Known as "Mister Nashville," and one of the earliest supporters of Americana, Billy Block has died in Nashville at 59, reports The Tennessean. Block was the founder and host of Western Beat. CMT picked up Western Beat in 2000, and helped bring Americana to a national audience. Many of the artists showcased by Block on Western Beat went on to become mainstream Country stars, including Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Keith Urban.
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