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Music City RootsNashville, TN -- Music City Roots, Nashville’s nationally-syndicated weekly broadcast showcase for outstanding Americana and roots music, is heading overseas for the second time with a webcast production from the United Airlines 10th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The show will stream on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm local time/1:30 pm central time. The event will be filmed for MCR’s second season on American Public Television.

Jim Lauderdale will host and perform in the show, which will take place at the Empire Music Hall. The musical lineup will also feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donovan, American songwriting legend Chip Taylor and rising Belfast-raised songwriter Gareth Dunlop. The night’s emcee will be BBC Radio Ulster host Ralph McLean, an icon of roots music on the European airwaves. MCR’s regular co-host and journalist Craig Havighurst will be on hand to interview the artists and chronicle the journey.

MCR is traveling to Belfast at the invitation of festival organizers Colin McGee and Ann Coulter. The trip, made possible with the support of Tourism Ireland, follows on last year’s journey to the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia. Thus it marks the second special event with an official Nashville sister city in 14 months. The show has long welcomed international artists to its Nashville stage and it has sought to build alliances with tradition-minded musicians around the world. And in that spirit, MCR has planned a reciprocal night of Irish artistry in Nashville on March 19.

“As part of our global vision, we're very excited to be planting our first flag in the U.K.,” says Music City Roots co-founder and executive producer John Walker. “It's important to acknowledge the roots of our roots. Also, it's giving us the opportunity to interface with the BBC, something that we've wanted to do for quite some time.”

Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has embraced the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. It airs live on Hippie Radio in Nashville and in edited, syndicated form on more than 30 stations around the country. Its 13-week TV series reaches more than 80 markets via American Public Television. The show is made possible by generous support from Griffin Technology, Nissan USA, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Vietti Chili, Star 129 Diamond, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Kirkland's and The Nature Conservancy.

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