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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

Japanericana October 28, 2017 | 7:00 am

Two flavors of bluegrass here with killer harmonies and a striking soul country guy. Check out Blue Side of Lonesome from Japan, Charley Crockett , Peter Cooper/Eric Brace/Thomm Jutz and Iron Horse.


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Recent episodes

Prime Cuts October 21, 2017 | 7:00 am

Great guests this week! Jon Latham is a super smart emerging talent from East Nashville on the Cafe Rooster label. Travis Meadows is a under the radar Music Row songwriter who struggles with his addictions on a new album. Gary Nicholson, who closes the show, is a major songwriter with cuts across country, soul and R&B. Kirsty Lee Akers rounds out the set for a phenomenal morning of music for you.


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HAPPY HANGOVER October 14, 2017 | 7:00 am

A great live set featuring Danny Burns (Irish newgrass by way of Nashville), All Our Exes Live in Texas (power folk, all-female quartet from Sydney Australia), David Luning (Bay Area artist with a country rock flair), and Lee Roy Parnell (classic R&B/country star with a new album)


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Americana Big Top October 7, 2017 | 7:00 am

This week on MCR, our 2017 AmericanaFest showcase from a one-time only pop up venue in the heart of downtown Nashville. It's a five ring circus under our own big top with a sampling of what's going on in the Americana field today, closing out with the fiery, funny and fatalistic songs of Ray Wylie Hubbard.
The bill kicks off with newcomer and Rounder Recording artist Pony Bradshaw from Georgia. Angaleena Presley brings unbridled, insightful songs from her acclaimed Wrangled album. The Cactus Blossoms reinvent the classic brother duo form for a new age. And we hear John Paul White, refreshed from some time off in his Muscle Shoals home wiht stunning songs that brought a rowdy crowd to a standstill. It's big tent music under an actual big tent.


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Group Dynamics with Donna the Buffalo, The Whiskey Gentry, Wood Brothers and Foghorn Stringband September 30, 2017 | 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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BE PREPARED September 23, 2017 | 7:00 am

Rising Virginia-based folk star Dori Freeman makes a long-sought MCR debut. John Carter Cash brings a family music legacy that’s second to none. Colter Wall is our deep voice of hard country. And we welcome the return of one of the most fluent, flexible roots rock bands in the good old USA.


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Make Music Day with Danny Barnes, Sierra Hull, Delbert McClinton and More September 16, 2017 | 7:00 am

This season closing show brought together all the vibes and individual craft that makes Music City Roots go, with a new folk discovery, a heartfelt bluegrass tribute and two true icons of American roots music. We start with the moody beauty of Bay Area folk group Quiles & Cloud. An all-star gathering of Nashville pickers pay tribute to Mac Wiseman, including Sierra Hull, Shawn Camp, Justin Moses, Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper. Next, Danny Barnes performs solo on the banjo, showing what a unique genius he is. And the show wraps with the fire and thunder of Texas master Delbert McClinton.


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Eight Strings and a Cloud of Dust September 9, 2017 | 7:00 am

This week on MCR, it's mando mania as we assemble a multi-generational gathering of some of the finest mandolin pickers on earth. Nashville native Casey Campbell, who grew up at and around the GOO and the elite of bluegrass curates an evening of mando solos, duos and full band performances. With Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush, Mike Compton and the man who brought us Rocky Top, Bobby Osborne.


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Cat Powers September 2, 2017 | 7:00 am

Before Nashville, I’d never lived in a place where part of the regular conversation and social/cultural goings on was to figure out the essence of that place and to take active steps to get closer to its heart and soul. There was never a big emphasis on what does it mean to be from Chicago or Washington DC or Durham, NC, three of my other home bases. There is such a conversation about New Orleans and Austin. Music cities are like this. It’s a healthy conversation to have and one that we are good at cultivating. When we partner with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as we did this episode, the city’s essence comes into tighter focus. We’re elevated in our attention and admiration. We heard a distillation of what it means to be a Nashville Cat. Can you sing? Write? Play? Cooperate? We’re cat people and we’re into cat power.


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Sold Out in the Right Way August 26, 2017 | 7:00 am

Feel the live grooves of Seth Walker, the smart piano pop of Ele Ivory, the nutbag fusion of bluegrass and Top 40 that is The Cleverlys and finally, the fingers-a-flying guitar virtuosity of Tommy Emmanuel.


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The Son and the Brother August 19, 2017 | 7:00 am

Family ties are part of the fabric of American roots music. How often have we read that Artist X “came from a musical family”? The connection among siblings and the passing of ideas across generations might be the central reason this music sustains, and that in turn sustains us. This episode of MCR offers up heart lifting performances by a first son of bluegrass and a first brother of Americana soul, plus a delightful country newcomer and a set by our own soul brother Jim Lauderdale.


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