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Editor’s Note: Chattanooga businessman, fiddler and music philanthropist Fletcher Bright died on Christmas day at the age of 86. (Full obituary here) He was a founder and funder of the free 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival, which held its 11th edition last October. Bright was also a founding member of The Dismembered Tennesseans, a band that’s lasted across seven decades.

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Rick Hall, who died on Monday at age 85 after battling prostate cancer, is being remembered as a stubborn visionary who could be as nurturing as he was exasperating. Yet all agree that he built one of America’s most successful and exceptional music production operations in a place where it shouldn’t have been possible, Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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.

 

Murfreesboro, TN – The NCAA has somewhat eased the home attendance requirement as Middle Tennessee State University prepares to embark on another football season. University officials say that's good news.

Murfreesboro, TN – Intellectually gifted students often feel unchallenged in the classroom. But gifted kids in Tennessee will soon have more help in assuring they reach their full potential. Shawn Jacobs reports.

Nashville, TN – A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame highlights R and B artists from 1945-1970.

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.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee General Assembly gets underway this week.

WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of some of the state’s leading political voices. Today we hear from the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Kat McRitchie speaks for the Tennessee Chapter.

“Ninety-three Americans die every day of gun violence…This year and every year, until no Americans and no Tennessee’s suffer gun violence, we will work to protect the Second Amendment while also keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar and Sturgill Simpson lead the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The festival announced its lineup on Tuesday for the music festival to be held June 7-10 in Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Other artists include Bon Iver, Khalid, Kaskade, Paramore, Alt-J, Dua Lipa and Sheryl Crow.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee General Assembly gets underway this week.

 

WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of some of the state’s leading political voices.  Today we hear from the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

 

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