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Music City Roots: Live From The Factory is a weekly concert and live radio show that broadcasts every Wednesday night (7PM CST) on WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM in Murfreesboro-Nashville, Tennessee, and worldwide at www.musiccityroots.com. It's hosted by Grammy-winning artist Jim Lauderdale, legendary radio announcer Keith Bilbrey and show journalist/interview guy Craig Havighurst. We feature leading lights and new discoveries in Americana, blues, rock and roll, gospel, jazz, rockabilly, bluegrass, newgrass, western, folk, singer songwriter, country, soul, vintage, ragtime, cow punk, honky tonk, big band, swing, acoustic, celtic, and more! Since going on the air in 2009, Music City Roots has built a worldwide community of lovers of hand-made, real music. We showcase the finest artistry working in or passing through the dynamic Nashville music scene. With old-school radio presentation before a large live audience, artist interview and great audio, MCR is one of the best ways to get a weekly fix of roots music.

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Music City Roots: Live From The Factory is a weekly concert and live radio show that broadcasts every Wednesday night (7PM CST) on WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM in Murfreesboro-Nashville, Tennessee, and worldwide at www.musiccityroots.com. It's hosted by Grammy-winning artist Jim Lauderdale, legendary radio announcer Keith Bilbrey and show journalist/interview guy Craig Havighurst. We feature leading lights and new discoveries in Americana, blues, rock and roll, gospel, jazz, rockabilly, bluegrass, newgrass, western, folk, singer songwriter, country, soul, vintage, ragtime, cow punk, honky tonk, big band, swing, acoustic, celtic, and more! Since going on the air in 2009, Music City Roots has built a worldwide community of lovers of hand-made, real music. We showcase the finest artistry working in or passing through the dynamic Nashville music scene. With old-school radio presentation before a large live audience, artist interview and great audio, MCR is one of the best ways to get a weekly fix of roots music.

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Great podcast

By ATL ball fan - Jan 22 2018
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Have learned about a lot of artists through the show.

A fantastic weekly music show out of Nashville!!

By Black Dog House Concerts - Jun 16 2017
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I lovelovelove Music City Roots! Thanks to them I've seen so many of my favorite Nashville (and beyond) artists, like Jon Byrd, the Mark Robinson Band, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz, Erin Rae, Audrey Auld, Phil Lee, Amelia White, Kevin Gordon, Anne McCue,Tom Mason, David Olney, Sergio Webb, Wild Ponies, Steve Conn, Stephen Simmons, Dave Coleman, Tim Carroll, Luella.. I know I'm forgetting some but there are SO many great artists that I've seen/heard of on these shows. And the production is top notch... the sound, the over all look, the wonderful interviews with Craig Havighurst. Americana at its best! Thx MCR!!!!!!

iTunes Ratings

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
3
1
3
4

Great podcast

By ATL ball fan - Jan 22 2018
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Have learned about a lot of artists through the show.

A fantastic weekly music show out of Nashville!!

By Black Dog House Concerts - Jun 16 2017
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I lovelovelove Music City Roots! Thanks to them I've seen so many of my favorite Nashville (and beyond) artists, like Jon Byrd, the Mark Robinson Band, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz, Erin Rae, Audrey Auld, Phil Lee, Amelia White, Kevin Gordon, Anne McCue,Tom Mason, David Olney, Sergio Webb, Wild Ponies, Steve Conn, Stephen Simmons, Dave Coleman, Tim Carroll, Luella.. I know I'm forgetting some but there are SO many great artists that I've seen/heard of on these shows. And the production is top notch... the sound, the over all look, the wonderful interviews with Craig Havighurst. Americana at its best! Thx MCR!!!!!!

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Music City Roots

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Music City Roots: Live From The Factory is a weekly concert and live radio show that broadcasts every Wednesday night (7PM CST) on WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM in Murfreesboro-Nashville, Tennessee, and worldwide at www.musiccityroots.com. It's hosted by Grammy-winning artist Jim Lauderdale, legendary radio announcer Keith Bilbrey and show journalist/interview guy Craig Havighurst. We feature leading lights and new discoveries in Americana, blues, rock and roll, gospel, jazz, rockabilly, bluegrass, newgrass, western, folk, singer songwriter, country, soul, vintage, ragtime, cow punk, honky tonk, big band, swing, acoustic, celtic, and more! Since going on the air in 2009, Music City Roots has built a worldwide community of lovers of hand-made, real music. We showcase the finest artistry working in or passing through the dynamic Nashville music scene. With old-school radio presentation before a large live audience, artist interview and great audio, MCR is one of the best ways to get a weekly fix of roots music.

