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Dialogue: Country Music's History in Knoxville and East Tennessee

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On a special edition of Dialogue, we discuss the fate of Knoxville's country music scene in the 20th century. One old adage is that country music was born in Bristol, raised in Knoxville, and then it went somewhere else to evolve or die or sell out, depending on who's talking...

But how and why did such a vibrant and popular country music scene leave our city?

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper discusses the history of country music in Knoxville and East Tennessee with WUOT co-host Todd Steed, singer-songwriter Trisha Gene Brady, Knoxville History Project Director Jack Neely, and Ernie Freeberg, chair of the University of Tennessee's Department of History. 

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Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of monthly talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.