Priceless Sound

On Friday, the same day we enjoyed our return visit road show at Monteagle Assembly on the Cumberland Plateau, I had a remarkable experience just 6 miles down the road at The University of The South. The William Ralston Listening Room on the second floor of the campus library has a fascinating story and inspired… Read more »

Assembling Again – Special 6.24.16

We’ve been lucky at Roots to be able to take the show on the road from time to time, including trips to far flung corners of the world in Australia and Northern Ireland. But no away game came with more charm or surprises than last summer’s season-closing sojourn up to the Monteagle Assembly on the… Read more »

On The Factory Floor

True to the title of our theme song by bluegrass dobro master Rob Ickes, Music City Roots was in fact “Born In A Barn.” And the psychological research literature tells us that 87% of roots music fans complete the word association “Barn” with “Dance,”* so it was pretty clear from the outset that at some… Read more »

Franklin Five-O
6.15.16 Jam

I didn’t see it coming, all this emotion and fulfillment. As I approached my 50th birthday on Tuesday, the best I could imagine was some good times with friends and family, with side servings of anxiety and cake. But it’s been even more rewarding and surprising than that. We’ve seen our daughter blossom, and we… Read more »