March 15, 2016 w/ Gillian Welch, Liz Longley, Sierra Hull, Maureen Murphy

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Tuesday’s show was bound to sell out because Berklee forces arrived with a couple hundred students, faculty and alumni and because their very distinguished alums Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings asked if their performance and award presentation could be nested in a special Roots show. That means a lot to us, and both parties pulled out the stops to create one of the finest and most meaningful shows we’ve ever put on.

Liz Longley has a song with a chorus that starts “You’ve got that way…” and wow, so does she. Armed with an acoustic guitar and her cool, smoky and nimble voice, she took the stage for our first set. The songs have become hits for me from repeated listening to her debut album. “Memphis” and “Bad Habit” are new soul folk standards. “Skin And Bones” has a darker Appalachian edge. Then it was on to a very different voice in Sierra Hull, with her musically entwined new string trio and songs from her fascinating new Weighted Mind album. After the title track we heard the baroque and intricate composed interplay of “Queen of Hearts/Royal Tea” (thank you Berklee training) and the silk pillow of a song that is “Lullaby.”

We were only one song into Maureen Murphy’s set when Photographer Tony whispered to me that we were experiencing the finest singer in the show’s history. There’s a case to be made. I’ve rarely seen so much refinement and technique mingled with so much power and passion. Murphy delivered four very different songs with a rocking, versatile quartet, but the capstone was her ode to her singing idol Lisa Fisher “How Can I Ease The Pain.” The song’s free form gave Maureen ample ways to shape and craft and massage and emote. It was simply breathtaking in its range of textures, from delicate to forceful. And she got to hit a classic money note in Martin Sexton’s “Smoke.” It would have been difficult to pack more musical range or magic into 20 minutes.

I’ve been watching Gillian and Dave perform for twenty years, and it’s always riveting. Certainly, seeing the MCR logo behind them was extra inspiring and gratifying. They opened with spectral unison singing on “The Way It Will Be,” making the harmonies of “The Way It Goes” and “Miss Ohio” all the more bloom-like. When Berklee President Roger Brown presented the school’s American Master Awards to them (as individuals by the way not a group), he cited Dave’s harmonically rich and inventive guitar playing. And yes, that’s one thing I’ve always loved about it – close, dissonant intervals delivered with bebop command and a staccato attack, like Bill Monroe downstrokes on Eddie Lang’s guitar. And on this night I got to be about 20 feet from his shredding solo on “Red Clay Halo,” one of my favorite Gill and Dave songs. Their final number “Everything Is Free” includes the line “we’re gonna do it anyway, even if it doesn’t pay,” and that’s how GW and DR always sounded to me. Their old friend T Bone Burnett, who collected the night’s other Master Award, played amiable electric guitar strokes and sang a bit on that final tune before adding a whole new verse about a certain orange presidential candidate in the rollicking Nashville Jam on “I’ll Fly Away.”

Aug 25 2016

2hr 42mins

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Oct. 12, 2016 w/ Raul Malo, Davina & The Vagabonds, Bryan Sutton, Paul Burch, San Rafael Band

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It must be October. A day after the Chicago Cubs pulled off a four-run ninth-inning comeback against the Giants to secure their Division title (rock!), this week’s Roots featured: a band called the WPA Ball Club, Aly Sutton dressed like a cast member in A League of Their Own and four basses (we pun out of love). They were all acoustic upright basses belonging to four very different and thoroughly wonderful bands. Then we capped the night off with a solo performance which I can in no way force into my baseball metaphor. Except to say that we won. Our seventh birthday show looked really good on paper and it sounded amazing in actuality.

