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1. If beer, smoke, karaoke top your list, this Santa delivers -

Santa’s neither worried nor enthusiastic about the Major League Soccer stadium that’s going to be birthed across the street from his smoke-filled, cash-only, beer-and-karaoke oasis on Bransford Avenue.

2. Spyridon: Saturation reached on star bars, hotels -

The explosion of star-owned bars and restaurants on or near Lower Broadway raises the question of whether there’s room for more.

Butch Spyridon, president/CEO of the Convention and Visitors Corporation, has the expected positive view of the honky-tonk explosion. But he has reservations about whether there should or even can be more such establishments down there.

3. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for July 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, July 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

4. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for June 2018 -

Top commercial real estate sales, June 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

5. Exhibit explores country music's outlaws, poets and pickers -

NASHVILLE (AP) — If the term "outlaw country" evokes images of Willie Nelson's hippie braids or Waylon Jennings' "Honky Tonk Heroes," then you'll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters who revolutionized country music in the 1970s.

6. Shaw knows real stories behind guitar-shaped pool -

One of Music City’s great treasures is just over Owen Bradley’s bronze shoulder and the wooden fence behind it.

For those yet to learn about Nashville music history, Owen Bradley was one of the tuneful architects, along with my late friend Chet Atkins, of the gentlemanly “Nashville Sound.”

7. Country music journalist Hazel Smith dies at age 83 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music journalist, publicist and songwriter Hazel Smith has died. She was 83.

Her granddaughter Tara Bruchas said she died at a Nashville hospital on Sunday.

8. Garth Brooks wins entertainer of the year at CMA Awards -

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

9. CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments -

The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.

10. Glen Campbell said goodbye to his life, career through music -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glen Campbell was a rare entertainer who got to say goodbye to his life and career in every way he knew how.

11. Sideman ensures Campbell’s ‘Adios’ a fit farewell -

Carl Jackson, who owes much of his musical success to Glen Campbell, wants to make sure people know the man and the music …. Even if the Alzheimer’s-stricken star knows neither who he is nor what he’s accomplished.

12. CMT Awards to feature stars from all genres and Hollywood -

The 2017 CMT Music Awards will honor the top acts in country music as well as lend its stage to pop, rock and R&B performers and Hollywood stars.

Ashton Kutcher, Jada Pinkett Smith and Katherine Heigl will be among the presenters at the awards show Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennesssee, where performers will include Earth, Wind & Fire, Peter Frampton and the Chainsmokers, who pre-taped their set with Florida Georgia Line on Tuesday night.

13. Country stars to be honored in ACM TV special -

NASHVILLE (AP) — George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein will be honored by the Academy of Country Music during a television special.

14. Shunned by radio, women in Nashville embrace outlaw status -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As a member of the country trio Pistol Annies, singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley often got questions about the lack of women on country radio, which she responded to with a safe sound bite about musical trends being cyclical and being hopeful for change.

15. Glen Campbell's last studio album to be released in June -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Glen Campbell is releasing his final studio album, recorded shortly after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011.

16. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for February 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

17. Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, more to honor Merle Haggard -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The late country star Merle Haggard will be honored a year after his death with an all-star concert featuring his longtime friend and duet partner Willie Nelson as well as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp and more.

18. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Dec. 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

19. Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance.

20. $1 million-plus Middle Tennessee residential transactions for 2016 -

Residential real estate sales of $1 million or more for for Davidson (308 total), Williamson (241), Rutherford (4), Wilson (5) and Sumner (3) counties in 2016, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

21. Elvis' home-away-from-home could be razed for car wash -

NASHVILLE (AP) - As a teenager growing up in the 1950s, Steve North would look for the pink Cadillac outside a stone house on the outskirts of Nashville. If the car was there, Elvis was in the building.

22. Rocker Leon Russell dies in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74.

23. Eric Clapton sued by musician's estate over iconic song -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song "Alberta" to Huddie Ledbetter - better known as Lead Belly - in the 2013 re-release of Clapton's "Unplugged" album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2e3xcEY).

24. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, September 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

25. Randy Travis stuns crowd, sings at Hall of Fame induction -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Randy Travis found his distinctive voice three years after a life-threatening stroke and sang "Amazing Grace" during his induction Sunday into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

26. Dolly Parton to receive lifetime award at 50th annual CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Dolly Parton will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 50th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Parton will receive the award in Nashville on Nov. 2, the CMA said Tuesday. The show will air on ABC. Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5," is a nine-time CMA winner, including entertainer of the year.

27. Country song mashup celebrates CMA's 50th anniversary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Music awards shows love to mashup songs and artists together, but the Country Music Association took the mashup to a new level for their upcoming 50th anniversary.

