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The String

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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

Caleb Caudle plus Adam Chaffins

Episode 124: Caleb Caudle grew up in rural North Carolina outside of Winston Salem, captivated by music far beyond what his school peers cared about - English punk, folk music and Bob Dylan among them. Since entering the fray as a singer songwriter in the mid 2000s, he's released seven studio albums, with a brand new one on the way later this week. Better Hurry Up was cut in 2019 just days after the artist and his wife moved to Nashville. A crack band set up at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, surrounded by the spirit of Johnny and June. Great things resulted. Also in the hour, bass playing sideman turned impressive singer/songwriter Adam Chaffins.

59 MIN2 d ago
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Caleb Caudle plus Adam Chaffins

Ron Pope and Welcome To 1979

Ron Pope is a case study in good indie art and commerce. He's an admired songwriter with an avid following for his cathartic, detail-laden songs and his range across a bunch of roots and rock and roll genres. Over more than a dozen albums, he's steered his own ship in a business partnership with his wife/manager and their Brooklyn Basement Records. The newest project is the sweeping album Bone Structure. A Georgia native, he got his career moving in New York and then moved to Nashville, where he's raising a daughter and keeping the songs flowing. Also in the hour, a radio field trip to Nashville's shrine of analog recording, Welcome To 1979.

58 MIN1 w ago
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Ron Pope and Welcome To 1979

Nora Jane Struthers and The Mastersons

Episode 122: Living the road life makes for tight musical couples. And in this split episode, I speak with a new mom who tours and duets with her husband and a couple that's been touring for a decade on their own and as side musicians. Nora Jane Struthers just released her fifth album, celebrating her full life, Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words, and says it includes "Good Thing," the best song she's ever written. Then it's The Mastersons, both of them, as Chris and Elanor talk about meeting, becoming part of Steve Earle's band and maintaining an identity as an Americana duo. Their new project is No Time For Love Songs.

59 MIN2 w ago
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Nora Jane Struthers and The Mastersons

Music City Postcard: Asheville

Episode 121 is a field trip to Asheville, NC, which Rolling Stone last year touted as one of the best music scenes in the country. We who visit regularly already knew that, and this week's show surveys the talent and the institutions making the region important in roots music and beyond. Featuring Amanda Anne Platt of the Honeycutters, Echo Mountain Studio, WNCW radio, Crossroads Music, Sarah Siskind, Morgan Geer and more.

59 MIN3 w ago
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Music City Postcard: Asheville

Leftover Salmon

Episode 120: Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt met in 1985 on Vince's first night in Boulder, CO and formed a lifelong musical bond. With banjo player Mark Vann they merged two bands into one and became Leftover Salmon at the dawn of 1990. And in the 30 years since they've earned the respect and partnership of the highest levels of the bluegrass and acoustic world while playing music that's as adventuresome as it is laid back. Herman and Emmitt marked the anniversary with a duo acoustic tour. Craig caught up with them at Nashville's City Winery for a wide ranging talk about their years together.

56 MINFEB 24
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Leftover Salmon

Hawktail plus McKay & Leigh

Episode 119: Four virtuoso string band musicians well known for their work with other bands are taking instrumental acoustic music to new heights in the band Hawktail. They are fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. And they recently landed on the Grand Ole Opry on release weekend of their second album Formations. Also, the delightful and clever throwback country duo of Noel McKay and Brennan Leigh. They've moved from Austin to Nashville and put out a masterful album of timeless songwriting.

59 MINFEB 18
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Hawktail plus McKay & Leigh

Marcus Finnie and Mabel Pleasure

Episode 118: Marcus Finnie is one of Nashville's most admired drummers, with a background spanning gospel, roots, pop and jazz. Mabel Pleasure is a lifelong Hammond organ player who rocks Sunday morning church services and the occasional R&B gig. And she's also Marcus's Mom. The String sits down with a musical family that's come from Memphis to Nashville and contributed to a brighter Music City. Marcus has a new album as leader of his jazz band. Mabel is about to make her lifelong recording/singing debut on album. And we talk about much more besides.