Oct 18 2016

1hr 48mins

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MCR 11/18/2015 Moe Bandy, Christian Lopez Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Jim Laurderdale, Tim O'Brien

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Setlist 11/18/2015 - Jim Lauderdale -  Let's Have A Good Thing Together

Moe Bandy

Bandy The Rodeo Clown https://youtu.be/qPEdlrklqsI

Picture In A Frame

It’s A Cheating Situation

Till I’m Too Old To Die Young

Americana

Christian Lopez Band

Between Us

Man I Was Before

Leaving It Out https://youtu.be/1ji4_CRouGk

Will I See You Again

Take You Away

Tim O'Brien

I Gotta Move

Whatever Happened To Me

I’m A Mess For You

Pompadour https://youtu.be/eJUlQxUQZRY

The Water Is Wise

North Mississippi Allstars

Up Over Yonder https://youtu.be/jonlayXYmj4

Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down https://youtu.be/z6Oippvcejo

Never In All My Days

Roll N Tumble

Ho Down

Jim Lauderdale

You Were Here

Black Widow Spider

Way Out

There’s A Storm Out There - not played

Sad Bell https://youtu.be/Wl28VmPOrzA

Worth The Wait https://youtu.be/0OoW7BzjpxM

Mysterious

Nashville Jam - Down By The Riverside https://youtu.be/tMT0sDFHosQ

Nov 24 2015

2hr 47mins

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Roots Rewind - Great String Bands

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An archival Rewind show where the string is the thing. String bands on our stage between 2011 and 2017, featuring a wide range of what modern day musicians are doing with the bedrock beneath traditional country music and bluegrass. We'll open with The Wilders, that late great band from Kansas City. And we close with the sophisticated but earthy sounds of an all star band led by mandolinist Andy Statman.

In between, the satisfying intensity of Portland Oregon's Foghorn String Band. And down home Nashville sound, with great songwriting, by the Howlin Brothers. Fiddles, banjos and mandos rule this week.

Mar 06 2018

1hr 48mins

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August 23, 2017 Mandolin Mania w Bobby Osborne, Andy Statman and more

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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.

Also an extraordinary ensemble set on a rare visit to Nashville by the one and only mandolin stylist Andy Statman. It's a small instrument that punches above its weight. Join us for a season closing special edition of MCR.

Aug 30 2017

1hr 48mins

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MCR 10/07/2015 Trout Steak Revival, The Lowest Pair, AJ Ghent Band, The Kentucky Headhunters

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Setlist 10/07/2015 - Jim Lauderdale - Way Out Is Fine

Trout Steak Revival

You Are Not Alone

Oklahoma

Go On https://youtu.be/bGym_WIdhI8

Spirit To THe Sea

Brighter Every Day

The Lowest Pair

Minnesota Mend Me https://youtu.be/R7O5uL-IbWg

Oh Susana

Rosie

Pear Tree

Magpies at Sunset

AJ Ghent Band

Crash

Watch What You Do

Can’t Be Your Dog https://youtu.be/5CcVJd6B5AE

99 ½ Won’t Do https://youtu.be/BUY_b-b-RZs

The Kentucky Headhunters

Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine

Stumblin’

Shufflin’ Back To Memphis

Have You Ever Loved A Woman https://youtu.be/UlEaQ8RW3xg

Walkin’ With The Wolf

Dumas Walker https://youtu.be/UXqOiluhK6o

Nashville Jam - Don’t Let Me Down https://youtu.be/V2PSUeJ3IJM

Oct 26 2015

1hr 28mins

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Roots Rewind - Jamgrass Special

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This new Roots Rewind show features the best in newgrass and jamgrass, from founding fathers to favorite sons. Sam Bush and John Cowan were in New Grass Revival together in the 70s and 80s. We'll hear from their respective bands, Cowan in 2012, Bush just last year. Leftover Salmon shows how far other bands took the newgrass idea in Colorado. And we close the show with second generation superstars the Travelin' McCourys.

Mar 01 2018

1hr 48mins

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July 19, 2017 w Jerry Douglas Band, Billy Strings, Jill Andrews, Birds of Chicago

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There was a festival atmosphere in Liberty Hall on Wednesday night and not just because the crowd was large and loud (though that helped). There was 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 gave way to the pure mountain-tinged songwriting of Jill Andrews. The bluegrass second half paired young and hungry Billy Strings with one of his heroes, the sixtysomething but unaware of it Jerry Douglas. His band came with a jazz/grass/rock fusion mode that tickled my every musical nerve ending. Keep on the grass? Good luck with that.

