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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

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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Recent episodes

Laney Jones, Katie Pruitt, Mary Bragg, and Carsie Blanton August 12, 2017 | 7:00 am

Hear and feel a range of expression, style and profound individualism, despite the superficial similarity of four lady songwriters each with her own two to four-piece band. Because being an outstanding artist comes from inside, from people who’ve refined their capacity to share their soul with sound. Here’s four women who’ve achieved that and who are growing fast. Laney Jones, Katie Pruitt, Mary Bragg, and Carsie Blanton!


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NO, BRO. IT’S A DOBRO August 5, 2017 | 7:00 am

There is a festival atmosphere on Music City Roots this week, not just because the crowd is large and loud (though that helped). There is also that ineffable flow and unspoken dialogue among the four bands, softly conveying the spirit of roots music in all its complimentary forms. The timeless but mysteriously innovative folk/gospel flavor of Birds of Chicago gives way to the pure mountain-tinged songwriting of Jill Andrews. The bluegrass second half pairs young and hungry Billy Strings with one of his heroes, the sixtysomething but unaware of it Jerry Douglas. His band comes with a jazz/grass/rock fusion mode that tickled my every musical nerve ending. Keep on the grass?


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Being Complimentary July 29, 2017 | 7:00 am

Like a meal in four courses that compliment but don’t overlap, this Roots delivers exquisite versions of four stages of country music evolution. From the sturdy and often elegant string band sound of Tim O’Brien we hype things up a bit to a (drumless) electric honky tonk vibe with Greg Garing. Chelle Rose, East Tennessee’s answer to Townes Van Zandt, delivers literate, narrative-heavy songs with drums and measures of grungy power. And while less twangy or bluesy than the rest of the flight, Allen Thompson shows us the chemistry that results from a band of friends singing well-crafted songs that march along in classic Americana fashion. It is the first show of a blazing July, but it is a wry heat.


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Make Music Day with Danny Barnes, Sierra Hull, Delbert McClinton and More July 22, 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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Del Yeah! : Willie Watson, Sean Watkins, Del McCoury Band, and Timothy B. Schmit July 15, 2017 | 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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Musical Bacon: Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Larissia Murphy, Chessboxer and The Coal Men July 8, 2017 | 7:00 am

This is such a fun show that it's necessary to have a nightcap with some of the artists and crew at Kimbro’s where the menu includes a late night snack portion of mac and cheese with, wait for it, bacon. And as I devour, I realize that we deliver the musical equivalent of bacon, without the unhealthy part, every week. Check you back at the smokehouse Saturday.


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Make Way for Wolfman July 1, 2017 | 7:00 am

Our crew and a nice large crowd assembled for a progression from vintage sounding folk through contemporary songwriting and on to two flavors of the blues. I found this live music revelatory. I'd never seen Walter Wolfman Washington before and he's quite something. The New Orleans icon supplements his solid and timeless blues guitar with layers of jazz sophistication. His band laid down grooves as syncopated nad funky as anything we've heard this year. He's our veteran playing in the night's final set.


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PRIVATE RESERVE COUNTRY MUSIC June 24, 2017 | 7:00 am

This is a delicious double shot of country music, a stellar KY bluegrass band and one of the best and most unique flatpickers in the world. In order: Jon Byrd, Beppe Gambetta, The Wooks and Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary.


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Pickers’ Paradise June 17, 2017 | 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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Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer, Mipso, Matt Urmy and John Nemeth June 10, 2017 | 7:00 am

Here’s a sensational show of songwriting, mostly easy going but sparked up by John Nemeth’s Memphis blues. Mipso from Chapel Hill, NC. Matt Urmy with a new album saved from a fire that was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement and the exceptional duo of Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer.


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