Live radio broadcasts such as The Grand Ole Opry, The Louisiana Hayride and The Renfro Valley Barn Dance were instrumental in building careers and shaping country music in the pre-war years of the 20th century. MUSIC CITY ROOTS is the torchbearer for that legacy, carrying the radio broadcast tradition into the 21st century. To the virtually-minded, the idea of putting on a live, multi-artist music show…on a week night…in a renovated barn 25 minutes from downtown Nashville…might seem a bit misguided, if not simply too “last century”, but to the contrary, MUSIC CITY ROOTS is one of the hottest tickets in Music City these days. Every Wednesday night at the Loveless Barn, just behind the legendary Loveless Café (and at the head of the historic Natchez Trace), 400 music fans turn out to hear live music from legends and newcomers alike, presented in grand ole radio style, and hosted by Jim Lauderdale with WSM radio legend Keith Bilbrey and NPR journalist Craig Havighurst.
Since its first broadcast just 2 years ago, Music City Roots has been launching careers, earning fans and building community throughout the roots music world. The sounds of this happening have been heard by the lucky live audience and local radio listeners of WRLT as well as by millions over the internet. Now, in an effort to document their success to date and spread the good word even further, Music City Roots is releasing their first compilation, ROOTS MOMENTS (Season 1). Featured on the recording are live performances from Jim Lauderdale, Charlie Louvin, Nanci Griffith, Mike Farris, and 18 South (featuring Jesse Alexander, John Randall, Mike Bub, Jimmy Wallace, Guthrie Trapp, Larry Atamanuik), as well as the now legendary Music City Roots jam, the evening’s closing event and always a highlight.