Jul 31 2017

1hr 48mins

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Sept. 14, 2017 AmericanaFest w Ray Wylie Hubbard, Angaleena Presley, Cactus Blossoms, Pony Bradshaw, John Paul White

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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.

Oct 10 2017

1hr 48mins

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Roots Rewind - Women Who Killed And Thrilled

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It's a Roots Rewind show where we mine our tape vaults for standout performances by women who killed and thrilled between 2013 and last year. We'll hear Memphis bass player and torchy songwriter Amy LaVere, the sublime and uncategorizable Kristina Train, humanistic humorist Susan Werner and a closing set of songs in Spanish and English from Austin's remarkable Carrie Rodriguez. We hear as well from mountain modernist folk artist Dori Freeman from VA and Leah Blevins from KY. They're voice you know and voices on their way up.

Apr 12 2018

1hr 48mins

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MCR 11/11/2015 John Conlee, Peter Case, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Infamous Stringdusters

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Setlist 11/11/2015 - Jim Lauderdale - Honky Tonk Haze

John Conlee

Common Man

Miss Emily’s Picture*

Backside Of Thirty

Bread & Water

Rose Colored Glasses*

Amazing Grace

Peter Case

Pelican Bay

Water From A Stove

House Rent Party

All Dressed Up

So Glad You’re Mine

Ain’t Gonna Worry No More

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Gator Tracks

For A River

Old Man & Me

Rattlin’ Bog*

Whiskey*

The Infamous Stringdusters

Let It Go

Highwayman*

Summer Camp

Peace Of Mind

Rivers Run Cold

Colorado*

Nashville Jam - Sitting On The Top Of The World

Nov 12 2015

2hr 36mins

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MCR 2016-01-07 Taarka, The Ransom Notes, Parker Millsap, The SteelDrivers

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 Jim Lauderdale

Taarka,

The Ransom Notes,

Parker Millsap,

The SteelDrivers

May 30 2016

2hr 31mins

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MCR 7/29/2015 Crystal Bowersox, The Revelers, Sarah Potenza, AJ and the Jiggawatts

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Setlist 7/29/2015 - Peter Cooper - Nobody Knows

Crystal Bowersox       No Time       Sunshine Brighter       Bite The Bullet       Farmers Daughter       Dead Weight http://youtu.be/MfThDlMjd7o

The Revelers      Asteur je peux voir      If You Ain’t Got Love      Please Baby Please      In The Proof      Toi, tu veux pus de moi http://youtu.be/P6WhezIVlSo

Sarah Potenza       The Cost Of Living http://youtu.be/xDUq5BFR1Wk       Hard To Want       Granddad       Valley Of Tears       My Turn       Jolene http://youtu.be/28I75X28WOI

     AJ & The Jiggawatts       Get Wild       Throw A Fit       Beale Street http://youtu.be/9v4lNVSHzQg       Typical Feeling       It Is What It Is       Pushin’ Forward                        Nashville Jam - Use Me (Bill Withers) http://youtu.be/HdI5x-ERIGY

Sep 08 2015

2hr 37mins

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MCR 8/26/2015 Jake Shimabukuro, Gnarly Parkers, Honey Island Swamp Band, Andrea Zonn with Vince Gill, Keb Mo, Mac McAnally and Trace Adkins

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Setlist 8/26/2015 - Jim Lauderdale -

Jake Shimabukuro

Kawiki

Ichigo Ichie

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Dragon http://youtu.be/mljFr7yuYzk

Gnarly Parkers

Spin Me, Minnie

Big Ass World http://youtu.be/xGQeD6RnZFc

Swindlin’ Eyes

Sammy Shake

Dream Of You

Honey Island Swamp Band

How Do You Feel

Head Highwater Blues http://youtu.be/jMBM-xTMVZI

Katies Song

Ain’t No Fun

Andrea Zonn - Set 1

Another Side Of Home (Mac McAnally) http://youtu.be/o2IxC_SFQWo

No Reason To Feel Good (Keb Mo) http://youtu.be/B7dnmjPLiAA

Crazy If You Let It (Vince Gill)*

I Can’t Talk About It Now

Let Them Go (Mac McAnally)

Andrea Zonn - Set 2

Where The Water Meets The Sky (Vince Gill) http://youtu.be/e4974nmHoOY

Rise

Another Swing And A Miss (Alison Brown)

