Music City Roots Blog

Salute! – MCR 12.7.16

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  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

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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

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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

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      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 »

We’ll Have More, Thanks.

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How’s everybody feeling? Lazy? Full? Temporarily and blissfully anesthetized by turkey tryptophan and wine? Well you deserve it. It’s been a long year. If you are part of our tribe, as I suspect you may be, your holiday feast came with four hearty helpings of great music at our Thanksgiving Eve show. Since then it’s… Read more »

Gather Round – MCR 11.23.16

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      You may have seen John Oliver’s profane, funny and cathartic farewell to 2016 on the year-end episode of his HBO series. He let folks on the street from all walks of life vent about stuff that made the year awful for them and the country and the world, from Syria to the… Read more »

Picker’s Paradise – 11.16.16

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    If we’d only known the secret to getting half of East Nashville to travel down to Liberty Hall to hang out was to book the other half of East Nashville to play on stage we’d have done it a long time ago. I’m exaggerating of course, but what a wonderful scene took shape… Read more »

From Boston to Austin

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Two music cities that could scarcely be more different in tone, history, climate, architecture or sound will shape Music City Roots this week. But that’s what’s grand about America and Americana. Boston is the epitome of the old Eastern fine arts, and it has a decades old bluegrass scene as well. Improbably, those spirits have… Read more »

Rising Above – 11.9.16

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  It’s my last intent in the world to make this column “all political” but it wouldn’t be an honest review of 11.9.16 without noting that as our team/family got together for show day, we were all reacting to the result of the presidential election, which was not even 24 hours old. And if you… Read more »

Send Us The Bill

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Do you share my cellular-level love for the round, chiming sound of undistorted electric guitars, especially those of the Rickenbacker and Fender Telecaster species? It’s the bright light that seems to explode out of the speakers at the opening of The Byrds doing “Turn, Turn, Turn” or R.E.M. kicking off “Don’t Go Back To Rockville.”… Read more »