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Music City Roots

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Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe is a weekly radio show that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe is recorded live and showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. Presented live from the stage of the Loveless Barn, this show will showcase purveyors of authenticity across many genres.

Music fans worldwide know Nashville as the epicenter of country music, and Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless embraces and builds on that foundation. MCR is broadcast to a global audience, not just as the keeper of the traditional flame, but as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of music in all its forms and sub-genres: bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly and crossovers into rock, jazz and world music. There has never been a time of greater variety, abundance and quality in Nashville’s creative community, and Music City Roots looks to put that talent on a worldwide stage.

Each broadcast will feature 4-5 artists in 20 minute segments and short interviews, and also encourages collaboration with a nightly Loveless Jam where all musical guests embrace the spirit of Music City as the collaborative epicenter of tradition and innovation. Nashville’s legendary Keith Bilbrey is the announcer; Jim Lauderdale and other leaders of the music community host the festivities.

Upcoming episodes

7th Inning Stretch with The San Rafael Band, Paul Burch & the WPA Ball Club, Bryan Sutton Band, Davina & The Vagabonds and Raul Malo October 29, 2016 | 7:00 am

It must be October. A day after the Chicago Cubs pulled off a four-run ninth-inning comeback against the Giants to secure their Division title (rock!), this week’s Roots featured: a band called the WPA Ball Club, Aly Sutton dressed like a cast member in A League of Their Own and four basses (we pun out of love). They were all acoustic upright basses belonging to four very different and thoroughly wonderful bands. Then we capped the night off with a solo performance which I can in no way force into my baseball metaphor. Except to say that we won. Our seventh birthday show looked really good on paper and it sounds amazing.

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Recent episodes

The Gold Standard October 22, 2016 | 7:00 am

We have an entire lineup of songwriters who would have sounded great opening for Guy Clark. There’s always passion for the song in Americana music, but this roster brought a special focus to the art and the craft. Your lineup this week includes High Plains Jamboree (Austin), Rebecca Pronsky (Brooklyn), Zach Schmidt (Nashville) and the Claire Lynch Band (Nashville).

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Beyond Ladies Night with Host Sam Bush October 15, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week's show is a fascinating all female lineup featuring Angel Snow (Nashville songwriter of "Lie Awake" preps a new album for 2017), Anna & Elizabeth (if you're into deep folk, this is amazing), Miss Tess & The Talkbacks (old favorites of ours), Carrie Rodriguez (Austin star singing songs from her new Lola album), plus guest musical host Sam Bush!

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Del Yeah! : Willie Watson, Sean Watkins, Del McCoury Band, and Timothy B. Schmit October 8, 2016 | 7:00 am

For those who love the down-home, hand-picked and far-reaching visions of folk and country music in their myriad 21st century forms, there is no holier or more hellbent time of year. This week's show features Americana's to talents Willie Watson, Sean Watkins, Del McCoury Band, and Timothy B. Schmit!

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Ripple Effects October 1, 2016 | 7:00 am

The Church Sisters, Carl Jackson, Jesse McReynolds and Ashley Campbell perform a spectacular show dedicated to previewing the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival and celebrating the 1927 Bristol Session, as updated on the double album Orthophonic Joy.

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Belfast to Bluegrass September 24, 2016 | 7:00 am

The Music City Roots manages to celebrate Irish culture with nary a tear-soaked “Danny Boy,” or drop of green beer. Instead, the cliche-free show lived up to its name, filling the Factory in Franklin and Hippie Radio’s airwaves with roots and branches of Celtic music and its American offshoots. Hear the splendid and varied sounds of Wood & Wire, Erik Deutsch and the Jazz Outlaws, Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys, Paul Tully, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry and more.

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Group Dynamics with Donna Buffalo, The Whiskey Gentry, Wood Brothers and Foghorn Stringband September 17, 2016 | 7:00 am

We had this incredible group, the Whiskey Buffalo Brothers String Band, at Music City Roots and we have to wonder why we didn’t think of inviting these folks before; the show was simply stellar. Our four bands did seem to fit together into some kind of platonic ideal of Americana band-hood. Many moving parts, tightly bound together by years of experience on the road and in the studio. Ostensibly we were there to salute Merlefest, where our super-group is heading or arriving even as I write. And it wound up being that, but also a testimonial to group dynamics.

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Entertain Us! Liz Vice, Billy Strings, Shinyribs and The Bo-Keys September 10, 2016 | 7:00 am

It’s always a good day at work when a conga line breaks out. In this case it was the Shinyribs Express snaking all around the audience in Liberty Hall, with the Austin roots music Svengali Kevin Russell leading the parade in a mint green suit. Our lineup of four-by-four excellence and rootsy variety would have been memorable without it, but on this stormy/spectacular Spring evening we enjoyed the company of sublime musicians, Liz Vice, Billy Strings and The Bo-Keys who also entertained.

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Vox Populi: Tim Carroll, The Pollies, Matt Anderson and Blue Highway September 3, 2016 | 7:00 am

A simple man with a simple musical plan takes the Music City Roots stage in to play songs off his ironically titled album It’s All Politics. Thank heaven for Tim Carroll’s sense of humor, because if it was all politics, we’d all be on the train to Crazyville. The momentous and absurd media machinations of T vs. C just melt away in the presence of the Tim’s electric guitar (through a Vox amplifier), or the bluegrass of Blue Highway, or the varied beauty of The Pollies or Matt Andersen. It was, like all others at MCR, a night of human expression, with no filters. The voice of the people.

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Melting Pot: The O’Connor Family Band, Cha Wa, The Sweeplings & Albatross August 27, 2016 | 7:00 am

Music City Roots will be in all new show mode through the winter, because even when we hit the season break we want to make up for our absence by playing you the best shows. This week we feature an eclectic mix from The O'Connor Family Band, Cha Wa, The Sweeplings, and Albatross

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New Grass Retrieval August 20, 2016 | 7:00 am

There’s exceptional picking, songwriting and band craft on tap this week with Mountain Faith, Molly Tuttle, Frank Solivan and the Pawnshop Kings.

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