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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

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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Recent episodes

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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Angular Banjos November 5, 2016 | 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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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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The Gold Standard October 22, 2016 | 7:00 am

We have an entire lineup of songwriters who would have sounded great opening for Guy Clark. There’s always passion for the song in Americana music, but this roster brought a special focus to the art and the craft. Your lineup this week includes High Plains Jamboree (Austin), Rebecca Pronsky (Brooklyn), Zach Schmidt (Nashville) and the Claire Lynch Band (Nashville).


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Beyond Ladies Night with Host Sam Bush October 15, 2016 | 7:00 am

This week's show is a fascinating all female lineup featuring Angel Snow (Nashville songwriter of "Lie Awake" preps a new album for 2017), Anna & Elizabeth (if you're into deep folk, this is amazing), Miss Tess & The Talkbacks (old favorites of ours), Carrie Rodriguez (Austin star singing songs from her new Lola album), plus guest musical host Sam Bush!


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Del Yeah! : Willie Watson, Sean Watkins, Del McCoury Band, and Timothy B. Schmit October 8, 2016 | 7:00 am

For those who love the down-home, hand-picked and far-reaching visions of folk and country music in their myriad 21st century forms, there is no holier or more hellbent time of year. This week's show features Americana's to talents Willie Watson, Sean Watkins, Del McCoury Band, and Timothy B. Schmit!


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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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