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Bentley Tillis, Lauderdale host WSM shows

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – Dierks Bentley, Jim Lauderdale and Pam Tillis will be on air hosts on WSM Nashville.

The three artists will air Monday - Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central. The shows can also be heard online at or as podcasts via iTunes.

Bentley will host and program his first-ever radio show, "The Thread," every Monday at 2 p.m. Central. The show will debut on March 15 and will also air online at and be available through iTunes as a podcast.

"The Thread" will feature a selection of music hand-picked by Bentley, stringing together a variety of formats and styles that make up his diverse musical influences. From singer/songwriters to bluegrass pickers, country legends to his modern day peers, Bentley will craft each hour with stories and songs, take callers and have in-studio guests.

"Putting this radio show together is the most fun I've had in a long long time," said Bentley. "I named it 'The Thread" because its my chance to go back to all the music that influenced's the artists and songs that tie us all together as a genre. I get to pick the music, tell stories and do just about whatever I want with that's anything goes. 650 AM is a country music institution...I'm proud they agreed to put me on the air."

Bentley will be followed on Tuesdays by Tillis and her "Lettin' My Roots Show." Lauderdale takes Wednesday duties with "The Jim Lauderdale Show."

A variety of guest artists and WSM favorites will take the mic on Thursdays. Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor will guest host the first Thursday show March 18, while Diamond Rio's Dana Williams follows March 25.

Lauderdale said, "I'm so happy to have this show on the mighty WSM...It is a thrill and an honor."

"We look forward to having these diverse artists as part of the station line-up," WSM Operations Manager Joe Limardi said. "It'll be exciting to listen to them taking their turn on the other side of the microphone, stepping into the shoes of renowned station DJs that have filled the airwaves for 85 years. WSM continues to be on the cutting edge of programming like no other radio station in the country through digital media and an expanded playlist to encompass 'all things country.'"

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