"Forever Country" features 30 country singers in a blend of three of the genre's most beloved tunes and an innovative music video that highlights the breadth and history of country music. The song was released digitally and to radio and a sneak peek of the music video premiered on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night in advance of the Nov. 2 awards show.

28. Harold Bradley: Just telling it ‘like it was’ -

Harold Bradley’s blood pressure was up a bit on this late-summer morning, but he’s not too troubled by it as the day progresses. At least he’s got his dialysis done and a little guitar-picking fills his near horizon.

29. Finding success in the shifting restaurant business -

Look at the restaurant to your left. Now look at the restaurant to your right. Chances are, one of them won’t be there by 2020.

The restaurant industry has low profit margins and a notoriously high failure rate. And with new eateries opening by the week in Nashville, it’s reasonable to assume some won’t make it past the critical five-year mark.

30. Townes Van Zandt to join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with songwriters Aaron Barker, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Bob Morrison.

31. Exit/In: Nashville’s rock temple still standing -

Warner Hodges, among the world’s best rock guitarists and a guy who helped give Jason & The Scorchers their ear-searing cow-punk sound, gets excited when Exit/In and its glorious history gets introduced into a leisurely, summer afternoon conversation.

32. Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, has died. He was 89.

33. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for May 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

34. Elvis producer Lincoln 'Chips' Moman dies at 79 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lincoln "Chips" Moman, a Memphis producer, musician and songwriter who helped Elvis Presley engineer a musical comeback in the late '60s and then moved to Nashville to record Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and other top country performers, died Monday in LaGrange, Georgia. He was 79.

35. Guy Clark, Grammy-winning musician, dead at 74 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who helped mentor a generation of songwriters and wrote hits like "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," has died. He was 74.

Clark died Tuesday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, according to his manager, Keith Case. He'd been in poor health, although Case didn't give an official cause of death.

36. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for first quarter 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, first quarter 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

37. Country icon Merle Haggard, champion of the underdog, dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

38. Daniels, Travis & Foster to join Country Music Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fiddler Charlie Daniels, singer Randy Travis, and producer and label owner Fred Foster are joining the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the Hall of Fame and Museum, along with the Country Music Association, at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They will be inducted during a ceremony later this year.

39. Famous guitars get new life in Berry Hill -

It wouldn’t have surprised me to hear Vince Gill’s intricate fingerings of “For What It’s Worth” (my favorite Vince solo) or “Oklahoma Borderline” (Chet Atkins’ favorite) when I stepped inside the door of the non-descript complex that houses Joe Glaser’s guitar repair, resuscitation and rebirthing center.

40. Documentary, album explore Loretta Lynn's Appalachian roots -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When Loretta Lynn was growing up in Butcher Hollow in Kentucky in 1930s, her home in the coal mining community was always filled with music, either from her own voice echoing through the trees or the sound of the Carter Family's songs.

41. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for January 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, January 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

42. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for December 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

43. Country musicians mourn loss of Eagles bandleader Glenn Frey -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country musicians in Nashville mourned the loss of Eagles' bandleader Glenn Frey as they remembered the band's timeless impact with their smooth harmonies and memorable lyrics that embodied the cool California country rock sound.

44. Kristofferson to be honored in all-star Nashville concert -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson will be honored at a special tribute concert in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring performances by Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church and Lady Antebellum.

45. Middle Tennessee's $1 million-plus residential real estate transactions for 2015 -

Middle Tennessee's $1 million-plus residential real estate transactions for 2015, Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

46. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for November 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

47. CMT to honor Kenny Rogers as artist of a lifetime -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kenny Rogers, who earlier this year announced his retirement from touring, will be honored as the CMT Artist of a Lifetime for his extensive music career spanning across multiple genres for decades.

48. Mac Wiseman: Last of the original CMA board -

“Charley Pride was sitting right there in that same chair as you. We sang ‘Footprints in the Snow,’’’ says Mac Wiseman, the last surviving member of the original CMA board of directors, nodding to where I sit.

49. Oak Ridge Boys, the Browns inducted into Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sound of voices in synch filled the air as two of country music's greatest vocal harmony groups, the Oak Ridge Boys and the Browns, along with the late gifted guitarist Grady Martin were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

50. Willie Nelson cancels, reschedules shows due to illness -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Willie Nelson has rescheduled two shows and canceled another due to an unspecified health issue.

51. Events -

Business Studio Workshop: Crisis Management. Aileen Katcher of Katcher Strategic Communications will lead this workshop to help small business owners develop a crisis management plan. We’ll outline the key elements to include in the plan and how to make sure your team is ready to use it to communicate when and if (or even before) a crisis hits. This will be an interactive workshop and attendees will be put into small groups to practice managing a “crisis” with their newly developed plans. Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Refinery Nashville, 438 Houston Street, Suite 263, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615 743-3060

52. Little Big Town, Eric Church lead CMA nominations -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Little Big Town crushed it with their song "Girl Crush" and are tied with Eric Church with five nominations each at the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards.

