MCR on Public Television!

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Music City Roots returns to national television starting Friday, February 2nd via American Public Television.

Music City Roots Presents : Season Five on American Public Television

Season Five of Music City Roots on American Public Television has begun airing around the country and it premieres on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 pm on Nashville Public Television, Channel 8 or 1008 (HD) on most cable systems. This is the third season shot at the Factory in Franklin and features the best looking, best sounding lineup yet, including outstanding leaders and newcomers in folk, bluegrass, soul, gospel and country. For those in other markets PLEASE do us the favor of calling or writing your local public TV station and asking when they plan to air Music City Roots. Some systems put the show on their secondary channels or late at night, so you might not see it stand out. But we’re on in about 80% of the country! So call and ask and set your DVRs for the best music from and passing through the new Music City!

Here’s what’s in store for the 13 episodes in Season Five:

Show by show synopsis:

501 - Season five of Music City Roots premieres with bluegrass superstars the Del McCoury Band plus Mavericks leader Raul Malo in solo mode and underground country music from Greg Garing.

502 - Three remarkable female singers and songwriters from three different traditions perform: modern folk from Liz Longley, soul/rock by Maureen Murphy and traditional Americana from Gillian Welch.

503 - Emerging band Southern Avenue presents new Memphis soul as the latest artists on the legendary STAX Records, plus throwback swing boogie by Miss Tess and Austin’s Band of Heathens.

504 - It’s guitars galore with bluesman/producer Colin Linden, followed by the duo of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley plus acoustic wizard Tommy Emmanuel.

505 - New visions of tradition take the stage, with songwriter Ashley Campbell (Glen’s daughter), soul singer Bonnie Bishop and fast-rising young bluegrass guitar player and singer/songwriter Billy Strings.

506 - Modern folk arrives from Scandinavia courtesy of My Bubba, plus Nashville roots rock veterans The Coal Men and acoustic power from Mountain Heart.

507 - Shinyribs bring celebratory and eccentric R&B from Austin, plus serene new folk by Nashville’s Erin Rae and newcomer guitarist songwriter Katie Pruitt.

508 - Derek Hoke of Nashville brings smooth throwback country music, followed by Canadian folk rocker Lee Harvey Osmond. Grammy winning fiddler Mark O’Connor leads a family band.

509 - Intricate acoustic composing from Chessboxer opens the show, plus the Tex-Mex songcraft of Carrie Rodriguez and Americana star Jim Lauderdale playing a full set of real deal country music.

510 - Soul-stirring women are on a mission in this special edition featuring brassy Sarah Potenza, rocking gospel from the McCrary Sisters and rock and blues legend Bonnie Bramlett.

511 - Bill and the Belles bring old school East Tennessee music from the birthplace of country music, plus bluegrass by Town Mountain and pop superstar gone acoustic John Oates.

512 - Nashville alt-country stalwart Paul Burch is followed by new era torch singer Nikki Lane. Boston’s all-star collective Session Americana plays around a bar table.

513 - Colorado’s Grant Farm offer guitar-centric Western country rock, along with bluegrass by the Jeff White Band and modern roots music adventures by The Travelin’ McCourys.

Stations can pick up shows like MCR on short notice. we don’t have real-time information, But below is a list of affiliates that carried the show in the past.  Call or write them to ask about MCR Season Five.  Be sure to set your DVR to record Music City Roots…many public TV stations re-air shows multiple times on their digital tier stations, so you never have to miss an episode!

United States

Australia (Ext.)

Nationwide CMC


  • Edmonton Alberta KSPS
  • Calgary Alberta KSPS


Nationwide PBS