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The String

WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM

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The String

The String

WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM

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The String is weekly think radio featuring conversations and features on culture, media and American music - anchored by veteran journalist and broadcaster Craig Havighurst. Music makers, enablers, instigators and documentarians are featured with enough time to go deep and burrow into issues, while letting the music play too. Music news, previews, Time Machine Tape and 90 Second Spins round out the hour.

Latest Episodes

Corb Lund plus Henry Hicks

Episode 135: With ten albums and 20 years under his belt as one of the finest and wittiest songwriters working the Western end of country music, Alberta's Corb Lund is on his way to legendary status in Rocky Mountain cowboy-inspired songwriting. His newest is Agricultural Tragic, a 13 song collection that evokes the characters and colors of his home region. Also in the hour, Henry Hicks talks about Black Music Month and Black Lives Matter. Henry is the CEO of the National Museum of African American Music, opening this Fall in Nashville.

57 MIN3 d ago
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Corb Lund plus Henry Hicks

Brandy Clark plus Eliza Gilkyson

Episode 134: In an era where women are marginalized on country radio, Brandy Clark is at the top of most people's list of women who should be on the air a lot more. She's written hits for others on Music Row, but her own records are beautifully produced and full of insight about people and humor that would have tickled Roger Miller. Clark's shared a Grammy Award for writing Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" and earned numerous nominations as an artist. Her latest is called Your Life Is A Record. Also in the hour, the prophetic and passionate folk and protest music of Eliza Gilkyson who focused on what she knew would be a pivotal year in history, producing the album 2020.

60 MIN2 w ago
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Brandy Clark plus Eliza Gilkyson

David Bromberg plus Kingfish

Episode 133: David Bromberg is one of the most fascinating and multi-faceted figures in roots music, a pioneer of the Americana idea decades before the term came into being. In the 1960s New York folk revival, he was a guitar player and multi-instrumental sideman who specialized in the blues. Then as an artist on Columbia Records, he made dazzling varied roots albums while supporting stars like Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker. He took nearly 20 years off the road to become the nation's pre-eminent expert on American violins, and now at 74 he divides his time between his Wilmington, DE violin shop and recording and touring. We complete our hour of blues with Clarksdale, MS phenomenon Christone Kingfish Ingram.

59 MIN3 w ago
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David Bromberg plus Kingfish

Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Daniel

Episode 132: The timing was right to split the hour between two exceptional emerging artists making hard country music in the outlaw tradition. As you'll hear, Jesse Daniel and Jaime Wyatt have lived the life, paid the price and processed their pain and redemption in song. Both are products of the West Coast and both have dug deep into their own stories. Many are sizing up Daniel's 'Rollin' On' and Wyatt's 'Neon Cross' (produced by Shooter Jennings) as among the cream of 2020. These are candid, complimentary conversations.

58 MINJUN 11
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Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Daniel

Steve Earle and B.J. Barham

Episode #131: Two of the most exceptional and provocative songwriters of their respective generations take on America's political divide and inject some radical empathy in the red/blue schism. Steve Earle addresses coal mining from the heart of a state that didn't vote like he does in Ghosts of West Virginia. BJ Barham caps off 15 years of leading American Aquarium with the amazing Lamentations, which debuted atop the Billboard Americana chart. This is a timely and complimentary pair of conversations.

59 MINJUN 2
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Steve Earle and B.J. Barham

Pam Tillis plus Joe Diffie

Episode 130: She's a daughter of Grand Ole Opry royalty, but Pam Tillis found her own way to the music business and the top of the country charts in the 1990s. She's long been one of Music City's most independent-minded major leaguers, and she shows it on Looking For A Feeling, her first album in more than a decade. She works with some of Nashville's most creative musical minds too. Also in the hour, highlights from a 2008 interview in which we remember the timeless voice and humor of Joe Diffie, who died in March after contracting Covid-19.

58 MINMAY 19
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Pam Tillis plus Joe Diffie

Lilly Hiatt plus Gabe Lee

Episode 129: Lilly Hiatt put in a lot of work at the local and regional level, including releasing two albums, before her third, Trinity Lane, met the moment and became a breakout work. So a lot of ears were lifted toward her 2020 release of Walking Proof, and it was quickly acclaimed as punchy, vivid and memorable. We talk about going on the road with her dad songwriter John Hiatt back in the day, the deserved success of Trinity Lane and new musical directions. Also, a get-acquainted talk with Nashville-born, rocking country songwriter Gabe Lee.

