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In late 2016, Penguin books published Forever Words, featuring previously unseen poetry by the late Johnny Cash. The icon’s son John Carter Cash, who read one of those poems in an interview with WMOT, indicated at the time that some artists had begun to set some of the poems to music.

This has now come to pass, and this being the Cash estate, it’s not been done half way.

 

 

 

Gibson, legally known these days as Gibson Brands, Inc., couldn’t be a bigger deal in American music. Its iconic electric guitars, banjos and mandolins changed the world in the hands of greats like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter.

But lately the lead story at Gibson isn’t about music. It’s about staggering amounts of debt and observers warning of impending bankruptcy.

A Quiet Giant of Roots Music, Randy Scruggs, Is Dead at 64

Apr 18, 2018

Randy Scruggs, a soft-spoken, multi-talented musician and artist from a great American music family, died on Tuesday at age 64, reportedly from an illness.

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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.

Tullahoma, TN – America's involvement in Iraq seems to highlight the point that, sadly, war is often accompanied by "war crimes." That fact is also illustrated in a new book by local historian Dr. Michael Bradley. But, as Shawn Jacobs reports, the "when" and "where" of these events may surprise you.

Murfreesboro, TN – The new 21-thousand square foot, four million dollar home of MTSU's Honors College opened recently.

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WASHINGTON DC, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee’s Senators scored a pair of legislative victories this week in Washington DC, thanks to bipartisanship that’s unusual in the nation’s deeply divided capital.

Senator Lamar Alexander’s opioid crisis response legislation is now headed to the full Senate for a final vote. On Tuesday the Senate Health Committee Alexander chairs voted unanimously to move the legislation forward.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville native and Waffle House shooting survivor James Shaw Jr. continues to be hailed as a hero for intervening to stop a gunman's rampage.

Four people were killed and others wounded during the Sunday morning attack on diners at an Antioch Waffle House by a man wielding an assault style rifle.

Shaw says when the gunman’s rifle jammed he rushed forward and grabbed the weapon by the barrel. Shaw and the gunman wrestled for the weapon, but Shaw was able to snatch it away and threw it behind a counter.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.

Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.

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Scott Pruitt was supposed to spend today on Capitol Hill discussing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget. That may seem an easy task compared to the grilling he's likely to get instead over myriad allegations of improper spending and ethics violations.

It's the first time Pruitt will appear before lawmakers since weeks of accusations prompted a string of investigations — by the EPA Inspector General's office, at the GAO, and in Congress. By this week, even staunch allies like Senator James Inhofe, a Pruitt mentor from his home state of Oklahoma, were expressing concern.

On Thursday, a Boston city commission is expected to vote on a big battle brewing over a tiny, two-block street.

Yawkey Way, which runs alongside Fenway Park, was named for the late, former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, who was known for his philanthropy, but also for his historically racist ball club.

Now, the team's current owners say they are still haunted by Yawkey's legacy, and they want the street renamed, to distance themselves from the team's checkered past.