Music City Roots Blog

Seventh Inning Stretch – 10.12.16


  It must be October. A day after the Chicago Cubs pulled off a four-run ninth-inning comeback against the Giants to secure their Division title (rock!), this week’s Roots featured: a band called the WPA Ball Club, Aly Sutton dressed like a cast member in A League of Their Own and four basses (we pun… Read more »

Best. Lineup. Ever. * 10.12.16

Davina and the Vegabonds Promo Pic MCR

  My journalist wife and I have conversations and inside jokes about hyperbole and language inflation. We lament that “awesome” has gone from being a rarely used superlative reserved for cosmically consequential things to just another adjective worthy of yummy pizza. And she laughs at me sometimes when I come home from Roots proclaiming that… Read more »

The Gold Standard – 10.5.16


Photo by Jeff Fasano.       I just finished my friend Tamara Saviano’s heartfelt and fascinating new biography of Guy Clark, the lion of literate Texas/Nashville songwriting of the past 50 years. We’re still grieving the passing of Guy, who died in May. He was remembered and honored at a gala show at the… Read more »

Fair Claire and Talent to Spare


I might not be “Living In Raleigh Now” as the Chatham County Line anthem says, but I sure feel at home here in the capital of NC, just a few miles from my home town and amid the biggest bluegrass swirl of the year. World of Bluegrass is coming off beautifully with hundreds of shows,… Read more »

Beyond Ladies Night – 9.28.16


  Guest post by Larry Nager The easiest way to describe the Sept. 28 Music City Roots was Ladies Night – our four acts were all led by women. But outside of their creators’ XX chromosomes, those four sets of music had virtually nothing in common. It was an unusual night in more ways than… Read more »

New Horizons


photo by Shelly Swanger     AmericanaFest 2016 may be wrapping up, but more than ever, we took this year’s gathering as a battery-charger and an inspiring star map for what lies ahead. Hearing kind words about our new Roots Radio initiative on WMOT 89.5 FM certainly helped rev our enthusiasm from high to higher… Read more »

Americana Red Carpet & Awards Livestream – HERE


Join Roots Radio LIVE for our Red Carpet Coverage of the Americana Music Awards. Listen on 89.5, or watch the livestream with NPR at . We are live starting at 4pm with red carpet coverage and will roll into the awards at 6:30 WATCH NOW

Del, Yeah! – Americana at MCR

Del McCoury Band Promo Pic RIGHT ONE MCR

  Rootsapalooza is upon us. This week marks the return of the AmericanaFest (the 17th if you’re counting) followed immediately by World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and if you are particularly jet set, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass affair in San Francisco. For those who love the down-home, hand-picked and far-reaching visions of folk and country… Read more »

Ripple Effects – MCR 9.14.16


    That radio countdown never sounded so sweet. Not since our first night on WSM in October 2009 did the top of the show – with its shot of Rob Ickes dobro and our emcee’s stentorian voice proclaiming us on the air from the Edge of Music City – have so much electricity for… Read more »

Back To Bristol – MCR 9.14.16


It’s safe to say we’ve never had a seasonal break like the last three weeks. It feels like an age ago that we wrapped up Summer and broke the news about our new programming partnership with MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment and the birth of the new WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5. It is truly hard… Read more »