Music City Roots Blog

Salty Songs and Songwriters


I got to meet country singer and songwriter Cody Jinks on Wednesday, and I am pleased to report that, as his album title asserts, he is Not The Devil. While his merch is full of flaming skulls and his web site depicts him as the black-bearded former death metal artist turned honky tonker that he… Read more »

Strike Up The (Big) Band


TICKETS TO SEE THE NASHVILLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH DARRELL SCOTT, ELIZABETH COOK, JOHN COWAN AND THE MCCRARY SISTERS ARE ON SALE NOW AT THIS LINK.    Our executive producer John is a music man through and through. I’ve seen this son of the Motor City, a long time rock and blues guitarist himself, swoon with… Read more »

Hay, Jinks – MCR 1.18.17


From upper left: Jesse Kramer, Cody Jinks, Colin Hay, Old Salt Union, Peter Case.    What do a Scottish-born Australian pop rock star of the 1980s and a bearded former thrash metal singer who now plays hard country music have in common? Just about nothing, except that both are scheduled to play Music City Roots… Read more »

Well Traveled – MCR 1.11.17


  All anyone really wants in life is to feel valued – to be there and make a difference when called on in a pinch. So when Texas band Greyhounds was about to start its second song and guitarist Andrew Trube realized he’d forgotten to bring a beer bottle to the stage to serve as… Read more »

Release The ‘Hounds!


When C. Montgomery Burns, the evil plutocrat and environmental despoiler of Springfield says it on The Simpsons, he taps his fingertips together and smiles malevolently as he contemplates his victims running for their lives. When we release the hounds in a new year and season of Music City Roots, it’s with giddy excitement of a… Read more »

What A Time – 2016 Review


  There’s a super-fan named Charles who comes to Music City Roots regularly who has this eccentric and endearing habit of carrying an hourglass – a big classic hourglass that looks like something in the window of an antique shop. At one level it’s ironic because we are a radio show without a so-called “hard… Read more »


Zac Brown

Our fabulous photographer Shelly Swanger was on site all day capturing images from the remarkable lineup at Mountain Tough, which raised $500,000 for the victims of the Gatlinburg fires. Here’s a sampling from the day.

Wrapping The Year – 12.14.16


      We’ve come a long way and we’ve got a long way to go. That’s how I feel about the world of Roots as 2016 comes to a close. Our show, our new radio partnership and roots music in general are all in promising, exciting places. The mainstream music business is reckoning with… Read more »

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… 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 »