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Kyle Dean Reinford

WPLN's Jason Moon Wilkins speaks with Jeremy Larson, aka Violents, before a rare, live performance in Nashville Thursday night.

A relatively new Nashville transplant, Larson has been recording under the name Violents for a while, but his new album with former Phox singer Monica Martin has earned him the most interest.

The album got its biggest boost when country star and taste-maker Kacey Musgraves posted about her favorite song "Spark" — an action Larson says changed the band's algorithm.

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Musician and actress Rhiannon Giddens has been awarded one of the MacArthur "genius grants" for her work "reclaiming African-American contributions to folk and country," the institution says.

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As a young girl, Amy Mears always looked up to her father, who was a Southern Baptist preacher. Mears is now a pastor herself — of a Nashville church. And she talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series, Movers & Thinkers, about what it was like to take up her father's profession at a time when women were almost forbidden from doing so.


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Every instrument that Manuel Delgado makes in Nashville bears a logo with his last name. Delgado Guitars. He learned from his father, who learned from his father, who started a luthier business in Mexico in the early 1900s. Manuel talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series Movers & Thinkers about that extra sense of responsibility he feels because of the family legacy.


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Parents pass on their genes, their values — and sometimes, their careers. These guests have taken on the family business, which has connected them more to their parents but, at times, tested their relationships and created lofty expectations. Featuring third-generation luthier Manuel Delgado, second-generation pastor Amy Mears, and poet Caroline Randall Williams, who has written books with her mother. 

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The Americana Music Awards last night leaned heavily on heritage, but it was two of the genre's more contemporary stars who struck the sharpest chords.

Laura Partain

Over its 18 years, Nashville’s Americana Fest has consistently shown an inclusive approach. And this year they stretched the boundaries of the genre even more by inviting a band with a folk touch and a punk rock punch.

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In the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s new production of Antony and Cleopatra, Egyptian characters are outfitted in bangles and golden dresses, with heavy black eye makeup. The promotional artwork depicts Cleopatra as a dark-skinned woman, which may be historically accurate.

However, the actress playing the leading role is white — a fair-skinned redhead. It’s a casting decision that upset some local actors, who took to social media throughout the summer to criticize the company’s perceived lack of sensitivity.

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Today is the day: Nashville Public Radio's newest podcast is live, and the first three episodes of Versify are waiting for your ears with more to come.

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Theatergoers who walked out of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! singing Abba songs may be in for another good time. In the same way that show cleverly used familiar old songs to tell an original story, a new musical does the same, using well known songs of the late Dan Fogelberg.

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