Music City Roots Blog

White Knight – MCR 7.27.16

Jeff White Promo Pic MCR

Good teams have stars but great teams have deep benches, and that’s one of the factors that’s made Nashville such an awesome place to follow music. Music City cultivates and celebrates the sidemen and sidewomen who stand near, behind and beside the visible stars. They’re often just silhouettes in the aurora, but to those in… Read more »

A New Word – MCR 7.20.16


I’m calling for the invention of a new English word, because, folks, we’re rapidly using them up and we need more. The word is potenza. It’ll mean a personal quality that mingles potential with charisma. As in: “That young actress really has potenza; watch out for her!” Our new word is inspired of course by… Read more »

Reporter’s Notebook – MCR 7.20.16

Noah Guthrie Promo PIC New MCR

One of the virtues of Music City Roots that we regularly hear and talk about is its discovery factor. Come for one artist you know and experience a nice sampling of artists you don’t, and you’re almost sure to go home as a fan of something new. That may be the case for you as… Read more »

The Moment – MCR 7.13.16

07.13.17 Col

What a thrill. I got to sit down before Roots this week for a formal interview with the great Col. Bruce Hampton, that amazing paradox of an artist who’s still leading badass bands at age 69. He’s a musical space captain who never did drugs and a former military guy who led probably the singular… Read more »

Strangely Sublime – MCR 7.13.16

16-07-13 carousel

Summer is languid in the South, encouraging slower motion and softer sounds. It’s the season of the blues and cold sweet tea and the refuge of air conditioning. And this week’s return to the stage after a two-week break features a bit of all that – while building toward a fourth-quarter climax that might come… Read more »

Roots Remembers Bob Goldstone


Some of the best people from Music City’s most musical sectors gathered on Saturday afternoon to remember and celebrate Bob Goldstone, the beloved record man who crashed on his bike last week and died in surgery on July 3 at age 67. The stories and testimony and hugs helped, to be sure, but this is… Read more »

Priceless Sound

On Friday, the same day we enjoyed our return visit road show at Monteagle Assembly on the Cumberland Plateau, I had a remarkable experience just 6 miles down the road at The University of The South. The William Ralston Listening Room on the second floor of the campus library has a fascinating story and inspired… Read more »

Assembling Again – Special 6.24.16


We’ve been lucky at Roots to be able to take the show on the road from time to time, including trips to far flung corners of the world in Australia and Northern Ireland. But no away game came with more charm or surprises than last summer’s season-closing sojourn up to the Monteagle Assembly on the… Read more »

On The Factory Floor


True to the title of our theme song by bluegrass dobro master Rob Ickes, Music City Roots was in fact “Born In A Barn.” And the psychological research literature tells us that 87% of roots music fans complete the word association “Barn” with “Dance,”* so it was pretty clear from the outset that at some… Read more »

Franklin Five-O

6.15.16 Jam

I didn’t see it coming, all this emotion and fulfillment. As I approached my 50th birthday on Tuesday, the best I could imagine was some good times with friends and family, with side servings of anxiety and cake. But it’s been even more rewarding and surprising than that. We’ve seen our daughter blossom, and we… Read more »