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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

Marshall Chapman, Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell. January 27, 2018 | 7:00 am

Marshall Chapman anchors the show as curator and guest interviewer. She wrote “They Came To Nashville” about major artists arrival stories, and we capture those in word and song. This episode features also Bobby Bare, Don Henry, Mary Gauthier and Rodney Crowell.


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Recent episodes

Final Show at The Factory January 20, 2018 | 7:00 am

The Factory in Nashville has been the home of Music City Roots for the past few years and here we present our final live show from this historic venue. Listen to great artists Anthony DaCosta, Dawn Landes, The Whiskey Gentry, and Suzy Bogguss putting down an excellent show to close out our season. We'll be on the road for the next few months with gigs from various cities as our new digs are constructed in downtown Nashville.


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Happy New Music! January 13, 2018 | 7:00 am

As we kick off a very different year and a new chapter for MCR, we have a new show coming to you featuring Maybe April (country/roots female trio), Mike Younger (Nashville songwriter), Hannah Aldridge (Muscle Shoals native, Nashville-based dark roots rocker), and Billy Burnette (Memphis native, rock and roll hero and great songwriter).


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Angular Banjos January 6, 2018 | 7:00 am

Dig the exotic roots of Jon Stickley Trio, Band of Ruhks, Jamie Kent, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn.


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All Nashville Concert Lineup December 30, 2017 | 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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Ya’ll for the Hall December 23, 2017 | 7:00 am

Since Music City Roots began we have treated this show as a major event, calling in favors with killer artists and doing our best to pack the hall with friends and family. It’s that time once again, and this year we’ll be celebrating the Holidays with stories and soul by Jimmy Hall, Ashley Cleveland, Radney Foster, and John Berry.


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French, Canadian And Then Some December 16, 2017 | 7:00 am

This week's Americana extravaganza features Eric Brace & Rory Hoffman, plus amazing friends, playing Eric’s vision of French chanson. You will also hear from David Childers, bossman workaday songwriter on Ramseur Records from NC, Rose Cousins Canadian folk artist and Scott Miller and the Ladies Auxillary, with music from a new album.


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Gather Round with Hoke, Grebe, Farris & Oates December 9, 2017 | 7:00 am

It was a sold out house with a ton of energy and the return of some roots favorites: Derek Hoke (Nashville laid back country soul), Todd Grebe and Cold Country (twang and songwriting from Alaska and Nashville), Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue (fiery gospel rock) and John Oates (the pop icon continues his journey in Americana)


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West Virginia Dream December 2, 2017 | 7:00 am

This live recording features Leah Blevins of Nashville, folk comedian Greg Hall, Nashville songwriter Lauren Alexander, and Christian Lopez from West Virginia.


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Journeywomen November 25, 2017 | 7:00 am

Donna Ulisse, Amy Black and Hannah Fairlight. They are the hard-working, resilient journeymen and journeywomen who reach audiences at a personal level, serve the legacy and who may, at any time, hit a wave and make a mark on the big mainstream culture.


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Shining Examples November 18, 2017 | 7:00 am

Rocking electric blues and original songwriting by Englishman-in-Chicago Davy Knowles, Nashville indie band Blank Range, hard country prodigy Emi Sunshine and Music City Americana with Hugh Masterson.


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