You hear the expression all the time: a “highly anticipated album.” But in the case of Mary Gauthier’s Rifles and Rosary Beads, there’s documentary evidence that the label applies.

Advance coverage by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, American Songwriter and many other outlets - not to mention the emotional subject matter of the concept album - suggests that when these story songs are released this Friday, Gauthier’s worldwide audience, and then some, will be paying close attention.

WMOT’s Wednesday night tent pole show Music City Roots breaks camp and routine this week, broadcasting on Saturday night from the City Winery Nashville. It’s the first time in its eight year history that MCR has been staged in downtown Nashville, launching a half year of Roots On The Road shows at a variety of venues, before moving mid-year into a new home at 6th Ave. South and Peabody St. adjacent to the Music City Center.


The grass roots music renaissance of Muscle Shoals Alabama brings a package show to Nashville this weekend as Single Lock Records presents two nights of bands and songwriters in two different venues.

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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.

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.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to address the opioid addiction epidemic received a warm reception from the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services.

The organization represents many of the state’s addiction treatment facilities and counselors.

On Monday the governor promised $25 million in additional spending for treatment. The Association’s Mary-Linden Salters said she’s happy with that increase.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Vanderbilt researcher says Metro Nashville Schools are “re-segregating,” a process he says has been ongoing since 1998.

Luke Rainey is a Research Analyst at Vanderbilt’s Peabody Research Institute. He’s involved in a long-term study of at risk children in Metro schools.

In preparation for that study, Rainey dove deep into the school system’s history and student data. Some disturbing trends were revealed.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — The Women’s March 2.0 in Nashville this past weekend may have been billed as a protest, but the focus seemed to be on voting and winning elections.

The march route from Public Square to the Bicentennial Mall was lined with election signs. Politicians were working the crowd and Mayor Megan Barry was a featured speaker.

Hazel Thornton with the League of Women Voters was just one several people on hand to register new voters.

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