You Make Me Feel Whole (Vince Gill)

Ships (Trace Adkins - Allison Brown) http://youtu.be/fPn51uD33p4

Nashville Jam - Proud Mary http://youtu.be/bycpWnvhHnc

Oct 06 2015

3hr 9mins

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MCR 10/14/2015 Mountain Faith, Molly Tuttle, PawnShop Kings, Frank Solivan and DIrty Kitchen

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Setlist 10/14/2015 - Jim Lauderdale - Worth The Wait

Celeste Buckingham - Unpredictable https://youtu.be/WI3I4T1Kjy4

Mountain Faith

Emily (It’s Love)

City Lights

That Which Matters

Feelin’ Blue https://youtu.be/6yq6j72cOXo

Call Me The Breeze

Molly Tuttle

Friend and a Friend

Swept Away

Gentle On My Mind https://youtu.be/DJY5RjuHHDY

Tsunami

White Freightliner

PawnShop Kings

Out

Love Like Jesus https://youtu.be/IoZDchUq9Jw

Life Is For Living

Give Your Love Away

Call My Name

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

No Life In This Town

Say It Isn’t So https://youtu.be/Plj8-P8vVnk

Yeah Man*

She Said She Will

Pretty Woman

Nashville Jam - Salty Dog Blues https://youtu.be/ohgokqrTNcI

Oct 26 2015

2hr 34mins

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Nov. 29, 2017 w/ Cordovas, Darrin Bradbury, Alex Williams, Lost Hollow

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Hard core country music is finally back on the radar of at least some of the major labels on Music Row, and we'll open this week's show with discovery and Big Machine Records artist Alex Williams. We'll close the show with decidedly indie, Grateful Dead inspired country rock by Nashville's much admired Cordovas. In between, the rough hewn, sardonic and evocative songs of Cafe Rooster recording artist Darrin Bradbury plus the refined, stage-honed sound of some Music City veterans - husband and wife duo Lost Hollow.

Dec 20 2017

1hr 48mins

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June 7, 2017 w Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary, Beppe Gambetta, The Wooks, Jon Byrd

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Nashville is en fuego. The city’s filling up for the CMA Music Festival. The airport and highways are busily channeling music freaks out to Manchester for Bonnaroo. And everybody is flipping out about the Nashville Predators who will play for the Stanley Cup on Sunday night at home on Lower Broadway. It’s bigger, wilder, louder and richer than I ever imagined the city would be when I moved here twenty years ago. And it’s amazing. There’s just a glow and a wonder for most people, and if you want to avoid the whooping bridal parties on pedal taverns, there are plenty of places to hang out with good folks and good music that have nothing to do with that noise. Such as Music City Roots. On this week’s show, quite a few people found their way to the Factory for a bracing night of mostly solid country and bluegrass, with a stellar bluegrass-inspired musician from another country.

Jun 16 2017

1hr 48mins

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Dec. 13, 2017 w Suzy Bogguss, Anthony DaCosta, Whiskey Gentry and Dawn Landes

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It's a year-end feast of sound and celebration as Roots closes a four year run at the Factory, with a gorgeous and wide ranging lineup. Modernist songwriter Anthony DaCosta pairs his spectral guitar and keening voice with the fiddle of Kimber Ludiker to open the show. And we close the night with another gorgeous voice - heck maybe the most gorgeous voice in roots music - the hit-making and heartwarming suzy Bogguss. In between, the elegant and talented Dawn Landes with music she's been working on in the studio with the legendary Fred Foster. (He produced Roy Orbison, don't you know) Also And the Whiskey Gentry play songs from their stellar 2017 album Dead Ringer.

Jan 30 2018

1hr 48mins

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Roots Rewind: Texas in Tennessee

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It's a decades old relationship, not without it's marital squabbles, but who can deny that Nashville has been made all the richer by the two way highway between Music City and the Lone Star State. This show offers a wide range of sounds and styles, starting with the surprising soul of Austin's Greyhounds. And we close with contemporary country in a classic vein by Sunny Sweeney. In between, short sets from folk master Ruthie Foster and icons Asleep At The Wheel. Plus an early set from 2011 by the amazing Band of Heathens.

