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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

Visitors Welcome April 29, 2017 | 7:00 am

A special charismatic energy always attends the arrival of La Terza Classe, the old time string band quintet from Naples Italy. I’ve rarely seen people who seem so glad to be alive, on the road, playing music. And they are just part of a gathering tribe of visitors on a rapturously gorgeous spring day this week. Featuring Ana Cristina Cash from Nashville, Kenny & Amanda Smith, and Malcolm Holcombe.


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Recent episodes

A Wonder Land of Sounds April 22, 2017 | 7:00 am

It’s a big country, this America, and Americana music is enriched by our nation’s geography and diversity. That was on display recently as Roots hosted artists from New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Washington. Strings were stretched, along with rules and genre boundaries. This one was a delight and the crowd seemed to agree, what with all the frequent standing and applauding. Featuring Western Centuries (Seattle), Driftwood (New York), The Lonely, Heartstring Band (Boston) and Carolyn Wonderland (Austin).


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Funk Soul, Brothers and Sisters April 15, 2017 | 7:00 am

You are going to hear a lovely show this week. Check out these great artists we have in store: The Harmaleighs (Nashville duo), Hayley Reardon (Nashville songwriter), Lowland Hum (Charlottesville duo), and Kingsley Flood (Boston/DC band).


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Up Jumped Spring April 8, 2017 | 7:00 am

Spring 2017 is officially underway with a dynamic show that ran from quirky folk to passionate folk rock from Ireland to masterful acoustic blues starring Beth Bombara (St. Louis), Silences (No. Ireland), Fox & Bones (Portland, OR), Guy Davis (NY) and Fabrizio Poggi (Italy).


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They Got Real Gone April 1, 2017 | 7:00 am

A cathartic starburst that brings together all of the energies and chemistries of this episodes four acts Nikki Lane, Paul McDonald, Michaela Anne, and Parker Gispert.


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Greg Trooper, The Sweetback Sisters, Derek St Holmes, James Intveld, and Shawn Camp March 25, 2017 | 7:00 am

At its core, our show and the Americana movement are inspired by pure country music, and it seems lately we’ve had at least one strong dose of that in nearly every show. This week's episode features the likes of Greg Trooper, The Sweetback Sisters, Derek St Holmes, James Intveld, and Shawn Camp.


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From Canada To Carolina March 18, 2017 | 7:00 am

We hope you enjoy this show that starts with traditional fiddling and ends with Southern rock and roll. Guests include April Verch, Reuben Bidez, Sam Bush, Broomstix and Dead 27s.


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Sweet Suit March 11, 2017 | 7:00 am

Newtown, Becky Warren, Gibson Brothers and Girls Guns & Glory deliver a show half bluegrass and half rocking country and 100% well written songs.


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Entertain Us! Liz Vice, Billy Strings, Shinyribs and The Bo-Keys March 4, 2017 | 7:00 am

It’s always a good day at work when a conga line breaks out. In this case it was the Shinyribs Express snaking all around the audience in Liberty Hall, with the Austin roots music Svengali Kevin Russell leading the parade in a mint green suit. Our lineup of four-by-four excellence and rootsy variety would have been memorable without it, but on this stormy/spectacular Spring evening we enjoyed the company of sublime musicians, Liz Vice, Billy Strings and The Bo-Keys who also entertained.


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Million Dollar Quartet February 25, 2017 | 7:00 am

This has high hillbilly and Nashville rock and roll. Actually it’s an all Nashville lineup this week. Peter Cooper hosts musical guests Hailey Whitters, Amelia Eisenhauer & the Peruvian Farm Girls, Chuck Mead, and Govt. Cheese.


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All Trad. No Rad. February 18, 2017 | 7:00 am

A splendid session of bluegrass music in Liberty Hall. All trad, no rad with The Lonesome River Band, Foghorn String Band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and The Isaacs.


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