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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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Recent episodes

November 2017 July 28, 2018 | 7:00 am

Eric Brace with Rory Hoffman
Rose Cousins
David Childers
Scott Miller


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May 10th, 2017 July 21, 2018 | 7:00 am

Gypsy Moon
Curtis McMurtry
Tony Furtado
John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band


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Mando Mania July 7, 2018 | 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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Nashville Songwriters: Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Gordon, Gretchen Peters, and Matraca Berg June 30, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week, MSR digs into the rich souls of 4 excellent Nashville singer-songwriters and brilliant artists, Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Gordon, Gretchen Peters, and Matraca Berg.


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All Nashville Concert Lineup June 23, 2018 | 7:00 am

This week's musical guests include Alex Williams (hard country), Darrin Bradbury (sardonic songs), Lost Hollow (married Nashville duo), and the Cordovas (trippy country rock). Enjoy!


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Travelers and Ramblers June 16, 2018 | 7:00 am

Here’s the latest new show from our Roots on the Road series, a jam packed Nashville City Winery with Jim Lauderdale hosting and a slate in two acts. First it’s soulful rootsy women as Nora Jane Struthers opens with songs from her acclaimed Champion album and Nashville newcomer Emma Hern singing original soul music. Quite a voice! Then it’s a bluegrass turn, with a homey traditional set from Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers followed by a long closing set from The Travelin’ McCourys, on the eve of the release of their debut album.


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HAPPY HANGOVER June 9, 2018 | 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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Woodsy and Woody: Ben Sollee, Ashleigh Caudill, The Tattletale Saints, and Woody Pines June 2, 2018 | 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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Emmylou Harris, Verlon Johnson, Rodney Crowell, and Humming House May 26, 2018 | 7:00 am

As Music City Roots looks to move to a new venue in Nashville, we look back at our move from The Loveless Cafe to newer venue, The Factory this week when we hosted an all-star lineup: Emmylou Harris, Verlon Johnson, Rodney Crowell, and Humming House.


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St Paul, Margo and Sturgill: Where Were They Then? May 19, 2018 | 7:00 am

Phenomenal Roots sets by current stars of Americana: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Margo Price, Sam Outlaw, Dustbowl Revival, Sturgill Simpson


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