MCR on Public Television!

Music City Roots returns to national television starting Friday, October 28 via American Public Television.

The season is presented by Nashville Public Television on Fridays at 7 pm. A partial list of stations that have carried MCR nationally is below. Please check local listings. If it is not yet available in your area, please contact your local station and let them know you’re a fan of Music City Roots.

Here’s what’s in store for the 14 episodes in Season Four:

401 Season Four of Music City Roots premieres with an Americana Festival showcase special, featuring blues star Shemekia Copeland, Canadian mod duo Whitehorse and alt-country icons The Mavericks.

402 The spirit of The Band and Woodstock is alive in the folk duo Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, plus bluegrass superstar bands Blue Highway and Hot Rize will light up the Liberty Hall stage.

403 Legendary roots and rock and roll band The Doobie Brothers pull out deep catalog songs for two sets, one acoustic and one electric. Acoustic guitar master Jim Hurst opens the evening.

404 Stellar songwriters are in the spotlight with sets from Athens/Nashville country rocker Lera Lynn, Oklahoma poet John Moreland and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Gretchen Peters.

405 Two progressive acoustic acts from North Carolina – bluegrass band Mipso and acoustic jazz group Jon Stickely Trio – set up magisterial blues and soul by Nashville’s Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame.

406 Folk singer and banjo star Abigail Washburn duos with Chinese traditional musician Wu Fei, followed by legendary roots Americana songwriter Tim O’Brien and edgy bluegrass supergroup The Infamous Stringdusters.

407 This special show salutes Nashville roots rocker Tommy Womack. His own band Daddy opens up. Quirky country/boogie artist Webb Wilder follows. Country punk icons Jason and the Scorchers bring it home.

408 Molly Tuttle shows where bluegrass songwriting and hot guitar picking is heading. Emerging talent Christian Lopez brings passion and grit. And Sixpence None The Richer star singer Leigh Nash goes old school country.

409 Mod throwback instrumental ensemble Steelism plays country jazz and surf. Jake Shimabukuro makes his ukulele gently weep. And Nashville’s beloved writer/player/singer Andrea Zonn debuts new music with guests Keb Mo and more.=

410 For the third time, Music City Roots goes to N. Ireland to seek the “roots of our roots.” Featuring Scott Miller and Jim Lauderdale in Belfast plus key Belfast songwriters playing in Nashville.

411 Country crooner and Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee sings “Rose Colored Glasses.” Sierra Hull unveils intimate new acoustic music. And Jim Lauderdale features his Soul Searching LP with the N. Miss. All-Stars.

412 New Americana star Parker Millsap brings bracing songs from Oklahoma. The Secret Sisters sing intimate classic country. And Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke strip down for a finely crafted acoustic set.

413 Deeply moving, original torch songs by Nashville’s eclectic Emily West. Mike & Ruthy bring Woodstock NY folk music with an energetic band. And we celebrate the reunion of Nashville cult rockers Govt. Cheese.

414 A special season-closing episode entirely dedicated to the 70th birthday of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen. Loose jamming with guests Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, John Carter Cash, Rhonda Vincent and more.

Stations can pick up shows like MCR on short notice and we don’t have real-time information. But below is a list of affiliates that carried the show in the past. Call or write them to ask about MCR Season Four: Be sure to set your DVR to record Music City Roots…many public TV stations re-air shows multiple times on their digital tier stations, so you never have to miss an episode!

United States

Australia (Ext.)

Nationwide CMC


  • Edmonton Alberta KSPS
  • Calgary Alberta KSPS


Nationwide PBS

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