Mar 12 2018

1hr 48mins

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MCR 01-27-2016 Brian Whelan, Bill and the Belles, Girls Guns and Glory, Chester Thompson, Blackberry Smoke

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Jul 03 2016

2hr 51mins

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Roots Rewind - Singular Songwriters

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It's a rewind show featuring four singular songwriters - Nashville artists doing what Nashville does best. We launch the show with our own in-house master, the country/Americana/bluegrass song decathlete Jim Lauderdale from 2017. And we close by throwing way back to 2011 with the serene and sophisticated Matraca Berg.

In a similar vein, Berg's close friend and colleague Gretchen Peters plays songs from her album Blackbirds in 2015. From that same year, Louisiana native and bayou roots poet Kevin Gordon. Masters of the craft on Music City Roots. 

Jun 28 2018

1hr 48mins

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Roots Rewind: Where Were They Then? w/ Sturgill, Margo, St. Paul...

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A Rewind show we're calling Where Were They Then? Five artists who've become stars of Americana playing the MCR stage on their way up. The explosive New South soul of St Paul and the Broken Bones, in their first show outside of their AL home from 2012. Margo Price leads the Price Tags and talks about her transition from rock and roll to country, from 2014. And from 2013, an up and comer named Sturgill Simpson. Also Los Angeles dynamo Sam Outlaw, just before he released his debut and a band we're rooting for, Dustbowl Revival. Looking back to learn about the latest and greatest.

Jun 08 2018

1hr 48mins

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Roots on the Road 5.16.18 w Travelin' McCourys, Nora Jane Struthers, Joe Mullins and Emma Hern

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The show returns to the road. Not a very long road though. We're back in downtown Nashville at the City Winery with a lineup split in two chapters. In the first half, it's Americana rock and soul with Nora Jane Struthers, offering material off her acclaimed album Champion, and newcomer Emma Hern with a sultry and exceptional voice. Then it's bluegrass, traditional form with Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and in the more exotic, adventuresome form with the Travellin' McCourys. And father Del joins for a couple of songs as well.

Jun 05 2018

1hr 48mins

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Roots Rewind - 11.21.12 w/ Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, etc.

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We rewind, all the way back to Nov. 21, 2012. It was an historic occasion too, celebrating the release of a long awaited album, one of the consensus best of that year, and it involved our fantastic musical host with his longtime friend and partner, but it was the first time they'd recorded a full project as a duo. Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller.

Also on this epic bill, The Church Sisters with breezy bluegrass, pure country by the master of song Shawn Camp, the roots and groove of Nashville's all star 18 South and the fire and brimstone gospel rock of Mike Farris. A classic, recorded on the night before Thanksgiving at the Loveless Barn. 

May 15 2018

1hr 48mins

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April 11, 2018 w/ Kathy Mattea, Tim O'Brien, Connie Smith and more

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The show is live and back on the road to yet another treasured venue, the Nashville Palace, a big old honky tonk near the Grand Ole Opry. And it's an Opry worthy evening as we pay tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens and the musical legacy of West Virginia. We hear sets from Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, bluegrass icon Tim O'Brien and the divine folk and country star Kathy Mattea. Also on the bill, West Virginia Hall of Famer John Ellison who wrote the song 'Some Kind of Wonderful' plus songwriter Todd Burge and 30-year state favorites The Carpenter Ants. It was almost heaven.

Apr 24 2018

1hr 48mins

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MCR Rewind - 7.22.15 w/ Mike Henderson and more

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An absolutely classic MCR from July of 2015. This memorable night featured Nashville's deepest electric blues and one of the nation's most important new acoustic folk duos. The former is legendary guitarist and songwriter - icon of the Bluebird Cafe - Mike Henderson, with new music. The latter is the Woodstock NY power couple Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Also on the bill, we'll hear head turning juke joint funk from his and her duo Smooth Hound Smith. Plus the remarkable voice and complex torch songs of breakout artist Emily West. Peter Cooper's the guest host.

Apr 18 2018

1hr 48mins

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Roots Rewind - Women Who Killed And Thrilled

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It's a Roots Rewind show where we mine our tape vaults for standout performances by women who killed and thrilled between 2013 and last year. We'll hear Memphis bass player and torchy songwriter Amy LaVere, the sublime and uncategorizable Kristina Train, humanistic humorist Susan Werner and a closing set of songs in Spanish and English from Austin's remarkable Carrie Rodriguez. We hear as well from mountain modernist folk artist Dori Freeman from VA and Leah Blevins from KY. They're voice you know and voices on their way up.

