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One of Nashville's most prolific hit-makers died Sunday. Mel Tillis spent the last year dealing with intestinal issues, according to his publicist. He died at a hospital in Ocala, Florida, at age 85.

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The deadly mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas hit close to home for many Nashvillians. They responded last night with words of encouragement — and country music.  

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Jason Aldean is one of the most successful artists in country music at the moment, with 15 million albums sold, but his tours have dealt with more death than most. Rolling Stone says Aldean has been “seemingly snakebit” while on the road.

Thomas Maupin buck dance
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A Tennessee master of a waning dance style has earned national recognition.

Thomas Maupin is a scrawny 78-year-old buck dancer from Eagleville. His elbows, hips and knees jangle like a country puppet while his black shoes clack out intricate rhythms across wooden dance floors. After years of local notoriety, he's been named as a National Heritage Fellow.

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One of the biggest pop acts in the world joined a country duo for a performance on Lower Broadway during this week’s CMT Awards. The result didn’t sound much like what usually comes out of Nashville’s honky tonks.

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns wants to sift through Nashville's attics.

He's working on an epic 16-hour film on the history of country music. His team has interviewed a hundred musicians and historians so far. But he figures there are some home videos that should be included. Specifically, he's looking for fan footage from the 1950s through the 1990s.

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At Wednesday night's CMA Awards, Dolly Parton will be honored for a lifetime of success.

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Nashville is known for its songwriters — people like Victoria Banks, who is paid to come up with tunes and lyrics on a regular basis. 

Banks, who wrote the 2000 Sara Evans hit "Saints & Angels," talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series and podcast Movers & Thinkers about the challenges of cultivating creativity — especially when it's your job.

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Bill Monroe is the undisputed father of bluegrass. And as the patriarch of a passionate musical family, artifacts from his rise to prominence are in high demand. This weekend, 20 years after his death, the Monroe family is cleaning out the closets.

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Guy Clark is being remembered as one of Music City's most respected songwriters. He died Tuesday morning in Nashville.

Clark was successful as a songwriter but might be best remembered as a mentor: Generations of troubadours counted Clark as a major influence and called on him for advice at his Nashville home.

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