Salute! – MCR 12.7.16

  It was quite an anniversary on which to hold a rootsy radio show: seventy five years since the attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of a remarkable era in American life – the era that shaped my parents and myself and everybody we’ve ever known. It seemed a little too random in the… Read more »

MCR Joins “Mountain Tough” Benefit
09.16.16_Pelham, AL

The culture and people of East Tennessee are never far from our minds at Music City Roots, because the region is such a hotbed of traditional American music. That ground produced legends, of course, including Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins. But we know it as the home and/or origin of artists moving us today: Blue… Read more »

Nashville Four Ways 12.7.16

We’ve lost a heart-breaking congregation of musical greats in 2016 but I’d not want some of the big rock and roll memorials to overshadow the passing of the amazing Jean Shepard, who died in late September at the age of 82. Many artists earn the “pioneer” label in one way or other, but I don’t… Read more »

Musical Bacon – 11.30.16

      After three weeks in a row of featured artists who were all dudes (these things fall by happenstance and scheduling more than design), it warmed our souls to hear female voices (and stunners at that) this week at Roots. As the Christmas trees and their starry lights made their first appearance in our… Read more »