After nearly five years of memorable shows at the Loveless Cafe Barn, Music City Roots is making plans to move, at the start of its Summer 2014 season on July 9, to the historic Factory At Franklin, six blocks from the square in Franklin, Tennessee.
The nationally distributed weekly live radio show and annual series on American Public Television has set a new benchmark for quality production and talent discovery in Nashville’s historically resonant Americana music scene. The Factory, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been dubbed by its owners as “an environment conducive to creativity” with learning centers and innovative purveyors of art and food. It also houses the Americana Music Association, Sugar Hill Records, Dark Horse studios, and several other organizations in the music community, so Music City Roots looks forward to being part of a growing enclave of arts and culture that contributes to the life of both Williamson and Davidson Counties.
“Music City Roots is the perfect flagship for our vision to highlight Americana music and regional art and food culture here at The Factory at Franklin,” said its events manager Tami Pryce.
Most Wednesdays, Roots will be staged in The Factory’s Jamison Hall, a 10,000 square foot room that’s both exciting and intimate. When even more capacity is necessary, MCR will move to the larger Liberty Hall. The show will continue to be broadcast live over local radio partner Hippie Radio 94.5 FM and webcast via its own website at www.musiccityroots.com. And in a major development for MCR’s streaming service, RootsRadio.com will build a broadcast booth in The Factory’s main hall, opening up opportunities for live programming and interviews alongside its regular 24/7 stream of great Music City Roots performances.
John Walker, executive producer of Roots, says: “We’re excited about these wonderful facilities that allow us to retain the intimate local vibe of our show, while offering new opportunities to expand our brand and synergize with other visionaries in this new era of music and media.”
The staff of Music City Roots makes this move with fond memories and anticipation of future growth and opportunity, says the show’s co-executive producer and creator Todd Mayo. “We have loved our home out ‘on the edge of Music City’ at the Loveless Cafe and deeply appreciate the magical musical moments we created together at the Loveless Barn…and we look forward to continuing the tradition at the historic Factory.”
"Loveless Cafe is pleased to have been the original setting for Music City Roots,” says Jessica Charlton, Loveless Cafe Brand Manager. “We celebrate the show’s growth and look forward to continued partnership opportunities.” The final MCR “Spring Season” at the Loveless Barn will run April 9 through June 18.
While MCR will bid farewell to its beloved Loveless Cafe chicken and biscuits, it will continue to pair authentic roots music and local cuisine by partnering with its new neighbors Saffire Restaurant & Bar for catering and hospitality.
Music City Roots 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 broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. Every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm Central, four or five guest artists perform to an intimate audience of 300-600 people, with a live broadcast to the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Hippie Radio 94.5 FM. Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst. Thirteen episodes per year are edited for distribution by American Public Television via flagship PBS-affiliate WNPT in Nashville. A syndicated version of the radio show is also broadcast on a growing network of terrestrial radio stations nationwide.
Roots Radio is an Internet radio station featuring live cuts and interviews from the great catalog of recordings captured at Music City Roots since 2009, streaming 24/7 at RootsRadio.com and via free iPhone and Android apps.