Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

No Million-Dollar Mandolins, But Fans Find Treasures At Bill Monroe's Estate Sale

Bill Monroe is the undisputed father of bluegrass. And as the patriarch of a passionate musical family, artifacts from his rise to prominence are in high demand. This weekend, 20 years after his death, the Monroe family is cleaning out the closets.
Read More
Joe Carr for Congress / Facebook

Shirley Jaskolka hasn't met the people running in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District.

But that doesn't matter much, because she's seen their ads. And the picture that's emerged of Congressman Diane Black is one that Jaskolka favors.

"She seems to be genuine," Jaskolka said shortly after casting her ballot at the Mt. Juliet Community Center. "She seems like her life is in control."

Cayce Russell Tennessee folklife archives
Tennessee State Library & Archives

From ghost stories, to advice on how to build a banjo, to tales from the early days of electricity — all these subjects, along with traditional music, are captured in the Tennessee State Parks Folklife Collection.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

Bill Monroe is the undisputed father of bluegrass. And as the patriarch of a passionate musical family, artifacts from his rise to prominence are in high demand. This weekend, 20 years after his death, the Monroe family is cleaning out the closets.

Democratic National Convention

A young state lawmaker from Tennessee played a prominent role on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, appearing on the main stage in Philadelphia as part of an effort to reach millennial voters.

Richard Todd will soon start doing double duty as a guitar teacher. He's a longtime member of the TSU Music faculty; starting this fall he'll also be an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. He's also the president of the Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance, which is currently planning a virtuoso showcase, and a guitar festival in addition to their regular master classes and outreach performances at places like local retirement homes.

David Smith / WPLN (File photo)

The past couple of years haven't been easy for Williamson County schools.

Nor for its students, says Margaret Overton, a recent graduate of Brentwood High.

"Just the way that curriculum was being approved, the way people were treating the history classes that I was taking, it seemed very nonacademic in some ways," Overton said.

Overton says the disputes seemed to be primarily political. For the sake of her friends still in the schools and her younger siblings, she'd like to see such fights put to rest.

Brian Latimer / WPLN (File photo)

The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to much tighter restrictions on the discharges from three coal plants. The utility settled long-standing court cases brought by environmental groups.

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee's substance abuse agency has just hired a new medical director who is — himself — an addict in recovery. And he sees a big part of his job as sharing his own story of abusing pain pills.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

While Fisk University was fighting a drawn-out legal battle over the fate of a high-profile art collection, it quietly sold two other paintings in the school's archives. That twist in the story was first reported Tuesday in the New York Times.

Kelly Stewart via Flickr

Gigabit-speed internet has been a buzzword around Nashville, with several companies competing to roll out super-fast connections. But a recent report from the state's economic development office pointed out that some parts of the state are far behind when it comes to getting online.

Nearly everyone — 98 percent of people — in urban areas of Tennessee has access to internet with download speeds of 25 Mpbs or faster, even if they're not purchasing it for their own homes.

Pages

Mug Design Contest 2016!

Will you design our next membership mug?

Ask Me Another — Live in Nashville

The rambunctious comedy and trivia show will be live at the War Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, September 13

Neighbors: The Fence Jumper (Season 3, Episode 6)

Most people might think it’s not worth the trouble to intervene in someone else's life. But in this episode of Neighbors, we get to know a woman who sees that obstacle—and will do everything she can to jump over it.
Read More

Nashville's Pikes in Photos

In a series of photo essays for WPLN, Joe Nolan captures the living personalities of Nashville's pikes.

The Latest from Classical 91.1

Richard Todd will soon start doing double duty as a guitar teacher. He's a longtime member of the TSU Music faculty; starting this fall he'll also be an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. He's also the president of the Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance, which is currently planning a virtuoso showcase, and a guitar festival in addition to their regular master classes and outreach performances at places like local retirement homes.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

Each member of the Nashville Saxophone Quartet is a teacher or soloist in his own right. Matt Davich, Don Aliquo, Denis Solee and Robert Shankle have played together in all kinds of situations: symphony orchestra woodwind sections, the pit orchestras for stage shows, you name it. They come together periodically as a quartet to focus on music written just for their instrument, including arrangements and compositions of their own. For this show, they brought us a trio of compositions that stand at the intersection between contemporary classical and jazz.

Live In Studio C: Pianist Alex Bolton

Jul 13, 2016

Pianist Alex Bolton performs one of his own compositions and a few by Ukranian Romantic composer and pianist Sergei Bortkiewicz.

More in Classical