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John Oates coming home to his teenage folk and roots influences is one of Nashville’s most interesting and emblematic stories of the past decade. Initially, it was hard for some to believe that the voice and pen behind 1980s radio staples “Maneater” and “Rich Girl” would find a style that would fit comfortably into an Americana field defined by the likes of Rodney Crowell and Jason Isbell.

 

Histories of American music and musicians, in their attention to sounds, influences and personal stories, often overlook the corporeal side of the story - the physical bodies and erotic souls moved by rhythm and pursuing sex lives influenced by the power of music. That’s very much the terrain however of Ann Powers’ late 2017 book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.

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The 60th Grammy Awards leaned on Nashville for solemnity and substance on Sunday night, with prominent Music City country and roots artists anchoring the night’s in memoriam moments.

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Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz singer/songwriter Lorraine Feather displays her versality.

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."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Many mid-state Christians are elated that President Donald Trump has decided to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Vanderbilt religious history scholar James Hudnut-Beumler says that’s due to a unique view of the Bible held by the Evangelical Christians. Evangelicals are the single largest group of Christians in Middle Tennessee.

“There is a belief in all Christian communities that Christ will come again and God will bring a fulfillment to history.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In her bid for governor of Tennessee, Republican Rep. Diane Black will run an ad during the Super Bowl pregame show saying "it's too bad that the league doesn't respect the patriotism of our national anthem."

Black's campaign spokesman, Chris Hartline, said Thursday that the ad urging fans to stand will run on one network in several Tennessee markets at a cost of more than $50,000. Some will see it right before kickoff, he said.

BOSTON (AP/WMOT) — A Massachusetts pharmacist convicted for his role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that left 14 Tennesseans dead apologized to victims and their families before being sentenced to eight years in prison.

Nearly 80 people died and almost 800 were sickened in what's considered the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history. The fungal meningitis outbreak was caused by mold-tainted steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center.

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