The grass roots music renaissance of Muscle Shoals Alabama brings a package show to Nashville this weekend as Single Lock Records presents two nights of bands and songwriters in two different venues.

To paraphrase Marty Stuart, Americana music is more about the art and the heart than the charts. That said, the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart has been an important part of the industry for 23 years. And this week, that chart gets its most significant overhaul in that time.

First, says AMA executive director Jed Hilly, is automating the way the roughly 80 panel stations report the songs they play.

 

“We’re moving from a manually input chart to a monitored chart.”

 

  

Old-school bluegrass super-group the Earls of Leicester will record its third album live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum over two nights, February 24 and 25.

In its short life, the band has earned a Grammy Award and been named Entertainers of the Year three consecutive times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The new disc will follow on a self-titled 2014 release and 2016’s Rattle & Roar.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prisons official says three executions are scheduled this year in Tennessee, which would be the first since 2009.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor on Thursday confirmed James Hawkins, Billy Ray Irick and Sedrick Clayton are slated for execution. She says the department has the necessary lethal injection drugs.

Hawkins was convicted of murdering the mother of his three children in 2008. He is scheduled to die May 9.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.

Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.

The lawmakers believe the change could benefit 65,000 Tennesseans. Patients would have to have certain medical conditions, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The legislation would not allow use of recreational marijuana.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A longtime analyst says one of Tennessee’s largest employers is headed for a downturn.

Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen all have large assembly plants in Tennessee. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located in Franklin.

Mark Wakefield with the consulting firm Alix Partners has been researching automotive trends for 25 years. He’s predicting the industry will build some 2 million fewer cars and trucks over the next 24 months.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State officials say it would be difficult for hackers to tamper with Tennessee’s election system, but not impossible.

In a presentation Tuesday to a State Senate panel, Elections Coordinator Mark Goins told legislators Tennessee is not one of the 21 states federal officials say were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential election.

He noted that the state’s voting machines are not connected to the internet and so are largely immune to hacking.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) — The Tennessee General Assembly is back in session and WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of some of the state’s leading political voices.

WMOT News recently spoke Hedy Weinberg who heads the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Weinberg says a major focus for the legal advocacy group this session will be the right to vote issue. Calling it the “cornerstone of our democracy” she says ACLU will proactively work on ballot box access.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If this week’s mid-state weather has you suffering a touch of cabin fever, here’s a suggestion to keep you occupied.

The Nashville Reads Program has made its 2018 book selection. Now in its seventh year, Nashville Reads is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, and BookPage.

This year’s selection is author John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Get ready for an ugly flu season. It’s just getting underway, and the Centers for Disease Control reports the illness is already widespread in every state except Hawaii.

Dr. Joe Thomas is Medical Director at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. He says mid-state infection rates are already high and may get worse before they get better.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the plateau of this yet and probably will see – at least for the next three or four weeks – continued growth or at least at the same rate it is now.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — The state assembly is back at work and WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of leading stakeholders.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans split with coach Mike Mularkey on Monday after he revived a team with the NFL's worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years.

 The Titans announced the move two days after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round.

"It became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success," controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Here’s a suggestion if you’re looking for a place to volunteer on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The group Hands On Nashville has service opportunities with about 100 local organizations listed on its website.

In recent years, MLK Day has morphed into an annual opportunity to perform some type of community service. Jessica Moog speaks for Hands on Nashville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prisons official says three executions are scheduled this year in Tennessee, which would be the first since 2009.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor on Thursday confirmed James Hawkins, Billy Ray Irick and Sedrick Clayton are slated for execution. She says the department has the necessary lethal injection drugs.

Hawkins was convicted of murdering the mother of his three children in 2008. He is scheduled to die May 9.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.

Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.

The lawmakers believe the change could benefit 65,000 Tennesseans. Patients would have to have certain medical conditions, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The legislation would not allow use of recreational marijuana.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A longtime analyst says one of Tennessee’s largest employers is headed for a downturn.

Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen all have large assembly plants in Tennessee. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located in Franklin.

Mark Wakefield with the consulting firm Alix Partners has been researching automotive trends for 25 years. He’s predicting the industry will build some 2 million fewer cars and trucks over the next 24 months.

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