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Sam Morrow's Set from the 895 Sessions in Austin

Mar 17, 2019
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Sam Morrow and his band rocked The Backstage for our 895 Sessions March 13, 2019 during SXSW in Austin, Texas. Watch his full set!

Rosie Flores Set from the 895 Sessions

Mar 14, 2019

Watch the full set from Rosie Flores at our 895 Sessions from The Backstage in Austin, Texas during SXSW.


Siobhan Kennedy is an enthusiastic music diplomat between those two nations famously divided by a common language. Raised in Liverpool, England, hometown of the Beatles and Echo & the Bunnymen, she’s a one-time recording artist, a long-time Nashvillian, and wife of record producer Ray Kennedy. She’s also a board member of the Americana Music Association UK, which recently had its fourth convention and awards in London. Early this year, she said strong ties between the US and UK scenes had created a potent situation.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has told state lawmakers that legislation to limit police oversight panels would reject the will of his city's voters.

During their back-and-forth in a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Republican House Majority Leader William Lamberth responded police in Nashville feel like the city hates them and has turned its back on them. The subcommittee advanced the bill.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it's appropriate.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss told a House subcommittee on Wednesday he considers killing any child, including a fetus, as "evil." The panel — made up of all men — agreed to advance the bill to be heard by the full House Health Committee.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A state lawmaker says field tests are needed to help police tell the difference between a Tennessean legally carrying hemp products and those caught in possession of marijuana.

Hemp products don’t produce the high marijuana is known for, but the two smell and can look much the same. Repbulican Rep. Jay Reedy’s bill seeks to end the confusion by requiring police in Tennessee to carry hemp test kits.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.

The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two Texas newspapers published an investigation last week that detailed hundreds of cases of abuse in its churches.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Mayor David Briley is asking Metro residents to take seriously the threat of flooding this week ahead of expected heavy rains.

In a press statement released over the weekend, Briley says residents should stay updated and take precautions in light of weather service forecasts calling for up to 8 inches of additional rain this week.

Nashville Weather Service Office Meteorologist Sam Shamberger notes that the mid-state typically gets three to four inches of rain during the entire month of February.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a white police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man is calling for legal discovery documents to be sealed from the public.

Meanwhile, the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police has been running digital advertising about the case, prompting Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk to raise questions about potential conflicts of interest. Officer Andrew Delke's attorneys represent that police union as well.


  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors performing abortions on girls younger than 18 years old would be required to preserve a sample of the fetal tissue for law enforcement under a bill making its way through the Tennessee Statehouse.

Currently the threshold is 13.

The proposal is the latest abortion related legislation Republican state lawmakers have introduced following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill that would reduce the number of abortions throughout the state.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report says many of the high school graduates Tennessee sends off to college each year are handicapped by poor math and reading skills.

The state Senate Education Committee released the data Wenesday. The report shows nearly two-thirds of the Metro Nashville grads headed to college aren’t ready to tackle college math. They will likely need remedial help to stay in school.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum will be showing a free screening of a documentary about legendary Tennessee State University track and field coach Ed Temple and 40 female athletes who broke the color barrier at the 1960 Olympics.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses, following the release of an executive order signed by Mayor David Briley.

“When we talk about doing business and providing economic opportunity to everybody in our community, it shouldn’t matter who you love, or how you identify. That’s what today is really all about in the city of Nashville.”


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An abortion bill that sailed through the Tennessee House in less than three weeks appears stalled in the State Senate.

House bill 77 would outlaw all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s typically at about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many woman even know they're expecting.

During House committee debate Memphis Democrat Barbara Cooper questioned Republican bill sponsor Micah Van Huss about the measure.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will this week hear oral arguments in Tennessee’s lawsuit against federal immigration policy.

Two years ago this month state lawmakers filed suit challenging the fed’s right to resettle refugees in Tennessee without state consent. When the state’s Attorney General declined to file the suit, lawmakers found a faith-based Michigan law firm to represent them.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two of Middle Tennessee’s largest music festivals are out with their 2019 lineups.

Topping the CMA Fest bill this year will be Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Pistol Annies, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. The festival begins June 6th.

The Pilgrimage Festival also out with its lineup. Top billing at the Franklin show goes to The Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Keith Urban. Pilgrimage gets underway September 21st.

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