As far as Nashville’s City Winery knew, their big room was supposed to be dark on Sunday night after a cancelation. About noon though, the team of Brandi Carlile and the venue got in touch with each other and mounted a ticketed show for nearly 700 fans on a few hours notice.

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Americana is, by all indications, rocking. That applies in the metaphorical language of the street, because the community and format seem as popular as ever, but perhaps even more in the musical sense. The six days of shows I saw at AmericanaFest 2018 were, generally speaking, louder, harder and more fuzz-toned than the Americana I fell hard for decades ago.

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Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, the Milk Carton Kids, hosting the 17th Americana Honors and Awards at the Ryman Auditorium, made a joke early in the evening about Jason Isbell’s propensity to win the annual prizes of late, and indeed the Alabama-raised songwriter continued a strong streak with three trophies.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Metro Police believe they have several violent criminals off Music City streets.

Metro Officers and U.S. Marshals arrested Demontrey Logsdon at a home on D. B. Todd Blvd. Monday afternoon. Lacory Lytle turned himself in at the East Precinct Monday night.

Police are questioning the two men in connection with the shooting deaths of two Cobra Bar patrons Friday night. Police believe Lytle and Logsdon are also connected to a shooting Aug. 8 that left a woman paralyzed.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s professional soccer stadium construction deal is getting some push back.

Two ordinances are on the Metro Council agenda for Tuesday night that would require the $225 million plan to seek approval from voters. Introduced by council members Tanaka Vercher and John Cooper, the bills call for a referendum on the issue to be added to the city’s November General Election ballot. Councilman Russ Pulley supports the stadium deal. He says the Vercher/Cooper measures would effectively kill Nashville pro soccer.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Big money is already flowing into Tennessee hoping to influence who wins the state’s junior U.S. Senate seat being vacated this fall by Bob Corker.

You’ve probably already seen the TV ads being aired by political action committees (PACs) for Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Dozens of Tennessee firefighters are battling wildfires out West.

The Tennessee Interagency Coordination Center dispatches Tennessee based firefighters to other states as part of mutual state and federal compacts. The Center says there are currently about 60 Tennesseans fighting fires in other states.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, "Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?"

Friedman didn't think anything of it until she got groped at the festival.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The resignation of former Mayor Megan Barry back in March continues to disrupt Metro government.

None of the candidates running for the Metro Vice Mayor’s post managed to earn a majority of votes during the August 2 General Election, forcing the city to plan a runoff election.

Davidson County Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts says that special election is now scheduled for September 6. He also says the run off is going to cost more taxpayers dollars than he currently has in his yearly budget.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report ranks Nashville among the top arts communities in the nation.

The annual Arts Vibrancy Index is compiled by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This year Nashville ranked fourth behind behind San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C.

The SMU study notes that Nashville scores especially high marks for the number of people employed locally in the arts and for the number of for-profit companies offering arts or cultural services.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The music professional’s social network jammcard.com is now accepting Nashville membership requests. Jammcard is a by-invitation-only networking site founded by LA based drummer and band manager Elmo Lovano.

“I was just really frustrated with the fact that we don’t really have a digital, social database for the music industry…and several other efficiencies that I just wanted to solve for musicians.”

Amanda Shires Won't 'Give Away The Secrets' Of Her Songs

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Amanda Shires is known for her folksy, Americana sound. In 2017, Shires was named the Americana Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year and she frequently lends her voice and style to her husband Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit. But her new solo record, To the Sunset, moves away from her normal style, taking on more pop sounds with crunched guitars and layered vocals.

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When the five string wizards known collectively as Punch Brothers returned for one last encore on a July Friday night at the Ryman Auditorium, they unplugged their in-ear monitors and stepped to the front of the stage. With no amplification, it seemed likely they’d tear into something loud and bluegrassy, so as to commune with the ghosts of the Grand Ole Opry and to be clearly heard.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OSBORNE)  --  Music City songwriters are on the verge of getting a real shot in the arm following passage of copyright legislation by the U.S. Senate.  


The Music Modernization Act passed the senate this past week. The House passed the measure earlier this year. The Act updates the way songwriters are paid for their work.


Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is a bill sponsor. He noted from the Senate floor that the legislation was a compromise hammered out over several years.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The City of Nashville has lost a free speech lawsuit on appeal that could have national repercussions.

Last week, the Cincinnati based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Nashville Police violated the First Amendment rights of street preachers John McGlone and Jeremy Peters during the city’s 2015 Gay Pride Festival.

McGlone and Peters sued the city after officials made them leave the sidewalk in front of the park where the festival was being held.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  What kind of support can Nashville expect solving it’s traffic problem from the candidates competing to be Tennessee’s next U.S. Senator?


Federal money will be key to any future solution Metro settles on to solve its transportation troubles.


The Tennessean this week asked Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen how they feel about raising the federal gas tax to increase the amount of money available for road construction.


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