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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

Franklin Five-O: Mike Henderson’s Blues Band, Smooth Hound Smith, Emily West, and Mike Campbell & Teresa Williams April 21, 2018 | 7:00 am

Four remarkable performances by four very different artists, followed by a Johnny Cash tune jam that sounds well-rehearsed on its first and only pass. This crowd was large and attentive and excitable. But I think these spectacular acts could have earned standing Os from a bunch of snakes.


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Recent episodes

Women Who Kill And Thrill April 14, 2018 | 7:00 am

This episode features highlights from sets by six fascinating women of folk who are either on top of the field or coming up fast. You’ll hear: Amy LaVere, Kristina Train, Leah Blevins, Susan Werner, Dori Freeman, and Carrie Rodriguez.


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Darrin Bradbury, Little Bandit feat. Alex Caress, Elise Davis, & Allen Thompson Band April 7, 2018 | 7:00 am

In a new live episode, Darrin Bradbury, Little Bandit feat. Alex Caress, Elise Davis, & Allen Thompson Band turn on the power and light up the stage!


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East side lineup in East Nashville’s best music hall, The Basement East March 31, 2018 | 7:00 am

East side lineup in East Nashville’s best music hall, The Basement East. The whole crew was there with the truck and streaming rig. Derek Hoke guest hosted and was great. Love that guy. The lineup was killer.


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Ruthie Foster, The Greyhounds, Sunny Sweeney and The Band of Heathens March 17, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week’s show features awesome Texas artists of various styles and sounds doing their thing on our stage in Tennessee: The Greyhounds from Jan. 2015, Ruthie Foster from AmericanaFest 2015, The Band of Heathens - original lineup from 2011, and Sunny Sweeney from her Trophy tour in mid 2017.


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Live Music from Daddy, Lillie Mae, Katie Pruitt & Kevin Gordon March 10, 2018 | 7:00 am

A recent live show from 3rd & Lindsay with artists Daddy, Lillie Mae, Katie Pruitt & Kevin Gordon


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Folk Alliance Artists Danny Burns, Anna & Elizabeth, The Stray Birds, Southern Ave. February 24, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week’s Roots Rewind features four very different artists who have been showcased recently at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City. This venerable event had its 30th anniversary and it seems good to spotlight it. Check out folk greats Danny Burns, Anna & Elizabeth, The Stray Birds and Southern Ave.


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New Live Set from Nashville with John Oates, Ms Adventure, Derek Hoke and Greg Garing February 17, 2018 | 7:00 am

This is a landmark show in several ways. It’s our first show of 2018 and the first we’ve ever staged in downtown Nashville. It sets us on our journey toward the Yee Haw Brewing Co., where as I understand it, building rehab has begun. On this show, the City Winery Nashville took us in and were the best partners imaginable. We had a sold out house for a sensational all Nashville four act show featuring Derek Hoke, Ms. Adventure (new bluegrass), Greg Garing and John Oates (featuring the Good Road Band).


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New Grass Masters: Sam Bush, John Cowan, Leftover Salmon, and The Travelin’ McCourys February 10, 2018 | 7:00 am

This Saturday, check out some of the most creative bluegrass artists out there by Sam Bush, John Cowan, Leftover Salmon, and The Travelin' McCourys.


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Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead and Shawn Camp Live! February 3, 2018 | 7:00 am

This episode is loaded with Nashville greats like Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Chuck Mead and Shawn Camp playing excellent live sets!


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Marshall Chapman, Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell. January 27, 2018 | 7:00 am

Marshall Chapman anchors the show as curator and guest interviewer. She wrote “They Came To Nashville” about major artists arrival stories, and we capture those in word and song. This episode features also Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell.


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