It will take weeks and years to put together a complete and accurate story of what happened on Jan. 6, but anybody who tries to tell it with any sympathy for the insurrectionists, or with revisionist disassociation, is duplicitous and wicked. The USA has a history of political violence, some…


The Robert E. Lee Monument in New Orleans being lowered, May 19, 2017. Photo by Infrogmation Of New Orleans, via Wikipedia.

Today may well be Donald Trump’s last Fourth of July as president of the United States. I’m more optimistic than in some time that he will lose November’s election decisively and go down in history as a failed leader — a larcenous petty fascist who showed us everything America might…


The finale of the 2019 Americana Honors And Awards. Getty Images for AMA.

The following essay was posted as a preview of this week’s AmericanaFest in Nashville at WMOT.org.

When the founders of the brand-new Americana Music Association first met in Nashville in 1999, there was no Third Man Records, no 5 Spot and no Mercy Lounge. The Country Music Hall of Fame…


Composer and pianist Nahre Sol is one of several musicians using YouTube to reveal and explain basic concepts of musicality and music theory for music fans of every level.

I’m on record grumbling like an old curmudgeon (even though I’m merely a middle-aged curmudgeon) about the diminished and devalued state of music. Not popular music, which is abundant, varied and widely-covered, but music-only music — the art of sound. I want more for music that’s artistically ambitious, music that’s…


Like many of you, I’m approaching 2018 with an uneasy mix of hope, resolve and dread. It’s the 50th anniversary of 1968, and by all indications, we’re due for another year like that. …


Tomorrow, the Moon will cast its shadow across the entire United States of America, hoving from northwest to southeast, shrouding much of the nation in temporary, recreational darkness in the middle of the day.

Unlike most space and sky events, the 2017 Eclipse has captivated the whole country. Viewing glasses…


My family and I are just home after time in China, making the jarring adjustments we’ve come to expect after a number of visits to that vast and complex civilization. One paradox I’m currently hung up on is how that nominally communist country’s approach to capitalism actually involves hiring lots


The following was adapted from a talk about journalism and music presented to Leadership Music’s Media Day in Nashville on April 16, 2017.

When newspapers tried to become television.

We The People of the USA are having a national political conniption fit, including an ugly recent election, characterized by groups of people lamenting that they’ve had…


The Women’s March On Washington as seen by a father, husband, citizen and proud centrist.

Our daughter is an immigrant, a native of China and, obviously, female. So she’s part of at least three groups of people maligned, antagonized or degraded in one way or another by her new president during his campaign and even since his election victory. …


Audio guru Steve Durr manages emotion at the world’s biggest sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

The pageantry before the Indianapolis 500 is seen and heard by millions.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is no shrine to silence, but when I arrive early in the morning of Saturday, May 23, the day before the Indianapolis 500, it has that aura — a Zen temple. I enter at the southwest gate beneath a wonder-of-the-world-sized grandstand and walk past many flights of…

Craig Havighurst

Journalist, radio host and speaker in Nashville. Music news producer for WMOT/Roots Radio. Host of The String. Co-host of Music City Roots.

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