59 MINFEB 11
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Marcus Finnie and Mabel Pleasure

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Episode 117: Often when songwriters talk process, we hear the same few nuggets about craft on repeat. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Beth Nielsen Chapman though has a deeply considered take on the art form and the personal work and qualities of mindfulness that truly unlock creative potential. Her workshops and lectures are in demand. And coming in 2020 she launches The Song School, a podcast that will include her wisdom and critiques of real songs in real time. Here, she invites Craig into her home studio to talk about her success as an artist and writer for others (Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and many more) and how she keeps the flame lit.

59 MINJAN 28
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Beth Nielsen Chapman

Michael Doucet plus Yvette Landry on Warren Storm

Episode 116: Fiddler, songwriter, singer, bandleader and folk music scholar Michael Doucet is synonymous with Beausoleil the neo-traditional Louisiana band he co-founded 40+ years ago. But this artist relishes collaborations and his upcoming album with a new band, L'acher Prise on Compass Records, is a real Americana hybrid. It's Cajun at its core, but full of ideas from four other musicians a generation younger than he is. We talk about one of the legendary careers in roots music, dedicated to rediscovery and reclaiming of a marginalized culture that made Louisiana the special place that it is. Also, the legacy and music of Warren Storm, with musician, author and record producer Yvette Landry.

59 MINJAN 21
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Michael Doucet plus Yvette Landry on Warren Storm

John Hiatt

Episode 115: To start the new year, a full-hour with one of the certified icons of roots/Americana music and Nashville songwriting, John Hiatt. We cover a lot of ground, from getting launched out of Indianapolis in 1970 through a long, frustrating recording career and a breakthrough in the mid 1980s to his stature today as a Nashville leader. His long-time label New West Records has just released a limited edition 15-LP box set covering his most recent 11 albums. It's a heavyweight tribute to a soulful master of the art.

59 MINJAN 14
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John Hiatt

Latest Episodes

Caleb Caudle plus Adam Chaffins

Episode 124: Caleb Caudle grew up in rural North Carolina outside of Winston Salem, captivated by music far beyond what his school peers cared about - English punk, folk music and Bob Dylan among them. Since entering the fray as a singer songwriter in the mid 2000s, he's released seven studio albums, with a brand new one on the way later this week. Better Hurry Up was cut in 2019 just days after the artist and his wife moved to Nashville. A crack band set up at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, surrounded by the spirit of Johnny and June. Great things resulted. Also in the hour, bass playing sideman turned impressive singer/songwriter Adam Chaffins.

59 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Caleb Caudle plus Adam Chaffins

Ron Pope and Welcome To 1979

Ron Pope is a case study in good indie art and commerce. He's an admired songwriter with an avid following for his cathartic, detail-laden songs and his range across a bunch of roots and rock and roll genres. Over more than a dozen albums, he's steered his own ship in a business partnership with his wife/manager and their Brooklyn Basement Records. The newest project is the sweeping album Bone Structure. A Georgia native, he got his career moving in New York and then moved to Nashville, where he's raising a daughter and keeping the songs flowing. Also in the hour, a radio field trip to Nashville's shrine of analog recording, Welcome To 1979.

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ron Pope and Welcome To 1979

Nora Jane Struthers and The Mastersons

Episode 122: Living the road life makes for tight musical couples. And in this split episode, I speak with a new mom who tours and duets with her husband and a couple that's been touring for a decade on their own and as side musicians. Nora Jane Struthers just released her fifth album, celebrating her full life, Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words, and says it includes "Good Thing," the best song she's ever written. Then it's The Mastersons, both of them, as Chris and Elanor talk about meeting, becoming part of Steve Earle's band and maintaining an identity as an Americana duo. Their new project is No Time For Love Songs.

