In Like A Lion – MCR 5.27.15

The bittersweet night cap after last Wednesday’s show was the final episode of David Letterman’s Late Show, as the amazing, era-shaping comedian signed off after 33 years. Besides the deserved kudos for his innovative and brave approach to comedy and talk, there have been some great stories about Dave’s robust support for American roots music…. Read more »

With And Without Words – MCR 5.20.15

Booking Music City Roots is a huge challenge, and I salute the wisdom of the twelve shrouded monks who set our lineups each week from their secret chamber, rumored to be deep in the Earth not too far from where they hold Bluegrass Underground. Sometimes we on the team take a special interest in an… Read more »

Sweet Soul Music – MCR 5.20.15

In the Fall of 2011 the Americana Music Association was set to give a lifetime achievement award to Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studio and architect of the Muscle Shoals success story. They could have called on any number of people to present the honor at the Ryman Auditorium, but in selecting Candi Staton, the… Read more »

Oh Brothers! MCR 5.13.15

If you’d asked me five years ago about the Doobie Brothers I’d have had very positive things to say about their varied catalog, their vocals and their place in my personal memory bank of formative FM radio years. I would not, however, have known enough to put them prominently on the roots/Americana matrix, as per… Read more »