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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

Entertain Us! Liz Vice, Billy Strings, Shinyribs and The Bo-Keys March 4, 2017 | 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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Recent episodes

Million Dollar Quartet February 25, 2017 | 7:00 am

This has high hillbilly and Nashville rock and roll. Actually it’s an all Nashville lineup this week. Peter Cooper hosts musical guests Hailey Whitters, Amelia Eisenhauer & the Peruvian Farm Girls, Chuck Mead, and Govt. Cheese.


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All Trad. No Rad. February 18, 2017 | 7:00 am

A splendid session of bluegrass music in Liberty Hall. All trad, no rad with The Lonesome River Band, Foghorn String Band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and The Isaacs.


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Of The Soul February 11, 2017 | 7:00 am

Here we have the wonderful Southern Ave. from Memphis, new on the Stax label, Cicada Rhythm of Athens/Atlanta, Waker from Nashville, and Austin's own Mingo Fishtrap.


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Salty Songs and Songwriters February 4, 2017 | 7:00 am

Singer, songwriter and salty dog, Cody Jinks is just one highlight flavorful set of music. Peter Case showed world weary wisdom. Jesse Kramer radiated. Colin Hay showed the power of reinvention. Check it out this Saturday!


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Well Travelled January 28, 2017 | 7:00 am

A phenomenal new episode with The Mulligan Brothers (Mobile AL Americana), Piers Faccini (British folk meets the Delta and N. Africa), Greyhounds (Austin roots soul), and The Travelin’ McCourys (state of the art bluegrass).


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Angular Banjos January 21, 2017 | 7:00 am

Dig the exotic roots of Jon Stickley Trio, Band of Ruhks, Jamie Kent, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn.


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Tick Tock Time with James Apollo, Kai Welch, Doug Seegers and the Helen Highwater String Band January 14, 2017 | 7:00 am

Exquisite synchronization makes me feel good inside, a bit like music. And we have music that makes you feel Swiss watch perfect at Roots this week. Everything to appreciate about string-band timing and feel is wrapped up in that relaxed, tick-tock, rock-steady beat. Wake up thinking about the boom-chick, boom-chick mantra evoked by these bluegrass shamans.


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Wrapping the Year with The Farmer & Adele, The Kentucky Headhunters, Hymn for Her, and The Buckleys December 31, 2016 | 7:00 am

We’ve come a long way and we’ve got a long way to go. That’s how I feel about the world of Roots as 2016 comes to a close. We’ve got plans and we love what we do, so there’s no reason to take our foot off the gas now. Join in the fun Saturday morning with The Farmer & Adele, The Kentucky Headhunters, Hymn for Her, and The Buckleys.


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Salute! with Rorey Carroll, Tattletale Saints, Kelsey Waldon and Ron Pope December 24, 2016 | 7:00 am

Ron Pope is new to our show, but the guy's track record can't be trifled with. He's totally indie and he sells out big shows in many parts of the country. He leads a fine, horn-backed band in this show. Please enjoy this next to last show of the year. An all Nashville-based lineup also featuring Rorey Carroll, Tattletale Saints and Kelsey Waldon.


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Musical Bacon: Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Larissia Murphy, Chessboxer and The Coal Men December 17, 2016 | 7:00 am

This is such a fun show that it's necessary to have a nightcap with some of the artists and crew at Kimbro’s where the menu includes a late night snack portion of mac and cheese with, wait for it, bacon. And as I devour, I realize that we deliver the musical equivalent of bacon, without the unhealthy part, every week. Check you back at the smokehouse Saturday.


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