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.
Launched in October of 2009 as a throwback live radio show and new-era webcast, Music City Roots has become a trusted curator of new and established talent in contemporary folk and Americana music. The Roots Moments series distills the experience into keepsake recordings worthy of repeated listenings. Featured on the recording are live performances by Jim Lauderdale, 18 South, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Nanci Griffith, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, Scott Miller, Caitlin Rose, Charlie Louvin, The Black Lillies and Mike Farris with the McCrary Sisters as well as the now legendary Music City Roots jam, the evening’s closing event and always a highlight.