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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

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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Recent episodes

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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Seeing All-Stars August 13, 2016 | 7:00 am

A day-long, drenching rain eased up and a huge bank of intricately folded clouds pushed East just at dusk, producing the most awesome sunset I can remember in Nashville. When I arrived, half our team was standing outside just hanging out in the warm evening watching the Factory water tower silhouetted against the psychedelic glow. A friend tweeted that it was a “Jerry” sunset, since he and others were gathering to see the latest iteration of the Grateful Dead downtown. I figured it was a good omen for our own polychromatic, way out lineup of talent on MCR. This week Jim Lauderdale takes center stage on what is very much an all-star Americana show 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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Prized Bluegrass with Jeff Black, Gareth Laffely, Front Country and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers August 6, 2016 | 7:00 am

A great live music showcase with prized bluegrass by Jeff Black, Gareth Laffely, Front Country and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.

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House And Home: Margo & The Price Tags, Tumbleweed Company, Cory Branan, Kevin Kinney & more! July 23, 2016 | 7:00 am

In showbiz, the audience is known as the “house” and while showbiz people are always hoping for a full house, certain nights bring more gravitas and anticipation than others. This week, it's a full "house" with performances by Margo Price, Kevin Kinney, Cory Branan and Tumbleweed Company on Music City Roots.

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Founding Fathers: Government Cheese, Webb Wilder, Bill Lloyd, and William Hodges July 16, 2016 | 7:00 am

The truth is, these are not Nashville rockers from before my time or anybody’s time. They’re Nashville’s best rockers of now. There are more bands rocking Music City today, but these guys’ experience gives them the edge. They’re our Stones and our Clash and our Cheap Trick and we’re happy to share them with the world, should the world get enough of a clue to tune in. Peter Cooper will guest host this show, and that’s perfect because he’s been studying and championing this crew since they emerged, and he’s been uniquely responsible for shaping my appreciation of these particular Nashville cats. Cats who happen to be some of modern Nashville’s Founding Fathers.

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