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1 big thing: Our views of the eclipse

The solar eclipse as seen in Sylvan Park. Photo: Courtesy of Jason Chow

As Nashville looked up yesterday, most eclipse watchers saw a sky crowded with puffy gray clouds.

  • For many, it didn't match the majesty of 2017, when Music City was in the path of totality. But the overcast day didn't spoil all of the fun.

What they saw: Some views were better than others. Neighbors in some parts of town shared spellbinding pictures, while others a few miles away missed out.

What they're saying: Jason Chow tells Axios he was at home in Sylvan Park when everything went dark. He went outside and snapped a picture of a small crescent of sun in the clouds.

  • "It was really cool because I didn't know what we'd get to see here in Nashville because of the cloudy forecast," he says.

Zoom out: Of course, 2017 inspired many Middle Tennesseans to hit the road to catch another glimpse of totality.

  • Adam ran into a family of travelers at a coffee shop in Metropolis, Illinois.

Kayla and Eric Smith tell Axios they watched the last eclipse from a rooftop at Trevecca Nazarene University. Clouds blocked their view that time, but they were still enchanted.

  • "We said then that we would travel to wherever the next one was," she said yesterday in Metropolis. "Immediately after, we looked it up."
  • "And now we're here."

So the Smiths left their home in Old Hickory yesterday morning and headed northwest on Interstate 24. They watched the sun slip behind the moon in a park with their 5-year-old son Owen.

  • Owen was so impressed he suggested they travel around the world to see more eclipses.

Eric Smith said he liked the idea of "letting the stars guide" their future family vacations.

What's next: The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States will occur Aug. 23, 2044.

  • That eclipse will trace a much more limited path that includes parts of Montana and North Dakota.
  • If you're willing to travel further, the next total eclipse worldwide is Aug. 12, 2026. It will be visible in Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Russia.

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2. Morgan Wallen arrested downtown

Morgan Wallen in November 2023. Photo: Christopher Polk/Penske Media via Getty Images

Nashville police arrested country music superstar Morgan Wallen late Sunday after officers accused him of throwing a chair off the rooftop at Chief's on Broadway.

  • He faces three counts of felony reckless endangerment and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Zoom in: The Tennessean reports that police watched surveillance footage from the bar and saw Wallen, 30, "lunging and throwing an object over the roof." The chair landed on Broadway near two officers, police said.

  • Witnesses saw Wallen laughing afterward, the newspaper reported.

What they're saying: Wallen's attorney Worrick Robinson said in a statement that Wallen was "cooperating fully with authorities" following the Sunday night arrest.

Between the lines: Chief's is fellow country star Eric Church's bar, which opened Friday.

  • Wallen recently announced plans to open his own bar in the downtown entertainment district.

The big picture: The arrest comes amid a broader discussion about safety and excessive drinking on Lower Broadway.

  • City leaders have been publicly mulling options to improve safety following the death of Riley Strain, a Missouri college student who died after security at a downtown bar kicked him out. Searchers found his body two weeks later in the Cumberland River.

Flashback: Wallen was previously arrested on Lower Broadway on misdemeanor charges in 2020, after police said he was kicked out of Kid Rock's bar.

What's next: Wallen's next scheduled court date on the 2024 charges is May 3, the same day he is scheduled to play one of three shows at Nissan Stadium.

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3. It's not just you: Housing costs are a pain nationwide

Data: Redfin; Note: Responses with less than 14% were excluded from the chart; Respondents could choose multiple responses; Chart: Axios Visuals

A striking share of renters and homeowners across the U.S. are skipping essentials like meals and medical care to keep a roof over their heads, according to a new Redfin report.

  • Half of renters and homeowners say they struggle to afford monthly housing payments, according to the national survey.

Zoom in: A recent poll of Nashvillians found housing costs were a top concern for many residents here: 92% said they couldn't afford to buy a house in Davidson County.

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4. The Setlist: Home sales slide

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Legislation requiring public schools to teach age-appropriate gun safety is heading to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

  • Republicans on Thursday rejected an amendment that would have allowed parents to opt out of firearms training for their children. (Tennessean)

📉 March home sales in the Nashville area are down 7% year over year. (Nashville Post, subscription)

😎 If you missed out on the eclipse this time, you can relive our brush with totality by revisiting coverage from 2017. (WPLN)

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5. Beyoncé makes history — again

Beyoncé earlier this month. Photo: Michael Buckner/Billboard via Getty Images

Beyoncé is the first Black woman to top Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Cowboy Carter."

Why it matters: "Cowboy Carter" was designed to defy genre and reflects Beyoncé's research into the Black voices that helped shape country and American popular music.

  • It is the highest-performing album since Taylor Swift's "1989 (Taylor's Version)" in November 2023.

State of play: The album — which includes threads of hip-hop, pop and rock alongside country influences — also topped the all-genre Billboard 200.

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Our picks:

🥃 Nate is putting in hard work perfecting the Wisconsin old fashioned.

🎧 Adam has "Put it in a Song" on repeat.

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Katie Lewis.