Music City Roots Blog

“Let’s Play Two!” A Roots Double-Header


My title this week quotes the immortal words of the late, great Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, whose enthusiasm for his game was embodied in his famous catch phrase: “It’s a beautiful day for baseball. Let’s play two!” It is with that all-American brio that we approach our own summertime double-header, a post-July 4th fireworks show… Read more »

Woodsy & Woody


A POST CARD FROM MONTEAGLE A few months ago, we got word that MCR was going to collaborate with the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, and while the Monteagle folks were very communicative and there were plenty of pictures online, it was just very hard to imagine the vibe and venue of the show. I think… Read more »

Camp Meeting – A Special MCR 6.26


On June 26, Music City Roots will stage a special one-off edition of the show at the Monteagle Assembly. The event is open to the public. Following are the program notes for the evening.  I was introduced to the concept of the Chautauqua in the novel Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert… Read more »

Game Of Stones – MCR 6.17.15


It’s one thing to put on our live radio barn dance up against the Country Music Industrial Complex Flaming Truck Awards, which seems to happen several times a year. It’s quite another to be Nashville’s Wednesday night alternative to The Rolling Freaking Stones. Not only were the senior sultans of strut playing a vast outdoor… Read more »

Vagabonds – MCR 6.17.15

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It’s one thing when an acclaimed and revered artist comes to Roots and puts on a thrilling show, i.e. Alejandro Escovedo or Jimmy Webb. We know they’ll be great, and presto, they’re great. The more rarified and memorable encounters come when an artist’s facility far exceeds their familiarity. In other words, we love surprises. And… Read more »

Fountain of Youth – MCR 6.10.15


“I signed up for life,” said Warner Hodges in the chat room at this week’s Roots. And the fire in his eyes was the same light kindled decades ago at his first AC/DC concert. It’s one thing to attend 105 AC/DC shows (his count, unverifiable) and another to have put on thousands of your own… Read more »

Founding Fathers – MCR 6.10.15


Government Cheese. Photo by Alan Messer.   Whenever you arrive in Nashville to settle down, you’ll meet people who’ll try to convince you that you got here a little too late. You think this is cool, they’ll say, too bad you just missed this or that golden age. For a mid-90s immigrant like myself, those… Read more »

Ladies and Gentlemen – MCR 6.3.15


Are you following #Tomatogate? The latest face palm from “country” radio came last week when powerful consultant Keith Hill told a trade paper that his data proved that if country stations play two songs by women in a row or more than 20% songs by women overall they’ll lose ratings. And in an agonizing metaphor… Read more »

Roots Radio Interview w Candi Staton


Candi Staton, who played Roots on May 20, has had a remarkable career that’s carried her from Muscle Shoals in the 60s to the disco palaces of the 70s and a long fruitful run in Christian/gospel music. Here she talks with Music City Roots Interview Guy Craig Havighurst about her life in music.

Sunshine and Inner Light – MCR 6.3.15


This week’s Roots features a woman who sings about the inspiration of God and a girl who sings with apparently God-inspired talent. It’s a compliment and contrast worthy of Roots, balancing the exuberance of youth with the wisdom of experience. I hope the gentlemen on our bill this week have fortitude and self-esteem, because as… Read more »