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
Setlist 8/26/2015 - Jim Lauderdale -
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Spin Me, Minnie
Big Ass World http://youtu.be/xGQeD6RnZFc
Dream Of You
Honey Island Swamp Band
How Do You Feel
Head Highwater Blues http://youtu.be/jMBM-xTMVZI
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
Another Swing And A Miss (Alison Brown)
You Make Me Feel Whole (Vince Gill)
Ships (Trace Adkins - Allison Brown) http://youtu.be/fPn51uD33p4
Rank #2: MCR 10/14/2015 Mountain Faith, Molly Tuttle, PawnShop Kings, Frank Solivan and DIrty Kitchen
Setlist 10/14/2015 - Jim Lauderdale - Worth The Wait
Celeste Buckingham - Unpredictable https://youtu.be/WI3I4T1Kjy4
Emily (It’s Love)
That Which Matters
Feelin’ Blue https://youtu.be/6yq6j72cOXo
Call Me The Breeze
Friend and a Friend
Gentle On My Mind https://youtu.be/DJY5RjuHHDY
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
She Said She Will
Rank #3: Roots Rewind - Singular Songwriters
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.
Rank #4: Oct. 12, 2016 w/ Raul Malo, Davina & The Vagabonds, Bryan Sutton, Paul Burch, San Rafael Band
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.
Rank #5: MCR 9/30/2015 Dan Baird, Webb Wilder and The Beatnecks, Daddy, Bill Lloyd, Jason and The Scorchers
Setlist 9/30/2015 Tommy Womack Benefit - Peter Cooper - Nice Day
Keep Your Hands To Yourself https://youtu.be/vnHagLfdisg
Two For Tuesday
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
Wash and Fold
Alpha Male & The Canine Mystery Blood
Will Kimbrough (Daddy) feat Tommy Womack & Marshall Chapman
I Don’t Want Nobody
Mistakes Were Made
Jason & the Scorchers
Self Sabotage https://youtu.be/p-dtLyyM2Eo
Clear Impetuous Morning
Broken Whiskey Glass
I Can’t Help Myself
Rank #6: MCR 07/15/2015, Mike and Ruthy Band, Amelia White, Reno Bo, Ronnie McDowell
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
Rank #7: Roots Rewind: Where Were They Then? w/ Sturgill, Margo, St. Paul...
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.
Rank #8: July 19, 2017 w Jerry Douglas Band, Billy Strings, Jill Andrews, Birds of Chicago
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.
Rank #9: August 23, 2017 Mandolin Mania w Bobby Osborne, Andy Statman and more
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.
Rank #10: Nov. 29, 2017 w/ Cordovas, Darrin Bradbury, Alex Williams, Lost Hollow
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.
Rank #11: Sept. 14, 2017 AmericanaFest w Ray Wylie Hubbard, Angaleena Presley, Cactus Blossoms, Pony Bradshaw, John Paul White
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.
Rank #12: June 21, 2017 w Delbert McClinton, Danny Barnes, Quiles & Cloud and a Mac Wiseman tribute
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.
Rank #13: Roots Rewind - Jamgrass Special
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.
Rank #14: Rewind: Great MCR Guitarists
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.
Rank #15: Aug. 9, 2017 w/ Tommy Emmanuel, Seth Walker, The Cleverlys, Ele Ivory
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.
Rank #16: Oct. 4, 2017 w Cooper/Brace/Jutz, Iron Horse, Charley Crockett, Blue Side of Lonesome
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.
Rank #17: April 11, 2018 w/ Kathy Mattea, Tim O'Brien, Connie Smith and more
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.
Rank #18: Roots on the Road 5.16.18 w Travelin' McCourys, Nora Jane Struthers, Joe Mullins and Emma Hern
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.
Rank #19: Aug. 16 w/ Pedal Steel Masters, Tracy Nelson, Charlie Worsham, Jon Randall
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.
Rank #20: Dec. 13, 2017 w Suzy Bogguss, Anthony DaCosta, Whiskey Gentry and Dawn Landes
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.