58 MINMAY 12
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Lilly Hiatt plus Gabe Lee

Katie Pruitt plus Jenee Fleenor

Episode 128: Katie Pruitt has been known as a phenom ready for big things in Nashville for a few years now. With patience and enough maturity to get the music exactly as she intended, Pruitt has now made her debut on Rounder Records. The album Expectations is a bold, ambitious and succulent collection, and vividly honest as well, with songs documenting a difficult journey from a conservative family in Georgia to a proud out gay woman in Music City. This is a 25-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist poised for big things. Also in the hour, the journey of Arkansas born fiddler Jenee Fleenor. She was named CMA Musician of the Year and she's releasing her first recordings of her own music after years supporting others.

59 MINMAY 7
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Katie Pruitt plus Jenee Fleenor

Paul Burch plus Thomm Jutz

Episode 127: Paul Burch moved from Indiana to Nashville in 1994 when his friend Jay McDowell (BR549) told him about the burgeoning indie country music scene on sleepy Lower Broadway. In the 25 years since then, Burch has made uncompromising and original music with shades of classic honky tonk and timeless rock and soul. Here we talk about his role in the fascinating band Lambchop, the evolution of his band the WPA Ball Club and his new album Light Sensitive. Also in the hour, German-born bluegrass songwriting star Thomm Jutz.

59 MINAPR 28
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Paul Burch plus Thomm Jutz

Jessi Alexander and Jill Andrews

Episode 126: This Spring, many of the outstanding women of roots music have released new albums, and here we catch up with two of them. Jessi Alexander, native of Jackson TN, moved to Nashville at 18 and landed songwriting and record deals. She's a hitmaker behind the scenes who rarely surfaces with her own heartfelt country music, but she sure does so on Decatur County Red, anchored in stories of her Tennessee coming-of-age. Jill Andrews is more urbane and silky in her sound, but the personal journey she shares on the album and book Thirties is full of challenges and the clarity that comes with time and triumph.

59 MINAPR 22
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Jessi Alexander and Jill Andrews

Latest Episodes

Corb Lund plus Henry Hicks

Episode 135: With ten albums and 20 years under his belt as one of the finest and wittiest songwriters working the Western end of country music, Alberta's Corb Lund is on his way to legendary status in Rocky Mountain cowboy-inspired songwriting. His newest is Agricultural Tragic, a 13 song collection that evokes the characters and colors of his home region. Also in the hour, Henry Hicks talks about Black Music Month and Black Lives Matter. Henry is the CEO of the National Museum of African American Music, opening this Fall in Nashville.

57 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Corb Lund plus Henry Hicks

Brandy Clark plus Eliza Gilkyson

Episode 134: In an era where women are marginalized on country radio, Brandy Clark is at the top of most people's list of women who should be on the air a lot more. She's written hits for others on Music Row, but her own records are beautifully produced and full of insight about people and humor that would have tickled Roger Miller. Clark's shared a Grammy Award for writing Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" and earned numerous nominations as an artist. Her latest is called Your Life Is A Record. Also in the hour, the prophetic and passionate folk and protest music of Eliza Gilkyson who focused on what she knew would be a pivotal year in history, producing the album 2020.

60 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Brandy Clark plus Eliza Gilkyson

David Bromberg plus Kingfish

Episode 133: David Bromberg is one of the most fascinating and multi-faceted figures in roots music, a pioneer of the Americana idea decades before the term came into being. In the 1960s New York folk revival, he was a guitar player and multi-instrumental sideman who specialized in the blues. Then as an artist on Columbia Records, he made dazzling varied roots albums while supporting stars like Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker. He took nearly 20 years off the road to become the nation's pre-eminent expert on American violins, and now at 74 he divides his time between his Wilmington, DE violin shop and recording and touring. We complete our hour of blues with Clarksdale, MS phenomenon Christone Kingfish Ingram.

