Since launching in 2009, the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN has become world renowned for its boundary blurring showcases of experimental, avant garde and progressive art music. This year’s festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, will add a new suite of events dedicated to the folk culture of its East Tennessee locale.

But this being Big Ears, it won’t be strictly your grandpa and grandma’s bluegrass and old time music.

Liz Brasher Video from WMOT Studio A

Mar 12, 2018

Liz Brasher stopped by the WMOT studios for an on-air session with host Jessie Scott and the WMOT Video Crew. Brasher, an NPR Slingshot artist, has a new EP, Outcast that will drop April 27, 2018. The first single from the EP "Body of Mine" is one of four she recorded for WMOT.

Brasher and her band head to SXSW in Austin, Texas where she will perform for WMOT at El Mercado, and on the NPR Stage at Stubbs.

Julian Lage, Standing Astride Jazz and Roots

Mar 11, 2018

The world of roots music has been made wider and deeper through the contributions of some key instrumentalists who’ve drawn heavily on jazz to create a new American acoustic music we might call string band fusion. Among them: Béla Fleck, Sam Bush and David Grisman. Those names all came up prominently in my recent conversation with guitarist Julian Lage.

NPR Music, WMOT and VuHaus Project Slingshot

Check out Liz Brasher's song 'Body of Mine' recorded in-studio with WMOT

Murfreesboro, TN – A jazz great takes a look at the future of America's purist and only original art form.

Nashville, TN – The prison's gone and so are some of the inmates, but this award-winning piece tells the story of long-ago dreamers who learned to escape via their imaginations.

Murfreesboro, TN – Creative writing students are signing up for a new mentor program with results to write home about.

Murfreesboro, TN – A country great takes a spin around the floor to the tune of jazz classics. WMOT's Shawn Jacobs to Suzy Boggus.

Murfreesboro, TN – Local veterans remember the battlefield and the homefront during World War Two.

Murfreesboro, TN – Blue Note recording artist Tim Hagans recently visited MTSU

Murfreesboro, TN –

10/9/03 – Jazzy brothers share insight in the process of recording their latest album and why they included the Southern Rock classic "FreeBird".

Murfreesboro, TN – October 25, 2003 marks the 200th Bicentennial of Rutherford County, complete with a full day Heritage Festival Celebration taking place around the county (details on this website under "Heritage Festival.")

Murfreesboro, TN – The WMOT news department professionals and student reporters will now be posting their stories here on the web site. There are plans to post the audio from selected stories, according to Randy O'Brien, Director of News and Public Affairs.

This is one in a growing list of services to Middle Tennessee and MTSU. Our goal is to help spread the word about our region to the world wide community.


WMOT Fundraiser: An Evening with Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley will perform songs from his upcoming album in an intimate setting, with guest Billy Strings. Your ticket purchase will support the WMOT student internship program


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State lawmakers want to change the way the final school grades of some Tennessee students are calculated.  

Republican Rep. John Forgety is sponsoring a measure in the House that would allow schools to apply up to 25 percent of state achievement test scores to a child’s final grade.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican House and Senate leaders say the state isn't paying lawmakers or staffers to attend a California legislative summit.

In a letter Thursday, Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell said the state won't cover the National Conference of State Legislatures conference trip in Los Angeles because of California's ban on state-paid trips to Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied the state attorney general's request to move up eight execution dates before June 1.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the requests Feb. 5 and cited "ongoing difficulty" getting lethal injection drugs.

The court on Thursday did set execution dates for two of the inmates, Oct. 11 for Edmund Zagorski, who was convicted of two murders, and Dec. 6 for David Earl Miller, who was convicted of murdering a mentally disabled woman.

Tennessee hasn't put anyone to death since 2009.

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