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Singer Nina Simone's birthplace in Tryon for sale for $95K

The small wooden cottage that was the birthplace of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone is for sale in Tryon, North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2iyPxZK) the current owner of the 664-square-foot home has done work to shore up the foundation and restore the interior of the cottage in hopes of it being used as a museum.

The asking price for the home built in 1930 is $95,000 in cash.

Real estate agent Cindy Viehman of Tryon Foothills Realty says some people have discussed moving the house. But Viehman says the neighborhood is essential to understanding how hard Simone worked to become a history-making, Grammy-winning talent.

Simone was born in 1933 and named Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

Fans Decide Country Music's Next Superstar in Taste of Country's 'Hot Seat' Poll

You decide who makes it in as the tenth member of Taste of Country's inaugural RISERS class during a week-long fan vote that kicks off today!

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Introducing RISERS, a New Program to Discover the Next Generation of Country Music Stars

We're about to bring you the 10 hottest acts of 2017 — and make some dreams come true in the process.

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Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban to Perform at 2017 Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood has been confirmed as a performer for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Additional artists scheduled to take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles include Keith Urban, the Weeknd, Metallica, and John Legend, according to a short promo clip that aired Saturday evening (Jan. 14) during the NFL Playoffs.

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Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban Performing at 2017 Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have been announced as performers for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban Performing at the 2017 Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have been announced as performers for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Watch Dierks Bentley Take His Annual New Year Lake Jump

Several days late into making his polar plunge, Bentley accounted for each day with an extra minute in 38 degrees water.

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Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson Among 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Recipients

Kenny Rogers and Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Texas Medal of Arts in 2017.

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Jake Owen Rocks a Onesie in Goofy 'Seafoam Green' Video [WATCH]

Jake Owen and Ryan Hurd have teamed up for a goofy new song and video, "Seafoam Green."

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Springsteen cover band changes tune, won't play at gala

A Bruce Springsteen cover band has changed its tune about performing at a Washington gala the day before Republican Donald Trump's inauguration.

The B Street Band decided to pull out of the Thursday night performance at the New Jersey State Society's gala.

Band leader Willie Forte said Monday the decision was based "solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band. That conquers everything else."

Trump's inauguration is Friday, followed that evening by inaugural balls.

Springsteen has called the Republican president-elect a "flagrant, toxic narcissist" and has questioned whether he's competent for the job. Springsteen performed during Democratic President Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural, and Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

The B Street Band had drawn jeers on social media from Springsteen fans, accusing the band of abandoning the soul of the musician its made a career of following. As the attention reached national proportions, the band decided it was best to cancel the show.

"This whole thing just got blown out of proportion, which is a shame because (the NJSS) are good, nice people," Forte said.

Forte said the show had been planned since 2013, noting that the band twice performed for the nonprofit, nonpartisan society at galas to mark Obama's inaugurals.

The society's executive director, Nancy Fatemi, said in a statement that the group was disappointed to learn of the cancellation, but "we understand the decision based on all the questions and attention this has brought to the B Street Band."

Forte said he believes much of the criticism arose because people mistakenly thought the group was going to perform at Trump's inaugural ball.

The New Jersey State Society brings together those with ties to New Jersey in the Washington area and sponsors networking events. Springsteen is from New Jersey.

Springsteen superfan Gov. Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, are honorary co-chairs of the $225-per-person event. The Republican governor's office did not respond to a question about whether they would attend.

Trump was also invited.

Among those who spoke out against the band's plans to play Thursday night was Democratic New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak, who last week tweeted: "Shame on the #BStreetBand playing at #Trump's inaugural. ... They've profited from #Bruce now they're abandoning the message in his music."

"I understand it. We owe everything we have to Bruce," Forte said last week. "But everything we've done because of Bruce has raised millions of dollars for charities."

The B Street Band is composed of six "hard-working" guys and has been performing Springsteen songs for nearly 37 years, Forte said. It draws its name from the E Street Band, which has backed Springsteen since 1972.

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AP reporter Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton contributed to this story.

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