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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.

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Caleb Klauder, James McMurtry, John Oates, Del Barber and Caroline Rose January 30, 2016 | 7:00 am

Music City Roots has many points of the Americana compass covered this week – five artists with only one thing in common and that’s a deep love for and a way with words.


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Steel and Salt January 23, 2016 | 7:00 am

Dig the music of Taarka, The Ransom Notes, Parker Millsap and the Steeldrivers!


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The Force: An All Star Extravaganza January 16, 2016 | 7:00 am

This all-star tribute to musical force of nature John McEuen features John Carter Cash, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Jaff Hanna and many more!


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Angular Banjos January 9, 2016 | 7:00 am

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


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Nash-Ville: Leigh Nash, Brooke Anniballe, Morgan Myles & The Roosevelts January 2, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week’s will be a discovery-heavy show with performances by Brooke Anniballe, Morgan Myles, and The Roosevelts leading up to Leigh Nash’s showcase of songs off The State I’m In, a Thirty Tigers release that marries her cooing, acrobatic voice with a countrypolitan meets Tex-Mex sound.


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Gratitude With Attitude December 26, 2015 | 7:00 am

This year we’ve shuffled things around and invited an all-new lineup to perform. Curated by our own Ms. Laurie, it’s a night of Southern soul and country rock – the musical equivalent of Monell’s corn pudding and fried chicken.


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Seeing All-Stars December 19, 2015 | 7:00 am

This week Jim Lauderdale takes center stage on what is very much an all-star Americana show. We’re featuring Moe Bandy, Christian Lopez, The North Mississippi All-Stars plus the eminent Americana guru Tim O’Brien presenting his first solo recording in five years. I mean, wow, right? This is what we live for.


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Nine Years of Infamy December 12, 2015 | 7:00 am

Join the Infamous Stringdusters, Peter Case, John Conlee and Horseshoes & Handgranades for a rocking roots morning.


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Like a Fierce Habit December 5, 2015 | 7:00 am

Making art is a form of addiction for some, like the songwriters featured on this edition of MSR: Minton Sparks, Fort Defiance, Kevin Gordon, and Hope Country. Music and words. Words and music. We need them both.


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The Spooky South November 28, 2015 | 7:00 am

Eerie southern folk rock is the theme this week with The Orphan Brigade, Ted Drozdowski & the Scissormen, LynnMarie Rink, La Terza Classe and Amy Black.


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