Parker Millsap WMOT Studio A Session

Parker Millsap visited WMOT's Studio A for a video and recording session in April 2018. Check out four songs from his current album, "Other Arrangements"

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There are 858 highway miles between Austin, TX and Nashville, TN. Musicians have been wearing deep ruts in the road in both directions for almost 50 years, fostering an artistically rich symbiotic relationship. Musicians have migrated back and forth. Songs and stories and ideas about art were exchanged, influencing American music and Southern culture. And that fascinating, colorful dichotomy is going on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this week.

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Just days after she was nominated for three Americana Music Awards, Margo Price began a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium. Landing even one headlining show at the Mother Church is part of the holy trinity of country music career landmarks, falling in stature and difficulty between playing the Grand Ole Opry and induction into the Hall of Fame. So when Price said “I feel like I’m dreaming” early in the show, we understood.

 

 

If power comes with responsibility, like Voltaire and Spiderman said, then legacy comes with scrutiny. So many eyes and ears are trained on 31-year-old Ashley Campbell. The multi-talented artist spent the early 2010s as a band member supporting her father Glen Campbell’s long farewell tour. Through his final years of decline with Alzheimer’s disease, she helped with a documentary about the star, landed and wrangled out of a major label record deal, and wrote the songs that would become her solo debut.

 

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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.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Grammy-nominated musician will perform in MTSU's Tucker Theater Monday, March 8.

Murfreesboro, TN – Two hundred years of Rutherford County Tennessee history in a single, ninety minute DVD.

Murfreesboro, TN – Senator Bill Frist spoke to a full audience at Middle Tennessee State University on Friday, February 20 and WMOT News Producer Shawn Jacobs was there to interview him.

Listen to excerpts of the interview on Monday, February 23 at 8:45am and again at 5:45pm.

Murfreesboro, TN – MTSU English Professor and Jazz Journalist William Levine recently spoke with Kenny Werner, the next performer in the MTSU Jazz Artist Series, Feb. 5.

Murfreesboro – Friends of South Cumberland State Natural Area seek to buffer park from development.

Murfreesboro, TN – Tennessee joins much of the rest of the nation and begins selling citizens lottery tickets and scratch-off cards.

Murfreesboro, TN – Guitar great Doug MacDonald has a new album of jazz. "Turn" features both wind and brass instruments creating and eclectic mix.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has declared victory after an election to serve out the term vacated by former Mayor Megan Barry, who pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned after an extramarital affair with her bodyguard.

In Thursday's special election, Briley was leading with nearly 55 percent of the vote in a 13-candidate field, likely avoiding a runoff. Briley became mayor in March after Barry's resignation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Nashville this coming Tuesday.

 Trump will headline a fundraiser for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid the same day.

The rally will take place on the evening of May 29 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are available online .

The event will mark the fifth rally Trump has held in Tennessee and the third in the Nashville area since he began running for president in June 2015.

Time to break out the insect repellent, Tennessee

May 25, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The state Department of Health warns Tennesseans need to take precautions against tick and mosquito borne illnesses as summer-like heat sets in.

The Department’s Dr. Abelardo Moncayo says incidents of insect delivered diseases are on the rise. Mosquito borne West Nile Virus is endemic throughout Tennessee.

He says tick-borne illnesses are also wide spread.

“The biggest one is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We have hundreds of reported cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year. And we see that throughout the state.”

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Take a look at the corrections page. We're making the same kinds of mistakes over and over. Names. Numbers. Titles. We're getting those, and other things, wrong.

This month has been especially busy. From reporters to producers to editors, it's clear that we aren't always double-checking the basics.

The result is that some great stories have corrections notes attached to them. That's a shame.

So, once again:

The people of Ireland voted by a landslide to change their socially conservative country's constitution and legalize abortion, according to exit polls.

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll late Friday suggested a "stunning victory" of 68 percent to 32 percent. "Yes" voters want to repeal the eighth amendment, which was voted into the constitution through a public referendum in 1983 and bans nearly all abortion.

If Stonehenge Monument were an ice cream, it would be a delicious bowl of vanilla blended with bits of oats and hazelnuts and honey swirls.

At least according to Hannah Spiegelman, a small-batch ice cream maker in Baltimore who explores the sweet — as well as salty, spicy and even a little nutty — sides of historical people and places through A Sweet History, her blog, Instagram feed and occasional pop-up stand of the same name.

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