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They have arrived - Summer and Roots on the Rivers. Saturday June 3 will find the WMOT community chilling, mingling, eating, drinking and above all listening to a superb lineup of Nashville and national talent. Two stages, food trucks, local craft beer and cocktails, a picking circle and more await you. Here's a field guide to the day ahead, from parking to artist profiles.
  • Nashville-raised and New York based since the 1980s, Laura Cantrell’s plaintive, sincere voice has been a vital part of Americana for more than two decades. In 2020, her plans for a collaborative album celebrating her 20th anniversary of recording were deferred but not defeated by the pandemic. Cantrell comes back to Music City to mark the imminent release of the luminous new album Like A Rose with a 1 pm set at Roots On The Rivers.
  • It may seem mildly surprising that a guy who made famous punk/pop out of Minneapolis with The Replacements in the 1990s would, years later, be releasing a twangy album with a run of appearances in Music City including Saturday’s sundown 7:25 set for WMOT's Roots On The Rivers. But Stinson’s resume is aggressively diverse and adventuresome. He's been in Guns N' Roses, Soul Asylum and now leads a stripped down country rock outfit called Cowboys In The Campfire.
  • Alison Brown found her life's work early when she started playing banjo as a pre-teen growing up in southern California. But it took some time and real life experience - a Harvard degree, an MBA and a couple of years in banking - before she finally gave herself permission to chase a music career. She toured with Alison Krauss in her early days and then formed her own bands, earning her rep as an innovative, jazz-oriented virtuoso player. She's released about a dozen albums of her own composing, including the latest On Banjo, featuring guests Stuart Duncan, Steve Martin and Anat Cohen. We sat down in the studio of Compass Records, which she co-founded with her husband more than 25 years ago, for a wide-ranging talk about her instrument, her destiny, and her latest music.
  • Last month, Devon Gilfillian performed an intimate set at The Vinyl Lounge in Nashville for WMOT's monthly Wired In concert series. Watch the full performance on WMOT's Livesessions page or check out the highlights in the playlist.
  • Host Jessie Scott chats with Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist of Band of Heathens from The Purple Building in East Nashville about their latest record, Simple Things.
  • Host Jessie Scott sits down with Josh Ritter at The Purple Room in East Nashville to discuss the introspective ideas behind his latest album, Spectral Lines, and the beauty of discovery and human connection.Ritter also performs solo versions of "Strong Swimmer", "For Your Soul", "Someday" and "Black Crown".
  • Host Jessie Scott sits down with Parker Millsap at The Purple Room in East Nashville to discuss painting, performing live again and his new album 'Wilderness Within You'. Millsap also performs stripped down versions of the title track "Wilderness Within You", "What You've Shown Me" and "Running On Time".
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