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Coronavirus closures hits Nashville musicians hard

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Bleak news greeted Sasha McVeigh as she celebrated her 26th birthday with family last weekend. 

McVeigh sings at least five nights a week in bars, dance halls and honky-tonks on Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway entertainment district. The neon-doused tip jars need to bring this English native at least $600 a week for her and her 71-year-old mother to stay afloat. 

But bar-hopping tourists and bachelorette parties won’t be filling McVeigh’s jar any time soon. Mayor John Cooper called last Sunday to close all Nashville bars, a move the city leader described as essential to “get us back to normal as soon as possible” in the wake of the novel coronavirus spreading in Music City and throughout the United States. 

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