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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

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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Recent episodes

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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Americana Big Top May 12, 2018 | 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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A Place for Little Jimmy April 28, 2018 | 7:00 am

We took our road show to the Nashville Palace, which is as far as I know the only true-blue honky tonk outside of Lower Broadway. It’s up near the Opry and we had an Opry worthy lineup on hand to pay tribute to the late great Little Jimmy Dickens and his home state of West Virginia. On hand are mostly members of the WV Music Hall of Fame: The Carpenter Ants (veteran Charleston band), John Ellison (soul singer and composer of “Some Kind of Wonderful”), Todd Burge (a Mountain Stage favorite), Connie Smith, Tim O’Brien and Kathy Mattea.


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Franklin Five-O: Mike Henderson’s Blues Band, Smooth Hound Smith, Emily West, and Mike Campbell & Teresa Williams April 21, 2018 | 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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Women Who Kill And Thrill April 14, 2018 | 7:00 am

This episode features highlights from sets by six fascinating women of folk who are either on top of the field or coming up fast. You’ll hear: Amy LaVere, Kristina Train, Leah Blevins, Susan Werner, Dori Freeman, and Carrie Rodriguez.


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Darrin Bradbury, Little Bandit feat. Alex Caress, Elise Davis, & Allen Thompson Band April 7, 2018 | 7:00 am

In a new live episode, Darrin Bradbury, Little Bandit feat. Alex Caress, Elise Davis, & Allen Thompson Band turn on the power and light up the stage!


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