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January 7, 2019

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KID ROCK’S SIGN IS APPROVED BUT CRITICIZED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville city council and its mayor have approved a sign for Kid Rock’s bar on Lower Broadway, but a lot of people are still unhappy about it. The 20-foot neon sign for Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock and Roll Steakhouse features a guitar with a base shaped like buttocks. The council resolution approving the sign was signed into law Friday by Mayor David Briley. The Nashville Tennessean quotes Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, who voted against the measure, as saying the sign crosses the line of good taste and goes against the family-friendly image Nashville wants to portray. Rock came under fire in Nashville in November, when he was booted as grand marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade for making profane comments on live TV.

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SOULJA BOY LOSES CAR TO MUDSLIDE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soulja Boy says his car is still stuck in the water in the middle of a flash flood and mudslide caused by a storm that shut down the Pacific Coast Highway in southern California. Soulja Boy retweeted a photo of the mudslides in Malibu on Saturday. He says his car “almost went into the ocean.” No injuries have been reported.

STEVE RIPLEY OF THE TRACTORS DIES

UNDATED (AP) — The Tractors are mourning the loss of guitarist Steve Ripley, who they say died peacefully at his home in Pawnee, Oklahoma, on Thursday. He was 69. Details of his death were not given. The Tractors’ biggest country hit was the 1994 song “Baby Likes To Rock It.” Ripley owned The Church Studio in Tulsa. He also was a radio host, archivist, record engineer and inventor of the stereo guitar. A memorial service is in the works.

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CHRISTINE McGUIRE DIES

NEW YORK (AP) — Christine McGuire of The McGuire Sisters has died. The New York Times reports she died Dec. 28 at her home in Las Vegas at the age of 92. A cause of death was not given. Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis McGuire were one of the nation’s most popular groups in the pre-rock-and-roll era with hits like “Sincerely,” ″Sugartime” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight.” The trio broke up in 1968 and regrouped in 1985. Phyllis is now the only surviving sister. Dorothy died in 2012.

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CHRIS JANSON LOOKS FOR STOLEN GUITAR

NASHVILLE (AP) — Chris Janson is taking the high road in the hope that he’ll get his stolen guitar back. He writes on Facebook his custom Fender guitar was stolen out of his car after he played the Grand Ole Opry over the holidays. Janson says if anyone knows about it, contact him and the police. He also says, “If by chance the thieves read this post, please know that I forgive, and will accept an apology and a return, with no repercussion.”

21 SAVAGE MAINTAINS LEAD ON BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM CHART WITH “I AM I WAS”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “I Am I Was” by 21 Savage notches a second week at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 65,000 units in the past week, down from 131,000 its first week. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is second with “Hoodie SZN.” Meek Mill’s “Championship” is in third. “Beerbongs and Bentleys” by Post Malone takes fourth, and the soundtrack to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is fifth.

THE ROOTS WILL PLAY PA. GOVERNOR’S INAUGURATION

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roots will play at the second inauguration for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The Roots will perform Jan. 15 after Wolf is sworn in. The Roots met while attending school in Philadelphia.

by Margie Szaroleta

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