In the nominations announced Wednesday, the four-part vocal group rode the success of the song to nominations for album of the year for "Pain Killer"; vocal group; musical event for a duet with Miranda Lambert; music video; and single of the year. The songwriters for "Girl Crush," Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey, also received a nomination for song of the year.

53. Steven Tyler to headline Franklin music festival with country band -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be performing with country band Loving Mary next month at the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin.

The two-day festival will be held Sept. 26-27 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, across Franklin Road from The Factory at Franklin. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Weezer and The Decemberists will also be featured.

54. Nashville music producer Bob Johnston dead at age 83 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Music producer Bob Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville.

55. Top residential real estate transactions for June 2015 -

Top residential real estate transactions, June 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

56. Luke Bryan backtracks on comments slamming outlaw country singers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Luke Bryan said he misspoke when he differentiated himself from outlaw country musicians like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings by saying he doesn't do drugs.

57. Bonnaroo success ‘testament to the community’ -

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

Fourteen years ago, Capps, now 60, had countless concerts and a fistful of festivals of various sorts under his belt.

58. Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions -

Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

59. Nashville seeks moratorium on Music Row condo onslaught -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The onslaught of high-end condo developments along Nashville's storied Music Row looks to be coming to an end - at least for now.

City planning officials are recommending a moratorium on new projects seeking to raze or significantly alter buildings that helped build up Nashville's reputation as the capital of country music.

60. Coalition announces effort to preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts.

61. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2014 -

Top September 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

62. Waylon Jennings' collection going up for auction -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson's braided hair.

63. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions July 2014 -

Top July 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

64. Milsap, Wiseman among Country Hall inductees -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and the late Hank Cochran are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 2014 induction class was introduced by Kix Brooks during a news conference Tuesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The trio will be inducted later this year.

65. Prism of modern country on display at ACM Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The new artist of the year category at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards is a primer in Modern Country 101 with three nominees who perfectly capture the genre's 21st century sound.

66. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 -

Top November  2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

67. Merle Haggard calls Ray Price 'the first outlaw' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Merle Haggard can still remember the first time he heard Ray Price's voice come out of the radio, fronting Lefty Frizzell's band on "If You're Ever Lonely Darling" in 1951. And the memory of hearing "I'll Be There" for the first time in 1954 still makes him break out into song.

68. Influential country singer Ray Price dead at 87 -

DALLAS (AP) — Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.

69. 48 hours in Nashville: Entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays? Show them the “It City” like a pro! -

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” proclaims the throat-thickening No. 1 tourist destination for anyone either visiting Nashville or simply trying to show holiday guests around town.

George Jones’ monument, which presides over the mid-section of Woodlawn Memorial Park in Berry Hill, could easily fit in as the first, last, or perhaps bookend stops on a 48-hour tour of Music City USA.

70. CMA Awards, fellow stars salute George Strait -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it's OK to lose — like, say, when George Strait is a nominee.

71. Music and art mesh in Veda’s storied life -

Introduced to the Grand Ole Opry crowd as “The Spanish Hank Williams” back in 1962, there remains a sense of music, of rhythm in the voice of Gil Veda as he sits in his adopted hometown’s busiest coffee house named for a dog and raises his soft voice as much as possible to be heard above the din.

72. On the bill again: Nelson back on festival lineup -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An improving Willie Nelson will make his festival date this Saturday in Nashville after all, and he's bringing a friend.

A news release from festival organizers said Nelson has recuperated enough from a shoulder injury that he's able to keep his evening slot at the Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival. Warren Haynes will sit in with Nelson and his band for a handful of songs as well.

73. Nelson pulls out of festival with shoulder injury -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows due to a shoulder injury.

74. Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tompall Glaser, a country music singer, publisher and studio owner best known for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser's nephew, said the singer died in Nashville after a long illness.

75. George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.

Other great singers have come and gone, but this fact remained inviolate until Jones passed away Friday at 81 in a Nashville hospital after a year of ill health.

76. Accidental outlaw Willie Nelson celebrates 80th -

NASHVILLE (AP) — America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson.

As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music. And Nelson has taken it all in with a bemused smile.

77. Nelson to hold benefit for Texas blast victims -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up.

78. Rogers, Bare, Clement in Country Hall of Fame -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Country Music Hall of Fame recognized pioneers who are responsible for the genre's growing diversity by selecting its new class of Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement.

The trio of trailblazing inductees attended a news conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce the class of 2013.

79. Bare finds right label for dream folk album -

Bobby Bare has a simple explanation for why it took him 25 years to put out his dream album of folk songs.

