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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A fourth filmmaker has been charged with the death of a crew member working on a biographical movie about Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director for the film "Midnight Rider," has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. A film crew had set up on a railroad bridge in southeast Georgia in February when a freight train came through and killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured six others. The film's directors and its executive producer also face charges.


DETROIT (AP) -- A lawyer who defended Anita Baker against allegations she failed to pay workers at her house is now making the same claim. Attorney Jamal Hamood represented Baker against allegations that she owes $15,000 for work done at her home outside Detroit. Hamood tells WXYZ-TV Baker owes him nearly $69,000 for more than a year of work. He's filed a $150,000 lawsuit. A message left with Baker's representative was not returned. A status conference on the lawsuit is set for January 2.


NEW YORK (AP) -- John Mellencamp believes he doesn't get inspiration for songs as much as he is channeling songs that come from somewhere else. Mellencamp says he's convinced a song on his new "Plain Spoken" album called "Brass Ring" was sent by Tennessee Williams. He says a song called "Freedom of Speech" clearly was sent by Pete Seeger. Mellencamp says it's best to get out of the way when channeling a song, because otherwise he tries to force it in a direction it should not go. He says the third verse of "Pink Houses" is a great example of that, because he hears it now and cringes. "Plain Spoken" is new this week.


<<CUT ..008 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "come from Williams"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says one of the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album clearly came from an old spirit.

<<CUT ..009 (10/01/14)>> 00:13 "this means ahh"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he doesn't know what the songs on his "Plain Spoken" album are about because he channeled them rather than wrote them.

<<CUT ..010 (10/01/14)>> 00:16 "your own way"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says his job is to write down the songs he channels.

<<CUT ..011 (10/01/14)>> 00:12 "think oh God"

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp says he wishes he would have channeled one of his biggest hits instead of calling it inspiration and trying to mold it too much.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum got a jolt into reality from his wife when they started writing songs for their new "747" album. Kelley says his wife told him if they write the same mellow songs they've been doing, she was going to be a little bored. He says it was hard for him to hear, but he realized she was right. Singer Hillary Scott says they also realized people want to hear fun songs in a live setting, so they did more of that. Scott says she's proud of their song "Bartender," because even though other country acts convey the same sentiments, in this case, "It's a girl singing it."


<<CUT ..012 (10/01/14)>> 00:17 "what she's right"

Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum says his wife pushed him to create something different for their "747" album. ((note cut length))

<<CUT ..013 (10/01/14)>> 00:15 "very many females"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says she loves how their single "Bartender" fits into the country music landscape.

<<CUT ..014 (10/01/14)>> 00:14 "escape from it"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says after their last tour, they realized people want to have fun and the songs should match that.

<<CUT ..015 (10/01/14)>> 00:08 "right as well"

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says they have to be fresh and current as well as predict what's next.


STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) -- The owner of a restaurant in Streetsboro, Ohio, has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a benefit for singer Sonny Geraci of The Outsiders and of Climax but not handing over the money. The Streetsboro Gateway News reports William Thompson pleaded guilty in August to a third-degree felony grand theft charge. The concert last November was to benefit Geraci, who is in a wheelchair after suffering an aneurysm a year and a half ago. The event raised nearly $29,000 but organizers say Thompson refused to hand over $23,000. Thompson has also been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- A museum dedicated to George Jones is in the works for downtown Nashville. His widow, Nancy, will unveil plans for a four-story George Jones Museum in the space formerly occupied by a club called Graham Central Station. The museum will have a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. An opening date was not given.


BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- In 1927, the Victor Talking Machine Company went to a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia border to record what was known as "hillbilly music," including the Carter Family. Today, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is now open. The museum in Bristol, Virginia, is displaying instruments, recording equipment and clothes related to country, gospel and blues. Visitors can record their own songs in sound booths or hear early gospel records in a small chapel. The museum's executive director, Leah Ross, says country music had been recorded before, but the Bristol Sessions were the first time it was mass-produced for audiences in New York, Atlanta and Chicago.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jim Ed Brown has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Brown writes on his website he got his diagnosis two weeks ago and that's why he's canceled shows recently. Brown says he was shocked and scared when he heard the news. His doctors have told him to take off the next four months to concentrate on chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Brown first hit the scene in the 1950s as part of The Browns with his sisters. He then had a successful solo career through the 1960s and '70s and was famous for duets with Helen Cornelius.


ADA, Okla. (AP) -- A street has been renamed for Blake Shelton in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. The city unveiled Blake Shelton Boulevard as part of its party to celebrate Shelton's new album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The town's water tower is on the cover. The party also featured Blake Shelton trivia, a Blake Shelton lookalike contest and a Blake Shelton mullet contest.

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