Last November, Concord Music, the world’s largest independent music company, announced that musician turned attorney John Strohm would be the new president of Rounder Records and its associated Sugar Hill Records. For roots music fans and artists, this is a big deal because each label has a distinguished and influential history.

 

 

This Path Tonight, the most recent album from two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash, had ten songs focused on changing seasons in his life and a new relationship. A deluxe edition of that album though included three bonus tracks, including some of the pointed social commentary for which Nash became so famous.

“Many a good soul lost their life and we were just three of them

Arm in arm we stood our ground for something to believe in.”

The 30th annual Folk Alliance International conference recently wrapped in Kansas City. It’s a confab like no other, with countless showcase performances large and small, with a deep ethos of human connection and artistic freedom. And it’s the subject of this week’s multi-artist edition of The String. Of the interviews I did on site, these emerged as the best cross section of this unique and intense event. Listen to the full show here.

 

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Liz Brasher will be in the studio with WMOT host Jessie Scott Feb. 28, then playing the 5 Spot

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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2 Trump gun proposals divide Tennessee governor GOP field

Mar 2, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's leading Republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed feelings or aren't taking firm stances on President Donald Trump's ideas to ban bump stocks and bar people under 21 from buying semi-automatic guns.

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said she's not sure she'd vote to ban bump stocks at this point. She said states should determine semi-automatic weapon age requirements, but didn't specify her preference.

Businessman Bill Lee said he'd be open to a possible bump stock ban, but not to raising the age limit.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  A proposal is moving ahead in the State Legislature to allow more teachers to carry guns in Tennessee schools.

Testimony during a hearing yesterday in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee largely opposed the measure. Among those panning the bill were speakers for the state Department of Education and the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

Concerns ranged from how well trained armed teachers might be to whether some school systems might opt to replace expensive school police officers with less costly armed teachers.

Metro Schools go digital to meet student needs

Feb 28, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Metro Nashville schools are using a new charity website to connect the community with its neediest students.

Purposity.com was launched last year and is already working with schools and non-profits in 30 states to aid the poor. The website name is a combination of the words “purpose” and “generosity.”

While protecting the identity of both donor and recipient, the site allows the donor to immediately purchase an item that meets the specific, requested need of an individual in the community.

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In 1954, at the age of 25, Roger Bannister made headlines around the world as the first person to run a mile under 4 minutes.

Bannister's 3:59:4 mile unlocked the door to what was possible in track — both physically and psychologically.

It had long been thought that a sub 4-minute mile was far from achievable and perhaps deadly for those who tried.

British Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to the former athlete, who later became one of Europe's leading neurologists and was made a knight.

In 1954, at the age of 25, Roger Bannister made headlines around the world as the first person to run a mile under 4 minutes.

Bannister's 3:59:4 mile unlocked the door to what was possible in track — both physically and psychologically.

It had long been thought that a sub 4-minute mile was far from achievable and perhaps deadly for those who tried.

British Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to the former athlete, who later became one of Europe's leading neurologists and was made a knight.

For the first time in Indiana’s history Sunday, Hoosiers were able to walk into a liquor store on a Sunday and purchase a beverage of their choice.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law the legalization of Sunday carry-out sales – a first in state history.

Many were excited, but liquor store customers and employees don’t expect overall sales numbers will change much.