Apr 12 2018

1hr 48mins

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Rewind: Great MCR Guitarists

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We rewind our way through the years of great performances by the best guitarists from and passing through Music City. It's a tribute to the instrument that made Nashville possible, drawing on electric and acoustic masters. Featured are bluegrass rising star Molly Tuttle, the jazz ease of Pat Bergeson, country twang from Kenny Vaughan, plus all around mastery of Jim Oblon and the always in-demand Guthrie Trapp. The show closes with a full set by the fiery young Englishman reviving 1970s blues rock tradition, Davy Knowles. Guitar geeks will love it but all are invited.

Mar 27 2018

1hr 48mins

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March 1, 2018 Roots on the Road with Kevin Gordon, Katie Pruitt, Lillie Mae and DADDY

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MCR is back on the Road with an all new show from that famous Nashville crossroads and musical watering hole known as 3rd & Lindsley. It's a night heavy on traditional rock and roll, with a sweaty but poetic opening set by Louisiana raised, Nashville based Kevin Gordon. And the night closes out with Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and the other mega talents who make up Daddy.

In between, two incredibly talented young women each on their way in their own way. Katie Pruitt is a newly signed songwriter with a canon of a voice and self-investigative songs. Lillie Mae is a star on Third Man records making deeply original country music.

Mar 19 2018

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Roots Rewind: Texas in Tennessee

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It's a decades old relationship, not without it's marital squabbles, but who can deny that Nashville has been made all the richer by the two way highway between Music City and the Lone Star State. This show offers a wide range of sounds and styles, starting with the surprising soul of Austin's Greyhounds. And we close with contemporary country in a classic vein by Sunny Sweeney. In between, short sets from folk master Ruthie Foster and icons Asleep At The Wheel. Plus an early set from 2011 by the amazing Band of Heathens.

Mar 12 2018

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Roots Rewind - Great String Bands

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An archival Rewind show where the string is the thing. String bands on our stage between 2011 and 2017, featuring a wide range of what modern day musicians are doing with the bedrock beneath traditional country music and bluegrass. We'll open with The Wilders, that late great band from Kansas City. And we close with the sophisticated but earthy sounds of an all star band led by mandolinist Andy Statman.

In between, the satisfying intensity of Portland Oregon's Foghorn String Band. And down home Nashville sound, with great songwriting, by the Howlin Brothers. Fiddles, banjos and mandos rule this week.

Mar 06 2018

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Roots Rewind - Jamgrass Special

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This new Roots Rewind show features the best in newgrass and jamgrass, from founding fathers to favorite sons. Sam Bush and John Cowan were in New Grass Revival together in the 70s and 80s. We'll hear from their respective bands, Cowan in 2012, Bush just last year. Leftover Salmon shows how far other bands took the newgrass idea in Colorado. And we close the show with second generation superstars the Travelin' McCourys.

Mar 01 2018

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Jan. 27, 2018 - Roots on the Road w/ John Oates, Greg Garing, Derek Hoke and Ms. Adventure

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Check out our first live show of 2018 and the first from our Roots on the Road series, as we stage Roots at leading venues all around Nashville TN. This one comes from the City Winery with a lineup that's loaded and very Music City. We open with new music from smooth rocking country soul man Derek Hoke. And we close with a celebration of the new album Arkansas by rock and roll hall of famer John Oates.

In between, fresh bluegrass as the harmony focused Ms Adventure plays its debut show in their Nashville home town. And the ghost of Hank Williams is clearly communicating with the legendary Greg Garing, who brings a fiery hillbilly band to the stage. It was a grand sold out night, and there was wine.

Feb 12 2018

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Roots Rewind - Songwriter Arrivals

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With Music City Roots on limited run this winter and spring as we work toward moving into a new venue, we're offering up Roots Rewind shows pulled from the audio vaults of the show's 8+ years on the air. This episode took place August 24, 2011 at the Loveless Barn and featured a night curated by songwriter, roots rocker and raconteur Marshall Chapman. She had just published 'They Came To Nashville' featuring interviews with major artists and writers about their arrival stories in Music City. This is a show heavy on great songs and stories, with Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare, Mary Gauthier and Don Henry. 

