Keep the Music Playing

Help us grow our music community, get invited to one-of-a-kind shows, support music discovery and emerging artists...and it's tax-deductible!


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.

WMOT Membership Has Its Benefits

Become a member of WMOT and support locally programmed, community radio...and it's tax-deductible!

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

Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz Pianist Mark Levine recently stopped in Nashville to conduct a workshop and jam.

Murfreesboro, TN – Students and faculty recognized Sexual Assualt Awareness Week, April 11-17.

Nashville, TN – A new slogan for Tennessee's department of tourism.

Murfreesboro, TN – Nashville joins seven other American cities chosen by the United Nation's Better World Campaign.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced today 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

Murfreesboro, TN – WMOT's Jacobs receives AP awards

by Tom Tozer and Angela Hayes

WMOT-FM news producer Shawn Jacobs recently received two Honorable Mention Associated Press awards in a statewide AP broadcasters' competition.

The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association's radio news competition was the name of the event in which Jacobs received the awards.

His awards were in the large market category for work aired in 2002.

Nashville, TN – Bissell's new mystery is set against "The Trail of Tears" considered the American Holocaust by some historians. Thhe forced march of hundreds of Native Americans from their homes in North Carolina and Tennessee culminated in the deaths of hundreds and resettlement in reservations in Oklahoma.

Murfreesboro, TN – Music may not be rocket science, but some MTSU students would be the first to tell you there's physics involved.

Murfreesboro, TN – Racial attrocities during the Civil War is the focus of a new book of essays.


NPR Music, WMOT and VuHaus Project Slingshot

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

Its our Member Appreciation Show and Silent Auction April 27!

Become a member today and get invited to our Member Appreciation Show featuring Parker Millsap, Corb Lund, Erin Rae and Gretchen Peters!

WMOT Video on VuHaus

Check out music videos from our favorite Americana performances


Tennessee lawmakers wrap election-year legislative session

4 hours ago
Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up an election-year legislative session late Wednesday, highlighting their last day by passing legislation that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to detain immigrants for deportation at the request of federal officials without requiring warrants or probable cause.

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.

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.

Music City Happenings

Roots Radio Event Calendar

Concerts, shows and events happening in and around Nashville

Tennessee Divided

Tennessee Divided: A WMOT News Series

An exploration of the cultural, racial and political discord across Middle Tennessee and the nation.

MTSU Jazz Network

MTSU Jazz Network Streaming

Listen to locally programmed Jazz from Middle Tennessee State University at 92.3 in Murfreesboro, 104.9 in Nashville or on our internet stream

Donate Your Car Online

Donate Your Vehicle To WMOT

Have an old vehicle sitting in your driveway? Donate your used vehicle to WMOT, we will do all the work, all you have to do is sit back and relax! Our qualified donation support team is ready to work out all the details of your donation. We will even haul your car away for free! Call 888-WMOT-CAR. 888-966-8227. You can also donate online .

Read More

Latest from NPR

Societies often change slowly. Shifts in values and allegiances can be so subtle you might miss them. A smart politician knows that.

Consider how fascist leader Benito Mussolini consolidated power in Italy in the 1920s. He likened the process to carefully preparing a chicken for slaughter.

“If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time people don’t notice it,” says former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. “So I’m concerned about the feather-plucking.”

Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee

7 minutes ago

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Tough Questions On Capitol Hill

13 minutes ago

Scott Pruitt was supposed to spend Thursday 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 Sen. James Inhofe, a Pruitt mentor from his home state of Oklahoma, were expressing concern.