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What Makes Music Americana? It’s More Than Banjos and Suspenders

This week in Nashville the Americana Music Association is holding its annual festival and conference. Americana is a wide ranging roots music genre. But sometimes it gets narrowly defined by those who buy into an emerging stereotype - the hipster musician wearing suspenders, clutching a banjo.
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Editors Note: T Bone Burnett is a Grammy-winning producer whose O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack helped ignite an American roots music insurgence over the past 15 years. He's worked with countless Nashville artists — from Roy Orbison to Gillian Welch — is a songwriter in his own right, and once played guitar in Bob Dylan's band. 

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Coach Ed Temple, who built the Tennessee State University women's track team into an international powerhouse, died Thursday night. He also coached two Olympic teams, leading his runners to 15 gold medals.

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This week in Nashville the Americana Music Association is holding its annual festival and conference.

Americana is a wide ranging roots music genre. But sometimes it gets narrowly defined by those who buy into an emerging stereotype - the hipster musician wearing suspenders, clutching a banjo.

Tennessee guns
Robert Nelson via Flickr

Tennessee health officials reported a large data error Thursday that dramatically reduces the number of unintentional gun deaths in the state in 2014.

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This weekend, the Nashville Symphony celebrates 70 years of existence and a decade in its concert hall. It’s also using the fist concert of this year’s classical series to honor that building’s namesake: Kenneth Schermerhorn.

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As he filed through paperwork for his newest spot just west of downtown, Jack Cawthon — namesake of the Jack’s Bar-B-Que chain — noticed something strange about his land deeds: numerous mentions of a prison.

Jon Whittle

Thistle Farms, a prominent Nashville nonprofit that sells products made by survivors of prostitution and human trafficking, has signed a national distribution deal with Whole Foods. It is the company’s biggest expansion to date.  

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra draws on Austin Peay State University's music faculty as well as symphony and session players from around the region. This season, along with playing works of the great masters, the ensemble is celebrating the diversity of music found in our area. For the opening concert, they've invited Stephen Seifert to play a concerto for mountain dulcimer written by a Middle Tennessee resident.

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The Metro Council approved a lighter penalty for marijuana possession on Tuesday, but could be inviting the city’s latest battle with state lawmakers.

Broadband fiber internet
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville has a new process for installing high-speed internet after several weeks of fierce debate among the Metro Council, companies and residents, who sent some 9,000 emails to their elected officials.

But city leaders worry that companies unhappy with the decision will sue. 

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This weekend, the Nashville Symphony celebrates 70 years of existence and a decade in its concert hall. It’s also using the fist concert of this year’s classical series to honor that building’s namesake: Kenneth Schermerhorn.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra draws on Austin Peay State University's music faculty as well as symphony and session players from around the region. This season, along with playing works of the great masters, the ensemble is celebrating the diversity of music found in our area. For the opening concert, they've invited Stephen Seifert to play a concerto for mountain dulcimer written by a Middle Tennessee resident.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

Now that school's back in session, the faculty recital series is back underway at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. Cellist Felix Wang and pianist Heather Conner will be performing Friday evening, and they've brought us a preview of that program.

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