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Kristin Andreassen "Some Do"

Some hot breaking news that hits the street today. There is a new Americana station taking its bow in Nashville in a week, on September 2! WMOT Roots Radio will be found at 89.5 in Middle Tennessee. It will be streaming on line and on our app, as well. I'll be on the air daily doing afternoon. We thank the folks at MTSU for this amazing opportunity to bring Americana Music to a city that so many Americana artists call home.  We can't wait to get started!

Back a long time ago, I had the honor of putting a national Americana channel on the air at XM Radio. To prepare for it, I sat with head phones on and dug through the mighty digital music library that had been procured for the launch of the service. (I use to refer to it as the world’s largest iPod.) For months, it was solitary work, while I built the library for what would become X Country. Thousands of songs were picked, and after web were rocking for a few years, I received an email from a listener which basically asked, “Where are all the women?” It was true. At that point there was a 80/20 male to female split. We used to joke about it being a sausage fest, but that is no more.

I don’t think we have ever had as much music by women as Music Fog has been presenting this year. And the glory of it all is that they are different sonically form one another. Each brings her own personality and spin. One of my favs is Kristin Andreassen. We actually hooked up with her a year or so ago, in New York City. Kristin is always moving, always grooving. Back in May, her song "The Fish & The Sea" was in an episode of the TV show Nashville. She is on tour later this month, into autumn.  And back in 2011, Kristin founded Miles of Music Camp, an artist retreat for musicians exploring the connections between songwriting and traditional music. They present annual Miles of Music events in Brooklyn, Boston and New Hampshire. Today we bring you the Music Fog recording of “Some Do." Kristin does, that is for sure!

- Jessie Scott


Sarah Potenza "Monster"

This past Tuesday night, at the Ryman Auditorium, friends from Nashville and Texas gathered to celebrate the life and music of Guy Clark who passed on May 17th. Vince Gill was the host, with Jerry Jeff Walker, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Terry Allen, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Sam Bush, Micky Raphael, and a cavalcade of other amazing artists saluting the songs of Guy Clark. The night was put together with the help of musical director Rodney Crowell and my dear buddy Tamara Saviano, who had been working with Guy on his biography, "Without Getting Killed or Caught," which is set to come out in October.

Wednesday morning I got a phone call that SiriusXM was going to do something up at their studio in the Bridgestone Arena, so we ran out the door to get there. On hand were host Steve Earle, Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, and Rodney Crowell, taping a show that will be heard on Outlaw Country on Steve's Hardcore Troubadour show. Being steeped in Guy Clark music and stories for the last two days has given me pause. Guy was such a strong force in so many people's lives. He instilled a healthy sense of "Why not?" One of my favorite Music Fog moments was when he played "The Cape" for our cameras in 2011.

Music empowerment comes in all shapes and sizes. Being in Nashville for these last few months has given me the opportunity to hang with Sarah Potenza, who has a "why not" attitude deeply embedded in her spirit. She is undaunted in her quest to make music. Today's song says it all. It is called "Monster" and it is the title track from her brand new album, which comes out tomorrow, August 19th. She takes what society tells us a 'star' should look like, and she is emboldened to twist it all to be a benefit instead of a liability. Music Fog filmed her back in January at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage. And always trust your cape.

- Jessie Scott