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Ward Davis "Get To Work" (explicit lyrics)

Oh boy, the countdown to Christmas is upon us, and the rush to get it all done is heating up. It is quite the list: Shopping for gifts, planning and prepping meals, making travel plans. And in the midst of all of this, WMOT Roots Radio is planning an all day festival, Gatlinburg Mountain Tough, to support the folks who were impacted by the Smoky Mountains fires.  This coming Saturday, we will be broadcasting from 10am to 10pm CT on 89.5 in Nashville, and webcasting on Music City Roots. And you can listen on the Roots Radio app for iPhone and Android.

Joining us are Zac Brown, Sam Bush, Sarah Potenza, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Jim Lauderdale, Randy Kohrs, Mo Pitney, Chelle Rose, RB Morris, Chuck Mead, Jason D. Williams, and a whole lot more. It is going to be an amazing day, as we get folks to return to downtown Gatlinburg, because tourism is such an important economic engine there. Join us if you can, or listen and watch if you can't make it. And I hope you can donate something to help these folks rebuild their lives.

Today's video is appropriate for managing expectations, whether holiday related or not. It comes from Ward Davis who is presently out on the road with Cody Jinks. Let me tell you there are some dang good songwriters here in Nashville. You know that, but it remains true. So get to know Ward, as he tasks his whiskey to "Get To Work". Please be careful this holiday season and don't drive after partying. Call an Uber, have a designated driver ready, walk. And have a Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc,etc.

- Jessie Scott


Bonnie Bishop "Poor Man's Melody"

I write this with gratitude as we approach Thanksgiving. I want to send up thanks for every day that I see the sunlight, and every day I get to do what I love. And you know, music is what I love. That is not all, obviously, I am thankful for my family and friends and this country, and democracy. That is so precious, we must hold it near and nurture it from the winds of change. I am thankful for working collaboratively, as we can make something out of nothing with a common goal if we all roll up our sleeves and get busy. From Music Fog, to the Americana Music Association, to XM Radio, to my newest venture, WMOT Roots Radio, I love start-ups especially, cobbling new initiatives into existence. I get to do things that bring joy to people, including the audience, the artists, and the folks I work with. I am humbled and grateful beyond words for that.

Today's tune from Bonnie Bishop sums it up, getting to a place where LOVE is all we need. What a great year she has had, rising out of the ashes to put forth a great new record, Ain’t Who I Was, produced by Dave Cobb. Bonnie has toured the country, playing well respected music venues with a whole new audience discovering her. And you know Bonnie is a jaw dropping performer. She brings it all, every time. Go see her when she comes close to you. In the meantime, here is a taste from the Music Fog video shoot at the end of January in Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage. “Poor Man’s Melody” is one of the fine tunes on Ain’t Who I Was.

- Jessie Scott