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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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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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Roots Music with Pam Tillis, The Broomestix, Matthew Fowler and Caroline Spence July 9, 2016 | 7:00 am

A country song in 5/4 time. A quote from a founding father. And a ten-person band of teenagers fronted by a young lady who looks and sings like Esperanza Spalding. Every show has its surprises and first-time-evers but this special musical event – one loaded with youth – succeeded in every sense of the word


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Mavericks By Nature! July 2, 2016 | 7:00 am

Music City Roots welcomes Whitehorse, Shemekia Copeland, Joel Rafael and The Mavericks!


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Woodsy and Woody: Ben Sollee, Ashleigh Caudill, The Tattletale Saints, and Woody Pines June 25, 2016 | 7:00 am

And the music is sublime – a master class in tone.
Ashleigh Caudill (sweet Nashville bluegrass)
Woody PInes (retro country folk)
The Tattletale Saints (duo from New Zealand by way of Nashville)
Ben Sollee (top tier cello driven songwriting)
It's a stellar show with cool acoustics.


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With and Without Words June 18, 2016 | 7:00 am

Music City Roots brings the heat with a smoking' lineup featuring Brian James and The Revival, Candi Staton, William Tyler, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice.


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The Love Show: Jake Shimabukuro, Gnarly Parkers, Honey Island Swamp Band, Andrea Zonn with all-star band and special guests Vince Gill, Keb Mo & Trace Adkins June 11, 2016 | 7:00 am

Get comfortable; you'll want to hear this. The latest Roots was like two shows in one, each with its own personality and integrity. Act One featured three wildly different but complimentary musical visions. Act Two was a coming out party for a superb album by a beloved Nashville musician. Together they added up to a night of immeasurable heart and joy.


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Journeymen: Ellis Paul, Phil Madeira, Steelism, and Allen Thompson June 4, 2016 | 7:00 am

For some "journeyman" is a stage on the way to legendary status. And for many it’s the steady state of being good, reliable and committed to the work, regardless of fame or gain. When MCR Alum Chuck Mead released his Journeyman’s Wager album he embraced the term as an emblem of his own adaptability and tenacity. To be Americana pretty much means joining a journeyman’s guild, and this week’s superb, original sets at Roots resonated with that spirit.


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Franklin Five-O: Mike Henderson’s Blues Band, Smooth Hound Smith, Emily West, and Mike Campbell & Teresa Williams May 28, 2016 | 7:00 am

Four remarkable performances by four very different artists, followed by a Johnny Cash tune jam that sounds well-rehearsed on its first and only pass. This crowd was large and attentive and excitable. But I think these spectacular acts could have earned standing Os from a bunch of snakes.


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All Over the Map: Amelia White, Ronnie McDowell, Mike and Ruthy, and Reno Bo May 21, 2016 | 7:00 am

A visiting band from upstate New York will rock your folky world. That would be Mike + Ruthy with their floaty and life-embracing “Bright As You Can,” which is the title track of their new album. Natural tones and consummate musicianship just flow from this five-piece band (organ, mellow electric bass and drums plus the front duo on guitar and fiddle respectively).


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