Music City Roots Blog

Nash-ville – 12.2.15 Preview


When she visited Roots for the first time in 2012 at the Loveless Barn, the artist Leigh Nash told me on stage about moving to Music City when she was just 19 year old, having signed an exciting record deal in the Christian music world along with her musical partner Matt Slocum and their band… Read more »

Gratitude With Attitude – 11.25.15


  Thanksgiving comes but once a year, and between the frenetic pace of Fall and our go-go culture, it’s important not to let this special holiday sneak up and fly by. While the commercial world obsesses over Christmas and the news feels like a fire hose of awful, we need more than ever to pause… Read more »

Way Out – 11.18.15 Review


  A day-long, drenching rain eased up and a huge bank of intricately folded clouds pushed East just at dusk, producing the most awesome sunset I can remember in Nashville on Wednesday evening. It made for non-stop sky drama on my drive down I-65 to Franklin, and when I arrived, half our team was standing… Read more »

Seeing All-Stars – MCR 11.18.15


  A decade ago I’d have told you Jim Lauderdale was one of the finest country songwriters and artists in the world. From that awesome debut Planet of Love album through the 2000s, Jim’s vibe and feel and lyrical outlook helped build the shelter that country music (the genre) needed after “country” the radio format… Read more »

Case Studies – MCR 11.11.15

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Change is the only constant, and Fall always brings harbingers and metamorphoses. I arrived at the Factory on Wednesday to discover that the new vinyl record shop I’d heard about had opened right next door to our Roots Radio studio and venue. Welcome, LUNA Records to our very hip music and arts corridor. Then I… Read more »

New Roots Interview w Molly Tuttle


Molly Tuttle is just one year out the Berklee College of Music but she has years of experience under her belt with her California family band and flatpicking contest wins as well. She’s a true triple threat and she sat down with Craig H. to talk about making her first solo album and confronting a… Read more »

Nine Years of Infamy

Stringdusters Official Press

I’m pretty sure it was March of 2006 when I got a lucky break that took me to South By Southwest for work, and I vividly remember a daytime set by a very new band just signed to Sugar Hill Records with the fabulous name The Infamous Stringdusters. I knew a couple of the guys… Read more »

Literature – 11.4.15 Review

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  Generally my early November review comes with a snarky sidebar about the CMA Awards, which shares our our Wednesday evening time slot. But this year, I’m nonplussed. I’m gobsmacked. Somewhere during our second hour, rhapsodic tweets started flooding in about the televised duet with Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake. So back home I FF’ed… Read more »

“Like A Fierce Habit” – MCR 11.4.15

Kevin Gordon

My title this week comes from our musical guest Kevin Gordon, quoted in a recent cover profile in the Nashville Scene. He’s telling super-journalist Geoffrey Himes about the visual artists whose work he collects and brokers as a sidelight to his music career. These southern painters and sculptors fall in the “outsider” category, and Gordon… Read more »

The Spooky South – MCR 10.28.15

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The season of haints and all saints is upon us, and while I haven’t been much interested in costuming up for Halloween in decades, I do enjoy the people watching and the trickle down effect of having a daughter who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. I’ll join you in getting ready for the… Read more »