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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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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

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
2
1
2
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.

Rank #1: 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
3 hours 9 mins
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Rank #2: 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
2 hours 34 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #5: MCR 9/30/2015 Dan Baird, Webb Wilder and The Beatnecks, Daddy, Bill Lloyd, Jason and The Scorchers

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Setlist 9/30/2015 Tommy Womack Benefit - Peter Cooper - Nice Day

Dan Baird

Keep Your Hands To Yourself https://youtu.be/vnHagLfdisg

Younger Face

Get Loud

Two For Tuesday

Johnny 99

Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks

No Great Shakes https://youtu.be/Oxi-sMnIq8Q

Don’t Fix it (If It Ain’t Broke)

Only A Fool

Hittin’ Where it Hurts

I’m Nobody’s Fool

Rough and Tumble Guy

Will Kimbrough (Daddy) feat Tommy Womack

I’m Nobody From Nowhere https://youtu.be/8iFLOPBBTc4

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Wash and Fold

Alpha Male & The Canine Mystery Blood

Will Kimbrough (Daddy) feat Tommy Womack & Marshall Chapman

I Don’t Want Nobody

Bill Lloyd

Mistakes Were Made

Jason & the Scorchers

Self Sabotage https://youtu.be/p-dtLyyM2Eo

Cappuccino Rose

Clear Impetuous Morning

Golden Days

Broken Whiskey Glass

I Can’t Help Myself

Nashville Jam - Great Balls Of Fire https://youtu.be/Udx8aPaVryw

Oct 07 2015
2 hours 47 mins
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Rank #6: MCR 07/15/2015, Mike and Ruthy Band, Amelia White, Reno Bo, Ronnie McDowell

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Setlist 7/15/2015 - Jim Lauderdale - All at Once

The Mike + Ruthy Band       Bright As You Can       Rock On Little Jane       What Are We Waiting For       Simple and Sober       The Ghost of Richard Manuel       When the Sun Comes Around http://youtu.be/IWqANRko2fE

Amelia White       Daddy Run       Big Blue Sun       Dangerous Angel       Dogs Bark       Rainbow Over The Eastside http://youtu.be/UMmAWWZWJoo       Motorcycle Dream

Reno Bo       How Do You Do       The Brighter Side       Strange Maps       And I Know She Did http://youtu.be/tkOjtbek9Jg       Sleeping Sun       Sweetheart Deal

     Ronnie McDowell       Older Women       Watchin’ Girls Go By       The King Is Gone       You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation       Make Believe http://youtu.be/NmNl8yclRpQ       The Twist > Step On My Blue Suede Shoes > The Twist         Nashville Jam - Johnny B. Goode http://youtu.be/TE3T4KVluEg

Sep 08 2015
2 hours 28 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #12: June 21, 2017 w Delbert McClinton, Danny Barnes, Quiles & Cloud and a Mac Wiseman tribute

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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. 

Jul 10 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #15: Aug. 9, 2017 w/ Tommy Emmanuel, Seth Walker, The Cleverlys, Ele Ivory

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This week on MCR, smooth grooves, flying fingers and some country comedy gold at Liberty Hall. We open with the incomparable roots soul of Seth Walker, who brings touches of all his music city bases to bear - Austin, Nashville and New Orleans. The laughs come from The Cleverlys, who bring string band and top 40 pop together in unholy alliance. And we close the show with the mind boggling skill and showmanship of Australian/Nashvillian acoustic guitar star Tommy Emmanuel.

Also on the show, emerging Nashville songwriter and Music City Roots family member Ele Ivory, playing down to earth piano pop. It was a sold out night at the Factory, but there's always room for you right here on MCR.  

Aug 16 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #16: Oct. 4, 2017 w Cooper/Brace/Jutz, Iron Horse, Charley Crockett, Blue Side of Lonesome

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This week on MCR, two wildly different takes on bluegrass from two sides of the world. The show opens with The Blue Side of Lonesome, a quintet from Japan that's become a shining example of that country's love affair with sound birthed by Bill Monroe. They're really good. And we close with a long running group from Muscle Shoals that's made its name and living giving the bluegrass treatment to favorite rock and roll songs and albums. Iron Horse.

Also on the bill, Charley Crockett brings us a magnificent hybrid of classic honky tonk and swamp pop from Texas. While guest host Peter Cooper's latest musical excursion is a trio with Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz, featuring great songs and sweet harmony.

Oct 25 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #19: Aug. 16 w/ Pedal Steel Masters, Tracy Nelson, Charlie Worsham, Jon Randall

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Before Nashville, I’d never lived in a place where part of the regular conversation and social/cultural goings on was to figure out the essence of that place and to take active steps to get closer to its heart and soul. There was never a big emphasis on what does it mean to be from Chicago or Washington DC or Durham, NC, three of my other home bases. There is such a conversation about New Orleans and Austin. Music cities are like this. But I wonder if there’s any place more probative of its place-ness than Nashville. What I know is that it’s a healthy conversation to have and one that we are good at cultivating. When we partner with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as we did this Wednesday, our city’s essence comes into tighter focus. We’re elevated in our attention and admiration. We heard a distillation of what it means to be a Nashville Cat. Can you sing? Write? Play? Cooperate? We know this when we hear it. We’re cat people and we’re into cat power.

Aug 23 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #20: 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
1 hour 48 mins
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