Music City Roots, the acclaimed weekly radio show and free webcast that presents Nashville’s Americana music scene to the world, opens a new chapter this week with its premiere show in Liberty Hall, the venue inside the historic Factory At Franklin. The sold-out July 9 show, which kicks off at 7 p.m. central time, features Americana royalty with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, plus cherished songwriter Verlon Thompson and alt-folk band Humming House. It’s but the first of many Wednesday night shows to come for what fans and musicians have come to recognize as a trusted showcase for what’s best and what’s next in roots, folk, bluegrass, country, old-time and blues.
Having established a national reputation with more than 200 shows over four-plus years at the Loveless Cafe Barn, Music City Roots will be in a larger space in a more central location at The Factory, a growing hub of music, art, craftsmanship and culture. The new room reflects MCR’s mingling of the vintage and the modern that underlies its musical point of view. All other elements of the show remain the same – the announcing anchor Keith Bilbrey, the illustrious and wacky Jim Lauderdale as musical host and Craig Havighurst co-hosting from the interview room. Artist Sheila B’s stage set moves over from the Loveless with just a few additions. The show remains positioned in more ways than one on “the EDGE of Music City,” watching musical trends and inviting the finest artists from or passing through Nashville’s remarkable music scene.
“For several years now the big story here has been that Music City is about so much more than mainstream country. We couldn’t agree more, and Music City Roots proves it on a weekly basis,” said show journalist and Nashville music historian Craig Havighurst. “By drawing on Nashville’s legacy of live broadcasting and masterful musicianship, combined with state-of-the-art webcasting, Roots has created a durable, meaningful weekly showcase for the important and beautiful movement going on here.”
Also growing into the new Factory space will be Roots Radio, MCR’s free streaming service available via the web or smartphone app. With a new broadcast facility just outside the doors of Liberty Hall, MCR’s hosts will be able to launch new live and specialty programming, while opening our world up to visitors most days of the week.
Besides presenting major American musical figures such as Leon Russell, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Nanci Griffith and Suzy Bogguss, MCR has offered its stage to some of the earliest major performances by rising stars, including Apache Relay, Pokey LaFarge, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Kopecky Family Band and Caitlin Rose.
Coming up this Summer 2014 Season, MCR will present young Memphis roots star Amy LaVere and gospel rocker Mike Farris (7/16), A Tenth Anniversary spectacular celebrating Night Train To Nashville with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (7/30), nine-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Michael Cleveland (8/6), Carolina Chocolate Drops founder Dom Flemmons (8/20) and the return of Guitar Night with Steve Wariner, Bryan Sutton and more (8/27).
The roots and Americana music movement is growing worldwide, and Nashville is perhaps its most vital hub. Music fans anywhere can have a front row seat for the very best of what’s coming from and passing through Nashville on Music City Roots: Live From The Factory.
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. Every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm Central, four or five guest artists perform to an intimate audience of 300-600 people, with a live broadcast to the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Hippie Radio 94.5 FM.
Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst. Thirteen episodes per year are edited for distribution by American Public Television via flagship PBS-affiliate WNPT in Nashville. A syndicated version of the radio show is also broadcast on a growing network of terrestrial radio stations nationwide.
Roots Radio is an Internet radio station featuring live cuts and interviews from the great catalog of recordings captured at Music City Roots since 2009, streaming 24/7 at RootsRadio.com and via free iPhone and Android apps.