opened recently.

Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz Pianist Mark Levine recently stopped in Nashville to conduct a workshop and jam.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city will receive more than a million dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to finish processing untested rape kits.

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  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A man burned in a hotel room fire that police say was related to a meth lab has been hospitalized.

News outlets report that Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans said in a press release that officer responding to a medical call behind a convenience store Sunday morning found the burned man in his underwear. The man was taken to the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's opponents on both sides of the political spectrum aren't waiting for him to make up his mind about a U.S. Senate bid before launching attacks on the Republican.

Haslam said this week that he wants to take time to think and pray about whether to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker, a close family friend.

Both the Tennessee Democratic Party and the conservative website Breitbart News took aim at Haslam for the federal investigation into a diesel rebate scam at his family's truck stop chain, Pilot Flying J.

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