Carolina & Celtic
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You may know that a couple of years ago during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh I got a silhouette of my home state North Carolina tattooed on my left forearm. It was a gesture of pride in the place that birthed Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Edward R. Murrow and Jim Lauderdale, among other claims to… Read more »

Collectivism – MCR 5.25.16
My Bubba, Bonnie Bishop, Session Americana and Dave Eggar and friends perform at Music City Roots Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at The Factory in Franklin in Franklin, Tenn. PHOTO BY STEVE HARMAN

While it has a decidedly mixed track record as a political philosophy, there’s a lot to love about musical collectives. They tend to spring out of scenes and communities, which comports with roots music values. And the format – a core band with fluxing instrumentation – lets every show take on its own personality. If… Read more »

Bishop Takes Queen – MCR 5.25.16
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We music scribes are writing about Dave Cobb a lot these days, but for good reason. The Geogia-raised musician moved from LA to Nashville in 2011 and quickly became the most admired and successful record producer in the city, steering projects that did brisk sales and topped the critics’ charts as well. MCR Alums who’ve… Read more »

We Knew A Guy – MCR 5.18.16
05-18-16 Jam

The week was dominated by the passing of the mighty Guy Clark, a painful farewell that we’ve seen coming for some time. It’s different than the loss of the world-famous Merle Haggard, because Guy was more of an intimate, an artist and man woven in to the fabric and family of Nashville. We knew him… Read more »