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Correction: Capricorn Studio Renaissance story

Dec. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Dec. 3 about Mercer Music at Capricorn, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one of the co-founders of Capricorn Records was Frank Fenton. It should have said his last name was Fenter, not Fenton. A corrected version of the story is below: Iconic Southern rock recording...

John Hiatt looks back and how he lets the music magic happen

Dec. 5, 2019 10:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — John Hiatt wrote his first song at age 11, and knew right away that’s what he wanted to do. It’s not his job; it’s who he is. He’s 67 now. With all that time put in, it’s amusing that the two albums that are arguably the cornerstones of his career...

Willie Nelson says he's not smoking, but is still using pot

Dec. 5, 2019 12:29 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Willie Nelson may have given up smoking, but he hasn't stopped using marijuana. While in San Antonio last week for two performances, the 86-year-old country music legend told KSAT TV that in an effort to take better care of himself, he no longer smokes. Nelson, a longtime marijuana...

Kid Rock's Detroit eatery closing after his anti-Oprah rant

Dec. 4, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Kid Rock-owned restaurant in Detroit's Little Caesars Arena will close once its licensing agreement expires this spring, the singer and arena operator announced separately Wednesday. The severing of ties between the suburban Detroit-born musician and Ilitch Holdings came days after video...

Hearing reset for convict charged in former NBAers' killing

Dec. 4, 2019 12:23 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge set a new hearing date Wednesday in the Lorenzen Wright murder case to give lawyers time to prepare expert witness schedules for a trial or even reach a plea deal in the former NBA player's slaying nine years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. A trial date could be scheduled at a new...

Darius Rucker to perform pre-race concert before Daytona 500

Dec. 3, 2019 10:05 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker will perform a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500 in February. It will be Rucker’s fourth appearance at Daytona International Speedway and first at the “Great American Race,” which will again serve as...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Nov. 30, 2019 2:33 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a helicopter dropping water on a fire from above Santa Barbara, California;...

Gabrielle Union speaks out amid reports she’s off NBC show

Nov. 29, 2019 3:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union thanked supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from “America’s Got Talent” after complaining about racism and other alleged on-set issues. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and...

Brad Paisley happy to be butt of jokes in variety special

Nov. 29, 2019 9:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Paisley is perfectly comfortable being the butt of jokes. In his new variety special, "Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special," airing Dec. 3 on ABC, the country star allows himself to be the punchline in a number of skits with celeb pals including Peyton Manning, Carrie Underwood, the Jonas...

Holiday TV forecast: a sleighful of movies, music, a Grinch

Nov. 27, 2019 10:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa’s sleigh this season, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel and a new streaming service adding to the cargo. A more expansive view of the world also is part of the ride, with a lesbian couple included in a Freeform film and...