MURFREESBORO — A visiting Fulbright scholar from Japan with a talent for country music will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with history major Mari Nagatomi will air at the program’s new times, 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
The 37-year-old doctoral student from Kyoto comes by her interest in the American music genre through her 75-year-old father, who has been performing country music in Japan for more than 50 years. In fact, her dissertation topic is related to her art.
“It’s about country music’s trans-Pacific circulation from the 1930s to the mid-1970s,” said Nagatomi. “It was very popular until the late 1950s, I would say, and the sharp decline of country music popularity in Japan (occurred) in the mid-1970s.”
Nagatomi’s rendition of “Close Up the Honky Tonks,” which was composed by Red Simpson, will be heard on the program.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://bit.ly/mtsu-otr.
For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.