Music City Roots announces Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One, a selection of 11 outstanding performances from the inaugural season of Nashville’s celebrated weekly broadcast. The album, distributed by Compass Records, is a souvenir of and a calling card for a show that has earned the deep respect of artists and the praise of Nashville music fans and critics. The Roots Moments series distills the experience into keepsake recordings worthy of collecting and repeated listening.
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe began as a missing piece. We were concerned that Music City’s truest artists lacked a national stage, a launch pad or a channel where they could be heard by the world. In a town that once had The Nashville Network and two powerful radio stations pumping out a wide range of genres to most of the nation, that stung. We wanted better for authentic music in Nashville, and we saw a void that wanted filling.
Music City was built on and even nicknamed on live radio. And Music City Roots, whatever else it’s becoming, is a live radio show. That said, some of the performances at Roots are too good to be left to the ether. Which is why we’ve assembled this anthology of our first season.
Like the show, this set starts with a solo number by musical host and Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale. Then off we go, with performances that conjure up very specific and special memories for those of us who were there. 18 South, Nashville’s ultimate front-porch all-star roots band, calls us to a late-night ramble. Texas songwriting great Nanci Griffith sings her classic ode to radio and shouts out to our then-radio home, historic WSM-AM.
Nouveau gospel rocker Mike Farris makes a heavenly sound with Nashville’s own McCrary Sisters. Knoxville’s Black Lillies and Greensboro’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival bring vibrant sounds from other scenes. We always welcome legends of country and roots music, and they are represented here by the great Charlie Louvin, in one of the last performances of his life. And we wrap with the Loveless Jam, our weekly show-closing, all-hands-on-deck high-wire act. We’ve picked one of the best ever, a churning, funky “Up On Cripple Creek” led by mandolin king Sam Bush.
But the voices that truly book-end this recording are those of our beloved audience. They are our life blood and in many cases our good friends. We hope to make many more in the years to come.
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