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Country Music Museum Grows to Match Genre

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Associated Press | Apr 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits. The museum on Tuesday will unveil the final part of the expansion, two new exhibit galleries and a behind-the-scenes gallery of ongoing archival projects, whi... more

Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band Join Rock Hall

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Associated Press | Apr 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Kiss made up, but its music went unheard. Nirvana used four women rockers to sing Kurt Cobain's songs. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band — predictably — turned its honor into a marathon. The three acts were ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a colorful induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They were joined by the blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, British ... more

6 Things to Remember About Entertaining ACM Awards

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Associated Press | Apr 07, 2014

The Academy of Country Music Awards was jam-packed with a little bit of everything, encompassing today's rock- and pop-inflected sounds, traditional sounds from the genre's bedrock — and a lot of humor to boot. George Strait , Miranda Lambert , Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves carried home the best trophies Sunday night in Las Vegas, but Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton , and his co-host Luke Bryan may... more

Foster the People Chases the Muse, Not the Hits

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Associated Press | Mar 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mark Foster's favorite hit songs are the ones written without thought given to eventual chart potential. So when it came time for him to pen the smash follow-up to his band Foster the People's unexpected out-of-left-field 2011 hit "Pumped Up Kicks," he didn't even bother to try. "I feel like trying to write a song in order to be a big hit is just not something I'm interested in because it'... more

1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale: $250K

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Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made. You can own it for a cool quarter million dollars. "This is special," Gruhn told The Associated Press. "It's not special as memorabilia because it... more

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