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Flooding Quiets Nashville's Music

Waters are receding, but cleanup will be time-consuming

(Newser) - While city officials reported progress today restoring Nashville's electrical and water systems after a devastating flood, the downtown remained dark, homes were sodden, and patience was wearing thin four days after flash flooding and storms blamed for at least 29 deaths in three states. Nashville's country music scene also began... More »

Southeast Flood Toll Hits 27

Deluged Tennessee calls for federal help

(Newser) - The death toll from storms that lashed the Southeast over the weekend has now hit 27, and lawmakers in Tennessee warn that the cleanup bill will be in the billions. Much of Nashville remains flooded and authorities fear that the still-rising Cumberland River will swamp the city's only working water... More »

Garth Brooks Unretires

Don't expect a new tour or album anytime soon

(Newser) - Garth Brooks is officially out of retirement—whatever that means. The 47-year-old singer announced his return to great fanfare at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry today. “It’s a proud day for me and my family,” Brooks declared. But coming out of retirement doesn’t mean Brooks will... More »

Where to Find Real America

(Newser) - Travel writer Gary McKechnie helps USA Today round up some of the best places to get a taste of old-fashioned Americana:
  • Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pa.: The end-of-August tradition is free.
  • Mark Twain America, Hannibal, Mo.: Be like Tom Sawyer and go on a guided cave tour.
  • All-American Soap
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Underwood Joins Grand Ole Opry

Emotional 'Idol' enters country's elite club

(Newser) - "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood ratcheted up her country cred last night, reports the AP, and can now call herself a Grand Ole Opry cast member. Underwood joined the longest-running radio show, fighting back tears as Garth Brooks handled her induction. "This really seems like a great family... More »

Opry Star Wagoner Dead at 80

Pioneer revolutionized country music

(Newser) - Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner died of lung cancer in Nashville last night, just as the Country Music Hall of Fame—which enshrined him in 2003—gathered to induct new members. He was 80. Wagoner will be remembered as a rhinestone-clad innovator who pioneered the country concept album and... More »

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