WHAT IS MUSIC CITY ROOTS?
Music City Roots, Live From The Factory is a weekly, radio show and webcast that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to about 9:30 pm, CST, Music City Roots showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. The show is broadcast live over WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM from Middle Tennessee State University and webcast in Livestream. A weekly syndicated show is distributed to a network of affiliates around the country as well as the major podcasting platforms.
Music fans worldwide know Nashville as the epicenter of country music, and Music City Roots, Live From The Factory embraces and builds on that foundation. MCR is broadcast to a global audience, not just as the keeper of the traditional flame, but as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of music in all its forms and sub-genres: bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly and crossovers into rock, jazz and world music. There has never been a time of greater variety, abundance and quality in Nashville’s creative community, and Music City Roots looks to put that talent on a worldwide stage.
Each broadcast features four artists in 25 minute segments and short interviews, plus a show-closing Nashville Jam where all musical guests embrace the spirit of Music City as the collaborative epicenter of tradition and innovation. Nashville’s legendary Keith Bilbrey is the announcer; Jim Lauderdale and other leaders of the music community host the festivities
Our vision for Music City Roots, as a live radio show steeped in rich Nashville tradition, is to provide a global platform to showcase the deep well of amazing and diverse talent that exists here in Tennessee. Beyond Nashville, the roots and branches of Americana music are firmly entwined in Memphis, Knoxville, and across Tennessee and the entire Southeast region. Over the last several years, pockets of very gifted artists have bubbled up from New York to California and around the world, all sharing the same love for the integrity and honesty of the various forms of roots music that were birthed from American culture.
Music City Roots endeavors to offer artists a way to share their gift with the world – to connect with music lovers everywhere, through creative distribution platforms that were never before possible. Our only standard is one of excellence and integrity. We look to connect and nurture a true community of artists – young and old; famous and obscure; all sharing a desire to enrich and preserve our music, and our planet. As we help one another, the as the music grows, the world becomes a better place. Through the power of music, walls come down and cultures unite.