Music City Roots Blog

Old And In The Fray

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One can debate about how old is “old” or whether it’s appropriate to say somebody is old even if they definitely are. But let’s be clear. Mac Wiseman is old. Eighty nine years old. Older than the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and even five months older than the Grand Ole Opry, which enthralled… Read more »

Americana Prophecy

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I moved to Nashville in the fall of 1996 and on the Sunday that I drove here to close on my cute old East Nashville house, the New York Times Magazine ran a big feature about Music City’s renaissance (yep, even then). It was quite exciting to read it aloud to my traveling companion as… Read more »

De-amplified

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There’s no single date or inventor one can point to, but right around 100 years ago a scientific breakthrough changed music more profoundly than the piano or Beethoven or Johnny Cash. The triode vacuum tube was the key that unlocked high fidelity recording, radio transmission and amplification. Amplifiers took on more shapes and sizes than… Read more »

Orthophonic Joy

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Bristol, the border-straddling town that’s half in Tennessee and half in Virginia, will forever be famous as the cradle of the country music business, thanks to some very famous and influential recording sessions in 1927. That event, which introduced the world to The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, The Stonemans and others is being celebrated these… Read more »

Refreshment

Our new venue has led to a new pre-show routine. Perhaps you’ve visited our Roots Radio shop and studio just outside of Liberty Hall in the Factory. The team did a splendid job building it out and painting it a warm blue/gray. Kirkland’s donated some nice furnishings, and a few Scarlati photos hang on the… Read more »

Roots Radio Interview w/ Bryan Sutton

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On last week’s Guitar Night show, bluegrass/acoustic guitarist Bryan Sutton came out to showcase the music from his new Into My Own CD. His fifth album, it continues to refine his strengths while going deeper than he ever has with singing. Before the show, Bryan came by the Roots Radio studio to speak with Craig about… Read more »

Between Heaven And Earth

A Saturday night/Sunday morning dichotomy is oft cited as one reason why country and roots music so effectively captures the human condition. Artists from Hank Williams to Marty Stuart have been hailed for being reverent in one song and rascals in another. They sing of sin and its atonement. People are shown loving their families… Read more »

Guitar Faces

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In between tunes, during his jaw-dropping set of masterful bluegrass guitar music, Bryan Sutton made a joke on stage this week about “Guitar Face,” the scrunchy, pouty, squinty guitar-gasm visage familiar across the guitar universe, from heavy metal shredders to acoustic bluegrass mashers. Guitar Face is mostly involuntary and delightfully embarrassing when caught by still… Read more »

New Thing! Roots Radio Interviews

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Our new Roots Radio studio gives us more opportunity to visit with our guest artists, and this week our co-host Craig Havighurst brings back the Roots Radio Interviews. Stream or download these in-depth conversations. Enjoy. Dom Flemons talks about re-igniting his solo career after eight incredibly successful years with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.   Alanna… Read more »

Flatpickers Hall Of Fame

I’ve written in this space before about how the guitar changed my life and gave me an instrument I could make my own after getting started in a more traditional classical way as a kid. For a time I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the guitar, until I was introduced to the… Read more »