Feb 03 2018

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Dec. 13, 2017 w Suzy Bogguss, Anthony DaCosta, Whiskey Gentry and Dawn Landes

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It's a year-end feast of sound and celebration as Roots closes a four year run at the Factory, with a gorgeous and wide ranging lineup. Modernist songwriter Anthony DaCosta pairs his spectral guitar and keening voice with the fiddle of Kimber Ludiker to open the show. And we close the night with another gorgeous voice - heck maybe the most gorgeous voice in roots music - the hit-making and heartwarming suzy Bogguss. In between, the elegant and talented Dawn Landes with music she's been working on in the studio with the legendary Fred Foster. (He produced Roy Orbison, don't you know) Also And the Whiskey Gentry play songs from their stellar 2017 album Dead Ringer.

Jan 30 2018

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Dec. 6, 2017 w Billy Burnette, Hannah Aldridge, Mike Younger, Maybe April

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Nashville, Muscle Shoals and Memphis are all represented on a Tennessee Wednesday night. From Music City we'll hear the sweet trio harmony of country music new comers Maybe April. And From Memphis, the first son of rockabilly music. He's got a new album reviving his extensive song catalog and a new book documenting his amazing life in rock and roll. He's Billy Burnette.

Also on the bill, Hannah Aldridge is a daughter of the Muscle Shoals studio world, though she's found her voice in dark and rough edged country rock. While Mike Younger mixes music with activism.

Jan 26 2018

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Nov. 29, 2017 w/ Cordovas, Darrin Bradbury, Alex Williams, Lost Hollow

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Hard core country music is finally back on the radar of at least some of the major labels on Music Row, and we'll open this week's show with discovery and Big Machine Records artist Alex Williams. We'll close the show with decidedly indie, Grateful Dead inspired country rock by Nashville's much admired Cordovas. In between, the rough hewn, sardonic and evocative songs of Cafe Rooster recording artist Darrin Bradbury plus the refined, stage-honed sound of some Music City veterans - husband and wife duo Lost Hollow.

Dec 20 2017

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Nov. 22, 2017 w/ Radney Foster, Jimmy Hall, Ashley Cleveland, John Berry

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This week on MCR our cup runs over with stories and soul as the mood turns to the holidays and an attitude of gratitude. We open with the sincerity and show stopping voice of country star John Berry who offers an acoustic band set. The show closes with a songwriting legend from Texas who's a newly minted author of a short story collection. It's a dual release book and album by Radney Foster.

In between, two volcanic vocalists with deep roots in southern music and an impeccable way with a song. Ashley Cleveland conjures a spirit and an atmosphere of grace in her gospel rock. Jimmy Hall, of Wet Willie fame and collaborator with Jeff Beck, takes his harmonica and blows the roof off the place.

Dec 12 2017

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Nov. 15, 2017 w Scott Miller, Eric Brace, Rose Cousins and David Childers

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This week on MCR, sets that swing from the refined to the rustic and back again. The show opens with a remarkable flight of imagination by Last Train Home founder Eric Brace. He's teamed up with master Nashville multi-instrumentalist Rory Hoffman to make Cartes Postales, an album of French songs from the obscure to the classic. And we end the night with new music from the rocking country song poet from Swoope, VA we know and love as Scott Miller. In between, the craggy and truthful songs of North Carolina's David Childers and then graceful words and stunning singing from Canadian folk star Rose Cousins.

Dec 05 2017

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Nov. 8, 2017 w Christian Lopez, Leah Blevins, Lauren Alexander and Greg Hall

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This week on MCR, a West Virginia songwriter steps up on the big stage with chops in songwriting, singing and stagecraft that are rare for anyone , let alone a 22 year old. His sophomore album Red Arrow is making waves at Americana radio and he has mainstream appeal too. He's Christian Lopez.

Also on the show, folk singer and comedian Greg Hall keeps the crowd off balance and in stitches. Newcomer Lauren Alexander shows off flair for folk with a pop sensibility. And the bewitching indie pop meets hard country sound of Sandy Hook KY native Leah Blevins.

Nov 27 2017

1hr 48mins

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