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.

 

Reviving Nashville's Jefferson Street R&B Scene in Museums Small and Large

Dec 18, 2017

It took about a decade of concerted story telling, media strategy, tourism success and breakout artists to correct the dominant narrative about Nashville that it was, first and last, a country music town, rather than a fully rounded Music City. One thread of the effort was the story of R&B music in Nashville.

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.

Murfreesboro, TN – Since 1969, WMOT has filled the airwaves of Middle Tennessee -- even before there was a department of Mass Communications. From the upper floors of the Dramatic Arts building to the Learning Resources Center, the station has seen many changes in operating styles, campus administrations, and the ever-changing names on the student employee rosters.

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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff's office says a deputy has been killed in an off-duty car crash.

News outlets report that Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall says Joseph Gilmore was killed on Interstate 24 while returning from St. Louis on Tuesday morning.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol report says Gilmore's car struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 and became lodged beneath the trailer. Troopers don't suspect either driver was impaired with drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index is up 28 points or roughly 19 percent in a single quarter.

Middle Tennessee State Index Director Dr. Tim Graeff says the state’s consumers are positive pretty much across the board.

“About twice as many consumers say that the economy in the United States is good, versus bad, and their perception of the Tennessee economy continues to be strong. More than three times as many people say that the economy in Tennessee is good, versus bad.”

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