Music City Roots Blog

Fair Claire and Talent to Spare


I might not be “Living In Raleigh Now” as the Chatham County Line anthem says, but I sure feel at home here in the capital of NC, just a few miles from my home town and amid the biggest bluegrass swirl of the year. World of Bluegrass is coming off beautifully with hundreds of shows,… Read more »

Beyond Ladies Night – 9.28.16


  Guest post by Larry Nager The easiest way to describe the Sept. 28 Music City Roots was Ladies Night – our four acts were all led by women. But outside of their creators’ XX chromosomes, those four sets of music had virtually nothing in common. It was an unusual night in more ways than… Read more »

New Horizons


photo by Shelly Swanger     AmericanaFest 2016 may be wrapping up, but more than ever, we took this year’s gathering as a battery-charger and an inspiring star map for what lies ahead. Hearing kind words about our new Roots Radio initiative on WMOT 89.5 FM certainly helped rev our enthusiasm from high to higher… Read more »

Americana Red Carpet & Awards Livestream – HERE


Join Roots Radio LIVE for our Red Carpet Coverage of the Americana Music Awards. Listen on 89.5, or watch the livestream with NPR at . We are live starting at 4pm with red carpet coverage and will roll into the awards at 6:30 WATCH NOW

Del, Yeah! – Americana at MCR

Del McCoury Band Promo Pic RIGHT ONE MCR

  Rootsapalooza is upon us. This week marks the return of the AmericanaFest (the 17th if you’re counting) followed immediately by World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and if you are particularly jet set, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass affair in San Francisco. For those who love the down-home, hand-picked and far-reaching visions of folk and country… Read more »

Ripple Effects – MCR 9.14.16


    That radio countdown never sounded so sweet. Not since our first night on WSM in October 2009 did the top of the show – with its shot of Rob Ickes dobro and our emcee’s stentorian voice proclaiming us on the air from the Edge of Music City – have so much electricity for… Read more »

Back To Bristol – MCR 9.14.16


It’s safe to say we’ve never had a seasonal break like the last three weeks. It feels like an age ago that we wrapped up Summer and broke the news about our new programming partnership with MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment and the birth of the new WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5. It is truly hard… Read more »

Americana, Deep and Wide

8.24.16 Pano

Typically when I submit these journal entries after an episode of Music City Roots, the only news I have to break is who sang what and maybe something Jim said, wacky and impetuous guy that he is. But today dear friends, we have world-rocking news – news that’s just made the actual newspaper! As I… Read more »

Keeping It Real – MCR 8.24.16

Jars of Clay Promo Pic

  When I started covering music full time in 2000 for the local newspaper, the part of the beat that I found most challenging was Christian pop. It was huge and growing – a parallel world of record labels, publishers and touring that had its own culture and clearly a lot of talent. But I… Read more »

Vox Populi – MCR 8.17.16

8.17.16 Jam

Photo by Shelly Swanger. For a full slideshow of the show click here!   As the (inexplicably) controversial Dixie Chicks took the stage in downtown Nashville for the first time in years and as the campaign trail increasingly resembled a David Foster Wallace novel, a simple man with a simple musical plan took our stage… Read more »