59 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Nora Jane Struthers and The Mastersons

Music City Postcard: Asheville

Episode 121 is a field trip to Asheville, NC, which Rolling Stone last year touted as one of the best music scenes in the country. We who visit regularly already knew that, and this week's show surveys the talent and the institutions making the region important in roots music and beyond. Featuring Amanda Anne Platt of the Honeycutters, Echo Mountain Studio, WNCW radio, Crossroads Music, Sarah Siskind, Morgan Geer and more.

59 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Music City Postcard: Asheville

Leftover Salmon

Episode 120: Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt met in 1985 on Vince's first night in Boulder, CO and formed a lifelong musical bond. With banjo player Mark Vann they merged two bands into one and became Leftover Salmon at the dawn of 1990. And in the 30 years since they've earned the respect and partnership of the highest levels of the bluegrass and acoustic world while playing music that's as adventuresome as it is laid back. Herman and Emmitt marked the anniversary with a duo acoustic tour. Craig caught up with them at Nashville's City Winery for a wide ranging talk about their years together.

56 MINFEB 24
Comments
Leftover Salmon

Hawktail plus McKay & Leigh

Episode 119: Four virtuoso string band musicians well known for their work with other bands are taking instrumental acoustic music to new heights in the band Hawktail. They are fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. And they recently landed on the Grand Ole Opry on release weekend of their second album Formations. Also, the delightful and clever throwback country duo of Noel McKay and Brennan Leigh. They've moved from Austin to Nashville and put out a masterful album of timeless songwriting.

59 MINFEB 18
Comments
Hawktail plus McKay & Leigh

Marcus Finnie and Mabel Pleasure

Episode 118: Marcus Finnie is one of Nashville's most admired drummers, with a background spanning gospel, roots, pop and jazz. Mabel Pleasure is a lifelong Hammond organ player who rocks Sunday morning church services and the occasional R&B gig. And she's also Marcus's Mom. The String sits down with a musical family that's come from Memphis to Nashville and contributed to a brighter Music City. Marcus has a new album as leader of his jazz band. Mabel is about to make her lifelong recording/singing debut on album. And we talk about much more besides.

59 MINFEB 11
Comments
Marcus Finnie and Mabel Pleasure

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Episode 117: Often when songwriters talk process, we hear the same few nuggets about craft on repeat. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Beth Nielsen Chapman though has a deeply considered take on the art form and the personal work and qualities of mindfulness that truly unlock creative potential. Her workshops and lectures are in demand. And coming in 2020 she launches The Song School, a podcast that will include her wisdom and critiques of real songs in real time. Here, she invites Craig into her home studio to talk about her success as an artist and writer for others (Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and many more) and how she keeps the flame lit.

59 MINJAN 28
Comments
Beth Nielsen Chapman

Michael Doucet plus Yvette Landry on Warren Storm

Episode 116: Fiddler, songwriter, singer, bandleader and folk music scholar Michael Doucet is synonymous with Beausoleil the neo-traditional Louisiana band he co-founded 40+ years ago. But this artist relishes collaborations and his upcoming album with a new band, L'acher Prise on Compass Records, is a real Americana hybrid. It's Cajun at its core, but full of ideas from four other musicians a generation younger than he is. We talk about one of the legendary careers in roots music, dedicated to rediscovery and reclaiming of a marginalized culture that made Louisiana the special place that it is. Also, the legacy and music of Warren Storm, with musician, author and record producer Yvette Landry.

59 MINJAN 21
Comments
Michael Doucet plus Yvette Landry on Warren Storm

John Hiatt

Episode 115: To start the new year, a full-hour with one of the certified icons of roots/Americana music and Nashville songwriting, John Hiatt. We cover a lot of ground, from getting launched out of Indianapolis in 1970 through a long, frustrating recording career and a breakthrough in the mid 1980s to his stature today as a Nashville leader. His long-time label New West Records has just released a limited edition 15-LP box set covering his most recent 11 albums. It's a heavyweight tribute to a soulful master of the art.

59 MINJAN 14
Comments
John Hiatt
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