Shervin Lainez

More than ever, it’s imperative to reinforce the truth that the blues, a creation of African-Americans, is the foundation upon which our popular music was built, with infinitely more appropriation than compensation. We’d make a mistake though to think of the blues, a genre of genres with 19th century roots, as atavistic and arcane, a music for recycling and mere preservation. Adia Victoria’s vision of the blues is as defiant as the music ever was, and not here for the comfort or consolation of those who’ve institutionalized the commerce that supports the art.

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When they titled their 2020 album Tribulation, the guys in the bluegrass band Appalachian Road Show had no idea they’d be releasing it into the teeth of a global pandemic and an economic crisis. The veteran musicians did not intend to proclaim that the End Times are upon us, only to shine a light on the people and legacy of their home region, where resilience and fortitude are a way of life.

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When Will Hoge needed the industry to listen to his music, the biz had its head, shall we say, elsewhere. In the late 1990s, Hoge was earning a regional following and respect as an unpretentious rock and roll songwriter in the tradition of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. He was from Nashville and he wasn’t destined for country. But the rock and pop labels were cashing in on Korn, Blink-182 and Kid Rock. “If I had one conversation, I had 5,000 conversations about, ‘you need to sound more like any flavor of the week,’” Hoge says.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has reversed course by announcing that Tennessee will release data on COVID-19 in schools despite initially declaring that information would not be collected by the state.

 

The move marks yet another concession from the Republican’s administration to be more transparent.

 

Lee’s state health agency had stated last week that it would not collect nor report data regarding the virus in schools, which are in the early stages of opening for the new school year.

 

Shervin Lainez

More than ever, it’s imperative to reinforce the truth that the blues, a creation of African-Americans, is the foundation upon which our popular music was built, with infinitely more appropriation than compensation. We’d make a mistake though to think of the blues, a genre of genres with 19th century roots, as atavistic and arcane, a music for recycling and mere preservation. Adia Victoria’s vision of the blues is as defiant as the music ever was, and not here for the comfort or consolation of those who’ve institutionalized the commerce that supports the art.

TSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee State President Glenda Glover has fired off an angry open letter to the campaign of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Former Senator Chris Dodd, a member of the panel helping Biden choose his vice presidential running mate, touched off a political fire storm last week when he questioned whether Biden VP front-runner Senator Kamala Harris was a viable candidate.

Dodd wondered if Harris would be loyal to Biden given the way she aggressively attacked him in the primaries.

unitedwaynashville.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Metro Council will vote Tuesday night on a plan to shift $10 million dollars from Nashville’s pandemic stimulus funding to help out of work Davidson County residents pay their rent or mortgage.

The Tennessean reports the recommendation is the first made by the nine member committee formed to help disperse the $121 million the city received in federal CARES Act relief aid.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Metro Nashville’s 85,000 students started their school year Tuesday, but the hallways and classrooms of the system’s nearly 140 school buildings will remain empty and quiet.

Metro made the decision in early July to begin the school year with students studying remotely online.

MNPS initially planned to give families the option of having their children attend either in-person or remotely. However, a sharp jump in new cases of COVID-19 citywide in late June and early July scuttled those plans.

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WASHINGTON, DC (Mike Osborne)  --  In an odd political twist, two members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation have expressed out-of-character reactions to President Donald Trump’s firing Monday of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board Chairman.

President Trump blasted TVA Monday for hiring “foreign” contract workers. He also complained that the board chair’s $8 million salary was excessive.

TVA facilities provide electricity to Tennessee and parts of six other southern states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor. Thompson was appointed to the post by Trump.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation’s leading top infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic.

Dr. Manny Sethi attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign event over the weekend in Knoxville. Sethi is one of the top candidates running to replace outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is retiring at the end of his term.

vumc.org/health-policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report says the majority of Tennessee's new reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are now in areas outside of the Nashville and Memphis metro areas.

The Vanderbilt University report released Monday says that the outbreak in Tennessee began concentrated in large urban areas but has moved into more rural communities with fewer health care resources.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s 2020 Primary and General Elections are set for this Thursday, but many of the state’s voters have already cast their ballots.

Thursday’s voting includes state and federal primaries, along with state and county general elections.

The number of voters taking advantage of early and absentee voting statewide is twice what was seen in 2016, the last presidential election year.

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Several Nashville artists and a large slate of roots and improvising musicians are celebrating Jerry Garcia in a nine-day online extravaganza called Daze Between, a fund-raiser for the Rex Foundation, the charity arm founded by the Grateful Dead in 1984. A variety of new and archival performances, as well as interviews and recollections, are being streamed from late afternoon into the evening daily through Aug. 9. A complete schedule can be found here.

Alaina Broyles

Skylar Gregg exudes retro southern rock ‘n soul mixed with the country and blues sounds of the 60s and 70s. I first heard Skylar’s voice as a background singer on a few stages around Nashville, but she’s been writing and performing in this town for most of her life. Her sound was born out of a musical family, her parents came to Nashville both to pursue music careers. She worked with Nashville multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Estes on her new album, Roses, a departure from her previous two releases which she produced with her husband, Taylor Lonardo at their home studio.

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The Danberrys are Nashville husband and wife duo, Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry. I first heard Dorothy’s commanding voice and Ben’s picking during a Grateful Dead tribute show at the 5 Spot several years back and I was drawn to their sound and pleased to discover their original music. Their new album, Shine was produced by drummer Marco Giovino (Band of Joy, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller) and executive produced by Brian Brinkerhoff and it’s out today.

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Most Americans support Trump administration efforts to stop immigrants from coming to the United States as long as it's done in the name of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

But Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric during the pandemic has done little to budge public opinion on other immigration policies, the poll found. Most of Trump's policies, including his border wall, remain unpopular except among Republicans.

Susan Weiss has been a poll worker in Bethesda, Md., for 16 years.

"It's really quite an experience doing it," she says. "Setting up all the equipment, putting signs up, putting arrows on the floor, etc. The camaraderie of the group that volunteers is marvelous."

But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic raging, Weiss, who's 74, decided it's just too risky to work the election in November.

Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter activist, has ousted longtime Missouri U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in a Democratic primary, according to The Associated Press.

It's the latest example of a progressive challenger topping a long-tenured Democratic incumbent.

Clay has represented the state's 1st Congressional District, around St. Louis, since 2001. He succeeded his father in representing the district.

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