Music City Roots Blog

Rare Birds – MCR 4.29.15

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Last Autumn, Gretchen Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with a moving speech by Rodney Crowell and alongside fellow greats John Anderson, Paul Craft and Tom Douglas. With iconic credits like “Independence Day,” “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” and “On A Bus To St. Cloud” gracing her resume, this… Read more »

Family Style – Review 4.22.15

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Our venue in The Factory has evolved quite a lot since the winter, especially since Monell’s joined us as our catering guys in late January. It took a while to find the best place for everything in the large and flexible Liberty Hall. And with no budget for a Feng Shui consultant, we had to… Read more »

Best In Fest – MCR 4.22.15

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We schemed up our special Merlefest show concept two years ago, and they’ve been superb, with stars like Sierra Hull and Peter Rowan included on the bills. We work with the organizers of Merlefest to identify bands and artists who are positioned to play Roots on Wednesday and then drive over to the Appalachian town… Read more »

How Sweet The Sound

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Was it a weird coincidence or a sign? I left the Factory Wednesday night on proverbial cloud nine, with  “Amazing Grace” (our Nashville Jam chosen by Billy Joe Shaver) echoing in my head. Then on the car stereo was RadioLab, with a story about a guy who suddenly loses his faith in God. But he… Read more »

Strongmen – MCR 4.15.15

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We say it all the time: “That’s the real deal.” We don’t object when an artist raised in one world slips on the skin of a borrowed identity, so long as they’re good at what they do. But something even deeper resonates when we encounter a great artist who is utterly of their lineage and… Read more »

From Valley To Mountaintop

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One rough but plausible take on the story of American roots music might be that old time fiddle and banjo dance music evolved into bluegrass while a bunch of other interesting and important stuff related to blues and songwriting happened at the same time. That’s the bluegrass-centric view, and like I said it’s incomplete and… Read more »

Roots Radio Interview: Jarekus Singleton and Bruce Iglauer

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In this latest Roots Radio Interview, Craig H talks in-depth about the blues with rising star Jarekus Singleton and Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer. Bruce not only signed Jarekus to his legendary independent label, he’s produced and mentored this powerful, promising young guitar player, singer and songwriter. It’s a relationship that says all you need… Read more »

Highway’s Call – MCR Returns 4.8.15

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  We’ve been having a great run of top quality bluegrass music on Roots, with Hot Rize and Doyle Lawson and Special Consensus. But talk of “great runs” in bluegrass withers in comparison to the epic journey of a band joining us this week for our Spring season opener. Blue Highway performed its first show… Read more »

No Rules, Just Roots – MCR 3.25.15

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By guest blogger Larry Nager. Photo by guest photographer Butch Worrell. On any given Wednesday, Music City Roots is the Americana version of a classic radio barn dance – a variety of artists, some old, some new, some famous, some less well known. Like that show at the Ryman that you may have heard of,… Read more »

Tastebuds and Earbuds A Spring Feast at MCR

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For me, a great concert lineup is like a great recipe, just the right balance of ingredients and tastes, sweet and sour, rich and spicy. And the really memorable shows, from nights at Bill Graham’s Fillmores to festivals like Merlefest and Bonnaroo, all have shared the secret of mixing it up, enhancing varied musical flavors,… Read more »