59 MIN3 w ago
Comments
David Bromberg plus Kingfish

Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Daniel

Episode 132: The timing was right to split the hour between two exceptional emerging artists making hard country music in the outlaw tradition. As you'll hear, Jesse Daniel and Jaime Wyatt have lived the life, paid the price and processed their pain and redemption in song. Both are products of the West Coast and both have dug deep into their own stories. Many are sizing up Daniel's 'Rollin' On' and Wyatt's 'Neon Cross' (produced by Shooter Jennings) as among the cream of 2020. These are candid, complimentary conversations.

58 MINJUN 11
Comments
Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Daniel

Steve Earle and B.J. Barham

Episode #131: Two of the most exceptional and provocative songwriters of their respective generations take on America's political divide and inject some radical empathy in the red/blue schism. Steve Earle addresses coal mining from the heart of a state that didn't vote like he does in Ghosts of West Virginia. BJ Barham caps off 15 years of leading American Aquarium with the amazing Lamentations, which debuted atop the Billboard Americana chart. This is a timely and complimentary pair of conversations.

59 MINJUN 2
Comments
Steve Earle and B.J. Barham

Pam Tillis plus Joe Diffie

Episode 130: She's a daughter of Grand Ole Opry royalty, but Pam Tillis found her own way to the music business and the top of the country charts in the 1990s. She's long been one of Music City's most independent-minded major leaguers, and she shows it on Looking For A Feeling, her first album in more than a decade. She works with some of Nashville's most creative musical minds too. Also in the hour, highlights from a 2008 interview in which we remember the timeless voice and humor of Joe Diffie, who died in March after contracting Covid-19.

58 MINMAY 19
Comments
Pam Tillis plus Joe Diffie

Lilly Hiatt plus Gabe Lee

Episode 129: Lilly Hiatt put in a lot of work at the local and regional level, including releasing two albums, before her third, Trinity Lane, met the moment and became a breakout work. So a lot of ears were lifted toward her 2020 release of Walking Proof, and it was quickly acclaimed as punchy, vivid and memorable. We talk about going on the road with her dad songwriter John Hiatt back in the day, the deserved success of Trinity Lane and new musical directions. Also, a get-acquainted talk with Nashville-born, rocking country songwriter Gabe Lee.

58 MINMAY 12
Comments
Lilly Hiatt plus Gabe Lee

Katie Pruitt plus Jenee Fleenor

Episode 128: Katie Pruitt has been known as a phenom ready for big things in Nashville for a few years now. With patience and enough maturity to get the music exactly as she intended, Pruitt has now made her debut on Rounder Records. The album Expectations is a bold, ambitious and succulent collection, and vividly honest as well, with songs documenting a difficult journey from a conservative family in Georgia to a proud out gay woman in Music City. This is a 25-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist poised for big things. Also in the hour, the journey of Arkansas born fiddler Jenee Fleenor. She was named CMA Musician of the Year and she's releasing her first recordings of her own music after years supporting others.

59 MINMAY 7
Comments
Katie Pruitt plus Jenee Fleenor

Paul Burch plus Thomm Jutz

Episode 127: Paul Burch moved from Indiana to Nashville in 1994 when his friend Jay McDowell (BR549) told him about the burgeoning indie country music scene on sleepy Lower Broadway. In the 25 years since then, Burch has made uncompromising and original music with shades of classic honky tonk and timeless rock and soul. Here we talk about his role in the fascinating band Lambchop, the evolution of his band the WPA Ball Club and his new album Light Sensitive. Also in the hour, German-born bluegrass songwriting star Thomm Jutz.

59 MINAPR 28
Comments
Paul Burch plus Thomm Jutz

Jessi Alexander and Jill Andrews

Episode 126: This Spring, many of the outstanding women of roots music have released new albums, and here we catch up with two of them. Jessi Alexander, native of Jackson TN, moved to Nashville at 18 and landed songwriting and record deals. She's a hitmaker behind the scenes who rarely surfaces with her own heartfelt country music, but she sure does so on Decatur County Red, anchored in stories of her Tennessee coming-of-age. Jill Andrews is more urbane and silky in her sound, but the personal journey she shares on the album and book Thirties is full of challenges and the clarity that comes with time and triumph.

59 MINAPR 22
Comments
Jessi Alexander and Jill Andrews
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