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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Murfreesboro – Friends of South Cumberland State Natural Area seek to buffer park from development.

Murfreesboro, TN – Tennessee joins much of the rest of the nation and begins selling citizens lottery tickets and scratch-off cards.

Murfreesboro, TN – Guitar great Doug MacDonald has a new album of jazz. "Turn" features both wind and brass instruments creating and eclectic mix.

Murfreesboro, TN – The new four million dollars honors college recently swung open its doors to the over one thousand students enrolled in advanced study.

Murfreesboro, TN – From her website:

Born to singer mom - Carmen Revelle - who performed with the house band at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Hill has the music of the late 1940s and 50s in her bluesy blood.

Now adopted as a hometown girl, Hill both writes and sings songs that you no doubt have sung along to at one time or another: Garth Brooks' "Two Pina Coladas" and "It's Your Song," Kirk Whalum's "The Moment I Prayed," and "I Loved You in Memphis" performed by Isaac Hayes.

Murfreesboro, TN – Gerald Wilson talks about his amazing 7 decade career.

Murfreesboro, TN – It's been forty years since the great vocalist died.

Murfreesboro, TN – A former MTSU student is one of 17 killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in Iraq. Former and future soldiers pay tribute.

Smyrna, TN – The story of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" comes to life with the addition of a new museum and visitor center at his historic home.

Smyrna, TN – The long awaited Sam Davis Visitor's Center and Museum will open to the public on November 22, 2003. This $1.25 million expansion will include a museum store, conference room, and most importantly, a 2,800 square foot museum.

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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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