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The CMA Awards on Wednesday night is expected to be both a celebration of country music and an entire industry’s take on recent natural disasters and shooting tragedies. The man tasked with performing that balancing act is David Wild, the writer whose words presenters will read off of scrolling teleprompters.

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The Country Music Association lifted its ban on questions about the Las Vegas tragedy around noon on Friday after growing social media outcry from musicians and journalists.

"CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music."

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum turns 50 this year, but it may have never made it to year one without the unlikely leadership of two women in an industry dominated by men. 

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker delivered his harshest criticism yet of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, again questioning the Republican leader's competency, calling the president untruthful, and implying for the first time that he now regrets supporting Trump.

Kyle Dean Reinford

WPLN's Jason Moon Wilkins speaks with Jeremy Larson, aka Violents, before a rare, live performance in Nashville Thursday night.

A relatively new Nashville transplant, Larson has been recording under the name Violents for a while, but his new album with former Phox singer Monica Martin has earned him the most interest.

The album got its biggest boost when country star and taste-maker Kacey Musgraves posted about her favorite song "Spark" — an action Larson says changed the band's algorithm.

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Musician and actress Rhiannon Giddens has been awarded one of the MacArthur "genius grants" for her work "reclaiming African-American contributions to folk and country," the institution says.

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Updated at 4:45 p.m.

One person was killed and seven were injured when a gunman opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, according to the Nashville Police Department. The shooter, identified by police as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidego Samson, was also wounded.

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The Americana Music Awards last night leaned heavily on heritage, but it was two of the genre's more contemporary stars who struck the sharpest chords.

Laura Partain

Over its 18 years, Nashville’s Americana Fest has consistently shown an inclusive approach. And this year they stretched the boundaries of the genre even more by inviting a band with a folk touch and a punk rock punch.

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Nashville’s minor league soccer team will play their inaugural season inside a baseball stadium.

Wednesday morning, standing inside the diamond normally occupied by the Nashville Sounds, NashvilleSC’s marketing director said First Tennessee Park is a good fit.

“It checked all the boxes for everything we wanted," James Cannon said. "The spectators are going to be close to the experience. It’s a great downtown location, the amenities are fantastic, it’s got everything from club level to proximity to the field.”

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