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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

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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Recent episodes

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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Gather Round with Hoke, Grebe, Farris & Oates December 10, 2016 | 7:00 am

It was a sold out house with a ton of energy and the return of some roots favorites: Derek Hoke (Nashville laid back country soul), Todd Grebe and Cold Country (twang and songwriting from Alaska and Nashville), Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue (fiery gospel rock) and John Oates (the pop icon continues his journey in Americana)


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Pickers’ Paradise December 3, 2016 | 7:00 am

Three acoustic acts lead up to a hearty rock and roll set by Austin's Band of Heathens, featuring The Brother Brothers (Brooklyn), Kyle Tuttle (Nashville) and Jordan Tice (Nashville).


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Up a Creek November 26, 2016 | 7:00 am

Everybody seems to think our country is up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle, but I’m urging vigilance and togetherness. Through our music we can be gentler, wiser, more curious, more tolerant. Until we get to that promised land we'll share this music by Joe K. Walsh (mandolin driven new grass), Todd Burge (sardonic songwriter from WV), Grant Farm (Colorado jam), and Bill Lloyd (Nashville classic pop)


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Holy Cow! Honeycutters, Gaelynn Lea, Vandaveer, and Kelli Johnson & Barry Waldrep November 19, 2016 | 7:00 am

Great Americana that will have you feeling proud with the Honeycutters, Gaelynn Lea, Vandaveer, and Kelli Johnson & Barry Waldrep.


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Acoustic Travellers November 12, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week's show features some smart young bands in eclectic bluegrass and old time and ended with the veteran String Wizard himself. It was quite a meaningful night. The lineup: The Forlorn Strangers (Nashville), Free The Honey (Colorado), The Danberrys and John McEuen.


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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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