“There’s no demand for an old fart doing an album,” the affable 77-year-old shrugs.

80. Blake Shelton pulls off surprise win at CMAs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Winning the Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year is a top honor and always counted as a career high point. But for Blake Shelton it wasn't even the most memorable moment of an amazing Thursday night.

81. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 -

August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

82. Willie Nelson pens new memoir for release Nov. 13 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Willie Nelson has proven to be one of America's most prolific songwriters. Turns out he's no slouch when it comes to memoirs, either: He has a new one due in November.

83. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 -

August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

84. Unusual rides draw car lovers to Lane -

With cars ranging in manufacture from Nissan Z, at some 300 horsepower and a speed of 180 mph, to the smallest manufactured passenger vehicle in the world, the one-cylinder Peel P50 with a maximum speed of 40 mph, the Lane Motor Museum of Nashville has one of the most unique collections of automobiles in the country.

85. Funky to formal, area offers a variety of party venues -

A 400-person wedding, a bachelorette party, the latest No. 1 hit … 5 o’clock. Nashville is a town that will use any excuse to party. But it can’t be just any kind of party. It has to be a Nashville party, one that really shows off the personality of the area.

86. Grafitti gaining recognition as art form -

Outdoor art in Nashville tends to make a big splash.

Consider Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks, the giant, red sculpture just across the Cumberland River from downtown. Some love it, some not so much … but you’re not going to miss it.

87. Jamey Johnson salutes songwriter with duets album -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jamey Johnson sang at Hank Cochran's bedside in the hours before his death. Now he's showing his love for the legendary songwriter again.

Johnson's next album will be a collaborative celebration of Cochran's music. "Livin' for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" will include appearances by Willie Nelson, George Strait, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and many others, each singing a duet with Johnson. The album will come out Sept. 25 on vinyl and Oct. 16 in other formats.

88. Former music royalties executive Preston dies in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Frances Williams Preston, who worked with top songwriters as president of the royalties company Broadcast Music Inc., died Wednesday. She was 83.

Preston was president of New York-based BMI, which collects and distributes royalties to songwriters, from 1986 to 2004. Before that, she was head of the company's office in Nashville, where she was born and grew up.

89. 5 rising acts to check out at Bonnaroo -

NASHVILLE (AP) — While major acts and headliners like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys and Phish always draw the masses out to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, it's discovering new acts that's the true joy of the four-day festival down on the farm in Manchester, Tenn.

90. Underwood takes her 3rd video of year win at CMTs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Bridgestone Arena is turning into quite a memorable place for Carrie Underwood and her hunky husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.

91. Obama, Romney to go country at CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Presidential elections are usually serious business, but President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney are taking a little time for laughs during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday.

92. Willie Nelson and friends to light up CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Willie Nelson may have penned himself another classic and CMT Music Awards viewers will get a chance to judge for themselves.

93. Sponsor: Horse slaughter bill not likely to pass -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The sponsor of a bill seeking to attract horse slaughter facilities said the bill likely will not pass this year.

Rep. Andy Holt said that chances were not good for the bill to pass, but he remained committed to bringing the industry to Tennessee.

94. Country stars stampede to studio to help Richie -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Kenny Chesney was so excited about the idea of working with Lionel Richie that he drunk-dialed the pop legend to suggest a song. Darius Rucker tossed aside a lyric sheet in the studio, saying he'd been preparing for the moment his entire life. And so many people were clamoring to get on the project that stars like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley didn't even make the cut - this time.

95. New music on the way from late Waylon Jennings -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The family of Waylon Jennings will soon release songs the country music icon recorded shortly before his death 10 years ago.

At least eight of the 12 songs on the tentatively titled "Goin' Down Rockin': The Final Recordings" were written by Jennings and eight have not been released in any version before. The simple vocal and guitar tracks were cut at steel guitarist Robby Turner's studio before Jennings' death in 2002 and musicians who worked with Jennings have gathered to finish the tracks.

96. London calling, y'all -

George Hamilton IV doesn’t take credit for it, but he is a country music business pioneer.

The one-time pop heartthrob – he converted to country after sharing the stage with Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Satchmo – maintains he became something of an accidental international icon after a quick courtesy stop in London.

97. State museum site of TV taping Friday night -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A music show for broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations nationwide will be taped Friday night at the Tennessee State Museum.

"Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Live at the Tennessee State Museum!" will feature Billy Joe Shaver and Elizabeth Cook, both performers and songwriters.

98. Music still packs the house -

Lower Broadway’s “campus” is expanding, thanks largely to its honky-tonk heritage and the constant, energetic growth of “the student body” that comes here for suds and such.

99. Nashville was never limited to country music -

Pundits may look at the fact that Jack White and other young artists and support staffs are moving in and say the city is fast evolving past its traditional country music identity.